Monday, October 12, 2015

A Very Special Home Tour

In my dreams I live in a little cottage with buffalo checks and toile. 
There are fresh flowers, and freshly baked cakes, and kids and dogs 
running around all the time.

Oh wait.....I'm dreaming about 

Cherry Hill Cottage is precious home owned by
long time blogger, Tina and her husband Milton.

Tina started blogging long before the rest of us had heard of blogs.
I'll never forget when I first discovered her wonderful place on the internet. :)
It just makes me sigh to look at the pictures.

Cherry Hill Cottage

She's got amazing decorating skills and knows how to fill the house 
with beauty while keeping it family friendly.

Cherry Hill Cottage

Cherry Hill Cottage

Cherry Hill Cottage

Cherry Hill Cottage

Tina and her girlfriend became entrepreneurs a few years ago.
They are decorating for other people and have a wedding service called One Fine Day.

Cherry Hill Cottage

Cherry Hill Cottage

Every spot gets a little something special for each season including the outdoors.

Cherry Hill Cottage

Tina's proudest feature at Cherry Hill Cottage is her precious grand daughter, Marlee Pearl.
Can you just imagine the tea parties in this little playhouse?
Sugary sweet and sassy at the same time!

Cherry Hill Cottage

Thank you Tina for allowing me to share your wonderful cottage.
I'm honored. ♥

You can follow Tina at 

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Friday, October 9, 2015

Blog Hop Highlights

Good Morning!
I hope you had a chance to visit some of the ladies in the Blog Hop last week.
If you have some time this weekend,
grab a cuppa and enjoy these links. 

       Garden Matter                                What Meegan Makes                    My Life From Home

       Shelstring                                       Casa Watkins                               Opulent Cottage

       Our Good Life                               Graceful Order                             Sondra Lynn at Home

      One More Time Events                Fern Creek Cottage                     Roots North and South

     Love My Simple Home                Whats Ur Home Story                  Sew A Fine Seam

                                                              Poofy Cheeks

So much talent out there!!
Have you discovered anyone new lately?
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Thursday, October 8, 2015

One Room Challenge: Completing a Guest Room

Here we go! 
I'm tossing my hat into the 
The room I'm working on won't be a complete overhaul.
It's a room that I consider incomplete.

Through the power of photography, you've never known how blank this room really is.
Right now there's just the bed and a 3 drawer dresser.

When my girlfriend was here a few months ago we spent a lot of time in this room and
it gave me a chance to really think about what it needs.

Because it's a guest room, these are the key pieces I believe are missing:
a chair
something to drink from
extra blankets or throws
things to make a guest feel special
real curtains

The budget? 
This is a Stacey needs some new tires budget!!

A super squeaky budget.
We all work with that kind of budget sometimes, right?
I'm up for the challenge.

Are you joining?

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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Super Simple Fall Touches that Anyone Can Do!

Working in our family room to add a little fall.....

First, a little pillow poofing.  
Only the front pillow is new. 
I ordered two of these from Birch Lane and they were very reasonable.

fall pillows

This pillow is a really oldie but goodie.
It had been hiding upstairs in the media room.
Much better here, for now.

fall pillows

Grocery store flowers keeping company next to Cottage Journal.

fall mantel, planked mantel

And the mantel you saw a few weeks ago. 
The frame always stays up there and the artwork gets changed seasonally.
Easy peasy!

I love making our house feel pretty and fall like.
No need to change everything though. :)

Want to come sit awhile?

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Monday, October 5, 2015

Fall Home Tour Blog Hop

Good Morning and Happy Fall!

 I can finally say that today because just now feels like fall here in Dallas.

I'm so glad you are here! 
I made us a little snack but not too much because goodness knows 
I have to cut back after that cruise last week.

Don't you love these cute napkins that I found at HomeGoods?
They sure know how to tempt us there.

fall kitchen, Mackenzie Childs tea kettle

When I think of fall, I think mostly of what happens in the kitchen and what happens outdoors.
In our kitchen, yummy recipes reappear that we haven't made all summer.
You know....chili, and stew, and pot roast. Yummy!

My little corner lamp is on to add to the cozy feel and highlight a picture 
of my favorite people.

The art work on the kitchen counter changes seasonally.
This time I framed a free printable that was provided by Ann at On Sutton Place.
I just love it! Thank you Ann.

free printable

Over on the kitchen table, I did a little vignette quick change.
I didn't complicate things and tried to use what I already have. 
Did you know a nest can look fallish?
Well sure if the colors are right!

fall nest

I've been spending lots of time out on the patio with an excellent  
The weather is absolute heaven all the sudden. 
Let's go out and I'll show you my hang out.

Now it was at this point that I dropped my camera and my favorite lens stopped working.
Let's see how this all turns out......

The other day I was at the beauty shop and a man came in selling these
gigantic mums for $15.00 each!!
I said YES PLEASE and marched out of there with four of them.
Can you blame me? No flowers yet but hundreds of buds to look forward to.

fall mums and pumpkins

On our patio table we have a galvanized tray that usually holds a plant and a drink.
Today I'm showing Kim some horse apples. :)
No we don't eat them....they are just kind of cool to look at.

horse apples, pumpkins

This afternoon we planted a few cool weather plants.
Pansies and alyssum will live all winter here.

pansies, alyssum

Thank you for visiting me today.
If you'd like to see more of our home you can click here. 

I hope you'll go visit these other talented ladies.
Just click on their names to be taken to their post.

Thank you Michele at Shelstring for organizing us.

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Sunday, October 4, 2015

Happy October and Blog Hop Info

Happy October Friends!

I just want to send out a big ol' group hug to everyone who sent a sweet message after my last post. We are back from our cruise and feeling fine! 

Also, I hope you will visit the other wonderful blogs involved in this 
2015 Fall Home Tour
organized by 

I've got a little catching up to do and I'm so excited to be involved
with this nice group of people. :)

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Friday, September 25, 2015

It's been a little quiet here this week and for great reasons. 

We are getting our ducks in a row...packing...mani/pedi and all that good stuff because tomorrow we 
are leaving on a cruise!

Be back in a few days.
Just in time to participate in a Fall Blog Hop along with several other
wonderful bloggers.

lantern, cotton

Burglars beware!

guard dog, leopard chair

We have sons with big muscles who will be staying home.

All of our neighbors are NRA members and we have a really loud alarm system.
I hope y'all have a wonderful week.
See ya' in October. :)

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Monday, September 21, 2015

Fall Reading List

Imagine this with me if you will...

A nice cool day. 
A soft spot on the patio with the sun shining through golden trees.
Hot chocolate or a Diet Coke.
And a little extra time to enjoy.

Do my days look like this?

Heck no but a girl can dream and look forward to those wonderful fall days!! 

I really enjoyed having a Summer Reading List so I've created a new list for fall.


Pure fun....that's what on this list and I can't wait to dig in!
What's on your fall reading list?

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