Saturday, September 10, 2011

AUTHENTIC STYLE SERIES & LINKY PARTY featuring Sarah of A Beach Cottage

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New to the Authentic Style Series? Read about it here.

This month's featured blogger is none other than Sarah of A Beach Cottage. I can't get enough of her dreamy photos, cottage projects, and styling abilities. She is the epitome of beach cottage style! Let's learn all about it. Take it away, Sarah...

a beach cottage

Hmm...when Amy first contacted me about my style I had to stop and have a little think...because I actually love many different styles...but I think ending up here in this old cottage near the sea, my style has evolved to suit that...the lifestyle here in Australia, the climate and the amazing colours and beautiful scenery all around us.

I love laid-back style...for me there is nothing worse than stuffy, over perfect homes..I would describe my style as casual, attainable and mostly comfortable....bare floorboards for bare feet, big puffy sofas filled with cushions to plonk down in at the end of the day, coir rugs for natural style, white slipcoverings that can be thrown in the wash and easy fabrics blowing in a coastal breeze...

The key elements of my style are a white backdrop, dressed up with vintage things and pops of colour with flowers, heaps of soft furnishings, the odd ruffle and polka dot and things from nature..I just love to bring the outdoors I also have a hearty love for a nautical stripe in this old cottage!

I also love style that is unique and authentic and my hobby of scouring the beachside suburbs for old unusual bits of furniture and decor and giving them a new life means that when I open the door to this old place at the end of the day, the things in here speak to me...they are just all about me...and I love that about style...

The picture of my hallway is my style all old oar that I found whitewashed and turned into a coat rack, and an old chair picked up from the side of the road, cleaned up painted white, stenciled with my fave numbers and a great place to throw your bag on when you come in!

The artwork in my kitchen captures everything about my style...I made it myself from an old thrifted frame and picked out all the names of local beaches around here that I pass as part of my day-to-day personifies for me the huge seachange we took on from London to Australia and every time I look at it it makes me smile!

I love this shot of my dining room...I often get asked how I can stand to live with so much white...but honestly I don't think that I do because I always have flowers, things collected from the beach, oh and 3 children in here keeping it real!  This shot shows my love of pops of colour, vintage finds and rustic texture working together for the look I love.

Our old deck is one of my favourite places to is at the back of the cottage and when we bought the place it had a dark green mouldy room, orange brown paint and wasn't looking too pleasant...nothing that a lick of paint couldn't cure...we made it over with a bit of elbow grease, I added white painted Adirondack chairs and a thrifted table combined with mis-matched vintage chairs...I spend a lot of time out here enjoying table dressing and displaying vintage things picked up along the way....

This picture of my Sitting Room shows what I mean about comfort and authentic old vintage suitcase painted white, a big old soft and poofy sofa that is getting so old now I think it knows the curves of my body, and an old pine coffee table painted white and displaying my some of the vintage china I collect...of course stuffed with flowers!

My bedroom is a haven for me...I always wanted a white iron bed when I was a little girl, layered up to it's eyeballs in white linens...I love how a white bedroom gives flexibility though - changing out the linen and pillows is quick and inexpensive way to get a new look...ahem I do that a bit too often ;-)

Amy's Reflection on Sarah's Style:

Seriously...isn't her home the dreamiest? Sarah is one of the first bloggers I started reading just over three years ago. It's the combination of her style, her personality, her photos, and her Australian vocabulary that continually make me smile. As a fellow lover of cottage style, we share a passion for vintage items. Thank you, Sarah, for sharing your authentic beach cottage style with all of us here at WhisperWood Cottage. You are an inspiration to bloggers throughout the world.

If you need more of a Sarah fix, read her blog at A Beach Cottage...

a beach cottage

Check out her new ebook...Sweet Blogging: How to Blog for Girls...

Shop her online store...


Join the Authentic Style Series!

Do you share similarities with Sarah's style? Or perhaps you'd like to show off your own authentic style. If so, here's what you need to do:

1. Become a follower and/or subscriber of WhisperWood Cottage.

2. Include the Authentic Style button in your post or on your sidebar:

3. Link up a recent project or any kind of post that shows off your authentic style. (NOTE: Posts must be about your own rooms, project, and/or style. Other types of posts will be deleted.)

That's it! I can't wait to see how you've
been expressing your authentic self!
I look forward to featuring a few 
projects that are authentically you!


  1. Thanks for hosting the fun hop. Can't wait to see what else gets added.

    Love Sarahs look.

    Have a fun weekend...Tracy :)

  2. I love her blog...for some strange reason I am no longer able to comment on there-my comment goes into limbo without posting. She has a great "touch" and style. xo Diana

  3. Thank you so much for the party;)
    Can`t wait to see the other entries;)
    Lovely greetings...

  4. I've followed her blog for awhile and really love her style. One of my favorite things she does is use little pops of red against all that cream and white. It's a beautiful thing.

    I finished my blog makeover to reflect my authentic style so I linked it up. It may be a bit of different kind of link up but it's certainly authentic and I'm so happy I made the changes. It's definitely me.

    Great series Amy!

  5. I've been reading Sarah's blog since I discovered blogging also. Always a treat to go by and see her wonderful photos and dream of visiting Australia one day!

  6. I have just joined your blog, love your style and flair. Thank you for sharing it with everyone!

  7. thanks Amy for sponsoring another great link-up - Sarah's home is so dreamy - I love it!

  8. Sarah's blog was my first blog I followed like many of your readers. It continues to amaze me with her uniqueness and own sense of style. Would love to spend a day with her and see her life for real. :) What a treat that would be.


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