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Saturday, December 3, 2011

14 Honorable Mention

A word of thanks to all the folks that came to my rescue last week. We had a ball going through literally dozens of holiday home submissions. There were many to choose from, and narrowing it down to just one was the hardest part. Did you see who was ultimately chosen for December’s Cottage of the Month?

Click here to see December’s feature in its entirety!


I’ve said it before and I’ll happily say it again: Bloggers Rock. Period. You guys didn’t let me down one single bit. I thought it might be fun to share with you a handful of some of the holiday home submissions I received over this past week….


Laura from Finding Home

When Laura emailed me earlier last week, here’s what she had to say about blogging and home renovating “I have been blogging for just over a year and have just completed a full renovation of our home. Our home now reflects our family better and is a comfortable mix of new and vintage treasures.”

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Sharon Brandt

Here’s what Sharon had to say about decorating for the holidays: “I love to decorate for Christmas! I actually start as early as October because I decorate other peoples house's for Christmas...so I like to get mine done early. I make a lot of my own decorations and love to frequent the dollar store. My white tree is decorated with dollar store frames I spray painted and printed black and white photos of my boys when they were little at Christmas time.”











Pattie from The Shabby Chick

Pattie had this to say about decorating and family: “I love to entertain and throw parties for my families and friends. I am passionate about cooking, gardening, decorating, and junking. I love finding old treasurers at thrift stores and Goodwill and turning them into new treasures. I'm the owner of the Nail Room, which I run out of my home so I can take care of my daughter Tia, who is in a wheelchair. She is the love of my life.”












Alise has been teaching elementary school for the past twenty seven years. In May of this year, the local Woman’s Club approached Alise and her husband about participating in the Christmas Tour of Homes. “We together decided to share our home with the community through the tour. We have spent the last 6 months sprucing things up around here.” (Photographs courtesy of Jan Madert)










Maria from Rusty Hinge

We especially got a kick out of what Maria had to say: “Well, I follow your blog and when I saw that you needed a December Cottage, I thought why not, so after Thanksgiving dinner was over I rushed home from my family's holiday celebration downstate to haul out all my Christmas tubs from the garage and got to work.”









Meaghan from MT Tails

Here’s what Meaghan had to say about living in the country and decorating her dream home: “I live in Ontario Canada with my husband and pets. We moved into our dream home in the country almost 4 years ago and have been renovating it room by room since then. We hunt through antique shows, flea markets and brick & mortar stores to find the pieces that make our home uniquely ours. I work full time as a Registered Dental Hygienist but home design and decor is my passion.”











I have the BEST readers here on my blog, did I already mention that? You guys are always so courteous to those I feature for Cottage of the Month. I like to visit the blogs of those featured each month and read the comments you all so kindly leave. In fact, it looks like a bunch of you have already visited Carolyn! I just wanted to say thanks. It means a lot to me (and them). Yep, I guess I’m pretty smitten with you guys ♥

Hey, stay tuned for a great Giveaway coming up next post!


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  1. Thank you so very much for the feature - it is truly an honor to be here on your site! Off to do more decorating!

    Take care,

  2. Fantastic homes, so diverse and each one absolutely gorgeous! Xoxoxo

  3. Thank you and all the ladies for the LOVELY Christmas home tour...I loved every picture! ;D

  4. those are all beautiful, but the last two really captured my eye- especially alise's gorgeous home!

  5. Thank you Jennifer, for the feature on your blog I had so much fun doing this... Have a wonderful Holiday...And a very Happy New Year..All of these home are amazing...

  6. Jennifer, THANK-YOU so much for the feature! That must have been so much fun to go through the pictures of all these gorgeous homes! I love them all!

    PS. You think your readers are the best... we think you are pretty awesome too!! :) Thank you for all that you do!

  7. All so beautiful- We have a little cottage and I know how sweet they can look at Christmas time-
    Especially love the kitchen-
    Happy Day

  8. You are so generous to give us even more beauty to look at. Thanks Jennifer!

  9. Absolutely love today's giveways. Lauri's work is beautilful. Wishing her all the best.

  10. What a fun post!! I enjoyed these little snippets and will be off to visit them. :) Thanks and Merry Christmas!!

  11. I would love to win the giveaway. I have been looking for great looking burlap for this Christmas season! Found some 4" but it was actually for wrapping trees! The 14" piece for my table is not made well and very stiff. So I'm thrilled to be in touch with Laura's Etsy shop! Thanks!!

  12. color green my fav. Love all the burlap pillows, stockings, runners; but fell in love with the pedestal cloche. I've always wanted one. Thanks for the chance to win.

  13. WOW ! Love everything I've seen on these pages.
    I'm at a loss for words...that never happens:)


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