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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…

Family Room Makeover

     I have changed our family room a couple of times since we moved to this house.  I think I finally have it the way it will stay for a while (well, at least a little while : ).

     This is what it looked like when we were looking at the house:


After we moved in I painted the walls a yellow/gold color and used the furniture we already had.

The light colored furniture was very hard to keep clean with a family so we eventually replaced it with a brown leather sofa and loveseat.  It took a long time to decide on a wall color but I finally chose a soft aqua blue and I also painted the fireplace white.  I would still like to get rid of the funky little ledges on the fireplace and add a mantle.  

With the leather furniture, I wanted to create kind of a cozy cottage/cabin look.  What do you think?  I would love to hear your comments or suggestions on anything I could change or add to give it more of that feeling.  I really appreciate hearing from you!!

I'm linking to

Savvy Southern Style's Wow Us Wednesday.  This is the second Wow Us Wednesday and I can't wait to see all of the great links.  Thanks Kim! 

A Beach Cottage's Good Life Wednesday.  Sarah's blog is so pretty and fresh.  Love it! 

In My Own Style's Show Me Your Style.  Diane's site has so much to see.  A very creative and talented lady!

~ ~ JoAnne


  1. JoAnne, your family room is beautiful. The wall color is just amazing and makes the room so cheerful. I think your well on your way to a cozy cottage family room. I could get very comfy in there.

  2. I love this room! Everything looks great. The colors are soft and soothing. The perfect family room, comfortable and chic at the same time!

  3. I love how you had the courage to paint your fireplace white...I think something taller on those ledges would be nice:) Love your room:0


  4. Hi Joanne-

    I think you nailed it - your family room looks so warm and inviting. I like the way you mixed the dark leather with white - the contrast makes it all come together beautifully. I love the extra large window - I am sure that fades your furnishings, but it really makes the room look so bright and cheery.
    It is always fun to see how a room has transformed over the years and how the power of paint can change the look so much.
    Thanks for the kind words above and for linking up to the party and showing us your style.
    My best- Diane

  5. I think it looks wonderful. Love the new wall color with the brown furniture. Very pretty. Thanks for joining my party.

  6. Amazing difference! It feels so serene!

  7. Hi JoAnne, I'm visiting from In My Own Style. I think your room is lovely, but have you thought of adding a plant or two? I saw the topiary, but always think plants and/or flowers add to the cottagey feel. It does look cozy and comfortable!

  8. I love the color especially with the brown leather sofa set. Your family room looks very nice....Christine

  9. This room is beautiful! Can you tell me what color paint that is? I am using this as an inspiration for my new living room!

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