Sunday, January 8, 2012

Around the Cove

Hello lovely ladies and of course handsome gents!
I hope you are all well and had a good weekend.
Things are ok here.  My hubby's surgery went well and he is resting somewhat uncomfortably right now but hopefully within the next couple days he will be feeling better.  Thank you all so much for the well wishes, prayers, emails, phone calls and gifts, I can't tell you how much they mean to us and if I could, I would give you all huge hugs!  :)
You certainly know how to raise one spirits.

The day after Christmas I took all the Christmas stuff down and started rearranging things around The Cove.  I also got my butt back upstairs to my bonus room which had sat there for weeks untouched.
I started adding back to my decor my love for all things beach and shabby.

I received this beautiful lacy linen and porcelain box from my dear and beautiful friend Sandra and thought they looked perfect with boat and other treasures.

A peak from the family room into the kitchen.

My daughter made me the beach sign.  
She had a great time making signs this year for everyone and they all turned out beautiful.

Some of you were wondering what that was hanging from my dividers from my last post.
It is a driftwood garland.
It usually makes it way around the house. 

I added my faux coral and beautiful aqua bottles to my hutch.

In the bonus room I decided to brighten it up a bit and add more beachy touches up there;  after all, that's what makes me the happiest. :)

I finally found a spot for my ladder that I picked up last summer at the Flea Market.
I then made a mirror, with the looking glass spray,  from a large picture frame that I had.
I used the technique that Kindra (she always knocks my socks off with her amazing crafts) used on her door here.  
It is hard to see and I should have taken an up-close photo but it looks worn and old.
I also made some paint jars which I will show you more of later. :)

I splurged at Target for this glass lamp. 
 I LOVE these alot and even though it wasn't PB price, it was still about $40, but so worth it for me.

I made the lamp shade out of two pillow cases and I will show you how to do that in another post.

I took some more of my faux coral and added a starfish and driftwood.
This makes me happy. :)

I had this little caddy in my family room and thought maybe he would like to live here for a while filled with driftwood and more starfish.
Did I ever tell you how much I love driftwood?  ;)
The beautiful paintings are from the ever-so-lovely Michele, who so graciously painted these for me.

So there you have it, a little trip around The Cove.
I am off to go take care of my patient and I hope you have a wonderful week!

I also wanted to let you know about the little button at the top right-hand corner of the blog.
It is the second annual Be Mine Bonanza with Kindra from At Home with K

Here are the dates: 

January 22 Kindra-At Home With K
January 23 Christina-Christina's Adventures
January 24 Heather-Summerstead
January 25 Tiffany-Ladycrafter14
January 26 Sarah-All Roads Lead Home
January 27 Michelle-Emerald Cove
January 28 Gwen-Gwenny Penny

Be sure to join us and if you click here you can see what we did last year.!!!!



tinajo said...

Glad everything went well! :-)

beachcomber said...

it's all so beautiful michelle!! love everything especially what you did with the lamp!

Japolina said...

So so pretty!

Sizzle and Zoom said...

I can't believe I've missed so many of your beautiful posts. I love the photo with the mirror and little ladder. Charming.

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

Glad to hear your husband is on the mend. LOVE your house - all the beachy stuff would look so good in MY house. LOL!

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At The Picket Fence said...

Everything looks so beautiful Michelle and I'm so glad your hubby is recovering well! We will pray it will be speedy and without too much pain. I've missed connecting with you so it is so nice to catch up! :-)

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

it all looks gorgeous, and so so very you!

Val said...

I'm very glad everything went well for your hubs and family!!! Your home is a haven.

kerrie of sea cottage said...

I love driftwood too. Always looks beachy beautiful here.

Polly said...

so beautiful!!

michele said...

you know how much i love the driftwood boat, and even though i haven't shared pics with the world, all of my friends have seen the one you made for me. it sits atop a HUGE sideboard/wardrobe from Belgian that you would absolutely love. the scale of the boat is just so right with that of the cupboard.

the ladder with the frame! omg so many gorgeous moments around your home. i love what you've done with the panels! i feel very fancy, you sweet thing.

just a feeling, but i think we will prob meet in 2012. we don't live THAT far away, and have i told you i lived in michigan for awhile as a kid? yep. i loved it.

smiles and love to you just where you are, and a special wish to your husband as he heals.


Amy Kinser said...

Hey girl. My fav photo is that little ladder in front of your mirror. That is fabulous!!!! Love your Target lamp also and the shade you made. Great stuff happening at your house.

Desire Empire said...

HI Michelle. I've been interstate for 2 weeks and missed the news about Mr Cove. Surgery sounds serious. I'll scroll back and see what's up!!!!

If I was sick I think I'd want you as my no wonder he's resting comfortably.

He's sure to pick up under your care!!!

