Tuesday, March 31, 2009


Please enlarge any of these pictures for details. You may have to move them back and forth as I think...cringe..that I may have made them ..too large. I'm sorry.

This is looking toward Rumsey Drive. You can see the pond, the waterfall and the fountain. The pond was full of Koi..tame ones and then they were visited by Cranes. I will get pictures of the pond soon.

The kitchen window looks out onto the lawn and the drive. You can see the deck from here.

Another view out the kitchen window. I love..that bunny lamp. I try to talk her out of it...she just LAUGHS at her mother!! :)
I wanted you to see this sweet little plate rack that runs along the top of the kitchen and over the door. I have begged Danny for one of these..and he says..ok..soon Mom.. (sigh..)

This is a poor picture as it doesn't even show the little green chest they were sitting on..not sure why I took just a shot of the items on top. Sorry. The little chest is in the St. Patricks Days photo's..anyway...so...there ya go!

This is the side yard that leads to the garden and the fruit trees. There is a fence that is kept locked and leads to the pool, fountain, outdoor room and fireplace. There is also another living area detached from the main home..and I believe that was a tack room at one time as the heavy door slides shut closing the room off completely. It slides right over the top of the door. I will try and get photo's of it at another time.

This is the little barn that is used as a garage.

This is the second entry to the home. If you walk through those little dutch doors you enter the dining room below. Standing here..if you look to the right..that is where the first entry to the home is that had the stained glass

This is the dining area you walk into when you walk through those little dutch doors. The kitchen is to the right..the laundry room and two boys room and two more bathrooms are through that door and into that section of the home.

I just wanted to end this post with this picture of Ireland. She was only about four when I took this out on my patio. Maryalice just saw this picture for the first time on St. Patricks Day. Of course I had to give her a couple of them. It is probably my very favorite one of my Granddaughter.


  1. Mona,
    I am just utterly amazed, I just think this is the most perfect cottage ever! I would love to visit, it's everything I want my cottage to be. Love the pic of your granddaughter, its just gorgeous! Cindy

  2. Your granddaughter is simply gorgeous!

    I agree with Cynthia in that this is the perfect cottage. We have a similar plate rack over our kitchen cabinets and love it. You should nag your son into building you one!

  3. Good morning, Mona...I have enjoyed touring your daughter's amazing home and grounds. Thanks so much!
    Hope your day is going to be a good one with something FUN planned. I'm having lunch with
    "the girls"...
    xo bj

  4. Hi Mona....thank you for your get well quick wishes and prayers. I have so enjoyed thid cottage tour. Gives me tons of ideas for decorating. The best part of today's post is, of course, your Granddaughter photo. Just too cute. Have a wonderful wednesday, hugs, Kathleen

  5. I just love the cottage and your daughter's (and yours) talent at decorating. And the last photo is precious! Such a sweet little girl!

  6. Everything about her house is so charming and picturesque. You definitely need to keep at him for the plate rack lol. That would look so neat!

    All the best,

  7. What a wonderful home and garden! I really like the little barn.

  8. Cynthia...Thank you SO much. I am always so pleased when people really like it that much. I read the comments to Mary over the phone..and I could tell how pleased she was.

    Gaston Studio...Hi Jane! Ahhh, thanks for the compliment to Ireland. She reads her grandma's blog so I know she will be pleased and blush a bit. She has NO idea how pretty she is! Young girls usually don't. :)

    bj..GM sweet friend! I am so glad you are enjoying the little tour. It's been fun and I am learning..a lot. Have fun with your friends!

    Kathleen...You are so welcome, my friend! As creative as you are, having a bum hand is not going to be easy for you. I am so pleased you are enjoying Mary's home!

    Nancy..HELLO! :) I am glad you stopped by...and glad you are enjoying seeing this cottage! Thank you for the compliment to Ireland! I appreciate that so much!

    Allison...IF nagging Dan would do any good...I would have had that plate rail LONG ago. :) I wonder where he gets his stubborness??
    Certainly not from his Mom! Thanks Allison!

    Christer...I KNEW you would like that barn! :) Yep...I KNEW it!! :)

  9. What a precious photo of your granddaughter, I can see why it is one of your favorites.

    As for the cottage, I've enjoyed the tour through all your posts. What an utterly beautiful and peaceful cottage and grounds!

  10. Oz Girl... :) Thanks so much. I am glad you enjoyed it. Goodness, Ireland is going to have a big head when she reads the sweet compliments!

  11. I have just come across your blog and am so glad I did. When I was scrolling through these pictures I thought to myself, boy, does that ever look like Emilie Barnes house. I bought the book "Welcome Home" when it first came out and loved it. I used to study every single picture of that beautiful home. I also have a magazine article in which it was featured (maybe Better Homes and Gardens). How interesting to read about your daughter living there now. She has done a lovely job of decorating it.

    I'm so glad you shared this with us.

  12. Beautiful pics but my absolute favorite was Ireland. All grown up now. She's so beautiful.

  13. Oh and you can see where your daughter gets her decorating skills from. You two should go into business.

  14. Very cute picture of your grand daughter! Your house looks beautiful. We have a koi pond too.

  15. One of my all time favorite homes. I had the pleasure of knowing the Barnes family and being in the home a few times. She was sad when she had to leave it. What a small world!

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