touring a turquoise cottage

Last month’s cover of Philadelphia magazine left me grinning.  The editors read my mind.  It has essentially been my goal to get everyone I know from Philly to become my neighbor here, “down the shore”, even if just seasonally.


In the past year, we’ve successfully converted two couples.  As you know, we’re working on my parents weekend cottage but you probably didn’t know that our friends, Marsha & Steven, also purchased a home here.  I originally met Marsha when we were neighbors at multiple Clover Markets.  Since then, they’ve become real neighbors!

beach cottage living room

They spent last fall and winter turning the fixer upper into an inviting retreat where they can relax and pursue their crafts. It is no surprise that they were able to transform this house into a home so quickly. Marsha had a successful career as an interior decorator for over twenty years.

beach cottage china closet

Since retiring, she paints, gardens and makes mixed-media jewelry that she sells on Etsy and at local markets. Their beach house is complete with a studio brimming with vintage materials for her jewelry line.

The home has been updated from floor to ceiling with fresh paint, new flooring and carpet. Collections of shells and sea glass hued bottles line the shelves as if they were always there. The couple furnished the house with a mix of antiques that they’ve owned for years and new vintage-style pieces that blend seamlessly with the old. As Marsha said, “If you stay with the things you love, they’ll never go out of style.”

I love nothing more than to be invited in to tour someone’s home.  To peruse the layout, the architecture, the way they use color, mix patterns and especially their “finds”.  It’s so inspiring!

beach cottage living room  beach cottage sea glass hues

wood stove & surround





fall vignettes

I can’t believe Halloween is just a week away! I have only done some light decorating this season. Like no frills, go with the natural flow type of fall decorating. I didn’t get very Halloween specific.  I kind of like it so I thought I’d share some of the vignettes that are around my house.

I stepped onto my back patio to fallen dogwood leaves.  Some people are hyperactive about removing leaves as they fall but I happen to love the surprise that nature left us!  The leaves crunch below my feet and dot the bistro table and chairs.  Simple decorating!

Around the corner this big ol’ pumpkin that we haven’t gotten around to carving yet waits patiently on my favorite rusty, aqua chair.

I am a big fan of the contrast in colors between orange and aqua.  In the house I left my growing collection of antique blue and green mixing bowls on display and dispersed decorative pumpkins and things among them.

Aren’t these candy corn just too cute?

On the hearth, I have a vintage shopping basket full of pumpkins, squash and gourds.  Is it weird to keep squash for dinner in the living room?  Not when it is this cute & festive!

Shh, the secrets of a vintage dealer here…I just pick up this shopping basket every weekend and bring it to whatever event I am selling at so I can disperse some fall cheer amongst my vintage vignettes.  Don’t look too closely or you may find one of my price tags.  In fact, many things in my house are tagged with prices.  My family jokes that everything in my house is for sale.  Umm, they’re kind of right.  Tell me I am not alone.  Do any other dealers do this?

This vignette is a focal in the dining room.  I just keeping adding to it by repeating shapes and colors with objects from around the house and nature.  (And there are at least 3, no wait, 4 items in this vignette that I know have price tags on them!)

And finally, I love to gaze out my office window at the beautiful yellow foliage that the birch trees in front of my house are showcasing.  No selling that view.

So how is your house decorated for the holiday?  Feel free to leave link in the comments!

my Christmas home tour

Christmas…just 5 days away.

If you read other home design and vintage blogs, you may have noticed that everyone has been posting their own version of their Christmas home tour.  In my attempt to keep up with the Joneses of the blog world, I had planned to post my holiday decor house tour 10 days before Christmas.  You would think that wouldn’t be too difficult considering the place has been decorated for Christmas since about Thanksgiving.  Well, that self-inflicted deadline came and went.  Over the weekend, I tidied the place up with the intent to photograph each room and get the aforementioned post up on Monday.  Yesterday.  That didn’t happen either.

A co-worker once told me “life happens while you’re making plans”.  So true.

Without further adieu, photos of life happening in our home decorated for Christmas. No staging.  Or bright natural light that I was holding out for…

Most of our friends come in the back door and enter the sunroom.  They’re greeted by a table top tree made of bells and some white pine from the yard.

The sunroom leads to the kitchen.  No matter the house, everyone always seems to gather in the kitchen.  Am I right?

And this time there is a sing along in progress with our friends children.

A little girl sings along in her party dress.

Overnight guests hang out in matching PJs.

Let’s leave the jam session and check out the dining room where snacks and a game of Apples to Apples were just abandoned.  There is our Fraser fir tree centered in front of the window.

On the adjacent wall is the card display that is now bursting with photos & holiday greetings.

Of course the living room is empty because everyone is squished in the kitchen!  The mantel is the focal point of the room and has been a big hit.

Pull a seat closer to the fire.  Vintage of course.

Oh wait, the living room is not empty.  There is just one Scrooge who chose not to join the holiday festivities.  Bah humbug Wilson!

The living room built ins also got a touch of Christmas with the addition of white pine clippings and vintage candles…

…and subtle, rustic, Christmas decor like this galvanized funnel tree.  This idea came from a similar one I saw on pinterest.

Every nook & cranny is outfitted with a collection of old ornaments.

Christmas sweaters are optional but certainly encouraged over here.

Thanks for stopping by our Christmas home where life is currently in progress.

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