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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…


When we remodeled our 2nd floor bathroom,
a dormer was added to the front of our house to be able
to enlarge the bathroom.  We also added a portico over the front door.
I realized that I've never shown you how it all turned out on the outside.

~ so here is what it looked like prior to the remodel ~

~ and here is what it looks like now ~

What do you think?

We're so happy with how it turned out.

We had a new roof and new siding done at the same time ~ things that were badly needed!

I especially love how the portico turned out.
I think it adds a lot of character and charm.

Of course there are still things I would like to change.
I would love a different style of front door, paint the porch, maybe
add some shutters and window boxes, add to the landscaping, etc.
We will get to those things eventually but for now we are
enjoying the new look of our home.

Can you find "The Blog Boss" in the photo below?

I'm so glad you came by ~ all of your visits are so appreciated!

Have a wonderful day!

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  1. Wow. What a difference that made! I love it, and I am sooooo envious of your new front door overhang too!

  2. love it. you have a big cat like we do. about 23 pounds but he was big when we got him.

  3. Oh Jo Anne- WOW!!! Talk about amazing transformation, whew, it's AWESOME!

    You should share with Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphasis Monday too. As many peeps as possible need to see this amazing job you've done. ♥

  4. Gorgeous!!!! I love how it looks! What a difference!

  5. Hi JoAnne,

    The portico and dormer are the perfect touch to your home the frosting on the cake! Its absolutely lovely! I love everything about it. It looks like a new house. We still have to finish our landscape and paint the house,I hope mine turns out as pretty as yours did.
    Have a sweet day, Elizabeth

  6. What a difference the dormer makes in adding interest to your home. I love it!

  7. "A Pocketful of Blue" has been included in our Sites To See #387. Be assured that we hope this helps to point many new visitors in your direction.

    P.S. Please forgive this notification coming so late. Our internet connection went down before I could send them out very early last Friday morning, and we just got back online a few hours ago.

  8. JoAnne, You are so right about your house. It is charming. I love the new look very much. You cat is a cutie too. xoxo,Susie

  9. I love the addition of your dormer. It looks like it's always been there. Love the portico you added over your front door too, beautiful detail!

  10. Yes I see the boss in the window. I remember being so fascinated with the bathroom you were adding and the dormer, I'm not sure you had the portico done then. It is so lovely and what an enhancement to an already lovely home!

  11. What a difference! It doesn't even look like the same house! I love the exterior changes and of course the bathroom remodel is amazing!!

  12. Love the gave a lot of charm to your home.

  13. That's a great addition to the house, JoAnne. It looks lovely and I certainly enjoy seeing your sweet blog boss checking out your front yard :).

  14. Wow, what a difference, JoAnne! Looks like a completely different house.

    Just wanted to thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving a sweet comment. The Man and I have a European trip planned for next Spring, so packing this way for our summer roadtrip was a good time to try it out. Hope it works as well for you as it did for me.

  15. It looks beautiful! You did an awesome looks warm and welcoming.

  16. WOW what a difference JoAnne!! I LOVE the way it all turned out...the portico adds so much charm to your front it!

  17. It looks fabulous! Gives your home such a wonderful "cottage" look which I think is amazing!

  18. What a great remodel! I love it, so charming! The front of our house is very similar to your before. There is no portico and I have always wanted to add one, I think that element adds so much! Enjoy it!

  19. I love it JoAnne!! It looks like a cottage, I love, love, love it!

  20. Hi there! I found you via Saturday Spotlight. I LOVE your house with your dormer and portico. Perfection I say! I learned a new word today also...portico. Love the ring it has to it. I think I will use that word a lot this week. :)

  21. I love your remodel, especially the portico. The contrasting inset looks great.

  22. JoAnne, it looks amazing! I absolutely love the portico on the porch and the dormers too. Those modifications really add cottage character to your home. I really like the stone on your exterior too.

  23. Such a big, beautiful difference. You must be thrilled!

  24. Hi Joanne,
    Your home is lovely....the portico is so pretty. I just started following you. Would you be so kind as to follow my blog.
    Warmest regards,

  25. I had missed that post! The transformation is amazing. You added so much charm and character to your house both with the upstairs windows and the portico.

  26. That is such an amazing transformation! The portico and the dormer brought a new appeal and welcoming ambiance to the front of your house. Your newly remodeled home has been given life by the things you added to it. Thanks for sharing that, JoAnne! All the best to you!

    Benny Daniel @ Finlay Brewer


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