Monday, August 6, 2012

A Vintage Tea Chest Beach House Style and Naming Rights

Hi All

Hope you all had a fabbo weekend.  Mr Beach House was home and together we attacked the garden on a beautiful mid Winters day on the Beaches.  It is so over grown that we barely made a dent.  The lawn mower wouldn't start, after 5 months of laying dormant, but we did achieve lots including the beginnings of a vege patch.  The budget has blown out and these will be about the most expensive vegetables on the planet, but it will be a learning experience for the Beach House Brats and over time our start up costs will drop per vegetable.

I also got this comment from Malcom, an Australian living in Paris, who I think reads me because he gets a dose of OZ when he comes here. Here's what he said:
Listen Carolyn...if you keep addressing me as "ladies" I'm not gonna read your blog any more. :-)

Terrific cakes!

............And so it got me thinking.

You guys are part of my tribe and I am part of yours and that is important, we get each other, we like to hang out and we like the same stuff, but what should I call you?  Beach Housers sounds ridiculous, Beachcombers is taken, surfie chicks would be great, but it doesn't include the men amongst you.  So what's it to be?  

That's were you guys come in!!!!!   I need your help in naming you, my tribe.  Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

And while you're at it, what do you think of my new friend?  A very rough around the egdes Bushells tea chest, complete with its own tissue paper lining and remnant tea leaves. Leaves that were picked by the hands of hard working women, resplendent in colourful saris. I love that not so long ago this is how the grocer received tea, which was then individually packaged for patrons.

Sure beats a cardboard box of 100 tea bags, which I'm almost ashamed to say, is how I buy my tea these days. This tea chest and her remnant contents have sure been on a journey and now they are part of mine in this rickety old Beach House. I stacked her up with a myriad of cook books and interiors books that I seem addicted to collecting. I filled a thrifted enamel jug with jonquils 

Then added a little coastal charm in the form of driftwood and coral and I think she looks pretty sweet.

I moved the jonquils around a bit and also love them in this frame on my mantel.  These flowers signal the last days of Winter on the beaches, which makes this Beach House girl very happy.
There's a thought for a name for you guys......... Beach House ???????  You fill in the gap

My vote is Beach House Hood or maybe Beach Dwellers?????  Come on guys I need you!!!!!  Sounds crazy but in so many ways, you my tribe, complete me.  I put it down to you, that I have lost so much weight, have tried new stuff like food styling.  I was like that pre baby, but the motherhood thing floored me for a while, but your amazing support has really bought me back to the real Carolyn and for that I thank you.  But what to call you as a group, well that is up to you!!!!!!

Have a great week 
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  1. love the tea chest and how you are using it in the living room :) Kate x

  2. I WANT that tea chest......
    When I come over for a 'cuppa' I am gonna wheel that bay outta there
    quicker than you can say John Quills. I laughed out loud at that. Jonquils ;o)
    Have a great day!!!
    Tania xx
    What about 'desirables' for a name ;o)
    really just kidding ;o) don't call me husband will worry.

    1. You are very funny. I like desirables. Cause you guys are. Now I'm off to correct my spelling. Love that you told me. Thanks

    2. Ps last season I didn't even know what they were called. This season I learned how to spell it. See proof that you guys are adorable.....forcing me to be better.

  3. i love the tea chest with the printing on the side!
    great find.

  4. Love the tea chest, and as I was reading your post I came up with desirables too!
    If I think of anything else I'll come back.

  5. Love the tea chest - that brought back memories of my dad being in the Air Force - whenever we made a move from one RAAF Base to the next, our belongings were packed up in tea chests.

    Beach House buddies?

  6. Funny....I know the flowers as daffodils.

    I'm the worst when it comes to clever names.

  7. Um beach house squatters? Lol

  8. Love love your tea chest, it's perfect Carolyn!! I recently did what was possibly a less than legal u-turn on a pretty main road as i spotted a tea chest on the other side! Turned out it was so ruined I couldn't salvage him... guess he and I weren't meant to be... c'est la vie!

    I think Tania's onto a winner with Desirables.. pretty cute :) Jo x

  9. LOVE LOVE LOVE that Tea Chest. How about the beach bums bahahaha xx

  10. That is just stunning! Makes for a beautifully unique sidetable for sure!


  11. Love your vintage tea chest!! That is wonderful! Happy Monday! hugs, Holly

  12. I swear, I can smell those daffodils! :)

  13. Beach house buddy's or squatters is good. Beach house devotees?
    You could shorten us to bhb's or bhs's ( that sounds a bit rude) bhd's

    Nar, beach house buddies....
    Nic x

  14. Love the tea chest. I remember moving house when I was 9 years old and we used tea chests to pack everything in. Like the name beach dwellers.

  15. The perfect spot for your tea it!

  16. Gorgeous tea chest! Am laughing at Desireables... that is pretty funny! x

  17. Wow, that tea chest is just great!! Liz

  18. Oh I love it. Makes a fabulous end table. Great vignette too. Hugs, Marty

  19. What a wonderful chest. Love the graphics.

  20. It does seem to make tea seem more special if it comes in a crate. How cool that you have it for your very own!

  21. Love the tea chest as well as your other decor, excellent design eye :)

  22. Adore your tea chest! The term "ladies" and "girls" has me thinking about that now! I like your use of "desirables"! Have a terrific weekend and thank you for linking to Potpourri Friday at 2805!

  23. You should know I would love your tea chest and the beach house sounds delightful. Where did you find such a treasure. I love tea parties and teapots and china! My mother ordered bone china from England many years ago and it arrived in wood barrels with a straw like subtance for packing which had been wet and then it dryed to the china. Please, pop over to view some finds used in a vacation tablescape!

    Thanks, Pam

  24. I don't know about the name, but I love that chest!

  25. Oh...How I love your seaside blog! Having grown up by on the Pacific Ocean...I have such a deep appreciation for anything nautical!
    I m so happy to have found you!
    Fair weather and following seas,

  26. Just love your " tea " table - gorgeous -
    I'm your newest follower - would love to have you drop by for a visit and follow back when you can :)

  27. What a great tea love love it!!

  28. Lovin your tea table chest! The yellow jonquils certainly look happy. ~ Sarah

  29. Love your tea table chest! How cool is that?! Visiting from the US via Tatertots & Jello. Newest follower. :)

  30. Hey Carolyn, that tea chest is just amazing, so great as an end table. I'm hoping your guys get their "due"! how funny!! thanks for linking up for the party!

  31. LOVE, love, love, (did I say 'love'?) that tea chest!! I might be just a wee tiny bit jealous :)

  32. That tea chest is fabulous! My mum used to have a few of those and got rid of them! Crazy!

    Thanks so much for sharing this post at my Say G'day party. I just gave it a +1 on Google and pinned it to my Say G'Day Saturday board.

    Best wishes and hope your weekend is fabulous!
    Natasha in Oz

  33. I'm so bad with names so no advice there (DIY Show Off? Really? If I had known what I know now...I'd have something cute. lol!)

    I love the tea chest. So much personality!


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