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Welcome to Oceania Island Living. We absolutely adore coastal island lifestyle, forever stylish and serene, fresh and authentic and always creative and inspiring. So pull up your sun lounger and experience coastal island style by our shores, we guarantee you'll not want to leave...

Sunday, July 31, 2011

The Beach Is My Therapy

Olioboard is just one of the many cool online mood board programs available.

It's so easy to navigate and has heaps of inspirational concept ideas from other great designers.

The Beach Is My Therapy
created by Oceania Island Living

When I get a chance, I do like to play around with it and created this little coastal number above.
It has all the elements I love in a coastal resort style interior.

So, check it out http://www.olioboard.com/

Happy Island Styling!

Friday, July 29, 2011

Flip Flop Friday - Idyllic Beachfront

This weekends gorgeous image to get you all in the coastal mood
is the very beautiful Hotel Villa Rolandi Thalasso.

My spots been reserved and the G&T ordered!

Have a lovely weekend everyone.

Happy Island Styling.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

These Rock!

Pebbles can be just as interesting as shells on a beach shore. The ones below are my absolute favourite, the charcoal grey with white stripes are very striking. So next time you're at the beach have a look at pebbles for some coastal inspiration.

image Pinterest

Pebble inspired table - how cool is this?
image Pinterest


These are so easy to make, take a flat not too heavy pebble
and use strong glue to attach a good quality magnet to the back and
hey presto super cute fridge magnets, beach style.
image Coast magazine

More pebble inspired floor cushions
image Pinterest

Pebble inspired vase - such a beautiful organic shape
image Pinterest


Pebble inspired stools, these are from Aura in Australia
and they are just perfect for patios.
image Aura

Love organic inspired jewellery, these pebble shaped rings
are so, so beachy and cool.
image Pinterest

My heart shaped pebble found on the NSW South Coast,
now at home in my study as a natural paperweight.
image Oceania Island Living

Pebble table mats, I've also seen this idea as door mats,
bath mats and coasters.
image Pinterest

Happy Island Styling.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Delightful Driftwood

There's something whimsical about driftwood.

These natural beach sculptures hold many possibilities with a little imagination. Many wonderful creations have made out of driftwood, but I love the colours.

The taupe silver of driftwood is the most perfect cool silver grey colour for interior walls, mixed with fresh white and hints of ocean blue, its true classic coastal style.

The natural beauty of driftwood sculpted by the elements.

Such a cute idea, driftwood hanger in a baby boutique.

Playful handmade sailboats, almost too good to sail away.

I love the scale of this mirror, so rustic, so French, so cool.

Here's an ingenious idea - a jewellery hanger - love this.

Cute tea light holder.

Cool bedhead, have also seen this idea as a sink splashback.
Love the way they have complimented the driftwood colours into the bed linen.

I love the rustics of this driftwood table.

Beautiful craft idea, turning driftwood into spool holders.

So romantic, perfect for a beach wedding.

Modern artwork and air plant holders.

A cool outdoor towel holder.
image The White Company

Rest of image from Pinterest.

Happy Island Styling.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Flop Flop Friday - Whitsundays

It's the weekend again and this stunning image is Hayman Island in the Whitsundays of Australia.
I love the Whitsundays, even had my honeymoon here, and now that I live in lovely Queensland its a hop, skip and a jump away - yippee.

If you ever get the chance to visit this part of the world, you would truly love it. Oprah visited earlier this year and was speechless by its beauty - I guess that's quite a thing for Oprah.

Have a lovely weekend all, wherever you are or would like to be.

Happy Island Styling!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Marvelous bamboo

I spy with my little designer eye, the most gorgeous bamboo pens.

I just have to have some of these for my new study!
If you love them too, you can get them from www.iomoi.com and at just 10 USD for 3 that's a bargain!

image Iomoi

Happy Island Styling!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Beach Style by Firelight

It's been a chilly week on Australia's East Coast.
So to help warm up the cockles for those who are currently in Wintertime, I thought we'd have a look at some lovely coastal inspired fireplaces.

