Monday, August 12, 2013

Calling All Cottage Lovers

One day I had a few moments
to browse and I found myself
looking at cottages.
We live in a house on the lake.
It is a house, not a cottage.
Houses, to me, entail work,
lots of work.
Sometimes I dream of living a
SIMPLER LIFE.
A life lived in a cottage.
But---which KIND of cottage?
There are so many.
Let's see if YOU have a favorite.
These are all from the internet and I have
NO idea where they came from.
If these are your images I apologize for
using them and not giving you credit.

Anyway,  Tell me which one of these 12
 would be the cottage of YOUR dreams.

#1
A sweet little Victorian cottage.
#2
A small unpretentious cottage on the lake. 
#3
How about a tree house cottage?
#4
A grand cottage big enough to hold family and friends.
#5
A sweet little gingerbread cottage. by the side of the road.
 #6
A little cottage with an addition set in a rural area
 #7
Rural not for you?  How about a row house cottage?
#8
A cottage by the ocean
#9
A floating cottage ON the ocean
#10
A rustic retreat
#11
Maybe modern is your thing
#12
Last, but not least,
A true STORYBOOK cottage
So--
What's YOUR pleasure?
It will be fun to see how much we are alike...
or different...as the case may be.
I'll show the results tomorrow
along with my personal choice.
(Is there one with barred windows to 
keep MyHero in check?;>)
your photo name

69 comments:

Lori said...

Number 8 for me. A cottage, waves and sand, yippee..

Susie said...

Diana, I love the first one. I could never do the bare yard thing. I have to have something pretty to look at each day.xoxo,Susie

cindy the cottage chick said...

Ocean cottage. MOst definitely!!!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I love 1, 5, 8 and 12, Diana. All those fairy tale cottage looks. I love 8 for the porch and proximity to the water. I've always loved the look of those Storybook homes.

Nancy's Notes said...

Hi Diana! Have not been anywhere near blogland lately and decided to drop in and see you! So happy you are still blogging, yours is one of my favorite blogs! I am all over the ocean cottage, #8!
Have a great day,
Nancy

Beverly Frankeny said...

Number one, hands down, is calling my name!!

Junkchiccottage said...

Oh Diana they are all wonderful but who can resist a cottage on the water. Number 8 is dreamy. I do like number 12 the Story Book Cottage too. So sweet and full of character.
Kris

andrea@townandprairie said...

I' m in for #6. Rural, with an addition, works perfect for me. Give me fields and fields! I want nothing to look at but nature.

Cranberry Morning said...

Fun post! I'm going with Number EIGHT. Not too fussy, but on the water. Perfect for me. We already live in the countryside, so I'm not looking for a country cottage and don't want anything fussy like Victorian or gingerbread. #8 is my favorite!

Cranberry Morning said...

So does the winner get an all-expenses-paid trip to our favorite cottage for a week???? LOL

Victoria's Vintage Designs said...

No.1!! Just what a cottage should look like in my mind!!

Anonymous said...

So difficult to choose only one! I'll go for #8.

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

My choice would be that sweet gingerbread - but further back into the woods and not so close to a road.....like the story book one but smaller.............

Or a really small adorable one with a lake view and lots of trees.

What about your favorite, Diana? Which one would YOU choose as your favorite?

Kirby Dunton Carespodi said...

5 or 12...but, I live in a New England-style cottage and I promise you it is more work than a HOUSE! (Well, it is our house.) Mice, anyone?

Penny @ Penny's Vintage Home said...

They are all so sweet, but #1 has my heart....hugs, Penny

Anonymous said...

story book all the way!

Anonymous said...

I love the Victorian BUT I would not want to paint it!

Marissa said...

I say lake cottage!! Oh yeah If I had the money that's what I buy.

Pura Vida said...

I would choose gingerbread #1 and floating #2...all divine but since you made us choose!

♥ Sonny ♥ said...


