Decor Books: new cottage style & a giveaway

I have a soft spot for cottage style…
do you?
Better Homes and Gardens
is a new to me book I spotted
at Lowe’s and has all sorts of
yummy ideas for casual livable decorating.

Many of you will instantly recognize
Maria’s house in the book!

Whether you own a cottage or not,
there are inspiring ideas
and before-and-afters to enjoy.

Room to Change

Drawn In

Cozy Slipcovers


Slim Down

I love that brown and cream scramble
fabric by Annie Selke on the chair!

If you could wave a magic wand,
where would you place your
dream cottage?

Mine would be oceanside somewhere in Hawaii.

sweet melaine is hosting a
giveaway for one of my paintings…
i hope you win!

Peace to you right where you are.



  1. September 18, 2012 / 9:19 pm

    The perfect vacation cottage look , I love these! Thanks for sharing.

  2. September 18, 2012 / 9:44 pm

    Great looking book. I'll have to pick up a copy. If I could have a dream cottage anywhere….I really think it might be by the ocean in Charleston, South Carolina. I really love it there.

  3. September 18, 2012 / 10:03 pm

    Ooooh lots of pretty things.

  4. September 18, 2012 / 10:15 pm

    Thanks for reminding me about this book! I will check with my local bookstore as I like to support them. Will check out your giveaway.

  5. September 18, 2012 / 10:24 pm

    I've always wanted to have a rustic cottage outside of Vail Colorado. Such a beautiful place year round.

  6. September 18, 2012 / 11:29 pm

    Lovely book. My dream cottage would be along on a cobblestone street in a cute little town/village a la Practical Magic.

  7. September 19, 2012 / 12:17 am

    Wow what an absolute charmer!!!!!! LOVE this…..leave it up to you Michele to discover and feature such a gem….love it!

  8. September 19, 2012 / 12:29 am

    You know i have a soft spot for anything cottagy.
    Actually, i like North Carolina, so i would have a beach cottage right on the ocean just for special times, and a cottage with a meadow near where i live right now.


  9. September 19, 2012 / 6:01 am

    I love these pics, great soothing colors! 🙂

  10. September 19, 2012 / 12:35 pm

    Looks like a wonderful book and will have to go out and find a copy. My dream cottage would be in Italy looking over an olive tree grove.

    I'm dying to see your painting so I'm off to see.


  11. September 19, 2012 / 3:40 pm

    What a beautiful book! I would love a cottage on the water somewhere. What a dream! xo

  12. September 19, 2012 / 5:59 pm

    This is a gorgeous book. BH&G really do put out some great publications, and the magazine has really been upping the quality of the magazine lately!
    Thank you for sharing.
    Happy Wednesday.

  13. September 19, 2012 / 6:37 pm

    Just beautiful! Great mag, thanks for sharing, I will have to look for it the next time I go:). Have a happy week, Jen

  14. September 19, 2012 / 6:40 pm

    You had mew at 'before and after'!! These are gorgeous photos – I haven't even heard of that book! I'll have to check it out on Amazon. So pretty! Thank you for the recommendation – I always say a girl can never have too many books!


  15. September 19, 2012 / 7:42 pm

    Beautiful pics! I love this style, so warm and cozy! My cottage would be… in Portugal. Love to spend holidays in the Algarve 🙂

    Love Lisanne

  16. September 19, 2012 / 10:28 pm

    I had a dreamy little cottage just a few streets away from where we live now. It was just a little too small for the two of us, and since I bought it before I married Mr. H, he didn't feel totally like it was his place, too. So down the street we moved to something bigger, with decidedly less charm. Oh well. Charm is what you make it, I think.
    The ultimate dream cottage? Nantucket, please! XOXO

  17. September 19, 2012 / 10:33 pm

    Mine would be in the Carmel Valley! I'd totally forgotten about Maria's home being in this issue.. I'll be picking it up! Great look… I like the comfortable, casual vibe of these homes.

  18. September 19, 2012 / 10:50 pm

    I'd love a beautiful cottage with many of these elements somewhere on the coast – cozy, friendly and wonderful!

  19. September 20, 2012 / 4:48 am

    I would love to have a cottage with hardwood floors, simple and straightforward furniture, lots of pillow and flowers and somewhere on the coast of France.

  20. September 21, 2012 / 4:14 pm

    Love this post!! It's my dream to retire in a coastal cottage in Charlston, South Carolina. Thanks for hosting this wonderful giveaway 🙂

  21. September 24, 2012 / 9:04 pm

    Not sure why pendant lights have the ability to make my heart go all a'flutter. Sigh. These are all so picture perfect. If I had a choice, I'd plonk down any of your examples in the South of France! Mmm tres chic xxx

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