I have to say I love the light shade and how you decorated the base. I have coverted one of these for ages but they are about $129 here in Australia so I am still waiting. I love what you have done with yours and your little cove house is looking lovely as always.

Wishing you every happiness and sucess for 2012.
Carolyn xx

NanaDiana said...

I am so glad your hubby's surgery went well. Now for the recovery period...where all men seem to "suffer" worse than we do.

Everything is looking ship shape around your home, Michelle. Great photos- xo Diana

High Street Cottage said...

Michelle, everything is sooooooo gorgeous. I am surprised you have not been contacted by a magazine for a shoot, or maybe you have. Gorgeous!

Backwoods Cottage Pam said...

your daughter did a fab job on the sign, I like the colors and I have got to get myself a glass lamp like that. I have been looking for lamps but could not find any that drew me and those fit the bill! All the best for your hubby, with you as the nurse he should do just fine.

Claudia said...

Happy New Year!! Thank you for sharing your pictures with us. They are stunning. Love the second picture. So pretty!
We are in the process of taking down our Christmas decor. Makes me sad but looking forward to changing things up again.
Take care,

Tracy's Trinkets and Treasures said...

Everytime you post photos of your home and projects I feel a calm and serenity just like the beach provides. You definitely know how to create what you love. I am glad your husband is doing well.

Yanet @ 3 Sun Kissed Boys said...

I just cant get over that your home is in Michigan. It looks more like a beach cottage somewhere tropical. Your beach touches are so pretty. Love the ladder and the setting too.

Denise at PinkPostcard. said...

Everything looks so calm and serene. Love it. Just getting caught up on some of your last posts. Happy new year! I loved your post on picking up painting again. I took that scary step forward a couple years ago, and it is amazing where that path has led. I hope you go for it and that it brings you joy and confidence!

Simone @ Doberman's by the Sea said...

I love your home-so beachy and clean and tranquil. Love the colors, too. I will hire you to decorate my future beach home. Cheers

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

YIKES! This is so BEAUTIFUL DEAREST!!!! You have transformed this house into a real beach cottage. I AM LOVING all of this in THE WINTER!!! WE STILL HAVE NO SNOW HERE....I even took a walk outside yesterday....UNHEARD OF for January! Oh dearest Michelle, your comment from yesterday was so fabulous. THANK YOU and YOU MATTER TOO!!!! Bless you dear friend, and HAVE FUN IN YOUR COTTAGE!!!! Anita

YONKS said...

Dear Michelle,
I seem to have missed so many of your recent posts and quite sad about that, especially as you seem to have been a bit in the doldrums. I believe it's just the time of year, the winter solstice when energy is sapped and as with the animal world, we should be in hibernation. I would be quite happy to stay in bed in the deep winter months, not very productive, but good for the soul. The nights will soon be drawing out, buds coming into view and things will seem different my friend.

The house looks wonderful, you have such a wonderful touch!

Keep smiling lovely girl!

becky said...

Thanks for the trip around The's so luminous and your photographs are filled with details...You're a decorating inspiration, Michelle and if I were still working as an editor, you'd be published in my magazines...:)

Deborah said...

Good morning sweetie!
Oh your home looks like a breath of fresh summer it so!
Yo have created such a dreamy haven for your family here.
Im so glad to hear that hubby is recovering and that you get to be his
Love all your treasures from the sea and how you have so beautifully arranged them hunny.
Lots of love to you!!!!

Deborah xoxoxoxooxoxoxoox

designchic said...

It all looks so beautiful, Michelle and so happy that your husband is doing well!! Love your target lamp ~

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

It's all so perfectly beachy!!! The fillable lamp is awesome..., and how you turned a pillow case into a chic ruffled shade..., well as always, brilliant!! Gonna post this on FB..., you're not on FB, right?

Tammy @BeatriceBanks said...

Everything is just beautiful! Glad your hubby made it through his surgery ok. I'm sure you are an awesome nurse!

Martina said...

So good to hear all went well with the surgery! Love all the maritime touches in your house Michelle, and the quiet colors. Different from mine - but so relaxing!

Heaven's Walk said...

Hey Nurse Michelle! Glad to hear that the hubster's on the road to recovery. Praying that his pain will go away soon and that he'll back on his feet again! :)

Ok....down to business. You continue to amaze me with your hidden talents, lil sis! lol! You're burning up that sewing machine with all sorts of wonderful looking projects, and that looking glass paint is soooo cool! I'm going to use it for a faux mirror in a vintage frame that was going to be very expensive to have a mirror put in. This way will be lots cheaper! Your bonus room is looking so very pretty, Michelle. I adore the way you decorate! :)

xoxo laurie

Shabby soul said...

