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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…

Holiday Homes

We are going on a bit of a holiday this week.
Don't you love calling a vacation a "holiday"?
Somehow, it sounds so much more wonderful.
For me, a big part of a getaway is staying somewhere that I love.
You all get that, don't you?
Oddly enough, not everyone does.

Someday, I would love to go to England and stay in a charming English cottage.

I think this one would do.
Isn't it sweet?

~ perfect chippy cabinets and stone wall ~

I don't even care how small it is if it has this much charm!

This would do nicely for some afternoon tea!

~ more stone, wood burning stove, oozing with coziness ~

~ another super cozy sitting area or "lounge" ~

~ love this loft bedroom ~

~ cute bathroom ~

This bedroom is charming AND luxurious.
~ what a lovely place to end the day ~


~  then wake up to the smell of coffee and breakfast being
 prepared by your loving husband ~

~ ~ someday ~ ~

♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡



  1. It all looked sooooo cozy!!!!

  2. I'd love the same sort of thing, JoAnne! We once rented a home in Vancouver once and I loved it so much more than a hotel or B&B! It was charming and cozy! I'd do it again in a minute. These pictures are lovely!


  3. What lovely photos! I especially love the stone wall in the bedroom -- that is just perfect. :-) Thanks for the little escape; I hope you have had a wonderful weekend!

  4. Anonymous3/25/2012

    I think every woman appreciates beauty and all the pictures you have on todays post radiate this theme. Beauty and solitude go together, n'est-ce pas?

    Moving to Canada from Virginia many years ago I found that here a vacation is call a holiday.

    Just recently, like yesterday, discovered your site and drawn to it because blue is my very favorite colour.

    Your home looks 'FRESH' and one would just naturally think it would have all those homey fragrances such as the smell of fresh baking, the intoxicating fragrance of a spring day.

    ~Sylvia Faye
    I do not have a blog but truly enjoy others who show such beautiful pictures and share with us their lives.

  5. I like small. Makes me feel cozy and safe.

  6. Such beautiful rooms! Enjoy your holiday! Kellie xx

  7. Ah JoAnne, I thought the best was seeing the beautiful and cozy rooms.(especially the table beside the fireplace, complete with tea ready to be enjoyed. But, then I read your words, "...Then wake up to the smell of coffee and breakfast being prepared by your loving husband" ~I can tell you that is the next thing to heaven on this earth. My darling husband prepared early weekend coffees for he and I. It was the best of times... I lost him suddenly, at age 52, just a few short years ago. He spoiled me. Now, I surround myself with beautiful things and indulge in the often overlooked beautiful things I once took for granted in this old world. How quickly a picture of a rose, a beautiful teacup, an old fireplace, can bring a smile to my hurting heart. I love your blog. Thank you.

  8. omigosh...i love all of these homes!


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