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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…

Dining Room Revisited

Cottage and Vine's Room by Room Party 
this month is Dining Rooms.
You've seen mine before but I hope you don't mind 
seeing it again.
Actually, we don't really have a dining room ~
 this is our eating area for all occasions so I didn't think
Rene would mind if I joined her party with this space.  
(She's nice like that!)  

We have a leaf for the table for when we have a larger group so 
I will definitely be adding it for Thanksgiving.

See my little table back in the corner that I posted about here?
I still really love it!

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We have this fireplace across from our table 
and I've always had trouble accessorizing the shallow mantle.
I came up with the idea to display some of my China on it.

I just kind of layered some dishes and added a
 few other things I had to dress it up.
How do you think it turned out?

I'm so happy you stopped by for a visit!

~ I hope your week is getting off to a good start ~

{Ta-Ta For Now}

~ JoAnne

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  1. I think adding china to your mantle is such a great idea! Love your dining area! Visiting from Rene's

  2. JoAnne your dining area is so pretty and I LOVE your display on your mantel!! Have a great week, Martina

  3. I think everything shown is so sweet and pretty. It is so soothing and cozy,cottage looking...I love it!


  4. JoAnne- your dining room and mantel are beautiful!! I love the cute corner fireplace and I have always loved round tables. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  5. You have such a sweet and beautiful dining room, I could definitely enjoy a cup of tea there! Loving that water pitcher on the mantle. Diane

  6. I am so happy that you shared your eating area with us! Your colors are so fresh and calming.


  7. so pretty! Love how inviting and airy it feels!

  8. I really like it. It's so serene.

  9. Very pretty. Thanks for sharing at Wow.

  10. Your dining area is so bright and cheerful.

  11. Your dining area is lovely and the china on the mantle looks so pretty. Your home is gorgeous.

  12. love it...what else can I say...

  13. Such a pretty dining area and I think you accessorized your mantel perfectly!

  14. Oh it's just beautiful and I am so embarassed since I thought I had followed your lovely blog a long time, ago, but it looked like maybe I didn't. Anyway, I am now, either way.

  15. I think the mantle looks great, I wouldn't change a thing. I really like the color of your dining room table, I'm planning on painting ours soon and may use your as inspiration.

  16. I love everything about your dining space. I'm getting ready to redo my dining room and you've given me some ideas. Found you at Wow Us Wednesday.

  17. you did an awesome job on the looks so cozy and original. love it!
    rebecca (i am just a newbie)

  18. Lovely room; so calming.


  19. This room is soooo all of your simple accents with the white table...going to follow you ...come on over for a visit...Mariaelena

  20. I think it looks beautiful! I love layering and this is just perfect, especially with that blue pitcher....which I also love :)

    Lou Cinda

  21. i love your's so pretty!

  22. I love how you decorated your mantle. It isn't the everyday expected picture or mirror up I have. :)

  23. The mantle looks perfect! Just enough to add interest to a shallow mantle. You did a wonderful job!

  24. Love the mantle ideas and the table and chairs. May I ask what color? Doesn't look white on my monitor.

  25. Love the mantle ideas and the table and chairs. May I ask what color? Doesn't look white on my monitor.


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