November 15, 2015

The Cottage I Want To Buy

Sometimes I think it's fun to look at homes for sale in areas around where we live. 
 I know you guys understand that since you love houses and decorating and nesting like I do.
 I happened upon this one in the charming small town of Granville, Ohio.

To me, this is a quintessential cottage.
I mean, look at that front porch and the gorgeous blooming hydrangeas.
I love the old driveway with the two little lanes for the tires and grass in between.

Isn't that a pretty front door? 

It's even painted blue ~ I think that's a sign.

Come on in and I'll show you around.

Nice size living and dining rooms.

The floors are beautiful and everything looks to be in very good condition.
We could move right in.

Upstairs, there are 3 cozy bedrooms.

So cute how the bed is tucked in under the eaves in the room below.

This bathroom is beautifully updated.

I saved my favorite part for last so let's head back downstairs.

This kitchen and sitting area looks so charming and cozy and just shouts out cottage style to me.

I have a feeling I would spend most of my time in here.
I'm loving the painted floors . . .

. . . and the fireplace.

And of course, any cottage has to have an adorable
enclosed porch for those morning cups of coffee in the summer.

It doesn't stop there, either.
The cottage charm even extends into the backyard.

Can't you envision having lunch out here in the summer?
I'm sure there wouldn't be any bugs since this is the perfect cottage after all.

And it's complete with a pretty white archway ~ so welcoming.

Yep, I can see hubby and myself pulling into this little driveway
and we can argue over who gets to park in the garage.

Please perfect cottage, still be for sale when the kids have all left home
and we're ready for you.  I promise I would love you and take care of you
and appreciate all of your cottage goodness everyday.
Really, I would!

- it doesn't hurt to dream -

Have a wonderful week everyone!
~ JoAnne

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October 29, 2015

A Clean Kitchen

This is my son's senior year and we have been in the thick of
college visits, applications, and senior year activities.
Lots to do and I know this year is going to fly by.

Things are a little less crazy at the moment so I've had a little time
to do some fluffing and puttering around the house .
A great way to spend some time in my opinion ; )

This morning the sun was shining in so beautifully.

It motivated me to give the kitchen a good cleaning.

It felt so good to have the counters clean and sparkling . . .

. . . and the table cleared off with only a simple centerpiece left in the middle.

I filled this bowl with some shiny red apples.

This old fruit crate came from the Country Living Fair.
Of course the blue label is what caught my eye.

Now it is on my counter filled with some of my favorite kitchen
accessories and a little fall color.

I even lit a candle placed in a favorite little teacup.

Don't you love a nice, clean kitchen?

I may even cook dinner tonight!!

I hope you're enjoying some beautiful fall days!

~ JoAnne

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October 3, 2015

New Hampshire in the Fall

Two years ago, hubby and I went to New Hampshire for our twentieth wedding anniversary.  
It was a wonderful trip and this time of year brings back those memories for me.
So today I am reminiscing about New England in the fall with some of my 
favorite photos from two years ago.

~ The Hancock Inn ~

~ Old Cemeteries ~

~ Antique Houses ~

~ Churches ~

So lucky - we had this gorgeous weather every day.

Bye, bye New Hampshire ~ hope to see you again soon!

Thank you for joining me on my trip down memory lane ~


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