Saturday, April 27

Welcome To The 121st Masterpiece Monday!

Shabby Coastal Living.....what is it?

It's a term I came up with to describe my particular decorating style.  At least I think that I came up with it. I've never heard of it before.

 I'm not saying I'm the only person who decorates this way. I'm just saying that I think it needs it's own style name.

 I love coastal decorating, but not all coastal decorating. There are many variations; tropical, nautical, 60's retro, modern, etc.
And I like them but.......

I love the white cottage, vintage look with a little Pottery Barn on the side. 

I like the feeling I get when I think of my Grandmother's little white, vintage beach house in Newport Beach, Ca growing up. 

I try to instill that feeling in my home decor.  
It's a mix of the things I love now and from the past.

My Grandma was a hardcore thrift store/yard sale junkie lover. 
Her home was a mixture of antiques and coastal treasures. This was in the 1960's, she was ahead of her time!

I loved her vintage kitchen with mismatched vintage plates and silverware. 

I liked the way she lived, loving simple things, that were better and prettier than new things that cost more. She was smart.

Every time I collect mismatched silverware from the swap-meet, I think of her and her adorable little beach house. 

Of course, My Grandma wouldn't have added Pottery Barn to her decor. I grew up in a more modern styled home. So I also love a little trendiness.

How do I to stay frugal and have PB goodies?
My little secret is that I get free PB irregulars from being an auxiliary foster thrift store member. I pay a 75$ membership a
year (6 dollars a month!)And go and shop for "free" stuff once a month. Grandma would have approved of that!

Shabby Coastal Living is all about frugality, without suffering on quality, style or need.
You can attain the same look that some people pay big money for, for a fraction of the cost. 

Of course you can apply that to any anything you do.

A lot of other things, as I've said before, come from  My Grandma would have loved freecycle.

This tablescape was actually inspired by two sets of free napkin rings I received from freecycle.

All I did was hot glue shells I already had to the white plastic rings.

 Next week, I'll show you what I did with the other set.

Linking to Between Naps On The Porch for Tablescape Thursday

Boogieboard Cottage

2. Feel free to link up any of your masterpiece's whether they're crafts, recipes, decor, thrifty finds, etc. (Please no direct links to etsy).

Most of all, have fun!


  1. Hi Mary,

    Thanks so much for hosting and I love your style of decorating. Your table is lovely,

  2. Thanks so much for hosting!! What a beautiful and tranquil post!!


  3. Hi Mary, I love your style! Beautiful plates, work beautifully with the napkins and accessories. Thanks so much for hosting.

    The French Hutch

  4. Hi Mary, thanks for hosting. I look forward to joining in each week. Great coastal table settings. Have a great week.

  5. Hi Mary, I love shells. Love the tablescape with all the wonderful shells. Thank you for hosting.

  6. I grew up listening to the Beach Boys and recently my 8 year old daughter has acquired the same love, so that's what we have been listening to in the car this week. When I see your beautiful pictures that's what it reminds me of! :) Thank you for hosting and hope your week is off to a lovely beginning this Sabbath morning!

  7. I love your shabby coastal style! It makes me think of the yearly road trips we made down to Southern California to visit family, stopping in small coastal towns and hitting various antique stores, or stopping at Oregon beaches to pick up driftwood to haul back home. I'm introducing some coastal touches into my home for the summer and loving it. Thanks for sharing. Blessings, Patti

  8. Hello Mary!
    Gorgeous coastal tablescape, with such great elements, like the right dishes and even the napkin rings are perfect! I'm planning a coastal table myself with fish dishes I have, and now I'm getting so inspired by your lovely setting. Thank you for the fun party too. Big hugs,

  9. Oh, Mary- I ADORE your style and think you nailed it, lady!

    And I actually got a huge lump in my throat reading about your Grandma...she would be so danged proud of you.

    Thank you for hosting, and have a wonderful week! ~Michele

  10. Mary - I think your seaside-inspired tablescapes are always my faves. Love this style! Thanks for hosting this party. xxoo

  11. Shabby Coastal Living works for me! And you sure do it well!!! Loving all the eye candy this week!!
    Hope your week is Extraordinary!

  12. Mary, I've read your scripture verse from Isaiah 43 many times while visiting your blog but tonight I really needed to hear it again. Thanks for your inspiration.

  13. Mary, I think you are on to something. '-) Beautiful table setting, and the napkin rings are very clever. ~ Sarah

  14. Love your pretty tablescape, Mary! Thanks for hosting!...hugs...Debbie

  15. Your table is beautiful! I love it! (Now if I did that in my house - between the kids and animals, it would last about 3 minutes!)He he!

    Thank you for the party! Have a great week!

  16. Thanks for hosting! Have a happy week. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  17. I really like your tablescape. It has a very relaxed feel to it....Christine

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  19. Love your lovely seaside table setting. Thanks so much for hosting.

  20. Hi Mary, I love your Shabby Coastal Living style and the stories of your sweet Grandmother. Your tablescape is beautiful. Have a blessed weekend, Ginger