Sunday, January 25, 2015

New England Farmhouse

I like the way this outbuilding was joined to the main house. This is the image that intrigued me and I just had to find more and I did. Click here to view an amazing slideshow of this New England farmhouse. Ken Vona Construction, Waltham MA

Every home needs a growlery.

I shall retreat to mine when the predicted 3-day storm with blizzard and 50mph winds arrives early next week. Every home needs a place for a self-imposed time out, right? Mine will be surrounded by things to make me snap out of it like books, a reading lamp, etc. It will be a happy place. via

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Tiny Snowman

This happy little guy makes me smile. I really enjoyed my lazy snow day today. It was just what I needed. via

Wall to Wall Books and Antiques

Yes. Isn't this the perfect room? via I've been thinking of having another wall of shelves built in my guest room. This one would be perfect! We got about 6 inches of snow overnight and it is quite lovely. The animals have been out and are both in after-breakfast food comas and the house is snug and warm. Now that my furnace has been fixed, I realize that I was having a problem for quite some time. I can remember thinking for a long time that my house was cold. The furnace wasn't clicking on when the temperature dropped. It finally broke totally and now that it is working properly the cottage is back to being its old cozy self. I can't stop looking up at this library and have decided to work on my books today and maybe some taxes. Be safe and warm this weekendwe. xo

Friday, January 23, 2015

We will have snow tomorrow.

I am not planning to leave the house tomorrow. I shall stay home and enjoy it. It's supposed to start after midnight. Have a great weekend and be safe. via

First Thing -- Every Morning

Yes. While the coffee is brewing. via

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Antiques & Fine Art Magazine: Free 2-year Subscription Giveaway

I am so excited about this limited time offer from this wonderful publication. Click on the blue link on the top line for a free 2-year online subscription to Antiques & Fine Art Magazine. It's wonderful. You can also view show and auction catalogs. Scroll down and read breaking news in the world of art and antiques. The subscription process is short and easy. You can thank me later. xo

Bunny Mellon's Oak Spring Farm Estate, Inside and Out

Oak Spring Farm in Upperville Virginia. Read article here. View 35-picture slideshow here. I don't know about you, but I can't get enough. There are more interior views in the slideshow than I have seen thus far. Enjoy. xo

It's all very understated and elegant, isn't it?

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Sweet Garden Shed

I love this simple structure and the things that go in and around it. via

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Who's Sleepy?

Isn't this the most beautiful owl you've ever seen? I'm tucking early tonight and can't wait to jump under the covers. Busy day tomorrow. via

Wonderful Shingled Cottage

LOVE . L O V E . LOVE this in every way. via

Monday, January 19, 2015

Great Firewood Organizer

This is a very clever design. Everything you need for an open fire in one spot. Love it! via

MLK: The Dream Continues

The Dream of Reconciliation via The Huffington Post featuring the cover of the New Yorker.

Diving Dog Surfaces Otterly Surprised

Here's your Monday Morning laugh.

I've seen this photo several times and it never fails to make me smile so I thought I should share. Mother Nature is playing nice today and that makes me happy too. xo

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Rain, Rain, and More Rain

I keep looking out the window fully expecting my back yard to look like the two photos above. This day has been awful starting out with black ice, then rising temps and pouring rain. My gutters are flowing freely and the house is nice and warm so I don't really mind. I had real estate appointments that were rescheduled, thankfully. There has been almost no traffic on my street so most people didn't bother to go out. The first time I did, I lost my footing and down I went but I'm fine. Webster was slipping and sliding too and Tabitha was not amused. What an terrible day! Tomorrow is supposed to be fine. I'm sure the areas around The Great Swamp are under water.

Good Advice.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Charming Cottage

This looks pretty perfect, doesn't it? via

Winter Antiques Show in NYC. Will you be going?

POTTER, Beatrix. The Tailor of Gloucester. Privately printed in London for the author, December, 1902. Original pictorial pink boards. Housed in a custom chemise and half morocco slipcase. Offered at $32,000. Read more.

Click here for the list of exhibitors.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Simpkin at the Tailor's Bedside - Beatrix Potter Watercolor

One of twenty-two original watercolors circa 1902 for The Tailor of Gloucester, Beatrix Potter's second and favorite book. The collection is in the Tate in London. via

Black with A Touch of White

I don't know why, but this house fascinates me. I want to go inside and check it out. Remember when I was trying to decide what color to paint my cottage and I was thinking of a dark color? I'm glad I went with all white. 

It's very interesting inside too. This cabin in Quebec is a rental. See more photos here. All photos by Jean Longpré.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Sundown with Barns

So beautiful. So Serene. So quiet. So untouched. via

The View Reflected - Windows of Gold

I would never close my curtains if I had a wonderful view like this, would you? via

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Baby Elephant Sweetness

Baby Elephant to Mother:
"Let me hold your tusk so I won't get lost." 

Thomas Jefferson Triple Hung Window

Here's another window that doubles as a door when you open it from the floor. It wasn't long ago that I'd never seen one but now that I'm looking I see them more and more. What a great idea. Isn't this paneled room fabulous? See you later. via

Monday, January 12, 2015

Library in Michelle Williams Brooklyn Townhouse (Recently Sold)

You can never have too many bookshelves, can you? I always like to see how the movie stars live. Want to see more? Click here for the complete tour, inside and out. It was listed for $7.5 million and someone paid over asking and it sold for $8.8 million. How nice!

Fire in The Sky and A Book

This photo stopped me in my tracks this morning. Can you imagine waking up to a sunrise like this? It would be like being on top of the world, wouldn't it? via
I had a very interesting weekend. On Saturday morning I woke up to a very cold house with no heat. I immediately called the emergency hotline at the gas company and arranged an appointment for service by or before noon. Later, I was notified he would be much later. Then I called my plumber as a backup. The gas company guy came around 1:30 and it took him a while but he finally located the problem. I was thrilled. The pilot light was out and he needed to replace a defective thermocouple, whatever that is. The bill was very reasonable too. I called and canceled the plumber.
I started a roaring fire in my living room fireplace in the morning and kept it going until I went to bed. It was so nice. The pets liked it too. All is well this morning with a freezing rain. I'm on the last 100 pages of a great book so that's what I'll be doing until I finish it today. 

"A fast-moving tale about the world of rare books. A wonderful story with absolutely superb casting." read more here. It's a nice fat book too -- 466 pages. I really don't want it to end. See you later.