I have known Elaine the longest. Her blog represents her perfectly. She is warm and genuine, and her commitment to her family is not only obvious in her blog, but when you enter her home, you feel it. We got to see her home all ready for Christmas, and meet three of her four girls. Her kitchen is like a warm hug from MOM. It took me back to when I was kid. It is straight out of the 50's, complete with rotary dial phone.
This was on her dining room table.
Lemon Lane Cottage
On the far right is Debbie. Debbie drove in all the way from Lancaster. She is the one I have known the shortest length of time, but what fun it has been getting to know this lady! She is as fun and full of energy as her blog leads you to believe. Go see her at My Vintage Daydreams
That is little "Q" in the photo with us too. What a cutie she is! I told her that we need to have a playdate with her and my three Lil' Dumpins' They would have a ball! So off we went, first to the store that Elaine has raved about to us.
So up and down the street we went. Popping into every shop that piqued our interest. We ended in a fantastic kitchen shop! I was in heaven. This is another place I MUST return to! Mom....we need to go take a class here! Looked like a good line up of fun classes!!!! My poor partners in crime had to go rest their weary feet out front on the bench while waiting for me to make my final purchase of the day. As if the day had not been perfect enough at this point....we were far from done. From there, Patty scooted on back to her home, to prepare for us to come have dessert as our last stop of the day, while the rest of us traveled to Shelly's fabulous home. Now, I am at a loss for words here. This house, was unlike anything I have ever seen in my life. Stunning, spectacular, cheerful, vivid, happy, charming, vintage, warm! These are all words that come to my mind. She takes most of her every day decor down, and creates a Christmas fantasy land that is just too wonderful to describe. Shelly lives in a townhome that she has turned into the most darling cottage I have ever seen! Let's just take a look in pictures. With the first one being the view as you approach to her front door step.
RED!!! This was just the front room!!! The kind of place that you had to keep circling past, because every time you looked, you saw something new!
Here is the master vignette maker herself...Shelly, holding one of the stockings sporting her name, that she found at a thrift store.
Even her patio was an extension of her home, and her love for red and white, and all things cottage.
Back inside for a quick peek at her "girly" bathroom!
Wouldn't you love to have a soak in that fabulous bathtub? Wow! Then, before having to dash off to our next destination, we got a peek at her bedroom.
After Shelly's house, we drove just a mile or so away to Patty's house. Another charming home, on a picturesque street. Like something out of a Norman Rockwell photo. Individually unique cottage type homes, dotting a beautifully tree lined street, nestled into one of the most charming towns I have ever visited! We walked in to the house where the soft glow of a fire greeted us, and the smell of freshly brewed coffee lingered in the air. Christmas was in every nook and cranny of her home. She had prepared a lovely dessert for us, as our final destination of the day. Come see Patty's beautiful home with me.