2015 Fall Family Sessions!

Hi friends!

It’s been quite awhile since my last post, but there is good reason for my long break. I’ll fill you soon, but in the meantime, I am excited to share that I am offering Fall family sessions again this year! For information on the sessions, including pricing, available dates, and sample pictures I’ve captured in the past, please visit the “photography” page at the top of my blog.

If you would like to book a session, please email me at cottageinspiration@yahoo.com

Here are just a handful of pictures from past sessions, but be sure to checkout the photography page for even more!

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I look forward to a fun Fall photography season!

Happy Fourth of July!

Wishing you a Happy Fourth of July!



Blog3 I hope you have a fun & relaxing holiday weekend!

Outdoor Dining

Nothing says Summertime like outdoor dining!

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This is by far and away our favorite place to enjoy our Summer meals. I hope you are having a wonderful week filled with some Summertime favorites!

You may click here to see the rest of our back porch!

My Sunday Morning View

Early this morning, I was sitting on the porch drinking a hot cup of coffee and flipping through Coastal Living as the rain came pouring down.

I almost always choose the couch on our porch because of the view looking out into our yard.

This morning, I was blessed with the perfect view.



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I can’t imagine a better one.

Happy Father’s Day!


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I wanted to wish our Mr. Handsome a very Happy Father’s Day!

E started calling him that a few months ago and it totally stuck – ha! We love our Mr. Handsome!

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend.

Where You Can Find Me This Summer

Hi friends! Summertime is officially here, and we are loving it!

Today I am sharing pictures of our screened porch, which is hands down our favorite place to be when we’re home.  It’s where we enjoy our morning coffee, dream about and plan for our new house, enjoy casual dinners, and watch the girls running around in the yard.






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I’ll share more pictures of our dining area on the porch in my next post!

You may click here to see how this porch started off and to see how we cleaned and updated the furniture, and click here to see how we started pulling the porch together last year.

Click here for more pictures from around our house!

Have a great day!

The Girls’ Reading Spot

Hello! Today, I’m sharing where the girls love to read & play teacher. Even though their current room is perfectly square and doesn’t have any nooks, we wanted to create a little spot (aside from their beds)  where they could relax & read. We added their little chair and used some inexpensive Ikea Ribba picture ledges to create a reading area.

Nook The shelves needed a little something extra, so I adhered glittery gold ribbon with a small dollop of hot glue to each end – that way the ribbon can easily be removed should we decided to have them all white again or add a different color down the road.


Flowers1 I’m a big fan of the softness the chair & rug add.

Flowers2 Carolina Girl helped me sew the chevron pillow.  This girl is my little sidekick and loves learning how to cook, bake, sew, etc. It takes extra patience on my end, no doubt, but the confidence she gains while trying & learning something new makes it 100% worth it. She has actually asked me to sew this week, and so she & I made a few pillows for our porch. Thank goodness I finally have someone to motivate me to do projects!

Nook4 One of the spaces that I’m most excited about in the home we are building is the girls’ reading nook in their bedroom, which will have a window seat & built-in bookshelves.  I’m planning to add a playful pattern on the window seat cushion with an array of bright pink & gold throw pillows. Cozy & cute is the plan for their new nook!

And in case you missed the other details of their room, click here for their pink & gold dresser, here for their polka dotted wall, and here to see where they hang their dresses.

We plan to use most of the pink & gold accessories in their new room as well.  We are also planning to add antique brass lighting & bathroom fixtures for a pretty, feminine touch. Can’t wait to pull together their new room!

Happy Wednesday from Princess Anna!

 I was looking through some pictures and came across these of Princess Anna from this past Winter. My battery on my camera was out, but luckily my old camera was on standby. They are grainy, but they make me happy!


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Happy Wednesday!

Happy Mother’s Day

I am  so blessed & proud to be their Mommy!




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Bunting, Cute Initial Hooks, & Dresses


Hi y’all! Okay, if you missed yesterday’s post – all about the girls’ gold polka dotted wall – head here to check that out, and then come back.  We wanted to put something fun above E’s bed as well, but we knew we wanted to keep it pretty simple. I was excited to come across a sparkly gold fabric bunting on clearance at Land of Nod. It was left over from their holiday collection, and was the perfect length for that wall, so we started with that.

Next up, I knew I wanted to add a fun little spot for the girls to hang pretty dresses or dress up clothes. We have some white initial hooks from Anthropologie that we use in the mudroom from which we hang the girls’ school bags.  I thought that perhaps I could spray paint those gold, so I checked out their website and came across these gold & silver ones – they were perfect! And I was so excited when I saw that they carried an ampersand.


Dresses3 Originally, the dresses were hanging from plain ole wooden hangers.  But, admittedly, those hangers were getting shown up by the super glam initial hooks, and that pretty little pink & gold lady across the room. So, I grabbed some of that same gold glitter paper that I used to make the framed gold heart, traced the hangers, and attached the paper with tape.  This project literally took me 5 minutes, and made a pretty big impact.



Dresses5 Next week, I’ll share the final little fun spot in their room – their reading spot! Oh how I love it so . . . because they spend lots of time there reading & playing teacher.

But, in the meantime, I plan to stop by at some point this weekend with some fun pictures of the girls! Be back soon!