Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Cottages- The Winners and The Losers

I hope you had fun choosing a cottage yesterday.
The winners will each be getting the cottage of their choice sent to them.
Okay- I mighta lied about that.
It is interesting how many of you said the same
things about most of the cottages.
I loved that many of you wanted to pick a cottage
you wanted to move it.
I don't' remember offering you that option
but, hey, it is YOUR dream.
Some of you could not decide WHICH one you liked best so I gave you 
both your votes-or all three of them...

I will share the top three winners here.

The Number One Winner-
with twice the votes of any other was 
I love that one, too.  It is cute and sweet
and makes me think of  a romantic hideaway.
I can see sitting on the front stoop 
with a cup of coffee, 
inhaling the scent of flowering plants,
and dreaming about a stroll down the street
to visit shops that are part of 
the little town I live in.
However, this is NOT my dream cottage.

Second choice was
#12-The true storybook cottage.
Can't you just picture all the sweet nooks and crannies around each corner 
of this dear little abode?
It looks like a place where magic 
awaits at every turn.
You know there must be fairies flitting from
rooftop to swinging gate.
Although I love this one, it is not my favorite.

#3 is a TIE between
Ten of you loved this one..but most of you
wanted to move it away from the road.
I love the sweet simplicity of this....
the overgrown floppy gardens... 
It make me think of secret stories 
told in front of the fireplace.
I love this one, too, but it is not my first choice.

The tie for third place also includes
And there, my friends, lies my heart.
It is set on an ocean inlet, with palm trees
that rustle in the wind.
The lapping of the waves would lull me to sleep
at night and the sun would break bright 
and warm me as I drank my first cup of coffee
sitting in the deck chair on the porch.
I would then walk the beach and 
converse with God
and my day would be blessed.
Several of you wanted to move the cottage you loved most
to the water. (Lynn)-lol
Some of you love the thought of living in
the peace and quiet of rural America.
I grew up like that and never saw
BIG WATER until I was in my 20s.
Once I did-it had me.
The sea calls my name to
Come Home.
Maybe someday~

Want to know what got NO votes?
Isn't it interesting?
No one wants to be too rustic, or too modern.

So, Ladies.
This was fun. 
Just wondering....
Do you think something like this might be fun to do
once in a while?
Something besides cottages next time-
Let me know.

Have a wonderful day,
I am back at my friend Ruth's house
today-we are tackling the basement.
If I don't come back tonight
please come and open the trunks
to try and find me!
your photo name


Musings from Kim K. said...

What beautiful cottages. This was a fun poll. We've rented for 10 years a simple cottage in the sand dunes of Lake MI. It's the perfect oasis. This year we took the girls on a road trip out west and skipped the cottage. It was missed.

Have fun digging at Ruth's house.

Susie said...

Diana, The number 1 cottage is the one I liked best too. Gosh going in the basement...The longer we live here the more "stuff" is put in the basement and I hate this. So if your friends have lived there a long while...well ..expect lots of "stuff"
Hope there are treasures down there. Take your camera. xoxo,Susie

Anonymous said...

Yes, I did find this fun, and it was interesting reading the results. It is good to dream every once in a while.

Connie in Hartwood said...

Oh, no .... not the BASEMENT! You girls definitely saved the best for last, I tell ya.

Anonymous said...

Yes, this was fun and with interesting results! Good luck in the basement today!

Nellie said...

This was fun, Diana! Please, please don't jump into any of those trunks! xo Nellie

Sonny G said...

I'm glad my fav wasnt in the running,,I like being unique lol.

yes yes to the doing this as often as you're willing too...

ok now- nobody else steal Diana's idea~! :)

Preppy Empty Nester said...

Not surprised about the most popular/unpopular ones. Great idea for a post. Have fun at your friend's house!

Cottage and Broome said...

I love all the 1 thru 3 cottage winners. I never would have picked the one that got no votes either. Have a great week, Laura

Busy Bee Suz said...