No. 6 LOVE IT! just gotta get rid of that wood stack on the side:)
thats a spider and snake stack waiting to happen lol.

I'm gonna keep that picture though cause I have a storage building that needs to be prettied up and how I would love for it to look sorta like that...

this was so much fun.. do it again with other samples..please.
xoxo
Sonny

Wendy@Once upon a rose haven said...

Hi Diana,
I like #5, but right next to a "Lake of Shining Waters" ~ not road, but with a "White Way of Delight". xo
~Wendy

Nellie said...

Well, I would have to choose #4 in order to have room for all the family to gather! Can't do stairs anymore, so everything must be on one level. xo Nellie

Teresa said...

Sory book. There would so many interesting pieces of it to explore. Nooks and crannies. I love the structure. Not to flat with all the different windows etc. But of course it would never need to be painted or anything like that...lol. :)

Robyn@SimplyMe1970 said...

Ohhh I'd love to live in the first one!

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

Love #1 - so pretty. But cottages are a lot of work also.
Have a terrific week.
Mary

It's Just Dottie said...

I am in love with number 1.
Smiles, Dottie

Anne said...

They are all beautiful but can I pick two??? Number one and number 9 <3
xx
Anne

Melanie said...

I love #12 and #1 both! Really like all of them though!

Mindy said...

NUMBER TWO, NUMBER TWO!!!!

Stephanie said...

Ummm...I have 3 favorites :) I am terrible at making a decision! I like 5, 8, and 12. Hugs to you!

sparkle100-havealook.blogspot.com said...

I like # 1 it is so cute but I can see #2 can look cute and fixed to ones like and hey how close to the lake can one get. really. A hop and a jump on a hots day . Bam!

We have number 2 cottages up the lane.

I moved from a big log cabin but it was so many bugs with the pond and the river and trees. Had to move. Neighbors a mile away.

So I as I get older. Not long. Hubby is 74 this year coming. Will go to town into a senior bulding where all the stores are at my finger tips, library and the lake a throw away and all kinds of craft displays and fairs in the park and singers. All summer.

As you get older. I think we get into the similar things in life.

A roof over my head, food on the table and thank you Lord for the day. As you never know what to-morrow brings.

I know I sound like a back country gal who why would she not the good things in life in the great choices here.

Because that is me and you are You.

Nice blog Nana my friend. Have a great day.

20 North Ora said...

Definitely #8 - Ocean Cottage. I live in a cottage like that in my dreams!!

Judy

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

#8....I would love to live right on the ocean. Looks like a few others agree. For my second house...the tree house of course! heehee! Sweet hugs!

Cheryl @ TFD said...

It's a tossup between #5 and #6. I'd choose #5 if it were in a rural area like #6. If I had #6, I'd add more flowers, then it would be perfect! Fun post!

Amy said...

Number 8 for today, but I will take any of those cottages. As home is where the heart is!
Have a great week!

Red Rose Alley said...

Diana,
First of all, I can't choose just one because I have many different styles that I like, but the Victorian cottage I love. The tree house cottage caught my eye too because it looks like it's in the mountains, and I LOVE the mountains. And the Storybook cottage is so charming too, although it's not where I would want to live. They are all nice, and can't wait to see what your choice is.

Love,
~Sheri

Little Miss Maggie said...

No. 1 for sure. Totally charming.

Gina said...

I'm pretty bad at making decisions, but #5, #6 & #12 have all caught my eye!

Gina said...

Oops...make that #4, 5 & 12!

My Grama's Soul said...

I'm thinking I like the rural area best.

xo

Jo

must love junk said...

It's a toss up between #1 and #5! (But I wouldn't turn any of them down :)
Susan

Karen said...

I love that grey gingerbread cottage, but not on a road, must be on a cove by the ocean or a very big lake!

Patricia said...

It would be numbers 2 and 3 for me. The outdoors surrounding them is just as much a part of their charm as the cottages themselves.

missy said...

