Category Archives: Cottage lifestyle

Embracing Winter

January is looking like…January.  This is the type of winter weather I remember from my childhood.  We played outside with double mittens and scarves wrapped around our heads.  It was expected.  Cold was expected.  I was beginning to wonder if … Continue reading

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Last Nod to the Holidays–Sunroom Christmas

           The time between Christmas and New Year’s Day extends our celebration.  We fill it with excursions to new-release movies [Star Wars], after-Christmas sales, dinners “out,” and the inevitable return and swap of merchandise. I am also sending … Continue reading

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Christmas in the Great Room

Our barn-home great room is perfect for Christmas.  I think of the scenes from White Christmas at the Vermont ski lodge when I decorate.  It is mostly traditional red and green on barn board. What you cannot see in the … Continue reading

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Christmas Tea in the Library

As a nod to Downton Abby, I decorated the second floor sitting room of our barn home as if visitors were about to take tea. Dried everlasting wreaths crafted from the Farm Grove gardens hang on the celadon door and above … Continue reading

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Christmas at the Cabin

We have a large area to decorate for Christmas, which gives me an excuse to begin on the second floor of our barn home before Thanksgiving.  Spreading out the work makes each project more fun. The theme of the guest … Continue reading

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Turning to the Holidays

We live in a restored barn. We were in the retail specialty business for over 13 years and in the collectable business for another 13.  We have a 5 acre country estate with six buildings. For all of the above … Continue reading

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ESCAPE TO DOOR COUNTY

Door County, Wisconsin, is a peninsula of calm between Green Bay and Lake Michigan.  After a demanding summer repairing out buildings, gardening, teaching and helping our children ready The Groveland Chapel for business under their management, we are ready for an escape to … Continue reading

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