They are so cute....but yeah, no rustic or modern.
So, when will my cottages be delivered to me??

Julie Marie said...

Oooh, I love that number 1 cottage too... I could sooo live there!... I don't like modern anything, so that one would be out... fun post!... xoxo Julie Marie

Donna said...

Ok, I missed your cottage post, Diana. Headed over there to pick out my favorite one. You WILL be sending it to me, right???

Lynne said...

I was late to the party! I would have struggled between #2 (the simple white by the lake), or #3 (the treehouse)!
Have fun downstairs!

must love junk said...

I love this idea-so fun! My top 2 made the top 2...hmmm, looks like I'm among good company :)

Mindy said...

Super fun. Although, I'm sad to see nobody loved my favorite, I'm glad I'll be the only one living in it. :)
Aaaand, if I had known we could make changes, I would have mentioned the gardens I would have been planting all around the outside of it and the window boxes under all the windows. It's going to be perfect. :)

Patty Patterson said...

I love those cottages. I missed out on the voting. The girls are here for the week, so I'm not getting much computer time. But - oh, the fun that we've had! Anyway, I think I'm going to agree with the others that those top three are pretty sweet. You can just drop any one of them into my backyard and I'll be happy. Or - since no one else wants the rustic brown one on the no list, I would take that one. It would make a nice storage shed/playhouse!

Ruth Kelly said...

I did like the Victorian House too but thought it might be too much work. Getting lazy in my old age!

Linda @ Life and Linda said...

Awwww, I missed the fun. There's always next time. Those cottages are so cute. They are so so charming. Don't work too hard. xo Linda

Unknown said...

That was fun! I would like to do this again.

Claudia said...

Though I love them all, I would also have to pick the one by the ocean. Oh my, that is a dream of mine! To live near the water and hear the sound of the waves. Heaven.


NanaNor's said...

Hi girl, Don't know how I missed yesterday's post-maybe it was my 6 granddaughters running through the house and making noise. I'm with you on your pick-love it and also the True Storybook Cottage reminded me of Carmel Ca. This was fun and I hope you do it again.
Hugs, Noreen

Kirby Carespodi said...

It was fun! But all I could think of with that top cottage was no place to escape from DL when he's cranky.

20 North Ora said...

Fun post - let's do it again!


Holly @ Down to Earth Style said...

I adore any one of them but the winner just has a sweet charm that looks more achievable than some of the other 'custom' looking ones.

Michele said...

Yes, it's fun definitely!

with as many cottages images are on the net you could just keep doing those, or classic movie houses, or in like-kinds, like choose your favorite castle, Victorian, log cabin, ranch one floor onlies, etc.

Neat idea, I'm game, thanks.

I love that beach home too but I like being "protected" and not just jutting out there waiting for monsoon season....if I had a beach home I would want to be close to water but not high up right ON the water, not a huge fan of hurricane seasons.


Cheryl @ TFD said...

I hope you do this again...it was fun! I love looking at homes and dream of living in a number of them. If hubby were willing, I'd move every few years! :)

I'll bet Ruth's basement will be interesting to go through. Have a nice day!

Delena said...

Yes lets do this again. How about craft studios... I have one I would love to show. Ha. ha! Seriously this was fun.

Phyllis @Around the House said...

Diana, I've gotta go with you, the one on the water, just stole my heart, wow, could you imagine living there and having that view every day, I am pretty sure you would never get tired of that view...Come on over I have some watermelon for you...Phyllis

Daniela @Frugal Aint Cheap said...

I would love to live by the water too

Debbie said...

Oh, I missed this one. Looks like a fun post. I would have chosen the one at the ocean, too.

Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home said...

Would love to have a place on the water! Hope you have a GREAT day...

Karen thisoldhouse2.com said...

I love this kind of post! FUN!

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Nana Diana...Lets pick Men next time..Who loves um rugged,cute, etc!!! I love your pick, that is a house on the perfect setting


Junkchiccottage said...