#4 in my dreams...#8 for real...

ImSoVintage said...

Number one please. I had just started writing a post about cottages(great mind's?? think alike). Think I'll put it off for awhile. Great examples :) xo Laura

Busy Bee Suz said...

I want #1.
No, #8
No, #1
No....make it #8.
Is is possible for me to have two cottages???

LANA said...

Torn between 5 and 12, but I think if I look at it literally, 5 is a bit too close to the road for comfort, so #12 wins out. Storybook for me! (I already have my Prince Charming, haha).

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

This was easy...#2 the cottage on the lake. No question!

SavannahGranny said...

#2 for me definitely! A complete hideaway and it seems very private. They are all very neat, some would make me nervous.
Hugs, Ginger

lynn said...

oh, i love #5 but, on the water, please, diana!

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

I could be happy in any of them...but #4 and #5 call to me...

Shopgirl said...

I like the last one, it is like a story book...I have a cottage farmhouse, I love everything about it. I have lived in large homes, and they are wonderful. But if you want cozy, a cottage is the best. I loved all the pictures. Hugs, Mary

joanne said...

That would be #5, could we be neighbors? Don't forget to stop by and wish me happy birthday, hehe

Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

#8 definitely! Love my ocean!

Chatty Crone said...

Will you add it up and tally what you and we (?) voted on?

I liked a few of them but since I had to pick - number 8!

Ruth Kelly said...

I like the idea of a tree house cottage with no grass to mow.

Martha's Favorites said...

I would take No 12, a fairy tale for sure! Blessings, Martha

Suzan Sweatman said...

Well it's a close tie Diana - between the story book cottage - and anything on the ocean...........
Gorgeous homes!
XOXO

Meredith @ The Laundry Can Wait said...

Number 2 or 8...or that last one - 12! Fun choices.

XOXO,
Meredith

Maureen Wyatt said...

Hands down, it's number 5 for me. I always wanted to live in a stone house!

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Dianna,
I love the first house- the little Victorian Cottage. I do like all the rest but that one is my favorite.
The prices at Plains Antiques were not too bad depending on what you were looking at.

Thanks so much for always stopping by!

Hugs,
Debbie

The enchanted home said...

Wow I love them all. Sometimes daydream about living in a small cottage where everything is perfect and DONE! LOL.....I think that storybook cottage is mighty cute:)
Hope your summer is going fabulously!

Angela Ryder said...

I'll take one of each!! But, if I have to choose.....No. 2 on the lake!! Fun post, Diana!~~Angela

Donna said...

Ok, I am in love with number #1!! But since I am special, I just have to have TWO cottages! So I will take the one by the ocean as well. Thank you very much, Diana! What a generous giveaway (haha!)

Debby said...

I didn't get to read yesterday's post (yet). But I love the first one.....but the gingerbread on the road is adorable. Too bad it is right on the road. The storybook is great as well. I would be happy with the plain ole #3 on the water. I miss my cottage so much.

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

Dang, now why can't this be a giveaway post, ha ha!!
#8 for me...it's beautiful!

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Diana: Yes, #1 is mine. Just enough garden to keep in check but still look like a sweet cottage garden, beautiful colors all put on at the very right spots, and small enough to be cozy and not hard to keep clean. #5 reminds me of the poem--Let me lived in a cottage by the side of the road and be a friend to man--or something like that. It's very cute also.I know it's too late for any of this to count..Happy Tuesday..Judy I think you should make this a return thing!!

Leena Milligan Lanteigne said...

I'd pick number 8 primarily for the ocean location and not the style of the cottage. I love the look of the first one so move it to the ocean or lake and I'd be all set! The one that is sitting on the lake is too plain b t the location is nice but I'm sticking with #8. Hugs, Leena

"Cottage By The Sea" said...

That treehouse cottage comes in a close second to #8 be the ocean. I love dreaming - keep em coming.