Wednesday, September 17, 2014

My Balcony Reveal!

My balcony is definitely still a work in progress. You'll see below that some of my plants are still in their temporary homes while I figure out what will grow best. Plus I ended up putting my strawberries in a planter that I am going to have to move because they are almost too tall for their current spot!

Here's what I used for inspiration:
Bridgette Nicole | DIY Enthusiasts | A Mile in Mom's Manolos

And then I saw this photo on the Ikea website and proceeded to make trips to three different Ikeas!
Ikea Summer 2014


Nautical by Nature | Nautical balcony

Nautical by Nature | Nautical balcony

Nautical by Nature | Nautical balcony

Nautical by Nature | Nautical balcony
I really wanted to hang nautical things on the back wall but it's too thick for nails
Nautical by Nature | Nautical balcony
I put that crab paper lantern up when I first moved in. It used to be RED stripes!
Nautical by Nature | Nautical balcony
I have two plants hanging over the rail. The weather this summer has been all over the place but they are hanging in there (ha)
Nautical by Nature | Nautical balcony
The lights are solar powered and definitely my favorite part!
Nautical by Nature | Nautical balcony
You can see that I also use my balcony for storage ;)
Nautical by Nature | Nautical balcony
A tiny visitor

Table and chairs: local flash sale site that Tiffany emailed me about
Rug: Ikea
Buoy lights: Ikea
Lantern: Ikea
Hanging planters: Ikea
Crab paper lantern: Target (years old)
Shelf storage: Target
White painted buoy: Marshalls
Adirondack  chair: Target

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Coastal Living Showhouse: Basement Bunk Room/Family Room

The basement could be a separate apartment/living space for guests, college kids home for break, nanny/housekeeper suite, etc. It has a small kitchen, a desk area, two bathrooms (one is a powder room and the other is a full bathroom), and bedroom. The bedroom currently has TWO sets of bunk beds!

See the rest of the Coastal Living Showhouse Coronado Island here: First floor introduction | First floor bedrooms | Backyard/porch/pool | Kitchen, Living room, Dining area | Family room | Second floor rooftop decks

Nautical by Nature | Coastal Living Showhouse Basement

Nautical by Nature | Coastal Living Showhouse Basement

Nautical by Nature | Coastal Living Showhouse Basement

Nautical by Nature | Coastal Living Showhouse Basement
The open door in top left corner leads to the garage

Nautical by Nature | Coastal Living Showhouse Basement

Nautical by Nature | Coastal Living Showhouse Basement
I love that every room had space for pets to relax

Nautical by Nature | Coastal Living Showhouse Basement

Nautical by Nature | Coastal Living Showhouse Basement
Powder room

Nautical by Nature | Coastal Living Showhouse Basement

Nautical by Nature | Coastal Living Showhouse Basement
Bags in the hallway

Nautical by Nature | Coastal Living Showhouse Basement
Full bathroom

Nautical by Nature | Coastal Living Showhouse Basement

Nautical by Nature | Coastal Living Showhouse Basement
The bottom beds are queens and the top beds are double beds so you have sleeping for up to 8 people in this room!

Nautical by Nature | Coastal Living Showhouse Basement

Nautical by Nature | Coastal Living Showhouse Basement

Nautical by Nature | Coastal Living Showhouse Basement

Nautical by Nature | Coastal Living Showhouse Basement
These are the stairs that lead up to the first floor of the house

Monday, September 15, 2014

Chatham Ivy t shirts

Chatham Ivy was started by two sisters in Chatham, Massachusetts in honor of their old school prep dad. Kim runs the business side and Katie provides the creative spark. Together they have created a line of limited edition t-shirts with beautiful original watercolors and graphic designs for men, women and children. There are three t shirt collections: wicked tees, destination tees, and coastal tees. The tees range from $16-28 each.

Here are the whimsical nautical designs in the coastal tee collection:

Chatham Ivy t shirts

The destination tees: Cape Cod, Newport, and Maine
Chatham Ivy t shirts
Cape Cod | Newport | Maine

Here are some of the designs from the wicked tee collection:
Chatham Ivy t shirts
Tartan tee

Chatham Ivy t shirts
Sunfish tee

Chatham Ivy t shirts
Landcruiser tee

Chatham Ivy t shirts
Woody wagon



Sunday, September 14, 2014

The Lottery

I have always been fascinated by utopias/dystopias and even took a literature class in high school on both. We read books like 1984 and Brave New World and then watched movies including Blade Runner, A Clockwork Orange, and The Handmaid's Tale. The class ended with a field trip to one of the more famous utopias: DISNEYLAND!

