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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 In Our Dining Nook

It's almost here.
Are you all scrambling to be ready for the big day like I am?

It will all get done - at least good enough, right?
That's what I keep telling myself.

We're actually going on a short ski trip right before Christmas.
I'm not sure who's crazy idea that was!
With our oldest being in college now, it's more difficult to find 
a time when we can do things as a family.

So my deadline is very near.
I need to have everything ready before we leave.

But don't worry (just in case you would) - I won't be skiing.
You can find me in the lodge by the fire with a warm drink.

Sounds very relaxing about right now.

I hope you enjoyed these pictures of our simple dining nook as I rambled on
and I hope to share a little more of Christmas at our house before we leave on our trip.

Have a wonderful and productive week with hopefully a little bit of
relaxation and enjoyment of the season mixed in.

Thanks a bunch for visiting!

- joining -



  1. Sounds like you are ready JoAnne. Enjoy your ski trip with your family. I would be right there with you in front of the fire with a nice warm beverage too. Have fun.

  2. I'd be right there, between you and Kris, JoAnne! That sounds like the perfect time away to me. Enjoy!
    Your home is lovely, by the way. :)

  3. Your home is looking festive already, especially that last photo with a view of your pretty tree! Enjoy the special time with your family. It is hard to get everybody together, but so worth the extra effort.

  4. JoAnne, I love that you have it very simple and not overwhelming at all. Very clean and elegant decor! Happy Holidays to you and your family!

  5. Hi JoAnne, such a pretty serene space. Have a fun trip and stay safe. I'd be having a hot drink with you by the fire! thanks for joining in for the party!

  6. Your home looks so beautiful and cozy! Enjoy your trip!

  7. Serene is the right word for your home. I agree with Debra on that. :)

    Merry Christmas girl!

  8. Your Christmas decor is perfect, don't touch a thing and enjoy your time away by the fireside!


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