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Saturday, April 30, 2011

61 Parade of Homes Tour

Welcome to Home #2 on the Parade of Homes Tour, hosted by A Bowl Full of Lemons. We are very excited to participate in this event.


For those of you new to our home, we graciously welcome you. Here’s a little background on us and our home…


My husband Adam and I bought this house, our first home, three years ago. It was run down and pretty much a disaster when we first moved in. You really should see how it used to look to believe it, so please click here!

Everyone refers to our home as Cottage8, simply because this was the 8th house we bid on in a tough, competitive real estate market, and successfully purchased.

If you have any questions about our home, our paint colors, or anything else you’re curious about, chances are I’ve covered just about anything you can throw a stick at with our FAQ’s page.

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To visit the next house on the tour, my friend Alison’s home, simply click the Enter Home 3 button below…


And if you would like to start the tour from the very beginning, Toni’s home, please click the Begin Tour button below…


Thanks again for joining us for this Parade of Homes tour. I hope you enjoyed your stay!



  1. Oh my word!! I am in love with your style! This is awesome. I've been struggling with exactly what to paint and what to leave wood/natural in my house..and I like your balance. {White armoir in LR along side the pine looking coffee table} and I saw a little black in there too. I have like 10 {not really...but close to it} different wood colors along with my black dining room set. Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. Jennifer, I just love your home and your decorating skills. Love your kitchen curtains too. Are those home made from burlap?? Beautiful home. Thank you so much for being a part of the Parade!

    A Bowl Full of Lemons

  3. Jennifer, I have watched your house turn into a Home for quit sometime now and it keeps getting better and better, I love the way your pay attention to detail.. It's always a pleasure to visit.


  4. I love your home! What a beautiful job you both have done to turn your home into a haven of bliss. I adore your contrasts between dark & light. Love the chalkboard wall, your kitchen is a dream, love your vintage signs, everything is perfect.

  5. Jennifer!
    I had not seen your master bedroom. Love the headboard and all your placements of objects!
    I am crazy for the cloche in the living room with the nest and little books.
    Love the lettered ladder in your dining room.
    Your fridge with the handles...so clever~
    love it all.
    Great tour!
    I will be back to devour every tiny detail in a little bit!
    You are a tough act to follow, friend!

  6. Love your style. You have such talent, I wish I had a 1/4 of it. I especially love your side board and shelves in your dining room, so useful and so much fun to change around season to season.
    Thanks so much

  7. You have a beautiful home! I love your kitchen and all the pops of green throughtout.

  8. Your house is stunning. All the details are so wonderful. Thank you so much for sharing all this amazing inspiration!

  9. All that in just THREE YEARS??!! Wow! It's gorgeous and so well thought out! I'm envious of your being able to get it done so quickly.

  10. everything looks just stunning of course, but my absolute favorite part is that huge cloche with the books and the nest underneath,... LOVE that... sigh, whish I had the table to carry off soemthing that big! But nope... small is keyword at my cottage... lol

    Love your pics!

  11. Jennifer, your house always looks so beatiful. I wanted to ask if you mind that I use one of your photo's of Marilyn's beautiful home, with of course giving you credit. Happy Sunday, Theresa

  12. Gorgeous!! Wow! So much beautiful inspiration. Thank you so much for sharing!

  13. It has been fun seeing from beginning till now the transition of your house into your home. You have done a marvelous job and bought so much inspiration to others.
    Thank you!

    bee blessed

  14. I always so enjoy your photos of your beautiful Cottage 8.
    Pottery Barn is copying YOU now. I've seen your bed in several of their catalogs. :)
    xo bj

  15. You have transformed a house into such a wonderful home. I love your style. Everything is stunning. Hugs, Marty

  16. Stunning Sweet Jennifer,
    Wonderful images and I love the star of the show always Skylar!!! To cute . .

  17. Thanks for the tour. Your house is beautiful. I can't believe it only took 3 years to get it all done. I've lived in our house for 10 years, and my office still looks like hell.

  18. I love evey room in your home. I've saved every picture so I can go back and really study them. You have a home that feels cozy and welcoming and also visually interesting! All things I hope my home is!

  19. What a very lovely home you have, I love all the textures and points of interest that draw the eye, wonderful and so inspiring. I can't believe I have only just found you... I'm now off to see all the cottage of the months... I could be a while :) x

  20. Thank you for sharing - simply lovely!

  21. My jaw is on the floor! This is gorgeous! Love everything! What amazing style!!

  22. Jennifer, your home is so lovely! I will start at the beginning of the tour now. Thanks so much for posting the link!

    Ricki Jill

  23. Oh, everything is wonderful, chic as well as being
    so beguiling to the eye!!

    Love love love it

  24. as always jennifer, your home is fabulous! i am in love with the may 2011 cottage of the month, just gorgeous!



  25. I have to leave another comment. Your dining room should be in a magazine....I love it. Has it been in one, Jennifer?

