Monday, June 13, 2011

Cottage Life in BSA

 BSA - Baie-Sainte-Anne is cool, wet & windy today
 so I thought I'd tour you through the cottage, where it's warm & cozy.

As you enter the front door, your in the living-room & those that know Boris...know he's there to greet you too!

 In the living-room is the staircase to the 2nd storey...but we're not going there yet. Let's continue through to the kitchen & dining-room.

Kitchen cupboards were painted blue from an inspiring magazine brought home from England a few years ago...notice the counter space on both sides of the sink, it forces me to keep it clear for preparing meals. The large window in the garden door was cut in, replacing the small screened window. I love the light it lets in now & there's a window next to the door & over the sink to bring in the summer breeze.
 The grey door is where the pantry & floor opening is for the basement...I've not seen the basement, however I did look down this year to see the basement full of water...sub-pump problems, fixed now.
 You'd be surprised at how much stuff you can place in that pantry! it goes under the staircase & every square inch is used. There's only one closet in the whole bedroom & I'm a clothes horse, having a difficult time as I brought with me all my summer clothes from the city for here. Can you say 'Over Dressed' I just say I'm from the clothes, right?
A small wrought iron bistro table sits in the kitchen area, next to the window.
 Cooking area & fridge...notice how everything is stuck to the fridge, race events,grocery lists,calendar, family photos. At home I had the fridge covered in wood...magnets no longer stuck to it & it just blended in with the cupboards, as did the dish washer...of which I am the dish washer now, quite the step back in time, I love it :) Notice the wonderful chimes that are located next to the stove, I had them hanging outside & they kept me awake at night. There's always a breeze here as the ocean is not far away. Now the cross venting in the room move them ever so softly creating a quite chime.

This is the laundry room with the HE washing machine that takes 2 1/2 hours to do one load! how is that HE? Loads of storage space in the cupboards above. There's a washroom at each end of the laundry room... 

The main floor has 2 bathrooms, this is the large bathroom with the tub & shower. The sink is a laundry sink with a built in scrub board & is quite deep, making it perfect for bathing Boris.
Shelving  is handy for holding extra towels.

This is the plate rack that is over the toilet,
Sink with a large mirror makes the space feel larger while the window provides natural light.

 China cabinet in the dining-room holds the daily dishes of blue & white summer dishes, the corner cabinet was a great find at the Value Village, it even has a angled drawer.

My desk keeps my business & stationary organized. One drawer holds linens! 
 Now let's go upstairs...

 Notice how the stairs at the bottom were covered with the new flooring this spring 2011....summer does not start until 21st of June! The downstairs air conditioner was also installed in the front window...making August dog days managable. The doll at the base of the stairs is another 'mini me' she's almost complete...I'll write more about her DNA creation later.

 This is the stair well, I just love the descent, even more with the railing running down the wall...that's new this spring too!   The stained glass was a Home Sense find & hangs beautifully in the hall window.

This is where I spend a lot of my my bedroom. I have divided it up into my sewing room/bedroom. You see I don't have far to go after a long day of sewing...if only there was a 2nd storey bathroom! I'd never have to leave, but  wait I do have to eat.  

 A sewing table given to me by my friend Liz, holds my Baby Lock machine snugly & the wall has become even more functional so the accessories needed for sewing. 
 The Ikea dressers hold clothing & bedding as well as more sewing things & the bins...just hold everything else. Bill has wall hanging space for hanging his things. See the LV purse I bought at the garage sale yesterday for $1 dollar, it's going to hold some of the sewing goodies for me.

 The bed is between 2 window which provide natural sunlight to the room & the cat sleeping on the bed is having a snooze. This is Jerry, the 3 legged, one eyed cat, with the heart murmur, he's now 13 years old. I just love the way he's pressing his head into the round 'mother' pillow.

This is the large guest room - it has a single be which is full of quilted items for the Myer Harwicke Quilt show on the 8-9th of July. There's also a bunk bed, great for stacking kids up!

The room is  bright with 2 windows in it, it's also the coolest room as it houses the 2nd storey Ac unit. I made roman nautical blinds for the themed room.

This is the small guest room - cousin Ann was the 1st one to be the guest & she never recognized her mom's bed that was painted a soft white. I thought it was quite fitting that she be the 1st one to stay there.  

The South Shore quilt that was custom quilted by Karen Cole proudly hangs in this room.

Well I must do as Jerry ...I hope you enjoyed the tour through 'petite maison' showing it has put me in kyrotime. 

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the tour - one day maybe I'll get down there for a real visit!