Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Wooden Buoys

Handmade wooden bouys are available at Dwellings for Summer 2012.
These handmade buoys by Studio 48 are the perfect casual nod to Summer days gone by.
They would be perfect in a lakehouse, or a Summer getaway place,
 or even just simply  added to any casual relaxed decor for some Summer fun.

Looking for your perfect casual Summer weekend getaway?
Visit LeClaire, Iowa this Summer.
We are just 2 1/2 hours from Chicago or Des Moines.
Be sure to stop by Dwellings if you visit:)


Monday, May 28, 2012

Our Memorial Day ~Scenic Bellevue, Iowa

Happy Memorial Day!
When we got up this morning we decided to take a much needed mini getaway for a few hours.
We headed North to Bellevue, Iowa.

What a charming old Iowa rivertown.
I just loved this rustic old mill we came across today!

This historic little town is just an hour North of LeClaire.
It was a beautiful day for a scenic country drive through the rolling heartlands of Iowa.
We took Highway 67 North alongside the Mississippi River.

Here I am in downtown Bellevue just after our lunch at a little cafe.

You can not miss Old Potter's Mill just as you come around the curve into town.
The old mill was completely sad.
It appeared to have been a bed & breakfast at one time.
Wish we would have known about it.  It is just the kind of place we would love to stay.

We had to check to see if the rements of the original mill were still in tact, but they were not.
I absolutely love the rustic barn red of this old building.

A rustic shed on the front of Potter's Mill.

When I come across a place like this I always wonder what it must have looked like in its glory.
I'm sure that it would have impressed.
So sad its sitting there all empty now.
Hopefully someone will come along & fall in love with all her beauty again.

We also visited Bellevue State Park.
The park sits atop the hillside and has absolutely stunning views of
the Missippi River & the town of Bellevue below.

Here is Travis at the park overlooking the Mississippi.

A beautiful view to remember from our little roadtrip.

Hope you had a great Memorial Day!

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Dwellings ~ Summer 2012 Hint

I'm heading off to work at Dwellings today in downtown LeClaire.
I'm super excited because I know the shop is getting ready for
Summer FUN with it's fresh new look.
I can't wait to share Dwellings Summer 2012 with you!


Saturday, May 19, 2012

Simple Everyday Peony Arrangement

A simple casual & elegant Pink Peony floral arrangment.
A charming way to add a little something special to your home for Spring.

Remember the beautiful Pink Peonies in bloom in our new back yard I shared earlier this week?
If you missed them you can see a peak here.
Well, this morning I couldn't resist the urge to pick just a few.

I picked up this silver footed bowl at Marshalls this week for a great deal.
It was only $5.99. 
I just knew it would be the perfect container for my fresh peonies.
For very little money I added an extra little special touch.
Such a simple way to remind you to live well everyday.
I hope my Mom enjoys them I put them on her end table in the her living room.

Have a great weekend.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Our Renovation ~ Today at The Corson Cottage {Progress}

Today at The Corson's


The foundation work has begun.
My husband's Uncle has begun the excavating, so that we can pour our new foundation
for the existing foundation repairs that need to be done & for our new addition.
Very exciting day at The Corson's!

I just couldn't wait to share the news.
I will catch you up to speed on some of more of our other steps of the renovation this weekend.

Happy Friday!!!!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Dwellings ~ Late Spring / Early Summer 2012

Dwellings has new new look for Late Spring & Early Summer.
This seasons must have bold graphic patterns welcome you.
In case you are not familiar, Dwellings is my brother's shop located in LeClaire, Iowa.
If you are looking for a perfect Midwest weekend getaway visit
 historic downtown LeClaire this summer.

Natural fresh greens for a more tropical look.

Neutral black white & grey.


Earth toned succulents & botanicals.

Guy Wolff garden pottery.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Pink Peonies ~ In Bloom

Pink Peonies are in bloom at The Corson Cottage.
Well, they are beginning to bloom anyway.

I have been looking forward to this moment for some time now.
Our new home could definitely use a little pretty.
I also was a bit curious to see which variety our peonies were.
While these are lovely (I was secretly hoping for white....shhh don't tell them.)

With the demolition on our renovation coming to a close,
the fresh blooms certainly are a warm welcome.
A sign of the many good things to come in the next stages as the renovations continue.

I will be posting more renovation pictures soon.
It's been so busy, I don't believe I have shown all of our demo pics yet.
Many more exciting changes!


Friday, May 11, 2012

White Kitchen ~ Inspirations

For those of you who follow along you know that we are currently renovating our new home.
Sometimes renovations move along a little S..L....O...W...E..R than you anticipate.
We are still making progress slowly but surely at the new house, but not quit as quick as hoped for.

So, tonight I was doing a little day dreaming
to remind myself that it will all be worth it in the end....

Ahhhh....that's better...
I absolutely fall in love when I see a crisp clean white kitchen.

And with that I will remind myself one more time that patience is a virtue.
We have made more progress on the house that I will share this week.

Have a great weekend.


Thursday, May 3, 2012

Mother's Day Gift Ideas

Thinking of Mother's Day Gift Giving always makes me think of home.
I think gift giving for Mom should be something thoughtful and timeless.
Something that can keep on giving or maybe just that perfect sweet treat,
that Mom doesn't have to make herself.
I selected five Mother's Day Gift Ideas from Williams Sonoma that I think
capture the simple sweetness of Mother's Day.

What are you getting your Mom for Mother's Day?
What's on your wish list for Mother's Day?



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