So beautiful things and images darling Michelle!
Have a nice day

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Your home is so lovely! I need to work on how I display my beach treasures! Wish you lived close by! ♥ You have such great style! ♥ I hope your hubby feels better soon! ♥

Sally Lee by the Sea Nautical Cottage said...

What a lovely tour of The Cove - love it all. It is so relaxing and beachy....aaahhh....

Love ya,

Red Gate Farm said...

Glad to hear that everyone is in recovery mode... including you! I'm sure it's been challenging and working around your space must have been a bit of a way to slow down and spend some time keeping yourself healthy!

It all looks fabulous..... just like a day at thebeach.


Tricia said...

I'm glad to hear your husband is doing well, Michelle. Hopefully, his recovery goes well.

My, your bonus room is looking ever so lovely. It has such a nice beachy vibe. That wooden tote is awesome! What a great decorating piece. I love the new lamp too :)


Rose West said...

Good to hear that the surgery went well! I hope your husband starts to feel better soon.

Your home decor is looking beautiful as always :)

Everything Coastal said...

Good Morning! So sorry to hear that your hubby had surgery, hope he's on the mend very very soon.

Everything looks so lovely, isn't it nice to put all of the Christmas decorations away and start fresh in January?


Cathy M~(checkitoff) said...

you are AMAZING!!! great pics...still praying for "hubby"! hugs, cathy

A Cottage Muse said...

Hi glad to hear that all went well with your honey!

Loving all the peeks inside your beautiful home ~ your daughter's sign is wonderful and I am loving the vignette with your ladder and mirror ~ pinning away!

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Hi Michelle
Your place always looks beautiful and I always admire the floorboards...

Love that little lamp cover.. i have something similar.. I like to be able to wash everything.. dusting is not my friend.. hahaha.. love the blue ladder also

Glad to hear hubby is on the mend.. Have a lovely week ciao xxx Julie

Tanya said...

Oh my goodness Michelle! I am always so envious of your home. It is absolutely BEAUTIFUL. It looks like a place anyone could take a vacation to :) Seriously, stunning!

Carolyn@SweetChaos said...

Everything looks so peaceful and beautiful, Michelle! The perfect spot for your hubby to recuperate :)

Saby said...

Glad to hear the surgery went well! I LOVE the lampshade and can't wait to hear how you did it - awesome :).

Tonya said...

Your decor looks beautiful as always! Loving that glass lamp from Target! BEAUTIFUL!


Hi Michelle,
Thank you for visiting my blog and following :)
Been looking thru your blog via Beachcomber and I think your blog is so beautiful, your home is Amazing !! Following you too now :)
Gaby xo

chiara said...

Hallo Michelle and I wish you a special year.. I didn't know about your husband's surgery and I hope he'll be fine soon.
In the meantime I relaxed qatching the amazing corners of your living room.. you love driftwood and I love it, too.. you know, I adore your style and I'm sure you're a great, great woman :-))

Privet and Holly said...

Glad your hubby is
recovering nicely.
Love all your touches.
The pic with the little
ladder is simply lovely.
Thank you for your
comments on my post.
Your brother in law
sounds like an amazing
man ~

xx Suzanne

Anonymous said...

Wonderful. I am glad you splurged on that lamp- Michelle I have been searching something like that for ages.

I HEART THE LADDER with the vase on it. It's gorgeous. And and, I would love to know about the paint jars.

Your rooms have a voice and which is so necessary to make a mark. Love it.

Marie said...

Hello Michelle - Happy New Year! I love all your beachy/coastal pieces scattered all around your home. So pretty and homey.

Melissah said...

Gorgeous beachy photos _ i hope you hubby is well on his road to recovery by now!
Melissah from Coastal Style

Cindy said...

I just found you from Michele at "Hello Lovely" I love Michele, and her paintings are absolutely perfect for your beautiful home. I'm going through your posts now, and i love your soft sheer curtains in the former post. It's all so pretty here, can't wait to look around some more...


Swede Dreamer said...

Gorgeous home! You would fit right in here in Florida!

Belle & Sparrow said...

Oh, I am so glad to hear your husband's surgery went well! I can imagine it took a while to feel better afterwards, too! And oh, how lovely and amazing your home looks, Michelle! Those floors in your bonus room are so beautiful, and I LOVE that picture your showed of the sweet ladder with the mirror you made! The lamp is also so pretty! Did it come with the starfish inside it? Either way, I can see why you love it! :) Can you tell how much I enjoyed your tour of your sweet home? :)

I hope you have a good night!


Jenni said...

Oops, that was my comment above, but I was signed in with my other account, and I didn't know if you would know who that was from! :)

Hugs again,

Green Willow Pond said...

I love all your beachy touches, especially paired with the aqua glass. The little sign your daughter made is precious. My kids made us each a canvas with verses on it. I will be blogging about them soon. They are so special to us.



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