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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…


I made some changes around the fireplace for a more summery look.  
I always love the look of a seating arrangement in front of a fireplace so
  I tried to make it work with these two completely different chairs.

Apparantly, one is for Papa Bear and the other for Baby Bear.
Mama Bear doesn't get to sit down ~
 she's too busy running around taking pictures  : )

As you can see, I made changes to the mantel as well.
I used mostly white items for a lighter, summer feel. 

Using the white pillows on the chairs and my favorite white wire basket
 helps to tie it all together.

I was happy that I found a spot for the old screen that I bought
 at a barn sale a while back.

This area is a little awkward to decorate but I think it turned out kind of cozy.

Anyway, it's always fun to have a new look, right?

I hope you are all having a great summer so far.
Ours is starting out very busy with my daughter's travel softball and
getting ready for vacation.  It's all fun though, so no complaints here.

~  ❀  ~   ❀  ~  ❀  ~

Thanks so much for taking the time to visit!

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  1. Your summer fireplace is just charming!

  2. the mantel is great, but I am in love with that chippy little chair.

  3. I also was going to use the word "charming." :-) Have a happy summer.

  4. Your mantel is fantastic with the pitchers and the screen window. I love the wicker chair too. :)

  5. I love your summer pretty and cozy!!

  6. Thank you for dropping by my blog..:-)

  7. So pretty JoAnne! Your summer fireplace is perfect. Love the lighter colors and the chippy chair!

  8. Love the blueberry print with your white pitchers. Very pretty mantel!

  9. Your summertime mantel looks so pretty! I love all the white pieces & the blueberry print!

  10. I'm in love with the old chippy wooden chair you used in front of your fireplace. So cute! I also like how you styled your mantel. All of those pieces work so well together.

  11. Looking mighty sleek! I love how those aesthetic touches contribute to making the fireplace a comforting presence in the room. It would only take for the actual fireplace to act up well to complete the whole package. So, does it actually work fine?

    Lindsey Mckenzie @ Buchanan Fire and Outdoor

  12. Lovely light transformation. I love the black wicker chair! I have always thought wicker looks so stately when painted black. It's a color I never think to use on wicker, but every time I see it, I am always impressed with how grand it makes a chair look.


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