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7 Elements To Cape Cod Style

cape cod style elements

With the reveal of the fabulous HGTV Home 2015, I wanted to share my thoughts on how to infuse the cape code style into the home. Let’s face it, our chances of winning this gorgeous home are like finding a needle in the haystack. And, if we did win, who could really afford keeping it? But, we can make our own homes beautiful with a few key elements and a bit of creativity.

With that-here are my 7 elements to cape code style.

elements of cape cod decor


Hardwood floors or whitewashed wood floors ground the space. If hardwood floors are not in your budget, there are some very high-end looking laminate floors that would give you the same look. And, with some handyman skills installation can be done by you, the homeowner. Natural fiber rugs are very durable and add that textural element to the home. Plus, when you have open space such as in this photo, the rug will define the separate spaces.

cape cod style elements


Tone-on-tone whites and creams give that airy and spacious feel. The natural light bounces off the walls, showcasing the fresh and clean palette. Having the walls painted in a crisp, clean shade will brighten the mood on gloomy days and become your blank canvas for accents to ‘pop’.

elements of cape cod style


In the photo above, credit to Cuckoo4design, the chandelier is definitely a statement piece. The chandelier is light and airy within that massive ceiling height. Now, chandeliers can be pricey. It is nothing to find a beautiful light fixture like this running in the $800-$1,000 range. Peruse around Craigslist  for a chandelier that will fit your room dimensions. Freshen it up with spray paint or even Annie Sloan chalk paint and distress. You will have an instant cape code style light fixture for pennies compared to what is shown.

elements to accent cape code style


Subtle sea-themed accessories, antiques, and wicker are ways to pull the entire cape cod style together. If you don’t have a ton to spend on accessories, throw pillows are one of the easiest updates for low-cost impact. Mix the old with the new-vintage pieces and salvage elements add character to the space. Bring in objects that have meaning to you. Perhaps, a seashell from the beach you and your family visited last summer could be framed and hung on the wall. This will bring personality to the space with your unique touches.

cape cod elements with color


Embrace color. Paint is one of the simplest ways to bring the beauty of the outdoors in. If choosing a more vibrant or deeper color on the walls, I would recommend keeping the main staples of the room neutral, as shown here. Painting the trim a crisp, clean white will also bring more light to the space and give a nice contrast to the vibrant paint color.

elements of cape cod style outdoors


The photo is so welcoming, isn’t it? We all would love to enjoy the outdoors in a space like this. Everyone feels so much better when they can soak up some rays and breath in the fresh air. Creating a cozy, welcoming outdoor space doesn’t have to be a budget breaker. Spray paint your existing patio set or pick up some fresh cushions in neutral tones. Add some simple green plants with colorful blooms that fit the color scheme of your home and that cape code style feel. And, remember..less is more.


Finally, if you just don’t have the budget for any of the above options-just add a new candle. Candles that have a clean scent of fresh linens or a summer rain, when lite can bring all those memories of that vacation at the beach! And even just opening those windows and letting in the summer breeze.

Which elements of cape cod style were most helpful to you?

*Most photos in this post were found on the HGTV Dream Home 2015 pin board via Pinterest. Julia, from Cuckoo4design visited this home and you can find out more details on the dream home via her blog.*

Coastal-Inspired Christmas Mantel

coastal inspired Christmas mantel

Our family woke up to a dusting of snow this morning. The department stores are all decked out for the holidays. My Pinterest feed is full of decorating inspiration for Christmas.  My daughters are selecting their latest wants from TV commercials to add to Santa’s list.

Christmas is coming and I have the decorating itch! So, I thought I would share how I displayed the Chalk Paint Coastal Tree on the mantel. A sneak peek of what is to come for Christmas 2014.

coastal inspired christmas mantel

Our home is filled with beach treasures-driftwood, sea gull feather, shells, and sand. Spending time at the beach is one of our favorite activities when we can get away. This was the inspiration for decorating our Christmas mantel.

coastal inspired christmas mantel

It wouldn’t be Christmas if there wasn’t a bit of sparkle. Small sea shells act as stoppers on the vintage glass bottles.

coastal inspired christmas mantel

Mercury glass trees and silver candlesticks are placed on the mantel for shimmer and shine.

coastal inspired christmas mantel


coastal inspired christmas mantel


coastal inspired christmas mantel


coastal inspired christmas mantel

Our family found so much beach glass on the Lake Michigan shoreline this summer. It was an unexpected surprise! We must have spent a good 2 hours just searching for treasures. I love how each piece is unique-how water and sand can smooth those rough edges-turn the ordinary glass bottle into little gems.

coastal inspired christmas mantel


coastal christmas mantel


coastal inspired christmas mantel

For our family, Christmas is about celebrating life, sharing distinctive memories about the past year, and decorating with pieces that have noteworthy value. Such as, treasures found on the shoreline together.  Every time we hang our chalk paint tree above the mantel,  it reminds our family of the fun time at the beach together. The girls share their favorite memory of that day and this becomes tradition.

