Baking Polka Dot Cookies With Cate

A Sweet Summer Time Gathering

A special time with Cate, baking and creating something new and different for our blogger friends. Come enjoy the fun we had together – Cate baking, me styling and Mandi photographing. Oh what fun we had! You can have fun, too. Cate posted her recipe for you, but first let’s have a party.

cookies and mitt

Cookies right out of the oven!

paper plates,napkins and straws all with polka dots

Getting ready for a sweet summer time gathering!

having a treat of cookies and limeade

Cookies filled with fresh whipped cream and pretty sprinkles. We made fresh key limeade to sip on. Had to add some white chocolate to the mix for a sweet taste.

pretty cookies

Fresh whipped cream filled cookies mmm…with pretty colored sprinkles.

cute paper ice -cream cups and spoons

We all scream for ice cream! Of course, with sprinkles!!

color cookies and ice cream dishes

Pretty and delicious polka dot cookies with Häagen-Dazs vanilla bean ice cream with rainbow jimmies. How sweet are the dot ice cream cups and the dixie cup spoons. Jelly Belly’s Cold Stone Ice Cream Parlor Mix jelly beans taste good and look beautiful. Of course I ate all the brown ones so the ones pictured would match what I’m doing!!

a summer time treat

Cookies and ice cream and all the colors! Oh what a fun gathering!!

colorful cookies in a cookie jar

With left over cookies we put in a glass cookie jar because they are so colorful to look at.

cookies in the pantry with spices

Sweet summer treats in the pantry.

A special thank you goes to Cate with her yummy baking and my wonderful daughter Mandi for all the fun and work on this blog. Many more if you stay tuned!! Hope you enjoy it! ooxx

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The Girls of Summer

Girls of summer cove

Girls of summer

Oh, the days of colorful vintage bikes for the girls of summer to ride on a hot summer day. And catching fireflies at night…

A magical home by the sea with all the girly touches. Who said you can’t take a classic shingle home and make it fun? Who said! Why not make the house mint green with aqua green anchor shutters, pink doors, an aqua porch ceiling and pale apple green floors, white wicker chairs with down cushions covered in colorful cotton striped fabric, and a round outdoor dining table with beach style chairs? A sea shell path leads to the entrance with pink hydrangeas. Who said you can’t? Why not make it fun and enchanting? Just contact me for an appointment and we can create it together!  There’s a great big wrap around porch to sit and enjoy each other in the afternoon or in the evening by candlelight and listen to the sea.

The girls of summers’ gathering spot in the kitchen’s breakfast nook. A place to have lemonade with buttercream cupcakes, the girls of summers’ favorite. Or sit in the fun summer stripe chairs for a cup of tea!

A girl’s custom kitchen with revamped vintage appliances painted pink. What a girl’s dream! (Sorry boys…)

What a fun area to bake cupcakes. A vintage stove custom painted pink from a potholder mitt which served as inspiration. Buttercream cupcakes…umm umm good!

Summer dinner parties in a charming dining room. Striped walls and a checkerboard table. Fun to mix and match.

Shutter plate holder with cool plates and a vintage buffet. What else could a girl want?

A pretty living room to sit and have girl time. Mix and match fabrics on comfortable down furniture and get cozy. Cotton slip covers so you can sit right on them. If they get dirty, just pull them off and wash. Oh the charm of it all! This is how to live in a home and have fun.

In saying all that, this home was a huge undertaking AND a lot of fun! The kitchen originally had six closet doors in a row for cupboards, a sideways wood stove with red brick underneath and behind it where the new pink vintage stove is now. It had a very high bay window where you see the girls seated in the photo above. Before the redesign, you had to stand to see out of it! I put in farm windows to match the side windows and added a window seat with drawers for storage. The table and milk stools make a breakfast nook. A small sitting area with summer striped chairs where mom can sit and have tea with her girlfriends. I redesigned the walls, ceiling, floors, cabinets, etc…

In the rest of the house, I had the original bird wallpaper stripped (it was everywhere) and painted the walls and the woodwork, which was olive green. Stay tuned for part two of this house!

Sweet Summer Style Coquina Cottage Part II of the Main Cottage

This is one of many southern, tropical projects I have finished. I took existing furniture and refurnished it for an up-to-date look. I also had new furniture built for the cottage while still maintaining a vintage cottage look.

This was a three year long project – a one hundred year old cottage on the Gulf of Mexico! It was a gem that needed love and attention. I kept it mainly in its original state accept for redoing the kitchen and the bathrooms. I changed the colors because everything was mint green, both outside and in! There was originally beach sand where the pool is now, which made it the perfect place for a puddle pool. All the cottages surrounding the main cottage are original.

What a place! Come enjoy some of the inside…

Porch Overlooking Pool

Striped floors add fun to this screened-in porch, overlooking the pool. Sweet mermaid light with colorful furniture.

Airy Kitchen

To give it an airy feel, I designed open shelving and added a butcher block island. What a kitchen!

Eat Here

Dinner anyone?!

Porch to relax

Sleeping porch with whimsical art we made on the wall so it would be different and fun. Sleep while the waves hit the beach like a lu-lla-by.

Room to Rest

Master bedroom has a headboard made out of an old theater frame cut in two. Added filling to the middle and covered in a striped fabric and voila! It’s a funky headboard. No one else will have this!

Sit Here

A place to sit, have an iced tea and relax. I used vintage wicker furniture and added new outdoor fabric. We also made some of the pieces.

Bedroom 2

Simple guest bedroom by the beach. This room is facing the ocean – oh, listen to that surf!

Porch

Vintage wicker on the porch overlooking the sea – the beautiful sea.

Sweet Summer Style at Periwinkle Cottage

Entry Way

Twin arbor in the compound of cottages.

Entrance

Through the gates to the sister shell cottage. What a wonderful way to enter the sister cottage called Periwinkle.

The Periwinkle Cottage

Enter the old fashioned sleeping porch at Periwinkle Cottage.

Sleeping Porch

What a wonderful sleeping porch with striped floors for fun. A mix-match of soft cotton bedding to snuggle in and rockers to rock as you listen to the waves crash on the beach. Something we should all experience.

The Sleeping Porch

Sitting and reading in a sea of soft linens with patterns and colors. Feel yourself relax and enjoy the day at the cottage.

Reading and Relaxing

A day bed to have a nap or read after sunning on the beach.

Area to Eat

Have a drink on the other end of the porch. Simple wicker chairs and a vintage table under the paddle fan where you can enjoy your summer meals.

The Cupboard

Hot pink cabinet with colorful glasses in this colorful cottage kitchen. Color, color, color!

A Room to Live In

This is two-in-one. A place to have a big gathering of family and friends. Laugh and enjoy each other. Soft furnishings and a fire place to lie by on chilly evenings.

Lanterns and Sign

A mantle with a cool sign and glass lamps that glow at night.

Beach Bedroom

Fun – Fun – Fun master bedroom! Bedding with bright and bold hues and a beach sign painted in great colors. Vintage mantle overhead with these funky finials make up a headboard. Custom linens are fun, after all, this is the beach!

Flower

Sweet hibiscus everywhere.