  26. JENN,
    Hey, I am one of those crazy people who stalks your blog quite often. Heehee! I know kinda scary, right! I DROOL and dream! Thanks for sharing ALL of it. I love all the little changes you have made. SO AMAZING! LOVE IT!

    Jennie {Cinnaberry Suite}

  27. Wow, I love the colour schemes throughout the whole house - brilliant. And I love the snow-dome looking thing you have on your coffee table in the lounge room - very creative and looks brilliant! Thanks for sharing.

  28. Love it! Coming through the "Parade of homes." so pretty! Love your kitchen!

  29. Simply lovely!!!! Great job my dear!

  30. Jennifer, I love your home! The kitchen is perfect. It is amazing. Love the refrigerator doors. Thanks so much for sharing!

  31. What a wonderful home...love the relaxed and cozy feel!!

  32. Always so wonderful to tour your beautiful home. I sooo covet that awesome kitchen! :0)

    Big TX Hugs,
    Angelic Accents

  33. Your home is lovely and I love your kitchen! I love your chalk board saying...you definately have the art down pat and know what to keep...you have a gift!

  34. Your home is so beautiful! I just love your kitchen! I'm a new follower!

    Lori : )
    Thrifty Decor Mom

  35. Your home has so many elements that I love. I really like the lights in the kitchen and the boot tray in the family room is a great idea.

  36. Just to say I am showcasing your beautiful home today.:))

  37. Your home is bright and cheerful and cozy at the same time. I love each and every room, but your kitchen had me at hello! You like things on your counter...that's me all the way! And that's what they are for!! Don't change a thing!


  38. Your home is an absolute dream! I love every detail in your home. Be happy in this beautiful place!

  39. Seriously, your fireplace is one of the coolest I've seen. Love it.

  40. Your taste is exquisite and you have a gift for maintaining continuity throughout. Can I borrow you for a few days?!? I'm absolutely in love with Cottage 8.

  41. Your house is so beautiful down to every last detail. I love the house tours im very nosy love to see real homes. Love your shop also, great finds

  42. Not able to open Door 3, has anyone else had a problem? Was so enjoying the tour.

  43. I'm not quite sure how I've never seen your blog. I'm loving every room of your house. The kitchen is amazing! I can only imagine how much fun it is to cook in there. You have a great eye for detail and adding whimsy.
    Thanks for taking us on the tour! :) ~Michelle

  44. I think I could happily look at your home all day! You two are very good together when it comes to this house is home stuff!

  45. Loved your house and the whole lot of interior which makes your house appear so heavenly. Since you say it was in a disastrous state when you bought it I must applaud at your effort and love which has gone into making your house a remarkable place to live in.
    The House Personality Test
    What portion of the house are you?

  46. Just gorgeous. I love the neutral palette. I'm house #23 :)

  47. Just lovely...there are so many little elements that caught my eye - for one, I love the hanging clock faces, and the burlap curtains and bedroom draperies...and the books sitting on the wooden desk chair looks wonderful...I am going back to "peek" again!

  48. i don't know if i have left a comment on this post already, however.....i always love my visits to your impeccably decorated home. every single inch is just fabulous - fabulous times one million!!!! i see something new with each visit. love ya!!


  49. Thanks for sharing your beautiful home! What's not to love? Everything is perfect. Especially love the fireplace surround as a headboard. And your furbabies are precious. We have an orange cat named Jingles! Wishing you a wonderful weekend. Tammy

  50. Wow, your pictures are awesome. What a great job you did on your house, very inspiring!! Thank you so much for sharing.
    Love from the Netherlands,


  51. Stopping by from the Parade of Homes (I'm house #11)...you have a beautiful home! I love your decorating style!!

  52. Wow! I just came across your blog(I'm searching for cottage blogs, because it's a style that I love!)and I'm speachless. Your home is so neat and beautiful.
    Plus, you have 2 cats. Love them!

  53. Beautiful! Hoping you'll have more posts up soon.Hugs.
    P.S. I have your lovely blog on my cottages page at Katherines Corner :-)

  54. What a gorgeous home! Definitely shabby chic at its best. And I also love the quote on the chalk board.

    Beautiful blog, a new follower and I will be adding you to my daily reads!


  55. Hello to you,
    I have been a visitor often here and love what you have done with your home. You have such style girl! I love the fact that you did the whites but also added black for contrast and the browns and neutrals to really make it shine.
    Each month I stop by for the Cattage of the Month. Thanks.
    ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

  56. i went through these photos when they were first posted...your home is lovely and inviting, but i just noticed....your cat, skylar, has a heart on its nose! darling. congrats too on the weight loss, im struggling with that myself...

  57. its chloe with the heart...sorry...still darling!

  58. you have a lovely home, i enjoyed reading your blog! keep it going :) and congratulations on your weight loss! that's something i'm leaning towards to, and you have inspired me too :)

  59. Love the dining room shelves, would you mind to share a few more pics of them? I need to add some display/storage shelves in my dining room and I think these are perfect!!!
    Beautiful home!


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