Thursday 17 April 2014

beach party

It's been a while and I'm wondering whether anyone will be reading this post. I wanted to share with you a really fun project we've been working on for the past few days.

It all began with this surfboard table my partner a builder made for a client, owner of our favourite cafe in the area, on the balcony at his home. 
The idea grew when he was asked to transform the whole balcony into a beach complete with sand! as well as a corrugated iron bar and outdoor shower for a surprise birthday party for his wife.

It felt a bit like an episode from one of the TV shows like Backyard Blitz. He had only 2 days to complete the whole thing while the owners went away. The biggest challenge, this balcony is on the 3rd floor! of the house.
A huge thanks to the very strong labourer who lugged bucketfuls of sand up stairs for 2 days, sometimes in the rain. 

I collected some of the oversupply of beachy props that have been hanging around here, oars, driftwood, shells, lobster buoys, beach signs, surfing prints and bought a few plants and a beach umbrella to add some colour to the scene.

With an all white background and an ocean view to die for it's a fantastic setting for a beach party.

Recycled materials were used for the rustic beach bar. I like the effect of the rusty corrugated iron, weathered wood and pops of colour in contrast to the white walls.

Happy Birthday Vicki!

and the text message when she arrived home last night began with OMG OMG OMG! a huge surprise. she loves it.


  1. How totally fun!

    I am loving the sign - the shape, the words, the color - did you paint it?

    Hope you are back. I have missed your gorgeous ocean scenes.

    1. hi carol, the large green sign was already there. i'd like to make this kind of thing (: we had a lot of fun creating the setting.

  2. That looks line my kind of party! I love that bar!!!! You did an amazing job.

  3. That's fantastic!! I loved all the little touches, so beautiful, so thoughtful. Wonderful work!! Love ~ Vanessa

  4. I have been following your pics on IG and wondering the occasion. Love it! You did so well :)

  5. amazing! would love to attend that party!

  6. The balcony looks great. I'm in love with the driftwood anchor. The view is also amazing and reminds me of my summer holidays as a child.

  7. Oh this is so fabulous & fun Cheryl. And what fun you had creating! Absolutely fabulous and if I had arrived home to this, I would have said exactly what Vicki said - OMG! I Love it!

  8. Ok yes it looks great! But I hope someone else and not the birthday girl will clean all the sand from the house!AriadnefromGreece!

  9. This is fantastic. The sand makes it authentic. You and your partner did a great job!

  10. I'm so glad you popped by to share this with us. What a wonderful birthday surprise. I love the anchor made of driftwood and all the beachy props. Sarah x

  11. I just love that bar! And your blog, cheers Anne


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