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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…

Getting Inspired - 4th of July Decorating

Hi Everyone,
We're home from a very nice vacation
and this week has been filled with unpacking, laundry,
and getting back into some kind of summer routine.
So of course that routine includes catching up on all of your blogs
 and thinking about something to post 
on mine but I was not feeling very inspired.
That changed pretty quickly when I took a look at the
 4th of July decorating ideas on the
 Better Homes & Garden website.
  Every picture was just so cute!
Here is the link if you want to take a look ~ 
  All of the photos seemed to use a lot of white with pops of blue and red.
So here is my version. 
I bought one bunch of silk geraniums, one bunch of little blue flowers,
 and a few little flags.  Everything else, I already had.

Did I do okay for a quick afternoon 
of decorating?
Are you feeling the bug to do a little patriotic decorating too?

I'm so happy you came for a visit!
I really enjoy and appreciate hearing from you!!

~ ~ JoAnne

linking up here
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House of Grace ** 4th of July Party


  1. Love all your patriotic touches Joanne and I LOVE your kitchen!!

  2. PS- LOVE the galvanized pots you have hanging on the wall! Martina

  3. Thanks so much Martina! It was fun putting it together!

  4. You did a great job! I love the wire basket on your table. It's very festive without going over the top. Have a great 4th of July!

    Lori : )
    Thrifty Decor Mom

  5. I did on my porch. I hope to take some pics tomorrow and get them posted. But hubby is home, so maybe not! Love your style!

  6. I love your kitchen. Those blue touches are to die for (really love that baby blue mixer)

  7. You "nailed it" with the sweetest little touches here and there! Love your soft serene, calm and cool look!
    I am your newest follower and cannot wait to see some more

  8. Hi Joanne, Thanks for stopping by my blog,and following me. I love your home!! Your kitchen is so beautiful.Where did you find those gorgeous pots hanging on your wall. I love that look.


  9. Thanks so much Kathy! I got the little buckets at Joann Fabrics - just had to have them when I saw them. Have a great day!


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