My Studio Assistant, Bentley is eagerly waiting for you at the front door.
Directly past the entrance is the dining room. I collect blue and white china and you will see it throughout my home. It reminds me of my childhood summers spent at the family beach cottage at Wrightsville Beach, N.C - the charming cottage was filled with my Grandmother's mismatched blue and white china, old quilts, white wicker, and flowers - all the things that I love to paint.
The painted blue table is on of my favorites and displays a little Christmas painting of my red front door and Bentley. The mirror behind the table reflects the outdoors.
Bentley loves to "photo bomb" my photos!
I like to keep Christmas decoration simple using greens, berries and seas shells in keeping with my coastal cottage style of decorating. I collect vintage table cloths and have several lovely ones with reds that I save to use at Christmas time.
The vintage white wicker chairs shows up in a lot of my coastal cottage paintings and is in the painting over the fireplace.
Bentley in the dining room looking into the living room.
The mirror is opposite the fire place and I love the way it reflects my art.
I tuck my small whimsical painting in among seas shells and plants where I can find room for them!
I bought the blue cupboard at a garage sale -it was used for tool storage and had a vice bolted on top - it has wheels and I paid $25.00 for it and wheeled it down the street to my house!!
The staircase has a lovely landing with a tall window that lets in lots of light and is a great place to grow ferns and Christmas plants as well as hang one of my large paintings of a California vineyard.
The office is a loft room and overlooks the living room and side garden.
Another California vineyard painting of our beautiful central coast vineyards.
Our guests love staying in this room and always comment that they feel like they are in a beach cottage. It has another one of my large paintings of a local scene and porch overlooking our beautiful Newport Bay.
Let's go back downstairs. The kitchen is to the right of the dining room. It is very sunny and has a large window, greenhouse window and French doors leading to the kitchen patio where I grow herbs and some vegetables in containers.
Two of my little Rooster paintings are on the wall. I have fun painting my personal art to match my decor! Roosters rule in my kitchen thus the Rooster art! The blue chair is a favorite place to sit and read with a cup of tea as it gets the morning sun.
The jelly cupboard and plate rack are beside the French doors overlooking the kitchen patio.
This shot has another of my small Rooster paintings.
Thank you for stopping by my painted cottage. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for visiting my blog, leaving me lovely comments, e-mails and those following my blog.
Wishing you and your family a Merry and Blessed Christmas and a very Happy New Year. I will see you again in January 2016. Blessings, Erin