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Simple Charming Autumn

  “The world is ruled by letting things take their course.” Lao-Tzu   Hello!     Fall has arrived…🌻well almost               Something which reminds me that…     summer is coming to an end…     are the flowers…     in my garden         These beautiful orange flowers ( I don’t know their name… do you?) begin blooming late summer into early Fall.                 They are so beautiful and present a moment of stunning seasonal inspiration.          which allows me to bring the outdoors in and create…     what I call simple charm for Autumn in a sweet cottage     by the sea…   👩‍🍳👨‍🍳👩‍🍳👨‍🍳👩‍🍳👨‍🍳👩‍🍳👨‍🍳👩‍🍳👨‍🍳👩‍🍳👨‍🍳👩‍🍳👨‍🍳👩‍🍳👨‍🍳👩‍🍳👨‍🍳👩‍🍳👨‍🍳👩‍🍳👨‍🍳👩‍🍳👨‍🍳👩‍🍳👨‍🍳👩‍🍳👨‍🍳👩‍🍳👨‍🍳     BAKED ZITI Joe loves pasta. That being said Joe chose this weeks date-day meal. He has been training for a marathon (this weekend) and … Continue reading

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Just a Cottage…

  “He who loves an old house never loves in vain” –Isabel Fiske Conant     Hello…hello…hello!     I’ve been quite the social butterfly over here…         And with each passing social event…     there seems to be new discoveries living on the Oregon coast particularly in a vintage cottage.     There’s no question that my love for cottage style is fueled by what I call charm (old and imperfect)     I confess that I find beauty in the chipped teacup…chippy paint….a sometimes wobbly leg…the once new and now well worn home. There are times I actually struggle with replacing the old original.     At some level I treasure the realness and the story that comes with the character of the house more than making everything new.     Even when something is imperfect it is the imperfection that speaks at times the strongest to me.   … Continue reading

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  ‘The most important thing is to express your true nature in the simplest, most adequate way, and to appreciate it in the smallest exisistence”~From Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind, Shunryu Suzuki      Hello, sweet friend…💕     I’ve had a good week. How about you?     I actually went on a little get-away for part of the week…     A spontaneous escape…                     makes for the best adventures.     Upon returning home I settled back into the usual nesting thing.     Purchased a new set of sheets…     Lovely pillow cases     and a different mattress for the daybed     which sits in the loft.     A moment of time was spent freshening up a window box     Before I knew it the week had flown by. does this ever happen to … Continue reading

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  “An interior is the natural projection of the soul.” ~Coco Chanel   Hello…             For me every home has a soul to be discovered.     We might feel a good experience as we walk into a home for the first time…     other times it takes a while to see what it needs we must listen carefully.      Since moving into this cottage on the Oregon coast in 2015 I have tried to be in tune to it’s needs…     and my wants.     Fortunately…and more often than not the two have come together-rather effortlessly.     Such was the case when recently vintage looking pavers were added to replace the gravel driveway.         A bit of charm added each year…it might be  something small which adds the most life and beauty into the soul of a … Continue reading

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Just Between Us

    “Pain is inevitable suffering is optional”~Dalai Lama Just between us… It’s great to be home.          as much as I loved my whirlwind trip to California😎 California     I sooooo longed returning…     to my sweet little cottage. by the sea     With Spring in the air along with…     daylight saving time…     all these projects had  been calling out to me…         👩‍🌾There is always work to do in the garden…🌺🌼🌸🌷     Oh and remember that hutch I wondered if I should paint white?     well…(I painted it!)     and it still needs just one last coat.😉     I had been excited about trying another fun new cooking recipe with Joe…     All that being said…ironically shortly after my return home…     I mysteriously pulled a muscle in my leg which again ironically kept me from doing any of those … Continue reading

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