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Cottages at the Beach

I'm unpacking and catching up on laundry since returning from  our annual vacation with my husband's family. We always have a great time and I love that we have this tradition. It's such a cute little beach town and I always enjoy taking long walks and looking at the charming houses. Want to come along?

The house above has its red, white and blue going on  all ready to celebrate. Adirondack chairs always look great and I think they look very inviting on the front porch.

I like how neat and tidy this pretty blue house looks. The landscaping isn't anything extravagant but it looks great. In the picture below you can see the pretty, soft light green on the screened door and the same color is on the door to the house as well.

Here's another screened door that is just so charming. The little spindles in the center are painted the two  colors of the house - such a great idea.

The red door on this house really stands out. A lot of the houses have screened in porches on t…

Bathroom Restyle

I have wanted to make some small changes to our powder room for awhile now and I finally did it.
This is how it looked before the changes - - -

(It is really hard to take pictures of a room with a mirror in it without getting yourself in the picture!)
The bathroom is right off of our entry which is painted a soft blue/green (of course).  I thought the paint color looked really pretty with the green wallpaper in the powder room so I wanted to add some touches of that color to the room.  This is what I came up with.
First I painted and lightly distressed this mirror that used to be in my daughter's room.  
It went from this... 
to this...
I was able to pop off the floral piece at the top to give it a cleaner look.
The harder part was removing the globs of glue that were under it!
Then I used some of the same paint on the frame of this picture and did some sanding to give it a weathered look.
And even added some blue to this little guy.
With the addition of a couple more blue accessories...

...this is how it looks now.

I'm much happier with it now and I like how it flows better with the look of the entryway.

I just have to show you one more picture for fun - 
Doesn't this treadmill make a great place for painting projects?  At least it's good for something right?  : )

I hope you like the changes.  I would love to hear any feedback - it's so fun to hear from YOU!!

I'm joining some great parties at the following so come on and join in!

French Country Cottage - Feathered Nest Friday
The Charm of Home - Home Sweet Home Party
Between Naps on the Porch - Metamorphosis Monday
Debbiedoo's - Newbies Party

~ ~ JoAnne


  1. I just had to visit when I saw blue in your thumbnail. I came over from HSH.
    When I saw the title of your blog I knew I was in the right place. Blue is my all time favorite color. It has been my favorite for years. I watched it come and go and come again.
    You did a fab job in the powder room. The mirror is my favorite. I love how your are making good use of the treadmill. The towel basket is a great way to display and make them convenient. Thanks for sharing.
    I am your newest follower. Please come by to visit me. I am having a great giveaway. Ginger

  2. You did a great job on the bathroom. How pretty is that mirror. I love the little bird hook and the picture. It all looks very nice. Thanks for linking up!

  3. I LOVE the bathroom! That mirror is outstanding looking in white! I love the metal shelf above the toilet too!

    I'm here from Debbiedoo's party and your newest follower.

    Have a great day.

  4. Hi Joanne...I am so glad you joined my newbie party. This is a great start for you...
    Have fun, and I will see you again soon. My best advise right now, is to visit lots, and comment, comment, comment. It should get you some return visits and some friends.

  5. I think you did a beautiful job at making the room your own. Love the bird hook too. Everything looks lovely.

  6. Love it! I am in the process of giving my bathroom a perk, too. Painting the walls chocolate and the ceiling...a beautiful blue! Just did my bedroom in Pacific by Pratt/Lambert. It is a gorgeous blue!
    Love your painted mirror.

    Visiting from Debbie's.

  7. Wow you did an amazing job. I love it! I'm visiting from Debbie's party. I'm a new follower. I'd love it if you stopped by for a visit.

  8. That is a great make over! Love the blue's and the bird hanger is so darn cute. Have a great week, Vicky

  9. That's lovely. Such a wonderful feel the room has now!

  10. Love the changes! Such a beautiful space!
    I am working on my half bath rigth now too. Check it out on my blog at

  11. Hi...I found you at Debbie's and am following you now. I liked your bathroom before but I know what you mean about needing a spruce-up. It looks wonderful. My half bath needs more than a quick fix so I have to gear myself up! Stop by my blog if you have time. Nice to meet you. ~Ann

  12. Great job on your redo. I love the changes and I'm like Ginger (Savannah Granny)....a sucker for all things blue.

  13. Like what you did with the mirror. And you might as well use the treadmill for something. any ideas for a stationary bicycle?

  14. And welcome to blogging! I saw your post on the Steelers - it's not to late to become a Brown's fan. We'll take everyone we can get!

  15. Your powder room looks so pretty. The mirror came out great. It's so fun getting clever and crafty while being frugal. Nice job. I'm visiting from Debbie's Newbie party. I'm your newest follower. I hope you'll visit and follow me too!

  16. Hi there~ What a pretty room- love the mirror - it came out fantastic! Great idea to use the treadmill for painting too! lol! Thanks for sharing this at Feathered Nest Friday! :)

  17. Your bathroom is so pretty! I just found your blog and am now your newest follower. Come check me out if you get a chance.

  18. Joanne I LOVE this bathroom!! Just became your newest follower. Would love you to stop by sometime and follow me back. Martina


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