I knew as soon as I saw the preview that I would want to watch The Lottery. The Lottery takes place in 2025. There is a global fertility crisis and it has been five years since the last child was born. After years of research a fertility specialist, Dr. Lennon, is able to fertilize 100 embryos. Unfortunately the director of the U.S. Fertility Commission, Darius Hayes, takes control of the lab and informs the President of this breakthrough. A national lottery is held to determine which women will carry the prized embryos to term. The Lottery airs Sundays at 10 p.m. on Lifetime.

The Lottery Lifetime
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I was able to participate in a conference call with actors Athena Karkanis (chief of staff Vanessa Keller) and Yul Vázquez (President Thomas Westwood).

On being a villain Yul said, "No, I think people, at least for me, are behaving in the way that I see fit at this particular time with, you know, with the information that I have... The answer for me is no." Athena agreed, saying, "Yes, I would agree. I think the writers have done a really good job of not writing people who are clearly good or clearly bad because real people aren't clearly good and clearly bad. And – I mean even Darius who's sort of seems like the bad guy, his motivations are -- he thinks he's doing the best thing for the country and for the human race which is facing extinction. So, I think everybody is kind of just doing what they think is best even if that sometimes means that someone is going to lose or someone is going to get hurt. But it's sort of, you know, you kind of weight out the pros and cons, and sometimes you have to make those choices as you do in life."

The Lottery Lifetime
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On the fact that infertility is a growing issue for many Athena said, "It really is a thing that a lot of women are dealing with. And I think more so these days because people are – women are waiting longer. Women are pursuing careers and waiting longer to have children. And just culturally, I think we've sort of...growing up slower. And...that is also a theme in – of women who had pursued careers and then suddenly this infertility crisis hit and they had no idea that would happen, sort of thought that it would always be there for them. I mean it's certainly more realistic than zombies. But, you know, everyone loves zombies, so yes. I mean I think it's a thing that a lot more people can certainly relate to. But it's also interesting in this time when we're also sort of facing and dealing with issues of overpopulation to kind of think of this, you know. What an interesting way to see our extinction, but suddenly we're just – nobody new is being born and, you know, we're sort of the last."

The Lottery Lifetime
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The Lottery airs tonight, Sunday at 10 p.m., on Lifetime

Friday, September 12, 2014

Coastal Living Showhouse: Second Floor Rooftop Decks

See the rest of the Coastal Living Showhouse Coronado Island here: First floor introduction | First floor bedrooms | Backyard/porch/pool | Kitchen, Living room, Dining area | Family room


This is the space that the family/game room opens up to. There is also access from the living/dining room area.

Nautical by Nature | Coastal Living Showhouse: Second Floor Rooftop Decks

Nautical by Nature | Coastal Living Showhouse: Second Floor Rooftop Decks
Over by where that guy is walking there is a fancy BBQ, sink, and mini fridge

Nautical by Nature | Coastal Living Showhouse: Second Floor Rooftop Decks
Fire pit
Nautical by Nature | Coastal Living Showhouse: Second Floor Rooftop Decks

Go up a few stairs and you reach the very top of the house. This spot, facing the ocean, is quiet and private. Look at that view!

Nautical by Nature | Coastal Living Showhouse: Second Floor Rooftop Decks

Nautical by Nature | Coastal Living Showhouse: Second Floor Rooftop Decks
There is a bar cart and another sink and mini fridge so you can stay up here for hours!
Nautical by Nature | Coastal Living Showhouse: Second Floor Rooftop Decks
How cute is the whale weathervane

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Toggle Home Nautical Monograms

Toggle Home specializes in luxury bespoke monograms and custom designs. The Toggle Home designers work closely with each customer to help them develop their own unique designs for items. You can shop their website (choose the item, thread color, monogram style) or you can email Toggle Home at togglehome@gmail.com to work with a designer on a custom monogram. Shop homegoods, clothing, baby/kids, accessories, and linen.

Here are some of the nautical designs Toggle Home has done recently:

Toggle Home monograms

Toggle Home monograms

Toggle Home monograms

Toggle Home monograms

Toggle Home monograms

Toggle Home monograms

Toggle Home monograms
Some of the MANY monogram options from Toggle Home


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