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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…

Christmas Kitchen

Hi Everyone,

It has taken me  f-o-r-e-v-e-r  to get my Christmas 
decorating act together.
Thanksgiving at my house, then my daughter's 10th birthday
 party put me a little behind.
Not to mention band concerts, basketball games, shopping and 
all the other things that go on this time of year.
You all know what I'm talking about, right? 

I have mostly pictures from my kitchen today and I will also share
my favorite holiday decoration.

These are salt & pepper shakers ~ aren't they little cutie pies?

A little candy cane bouquet!

I kept things fairly simple in some areas by just
adding in a little more green.
 A little "button art" on the wall by the fridge.

In the picture below you can catch a peek of my favorite
decoration this year ~ do you see it?

I love, love, love this window frame.
A bought it a couple months ago and have been
saving it for Christmas. 
 I spent a lot of time (too much time) playing around 
with accessorizing it.
 I'm loving how these vintage looking ornaments
look with the frame.

That's it for today.  
I hope to be back with more this week
and I hope you are all having a joyful Christmas
season so far!
I've been trying to keep up with visiting all of you and
I have seen so many beautiful decorations ~ thank you for keeping
 me motivated to get my done!

~ joining ~

* * Thank You All So Much For Hosting * *


  1. LOVE your kitchen and the gorgeous mixer!!!

  2. Joanne your kitchen looks beautiful! Love that stocking plaque you have hanging over the stove and I LOVE LOVE the window frame! Martina

  3. Your kitchen looks so pretty! I love the shade of blue that you have used in your decorating. Your home looks calm, festive and very stylish!

    Thanks so very much for joining in with my Christmas party! I am so honoured that you have linked up this beautiful post!

    Finally, Happy Birthday to your daughter-how exciting to finally be in the "double digits" club!

    Best Christmas wishes,

  4. Your kitchen is lovely. The blue is nice and calming. The window frame is my favorite.

  5. Your kitchen is beautiful, I love the simple touches. Your window is great, that is my favorite also!

  6. Your kitchen is wonderful...I love all the touches of blue. Everything looks simple and lovely. Your window is awesome and I love how you have decorated it!

    Happy Holidays, JoAnne!


  7. I love your kitchen, just lovely!! Visiting from The Inpsired Room, Merry Christmas!

  8. I seem to be having the same problem this year. I just can't seem to get the decorating done.

    Looks to me like you've are making some progress. I love the button tree - adorable.

  9. Love the color of that Kitchen Aid mixer!!! How fun!! Merry Christmas!

  10. I adore your kitchen with it's charming blue touches. The window is fun. happy christmas.

  11. The time you spent accessorizing your window was time well spent because it is fabulous. Love that plaque about your stove, too.

  12. What a beautiful post. I have just found your lovely blog and have enjoyed looking around, I'm now following you so I can visit you often. If you find a spare minute hope you visit me sometime follow back if you like nice to find new friends. Hope you have a wonderful day.

    Always Wendy

  13. Your kitchen looks so beautiful JoAnne, I adore the snowman. :) I love windows frames too, they are so pretty and you can do so much with them.

  14. Just stopping in love your turquoise kitchen Aid..if I didn't have a white one that is what I would now looks great hope all is well...with love Janice

  15. How fun to re-purpose the window this way! Thank you for joining the party!

  16. You have a bee-a-yoo-tiful kitchen...just the right amount of color (blue, of course) looks calm and festive at the same time! Love that Kitchen Aid mixer!

    And I also love your new window frame...what a find!


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