Sunday, March 6, 2011

Sweet Dreams Are Made Of These

 As the weather get's warmer and my 
fingers get itchy to play in the dirt
and start on creating my flower gardens...
I can't help but do a little dreaming.

Our home is a humble little 
cottage with no fancy turrets or is basically a blank slate.
This makes it easy for my imagination
to take over.

I know my cozy little cottage will never
be as whimsical or fanciful as these 
but that's ok.

It is after all a


Best House Design

Can you imagine living in this house..
look at that roof garden!


I LOVE this cottage with the curving eaves
and look at that roof!

Oh to live in a thatched roof cottage.
This one is pretty small
but hey...when you live in something so 
charming maybe size doesn't matter.

This is a bit different but I like the
rustic look.

I like 

I like the woodsy feel of this house
and the steeply pitched


Look at this wonderful chimney!
It would be like living in a Walt Disney movie.

Home Designing

Look at all that ivy.
Our little cottage in the city
had ivy growing up the brick.
It eventually covered nearly all the front
but it started to take over the garden so
we pulled it all off. 
It was pretty...but not at the expense of my garden.

I still like ivy.

Now this is what I call a

Love the garden growing over the stone wall 
and of course that thatched roof. 

After going over all of these photo's again
I realize that most of them have a common
shade gardens.

And that my friends is what I must
get back to thinking about. 

Are you lucky enough to be working in your 
garden already?

I hope you have a wonderful week.
Maura :)


A Brit in Tennessee said...

Some wonderful cottages here Maura, I could live in any one of them :)
I like small cottages, with rock fireplaces and huge beams in the lounge/living room. Such a cozy feel, and yes, Ivy as invasive as it can become, I still love it's character and charm.
Such a lovely post, I hope you are having a wonderful weekend.

The Bear's Blog said...

Hi Maura,

Lovely pictures. But, I would not trade one of those cottages for Lilac Lane Cottage.

Your charming cottage has exactly that - charm. A peaceful, wholesome quality - and that my friend is what counts. It's YOUR home.

Heaps of Hugs

Brenda Kula said...

Yes, I am that lucky to be working in my yard. Just came in from sweeping leaves and pine needles. I will be singing or humming that song all day!

From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

What lovely cottages. The chimney in the picture with the green house is so charming. Still too early to start any gardening projects where I live.

Barbee' said...

I so enjoyed looking at all these dreamy pictures.

Scrappy Grams said...

If I were lucky enough to live in a cottage, I would want a modest one with curvy eaves as in the 3rd or 7th cottage featured in this blog. Like ivy, but not all over the home; that makes me feel claustrophobic! And of course, a garden framing the walk to the front door. Just dreaming, but dreams are priceless!

ornamentsbypink said...

Hi Maura, aren't those cottages adorable? Love all the pictures. I can't wait to get into the garden. Yesterday a lot of the snow melted then a couple hours later the temp went down and we got more snow. So it seems like spring will never get here!

BeautifulDees said...

Oh I thought of Heaven when I looked through your beautiful blog...oh the music and the picture's are so wonderful. The cottage's remind me of a storybook or a fairy tale.
Once upon a time there was a beautiful blog.
P.S. Thank you for sharing....keep dreaming!

Finding Pam said...

Maura, what a beautiful post with all of those charming cottages. I agree with Joyce on this subject. Your cottage home is perfect and I never tire of looking at all the beauty that surrounds your home.

In the previous post, I love your critters. I am missing my chickens and I would love to have a little minature donkey. Hopefully, in time I will.

Keep dreaming up more lovely ideas to share with all of us. We are enjoying some pleasant weather and hubs is working on the fence right now. We planted two pecan trees and a few other things. Looking for a place to plant two camelias.

Have a wonderful week.

Kritter Keeper at Farm Tails said...

hi maura! what a fun post! i think the one with the round fat chimney is the best cottage. it is so sweet! our weather here has turned for the worse this morning...all dreary and cold...puts me in a blah mood. no we won't be getting in our gardens for awhile but some of my bulbs are sprouting up. have a great week!

