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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Blue and White Coastal Inspiration

This past week, my husband and I spent time in California with family. His family has been making this trek every year for the past 50 years and each year, the importance of setting aside and spending this time together grows. Times change, seasons of life come upon us, our children grow up, we seem to multiply and yet we have an empty nest, and none of us can seem to keep time from passing. And so, we relish it, every fleeting moment.

 Oceanside, CA
Oceanside, CA
For as long as I've been tagging along, we've been staying in the same exact location in Oceanside, CA. We stay in a charming place situated right between the harbor and the ocean. The views on any side are amazing. Every morning, we roll out of bed and meet at the local coffee shop, right off the harbor.

The Nautical Bean Coffee Company
It's so peaceful there........

Oceanside Harbor
One of the historic homes just up from the coast in Oceanside is the little cottage that was once featured in the movie, "Top Gun".

Cottage from the movie, "Top Gun"
It looks a little different today, but still maintains that original cottage charm we all remember from the movie. I love that tiny little porch and all of the details in the moldings and balustrades. It reminds me of mid-summer nights on the porch swing back on the farm in Wisconsin and family time. Families and porches, they just seem to go together!

Being back at the ocean reminds me why I love coastal design so much. In a flash, it takes me back to bright rooms filled with ocean breezes, breathtaking views, and the sound of the waves constantly crashing and moving and the all-important outdoor verandas, patios, and porches.

Beach House
Ralph Lauren Coastal Inspiration
And, it also reminds me of Beth's and my love for all things blue and white.

 Carolyne Roehm's Blue and White Table
Carolyne Roehm's Blue & White Table
Since Beth and Jim have purchased their "new" historic home in Raleigh, NC, we've had such fun collaborating back and forth on some of the elements for the interior. Raleigh is about 2.5 hours from the eastern seaboard and definitely influenced by the ocean weather and water, inspiration for some of the beautiful shades of blue and white that she is going to use.

I recently went to the Kravet Fabrics showroom in Scottsdale at the Arizona Design Center, looking to find the fabric in this incredible chair...

Well, I found it and needless-to-say, I've sent Beth these fabric samples, hardly able to wait to see which piece she uses them on. **Note: Had you noticed the exterior edge stitching on the arms of the chair? That's another design element Beth and I love. The chair frame also reminds me of our antique deconstructed French Armchairs on FMF Compagnie.

I've also thought that mixing some of these blue and white elements might lend a casual elegance to the final design. These great pieces will be in stock at FMF Compagnie this fall.

Blue & White Bone Inlaid Frame
Blue & White Hand-Dyed Pillows
Indigo Rattan Baskets

Blue & White Cantonese Collection
Stay tuned for more as we continue to update you with Beth's home renovation in Raleigh.  You can also keep updated by checking on our Pinterest board with additional photos.

During my time at the beach this year, I felt fortunate to have time to read the New York Times Best selling book written by Kristy Woodson Harvey, "Dear Carolina".

Dear Carolina
A moving debut novel about two mothers—one biological and one adoptive—from a compelling new voice in Southern women’s fiction.
One baby girl.
Two strong Southern women.
And the most difficult decision they’ll ever make.

Written to baby Carolina, by both her birth mother and her adoptive one, this is a story that proves that life circumstances shape us but don’t define us—and that families aren’t born, they’re made…
One of my favorite quotes in the book: "You can never have too many people who love you."

Sending love......until we enter the gate at Beth's home in Hayes Barton again soon.....


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