Hi Diana,
I loved that one on the water. It is so gorgeous. I love the sound of the sea and the smell of the ocean too. Ohhhhhh sandy beaches!!!! All were great choices but I did like the water cottage.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

The sea calls my name. Someday I want to live close enough to walk to the beach! I would be happy with a couple of rooms! lol Enjoy your day my friend! Sweet hugs!

SImple and Serene Living said...

Of course my excellent taste picked #1. :)

Living on the water would be wonderful, but I like lakes instead of the ocean.


farmhouse-story said...

i think we should do this again! thanks for the fun, diana:)

Sew a Fine Seam said...

this was fun Diana - though I didnt' have time to pick a cottage. I think I love the one by the road - I'm picturing a place where the only road traffic is on foot or by bicycle. And even that is sparse :)

Shirley said...

Hi Diana, I just want a place in the country where the neighbors can't hear you if you fight with your other half or no when you come and go. Someplace in the country where you don't have to worry about all of the codes that they want you to live by. I am just catching up with you all been a little busy. Have a wonderful day. Hugs and Prayers from Your Missouri Friend.

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

I loved #1 and I would really like to live there but that's not going to happen.
Don't work to hard in the basement.

Thistle Cove Farm said...

I really like the stone cottage but it is too close to the road. When I saw the beach house I thought...storms...lol.

andrea@townandprairie said...

The basement always has the BEST stuff! Bring the goodies upstairs, please!

Pam Kessler said...

I'm with you - give me a cottage by the sea and I'd be in heaven! Hope you had fun in the basement. Hope there are no spiders making nests in your hair right about now.

Red Rose Alley said...

I think that Jess would pick the cottage that you liked, as she loves to live by the water too. So glad you liked my cottage choice. It is such a romantic and charming one, and I guess I'm a bit of a romantic myself.

Yes, this was a fun post, and would love to see you do something like it again.


karen@somewhatquirky said...

There isn't one cottage here that I wouldn't love to spend time in regularly! Even the ugly/rustic one. I never mind fixing up an underdog!
I think features like this are fun. Everyone seems to like them.

Robyn said...

Yep, I picked number one as well and I can see why the other two got no votes.. One was just way too modern and the other was just well, it just 'was' if you know what I mean.. Ohh trunks? I can only IMAGINE what she has in there!.

This was a fun post. I hope you do it again.. Thank You :)

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Well, Diana, just like me to come in at the tail end of something. I missed yesterday's post also so I have no idea what is going on. But, if I did, I would pick Cottage #1. I bet you could have guessed that..I am now going backwards (as usual) to yesterday's post..Happy Tuesday..Judy

Unknown said...

Fun post, Diana! Would love to do more!!~~Angela

Suzanne said...

Good luck with that basement! Loved looking at all the cottages.

sweetvintageofmine said...

DOG GONE!! I missed out on this one!! I'm still gonna put my vote in....I like the one beside the water the BEST but that gray one beside the road was my close second!! LOVE this post.....a girl loves to dream! Blessings~~~~from one sweetie to another~~~Roxie

Edith DUTERTRE said...

le choix est difficile
mais la n°2 est trop belle♥♥♥
on s'attend à voir des lutins et des
fées sortir de la maison ::::
j'aime beaucoup l'idée de ce thème
edith (iris) France

cindy said...

BEach cottage all the way!!!! Ha :)

Lisa @ Shine Your Light said...

I love this - definitely do it again! So fun. I'm with you - the one by the sea would do just fine!!

Chatty Crone said...

This was a lot of fun (and the one I voted for won!)

"Cottage By The Sea" said...

The cottage next to the road is my favorite too. It's probably in rural Ireland and the road is for people and sheep only. Or so I'd like to believe. The other side looks over Bantry Bay and the water lulls you to sleep as you converse with God and dream of the fairies every night. This was a fantasy right?