Janet said...

Hi Maura ! beautiful cottages ! though the one covered in ivy looks remarkably like a tea room situated in Llanwrst here in N.Wales !Spent the day in my garden finally getting it under control !

Deborah said...

They are lovely and so dreamy Maura.
I cant think of gardening yet, except indoor greenery so far.
We've still got snow but waiting for spring to peek her head in soon.
What flowers do you love in a garden?

Deborah xo

Michaele said...

My dream would most surely be the ivy covered one. It's like a different world. I like different too. Nice post!

Country Gal said...

They are all so cute !These remind me of the little cottages in England in the small country villages. Your cottage is sweet , a home sweet home. Every time we are away from our home for a long time and are glad to be back we always say this little rime as we pull in the drive. Home again, home again jiggity jig ! My mum always said it to us when we were kids. Have a great day !

Cindy said...

My garden is still under two feet of snow, so I won't be out in my shady garden for a while. I adore a thatched roof anything, be it cottage or an out house, as some of them are called in Europe. They mean out building.
Lovely eye candy, thanks!
Hugs, Cindy

Pondside said...

I'll take a thatched-roof stone house, please, as long as you're handing them out.

Cheryl @ The Farmer's Daughter said...

All I can do about gardening right now is dream about what I'd like to plant or see growing. But it sure is fun to dream, isn't it? Love your photos of dreamy cottages. Wouldn't it be fun to live in one of those? Great post!

Phyllis said...

Wouldn't it be FUN to live in one of those cottages?!? Sure make my imagination go into high gear.

Thanks for sharing those beautiful photos.

Kath said...

Well the sun is out and the Boy with the Dragon tattoo is here for a few days> he has helped me wage war on the ivy and saw branches out of the overgrown hedge. I am sooo looking forward to being able to move on from jungle clearing to planting :-D

Missouri Gal said...

Hi Maura! I've stuck some tomato, cherry tomatoes and peppers seeds in pots in the windowsill. So far nothing but a watched pot never boils!
Love the woodsy house the best. But then I live in the woods. Wish my house was that cute! Have a great week!

Dog Trot Farm said...

Maura, there is something so romantic about living in a cottage, I would be happy to reside in any one of them. I favor the woodsy house too, there is something magical about living in the woods having fairies and gnomes for neighbors. Thanks for sharing and sparking my imagination.

Tonya said...

Such beautiful cottages. I would love to live in a cottage, but my dream is a log cabin. Thank you for sharing such gorgious photo's.

Rural Rambler said...

Good Morning Maura! Well I am pretty happy where I am planted right now but all those sweet homes you have pictured I don't think I would say NO to. I love the one with the small rower on the water. Enjoy your Tuesday and give Olly and Lizzy a scritch for me!

Windy Meadows Farm said...

Maura, your photos are inspiring! Such fun to dream, isn't it? Thank you for sharing them. It's posts like this that had me choose you for the Stylish Blogger inspire us! I was gifted last week with the award, and want to pass it along to's much deserved. If you stop by my page, you'll find my link here...happy Tuesday! - Mary

Susan S. said...

Hi there....I just popped into your beautiful blog and really enjoyed looking at the cottages. They would be SO fun to live in and decorate and garden in. Happy Spring from Houston, TX

Catherine said...

Your pictures are dream ones like in fairy tales!it's nice up there and nice to be outside in the garden!hope your having a lovely week, hugs Catherine

Naturally Carol said...

Some of them look as though they've jumped straight from the pages of some of the story books I read as a child! Maybe they are where the illustrators got their ideas from.

John Gray said...

where's OUR cottage eh?

Hilary @ Sweet as June said...

we all need to dream... but don't forget that your little farm cottage is most definately someone else's dream! : )

Verde Farm said...

Can these be real? They are so perfect and beautiful--I am in love. I would give anything to see that first one in person--wow! I love shade gardening. My first home had a shady back yard and I wasn't going to let that stop me so I immersed myself in learning about shade plants. It is my preferred garden now--I just love it-so peaceful, relaxing and zen!
Hugs, MM


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