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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…

Second Floor Remodel Begins

I'm so happy to tell you that our itty bitty and very old
 second floor bathroom is no more.
This project has been on our list since we moved
to this house five years ago.

The bathroom was located right above our front door so we had the idea 
 to add a dormer window to create more room and ceiling height.

So what looked like this until recently . . .

. . . now looks like this!

I'm so excited to be getting this done!

I think the changes are going to add a lot of charm and character to our house
and I'm all about charm and character!!

The little roof over the door is going to be a portico with brackets ~
there won't actually be any posts.

• • • • • • • • 

Here is what the bathroom looked like before . . .

. . . and this is what the same space looks like now.

There is still a lot more to be done but it is thrilling
 to be this far in the process.
I'm getting a lot of ideas for the bathroom as well as
 the exterior of our house.

On the outside, I'm thinking maybe some additional landscaping, possibly 
a new front door, shutters, window boxes . . . oh, and maybe a front
porch that is not crumbling would be nice too!

If you have any ideas or suggestions for me, 
please let me know ~ I really would like your opinion
because I know what good taste you all have!

Have a wonderful day and thank you so much for 
taking a look at our latest project!

I know this is a little more than a tweak but I didn't think
 Brenda would mind if I joined her party ~
she's nice like that, you know!
• • • also joining these wonderful parties • • •


  1. Great idea, I love natural light, hugs

  2. How wonderful already! Cannot wait to keep up with the progress!

  3. Can't wait to see the progess as it goes along.


  4. Very nice! The dormer really added a lot of space and it looks so cute from the outside! It took us about 10 years to get our old house in shape. It was so frustrating that we had to do the roof, get a new furnace, etc., before we could redo rooms. So five years isn't that long to me!! Good luck!


  5. that is going to be a nice bathroom. Love the new look on the outside

  6. This is going to look SO pretty when it's all done! It's amazing how much different the outside of your house looks already. Found your blog through your link on Cozy Little House. Nice to meet you! Hope you will come over to my blog and become a follower as well. :-)

  7. It's amazing what a difference to the exterior of your house that the dormer made. Love the little cover over the front door too. Can't wait to see the whole project finished!

  8. Very exciting JoAnne!! It's going to look beautiful!

  9. Hi JoAnne,

    What a fantastic idea you had! The addition of the dormer to your already lovely house is simply beautiful! So cozy and quaint. Almost like the house was just waiting for this...Can't wait to see it finished!


  10. Wow JoAnne! The front of your house looks amazing! I know the bathroom will be great once it's all finished. Can't wait to see the transformation.

    Glad you are back . . . I was worried when you didn't post for a few weeks. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

    Lori : )

  11. That is going to be a great! It really does add so much character to your home.

  12. Anonymous11/20/2012

    i would add columns but i just love columns. ang

  13. what a great big window! i looove what this does to the curb appeal.

  14. How exciting!! I think it's going to look absolutely amazing.

  15. JoAnne, this is so exciting! I remember you posting about this before and now here you are ... in the midst of your transformation. Can't wait to see how it all turns out!


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