The garden entrance to our home.
Bentley, my Studio Assistant, is waiting to welcome you.
The red front door opens into the dining room that opens into the living room where the blue cupboard is. I bought the cupboard at a garage sale across the street - it was originally in a neighbors garage and used for tool storage and is one of my favorite finds for $25.00 . I removed the bolted down vice and painted it blue. With the exception of the dining room all of the ceilings are high and open beam.
I fell in love with the red front door and wonderful light in my house and bought it on the spot.
This shot shows the dining room table without a cloth -it is an early 1800's pine 3 leg "cricket" table that I had strengthened to hold the weight of the round glass so it will seat six comfortably.
I am often asked what my decorating style is and I suppose you could call it flea market "coastal cottage". My home is very casual - filled with sea shells, baskets, flea market finds and my coastal cottage art. Books are stacked everywhere in the living room and we call it the "reading room" as it is the perfect place to read -enjoy long visits- cozy fires - music - or just day dream!
I like to keep our Christmas decorations simple and natural and use fresh greens, berries, sea shells, and little American flags and bring lots of potted bulbs and Poinsettias into the house from my garden. The Christmas tree is a living one that lives in the garden and is placed on a vintage fern stand in the living room. When it gets too big to bring into the house - my gardener finds a home for it and plants it in the ground.
I just painted the large coastal cottage painting over the mantel - it is a little Christmas present for my house- and II decided not to add any decorations or greenery as the painting already has so much color.
I love the way my old paint brushes look in a blue and white vase.
The French doors and window look out onto the garden. The outdoor plants do very well in this room as there is so much light. The burlap wine bags are filled with greens, berries and tiny flags.
View of the garden from the living room French doors all decorated for Christmas - the pillows are all indoor/outdoor so I can leave them out in the rain.
View of the garden eating area from the window in the living room.
My kitchen is furnished with more flea market finds.
The French doors overlook a little patio kitchen garden.
View of the little garden off my kitchen French doors where I grow herbs for cooking and have morning tea. I use a lot of red accent pillows year round in my house and garden - they are perfect for Christmas decorating - the rest of the year I mix the red with stripes and/or florals so it does not look so much like Christmas year round. I buy them in indoor/outdoor fabrics and they last for years.
This used to be the outdoor eating area of the garden and I recently switched it around and made it into a little reading nook.
This little nook is where I keep some of my rusty flea market finds.
Bentley is waiting on the stair landing to give you a little peek at the guest room upstairs.
Guest room decorated for Christmas waiting for guests to arrive.
Thank you for stopping by. I sincerely appreciate your visits, e-mails, comments and those following my blog. I will be taking a blog break to be with my family and will return January 1, 2015.
"When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy." Matthew 2:10
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