Super stylish
image Trends magazine

Lovely coastal fireplace

Traditional fireplace
image Pinterest

Cosy fireplace setting
image Pinterest

This outdoor fire is stunning!
image Pinterest

Love the coastal cottage style of this one
image Pinterest

French & country fireplace scene
image Pinterest

India Hicks fireplace at Hibiscus Hill

Happy Cosy Island Styling!

Shore Thing Sunday

The special thing about this beach in Tobago, Caribbean is that not only is it spectacularly gorgeous, but I have had the lucky opportunity of walking along this very shore.

My first introduction to island life was the Caribbean many years ago and it still remains such a special experience to this day.

Years later it's now captured and created into Oceania Island Living for everyone to share, shore thing!

Have a lovely relaxing sunny Sunday.

Happy Island Stying.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

A little imagination...

I spotted this gorgeous bamboo cutlery caddy the other day from a cool company

I love the simplicity of this, as well as the functionality but I won't be putting any cutlery in it.

No, I have other plans, welcome to my new art material caddy.
It is the perfect size for my paint brushes, pencils, paints in fact all my painting equipment.

I reckon with a little imagination you can turn the ordinary into extraordinary, it's just a case of how you look at things.

Happy Island Styling!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Timeless Tropical Style

Donna Karan's beautiful West Indies retreat just goes to prove that the coastal/tropical island style never dates.

images Architectural Digest

Happy Island Styling.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Create Your Own Paradise - Basket Shelves

I came across this simple but ingenious idea the other day and thought, these look very simple to make and very cool.

There are plenty of gorgeous baskets out there, all you need is a floating
shelf support bracket to assemble.

These look fantastic.

You can buy similar at Freedom Furniture (Aus),
as they are a table/shelf they are very strong, so are ideal
for making into a larger floating shelf unit.

Again you just need a floating shelf support from your
local hardware store to install.

Happy Island Styling.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Flip Flop Friday - It's time to relax...

Flop Flop Friday's here again and look at this for a sensational spot to chill and relax.

This has to be the perfect weekend escape!

Wishing you all a chilled and gorgeous weekend.

Happy Island Styling.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Seaside Charm

My childhood Summers where British ones. I lived 2 blocks away from the seaside and it was the best childhood place to grow up in ever - why? Because it was and will be forever magical.

The British seaside conjures up nostalgic memories and today I'm still attracted to it's simple candy coloured charm with all the vintage trimmings you can through a stick of rock at.

The essence of seaside charm can be found in classic nautical, vintage/retro 50's style diner cafes and shabby chic rustic cottage furnishings - a mixture that creates an utterly charming combination that stands the test of time.

It's fun, it's happy, so lets get back to the 99's, multi coloured candy rock, kiss me quick hats, beach huts, buckets & spades and of course, a deck chair or two to sit and gaze out towards the sparkling summer sea on a balmy English Summer's day.

The Big Wheel

The Classic Deck chair
Buy the Sea

English Seaside Picnic
Homes and Antiques Magazine

Candy Striped Umbrella

Beach Hut Storage Boxes - how cute are these?
 Buy the Sea

Pond Yacht - Rule Britannia!
Buy the Sea

Cockle Heart - makes a beautiful coastal Christmas decoration as well.
Buy the Sea

The Classic 50's Phrase that sums up the seaside sentiment

Beautiful vintage coastal vignette
Home and Antiques Magazine

Lighthouse lantern
Buy the Sea

Gorgeous Vintage Luggage

Sand Castle Ceramic Bowls - cheeky take on the seaside bucket
Buy the Sea

How casual and breezy is this seaside coastal office?
Would love to do my
paintings and musings here on an English Summers day. 
Homes and Antiques Magazine


Love the striped ticking fabric and white bench seat.
Homes and Antiques Magazine

Lighthouse Tea Towels
Buy the Sea

Vintage Seaside Poster

Homes and Antiques Magazine

Driftwood Letters
Buy the Sea

 What a cool idea.
Driftwood Splashback

Mazizmuse Designs Etsy

Seaside Rock - a classic.

Happy Seaside Island Styling.