Friday, January 1, 2010

Here's to a Beachy 2010!

Have you missed me?

I started Beach Cottage Love with all good intentions last April, thinking I could keep a second little blog on the side. "Just for fun."

It didn't take long to realize how tough it is to maintain two blogs at once. I thought I could do it all, but--at least for now--I can't. I need to focus on my main blog in the new year instead of spreading myself so thin.

Thanks to everyone who has followed Beach Cottage Love over the past 8 months. Hope I'll see you over at my primary blog residence, Hooked on Houses, in 2010! ~Julia

(Photo via Coastal Living.)

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

A Small Cottage Bathroom Gets a Makeover

This little cottage bathroom, featured in BHG, didn't always look this pretty and serene. Here's the "before:"

You can see it was a challenging space with the sloping ceilings and the washer and dryer plopped in the middle of the room. Now the laundry area is discreetly tucked away:

And look at all these shelves they added for storage:

P.S. If you love old Cary Grant movies as much as I do, then check out the post about Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House over at Hooked on Houses today.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Malibu Cape Cod

A reader sent me the link to this "Malibu Cape Cod" that's on the market for an unspecified amount (never a good sign). Here are a few photos from the house tour.


 This would be my dream bedroom, with doors that open to reveal a clear view of the ocean right at the foot of your bed!

You can see the entire slideshow of the house here. (Thanks to Adina for the link!)

P.S. If you haven't entered my $50 Sticviews Giveaway yet, there's still time!

Friday, November 6, 2009

Cabbage & Roses

I spent the morning oohing and ahhing over the beautiful photos on the Cabbage and Roses website. I wish we had one of their stores here, but they're only in London. That's the beauty of the Internet, though--we can still enjoy it from afar!

P.S. I'm hosting a $50 gift-certificate giveaway at Hooked on Houses today. Stop by and leave a comment there to enter!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Seawatch: The Coastal Living Idea House

Coastal Living Idea House 09 exterior

Have you seen Seawatch, Coastal Living's 2009 Idea House? I think the exterior is beautiful. I really love some of the rooms, like the kitchen:

Others, like the master bedroom, are a little much for me:

I'm just not crazy about those colors together, even though I realize it's the trendy thing now. And that scary sun over the bed would have to go. (I love the bed itself, though!)

Head over to Coastal Living to take the tour. What did you think of it?

Monday, October 19, 2009

"What Lies Beneath:" A House on the Water in Vermont

I love the house in the suspense-thriller What Lies Beneath. I even wrote an extensive post about it over at Hooked on Houses for my weekly Movie Monday feature. It's a beautiful home that was built specifically for the film on a lake in Vermont.

I love their living room with the built-in bookshelves and the windows overlooking the lake. Having Harrison Ford hanging around in the room doesn't hurt, either.

Who could forget the bathroom that the ghost liked to make special appearances in? Here Claire (Michelle Pfeiffer) and her friend try to get some answers from the "other side" with a Ouija Board:

The garden on the side of the house is lovely, but there are some troubled neighbors living on the other side of that fence. . .

A view of the house from the dock:

You can go here for more photos and all the details about it. Or visit my TV/Movie Houses page for links to all of the other posts I've done about famous houses.

P.S. Thanks for all of your well wishes for my grandmother. They mean a lot to me! She was finally released from the hospital over the weekend.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

I'm Giving Away an iPod--Who Wants It?

Hey, everybody! I've been having a hard time keeping up with this blog lately, and I apologize for the paucity of posts. But I did want to let you know that I'm giving away an iPod (iTouch, worth $199) over at Hooked on Houses this week. All you have to do is leave a comment on the giveaway post to enter.

If you follow me on Facebook, then you know that my grandmother had emergency surgery over the weekend (that's her with my son Jake and me, above). We nearly lost her. It's been a tough few days, but she's rallying now. I loaded a bunch of photos of her with her great-grandkids onto my iTouch and took it to show her yesterday. It really cheered her up to watch the slideshow on the screen.

The iTouch also came in handy while I spent so much time sitting around and waiting in the hospital because I could watch TV shows on it, listen to music, and browse the Internet. I've only had it for about a week, and I'm already wondering what I ever did without it. (Go here to enter the giveaway.)

Oh, and before I forget, I featured a beach cottage dining room makeover at Hooked on Houses that you might like, too.

Hope you're having a good week! ~Julia