Monday, September 28, 2015

Decorating For Fall Around the Cottage

It’s so hard to believe that fall is actually on its way and summer is sizzling slowly away….
The hubby and I have been working hard on a final outdoor project, our lakeside patio. It has been cracked and multi-colored for years.
We finally stained it all one color and added a rug to go under our outdoor dining table. We hope to also add stone seating around the firepit and some decorative stone edging. Lastly, we plan on purchasing a pergola to surround the dining area. (I'm not sure if we will have time to get it all done before the cold weather hits, but we sure are going to try.)
Now, the leaves on our maple and oak trees haven’t turned color, yet. But the cooler evenings and shorter daylight hours will soon change that. 
As I sadly say goodbye to sweet summer, I once again look to my décor with the colorful oranges, yellows, and reds.

Mums are some of my favorite fall flowers…this year, I chose burgundy red.
But last year's yellow mums are still a favorite!
My ceramic owl showed his saucer-sized eyes, once again, as well. Here, he sits in a nest of bright leaves.
A new door hanging reminds all who enter to give thanks...
I also added the autumn feel to the dining room, one of my favorite rooms to decorate.

Sunflowers are a must!! This bouquet in my matching pitcher brighten the whole room...
centerpiece, filled with candles, leaves, and mini-pumpkins continue the autumn allure.
When candles are lit (or turned on, as the two end candles are battery-operated) the room takes on a glowing ambience.

 The table runner that I recently purchased reminds me of all the wonderful things I look forward to when Autumn arrives.
Orange pumpkin dessert plates atop my red napkins and two-toned dinner plates.
I still love to display a few of the tables-setting spots with leaf and words dessert plates, as this one that says "blessings".
And of course, the ole' pumpkin teapot must also be set...

Do you have some favorite fall décor that you love to bring out this time of year? 

Wishing you
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“Better joy in a cottage than sorrow in a palace” 
Spanish Proverb
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Saturday, September 5, 2015

Feature Favorites - no. 4

Hello, all.
Welcome to another post of "Feature Favorites"!
Where has the time gone? I've been so very busy that it is a relief to finally have a little time to relax and just read other blogs and websites. Check out some of my favorites over the past few weeks.
Beach Bonanza 
A New England artist crafts shabby-chic beach décor using repurposed glass frames and handfuls of local shells and sea life. Shared over at "The Cottage Journal".
Decor and Design
 Fabiaiana at "Ciao! Newport Beach" shared some pics of a 1912 beach cottage. Beachy cottage décor and a nautical themed tablescape were the highlights I loved them all!
Foodie Finds
I found the perfect recipe for sharing on my Foodie Finds section over at “The Daily Tea”.  No-Bake White Chocolate Matcha Lemonade Cheesecake, one of my favorite desserts!
Fashion Frenzy
Sarah at “Daisy Chains and Dreamers” not only shared her pastel  pencil dress, but she shared her pics on the dunes near her house. Beautiful! 
Lake and Cottage Lifestyle
Hailing all the way from Victoria, Australia, is  lakehouse blogger of "Coastal Style". She shared some beautiful springtime flowers that are just blooming on that side of the world. 
Fantastic Photography     
Photographer  Rod Trenchard took this breathtaking photo in Australia. Photo found at the website, 500/SO”.
Pet Portraits
For National Dog’s Day, 500/SO” also shared a listing of 25 of the most popular dog photos, I loved this one! Just look at those expressions!
Teatime Treasures
 Over at  “The Enchanting Rose”,  Stephanie shares some sweet teacups and saucers she is wanting to trade in at her ‘teacup and mug exchange party.’
Tremendous Travels
“World of Wonderlust” shared  ’10 Reasons Why You Will  Love Canada’. Since I have Canadian roots, this blog post really caught my attention.

Congrats to all these bloggers and internet sites!
Thanks for sharing your awesome posts! 
I hope my readers are as blessed by reading them as I have been! Feel free to use the button below to let your readers know that you were featured here!
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Wishing you
“Better joy in a cottage than sorrow in a palace” 
Spanish Proverb
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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

What's In My Closet?(Summer, 2015)

Hello, Cairn Cottage friends!
It's been awhile since I've shared a
 What’s in My Closet?
I finally got a few minutes to get some picks of some of the summer outfits I purchased over the summer. It's been an interesting summer, for sure. In June, we had tons of rain and the weather was cool.
In July, a heat wave hit our area and there were many sunny days.
August has provided us with a variety of weather conditions.
Some super-sized thunderstorms, humidity that could melt plastic, and wind gusts that forced one to hold on for dear life have all been expeerienced.
Fishing has been great on our lake, though. And the weather has allowed for us to enjoy a variety of fun summer activities. I can't believe that summer is just about over!! Everytime this season comes around, I get a sad feeling. I LOVE summer and hate to see it go!!! 
I know Autumn will be amazing too, though and cooler breezes and colorful leaves will replace the heat and humidity.
Anyways, I hope you have had a great summer, as well.


Outfit #1
Shorts and purse - TJ Maxx
Top - Walmart
White linen blouse - Nordstrom
Hat - Meijer
Sandals - Target
Outfit #2
Crocheted cover-up and floral dress - TJ Maxx
Flower headband - Meijer
Feather necklace - Created by me
Outfit #3
White tank and blue capris - TJ Maxx
White lace flats - Meijer
Outfit #4
Blue and white tank - TJ Maxx
White capris - Kohl's
Straw hat - Dollar Tree

Have a wonderful week!
Wishing you
“Better joy in a cottage than sorrow in a palace” 
Spanish Proverb
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