What traditions do you share in your family? How do you decorate your Christmas mantel?

If you would like to make your own coastal inspired chalk paint tree you can find the tutorial here.


Before And After Coastal Style Mirror



I love decorating with coastal style and finding pieces that I can transform in a fresh new way. Decorative mirrors are classic. They never go out of style and every home should have at least one. Mirrors bounce light around the room and can be used to feature some beautiful areas of the home, such as a chandelier or outdoor view.


Today, I wanted to share with you how easy it is to transform an outdated accessory into a real gem.


Let’s get started with the project!


Above is the before of the mirror.

It is pretty dated.

A piece from the 70’s in all of its great plastic faux wood loveliness.

The products you will need to create a similar project:

americana chalky finish paint


americana creme wax

I started painting the mirror in shades of Yesteryear and Serene from Americana Decor. The paint went smoothly and all it required was 1 coat overall. I did have to touch up a few areas, but no big deal.

Americana beachy mirror

Once the paint had dried (I gave it a few hours) I lightly distressed areas to create a worn look. I used very fine sandpaper to accomplish this. If you want a two-tone look you would need to add vaseline to areas after your base coat and then add the second color on top. Once dry,  sand to reveal your base coat underneath. Because the mirror had that faux wood grain, it was great for distressing and adding a textured look to the piece. It was almost like a worn driftwood effect.

americana chalky finish paint

I was happy with how the paint adhered to the mirror. However, I did not realize it would adhere to my nail polish so well. The paint did wash up well on my hands and brushes.

It just really liked my fingernails!

Maybe I will start a new trend! Chalky finish nail polish using Americana Chalky Finish Paint.

distressed areas of mirror

The mirror did have quite a dramatic change just by sprucing it up with paint, but I wanted to take it a step further. The little shelf attached to the mirror was the perfect area to decoupage some pretty paper on. I really fell in love with this paper from hazel & ruby. It had the same beachy shades I was using in the paint and in a gorgeous chevron pattern.

wax paper template

I started with using wax paper and rubbed the outline of the shelf to give me some lines to cut out my template for the chevron paper.

template for decoupage

hazel & ruby crazy for chevy teals

Once the template was cut out and fitted to the shelf I applied a coat of decoupage glue to the shelf only. I placed the paper on the piece and proceeded to smooth out the surface. A spatula works great for this.

decoupage project from dandelion patina

I let the piece dry overnight. Once the paper was attached to the shelf I added a topcoat of the decoupage matte.

TIP: once completely dry lightly sand the edges of paper to give it a distressed look and to crisp up the lines so that they blend into the piece.

dandelion patina beachy mirror

I then went over the entire piece with the creme wax to give it a protective finish. This product went on more like a decoupage paste rather than a typical furniture wax. I found it extremely easy to apply. Once the wax was dry, just buff it with a clean white cloth to reveal a nice luster.

And now to accessorize!

decoupaged shelf

beachy mirror

beach accessories

dandelion patina beachy mirror

Hope you enjoyed this coastal style mirror tutorial!

I would love to see what you create with these products!

Please send your pictures to me here to be featured on the Dandelion Patina Facebook page!

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Chalk Paint Coastal Tree



Hey friends! I am here to share a simple DIY project with you today! Collecting objects from nature is something our family loves to do. Creating home decor with those objects is budget-friendly and gives you unique pieces that only you will have.

Let’s get started with the tutorial.


Supplies you will need:

Piece of plywood cut to your desired size

Chalk paint, paint brush, sandpaper, wood of various sizes for tree

Sealer for topcoat, of your choice

CeCe Caldwell Chalk Paint in Blue Montana Sky.


A piece of plywood.


Pieces of wood to make the tree shape. These pieces were collected by my kiddos, making it a special memento when finished.


Remove paint from the original container and mix with a bit of water in a  bowl. Adding a bit of water will help the paint spread  easier,  as chalk paint is of a thicker consistency. Start applying the paint and cover entire surface.


The fun part-watching the chalk paint dry.


Isn’t that neat? The variations of drying: lighter areas have dried and the darker are still wet.


Next is the wash over the top. Layering paint colors is such a creative process. To apply a wash, water down a small amount of paint to the consistency of colored water. Brush on the piece, intentionally not covering the entire surface. CeCe Caldwell Seattle Mist chalk paint was used.


Then, take a rag and wipe off the excess paint used for the wash. Let dry.

Place your wood pieces on your plywood to create the desired shape of your tree. Hot glue the pieces on.

Now comes the final topcoat.


I love using General Finishes Flat topcoat poly. It leaves a low luster finish to the surface. Other poly products I have used are very shiny once dry, which is not my preference.


Here is the completed piece. It is an inexpensive way to create wall art. This creation will be displayed on our Coastal-inspired Christmas Mantel.


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