Since I’m not allowed in the kitchen area while BeachBoy works, I’m basically confined to the guest bedroom.  It’s the only space in the house to sit…if you call lounging in bed “sitting.”

After 10 minutes a while, it gets a bit boring, and that’s when the graph paper comes out.  I have mounds and mounds of sketches.  There’s everything from kitchen mock-ups and garden designs to living room furniture layouts and floorplans for our next home.  Today, I sketched– yet again– some ideas for the nursery.

When you enter the nursery, there is a lovely double-wide window directly ahead.

Here is the space, pictured with the previous owners’ furnishings. 

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The room gets the most beautiful morning light, which I’m sure won’t seem so enchanting after the baby comes. Ha!  It practically begs you to curl up with a book.

This next photo, taken 4 years ago, gives you a better idea of the window layout within the 13×13 space.  The wall with the entryway is also the wall with the closet door, thought neither are pictured here.  The fourth wall is the only one that is uninterrupted, and the entry door swings into it.

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My challenge will be to fit a dresser, XL twin bed, crib, and glider into this space.  That’s a tall order.

But, I can’t seem to leave it at that.  I’m dreaming up lovely built ins around the focal window.  A little something like this:

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Why bother when we’re already quite crunched for time?  1. I’m a hopeless romantic.   2. The room needs more storage.  The closet is quite small and not super-functional.  3. Books!  As a former teacher, I have lots of books to put into the nursery.  4. I’ve always wanted our kids to have a reading spot.  (Yes, I know, I know….we’re moving. But still….)

At 33 wks pregnant, you could say it’s pie in the sky, especially considering that we have no kitchen/master bedroom/bathroom/laundry room/functional space in the house can’t even order a crib yet.  Starting now isn’t much of an option due to space contstraints.  The room currently houses a TON of overflow, including an additional bedroom suite, a coffee table, the ironing board, you name it.  Can you picture the space with 2 large beds plus more? Yeah. 

But, here’s the thing.  If your house looked like this

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 and you were pushing 8 months pregnant and 10 months of renos, you’d be dreaming too.  🙂 

BeachBoy and I celebrated our 5th anniversary on September 30th!  What a blessed woman I am.  While I’m quickly outliving my “newlywed” status, I feel just as tickled and glowy as I did on day one.  He’s a keeper for sure!

We’re saving up BeachBoy’s vacation time for Christmas, so we decided to stick close to home instead of taking the “Big Trip” we’d originally been planning for this year.  I planned a last minute surprise getaway weekend instead.

Rather than throw a bunch of words at you, I’ll give you what you really want….PICTURES!!  You are going to drool all over the cottage we rented.  I sure did!  Go grab a towel before you scroll down, sugar.

We started our weekend with a zipline canopy tour and ropes course in South Carolina, which you can read more about here.    The rest of the weekend was spent roaming through the mountains, visiting farms, and exploring the vineyard where our cottage was located.

The Cottage

I decided they designed the garden especially for me.

The first thing BB did was throw open all of the doors. Can you blame him?

The dining room made my heart sing. I loved it that much.

The kitchen was small but mighty. It boasted a copper sink, subzero fridge/freezer drawers, a hidden microwave, a dishwasher drawer, and a viking range. Not bad for a tiny little space, huh!?

Take one more look before we move to the master suite.

That california king bed was quite a treat for us since we're used to a queen.

OK, brace yourself for the bathroom, girls.  No, really.

Why is he smiling? Because at home, we only have one sink. Here, he has his own. Haha!

We stepped this shower off to be at least 6x8. It was incredible, to say the least.

Having 2 sinks made getting ready such a breeze. It's the little things...

This was the crowning jewel. The view from the tub was amazing!

a few more, just for fun…

Breakfast outside...perfection

We didn't want to leave....ever.

The setting was perfect.

Here are a few of the relaxing adventures we shared.

I HIGHLY recommend The Farmhouse at Persimmon Creek. It was incredible.

Those are boiled peanuts….a delicacy I’d never heard of before moving to the south.

Now, I have to tell you something.  Our cottage was not the only one at the vineyard.  In fact, it was the smallest of three stunning cottages.  And, I just so happen to have pictures of the other two.  They are lighter and brighter than our woodsy cottage.  I promise to post them soon, so be sure to keep an eye out.  You DON’T want to miss seeing them.  For me, it was love at first sight.

Last weekend, Beachboy and I enjoyed an impromptu trip to California.  It was a refreshing getaway from work and a wonderful chance to give each other our undivided attention.

Now, I know most people go to the coast to see the ocean.  But this girl goes to the beach to see the COTTAGES! I simply adore beach cottages, no matter the size or style.  I’d inhabit one if I could, but the “tear down” cottage we saw while there was listed at $7.8 million. So, there won’t be a waterfront cottage in my future anytime soon!

What really struck me about the California coast was the lack of salty air.  You couldn’t smell the ocean.  Instead, you smelled the roses.  Everyone there had roses, and the scent drifted all around you.  It was absolutely divine. 

This is a street of dreams!

One thing is for sure, these cottages are begging me to return when I have time to explore with more leisure.

Today was a gorgeous day, so I enjoyed a walk through our neighborhood.  Here are a few details I captured along the way. 

This cottage warms my small-home-loving heart.

The home above/below has been completely transformed since we moved to town four years ago.  I remember when it looked as if it would soon be condemned.  THe roof had fallen in in places, and the home was in a state of total disprepair.  I’m so glad a loving owner have taken it into her heart.

Since moving to town, I”ve dreamed of restoring this little white cottage.

This darling home was for sale when we bought our cottage, and everytime I walk past it, my heart still hurts a little bit.

The owners of this blue cedar cottagae invited us to tour their yard one night when we were out walking.  The back is a lovely, enchanted garden.

This stately white cottage is BeachBoy’s favorite.

It’s hard to look good when you live next door to a house this cute!

My nextdoor neighbor has a stunning hard.  Here’s a little peek through the fence.

Living just off the square is both charming and convenient.  There were more houses to photograph than I had the battery power for today.  I’m sure I’ll be making another round in a few weeks when the gardens begin to bloom.