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  • What I hope for my readers and for all keepers of the nest, is that they embrace their homes with their heart and all of the passion that it holds. I want them to know that they can decorate on a limited budget by seeing things in new ways; by rescuing the broken and transforming the ugly. I hope that they flaunt their favorite color and decorate their life with it. I hope that their homes feel like one giant hug that welcomes them each and every time they walk through their front door. More than anything I want everyone to have their own home-sweet-home dream come true! xo, Kim

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September 09, 2008



So fun to read a little about you! :o) Thanks for doing the Q&A! "Gone With the Wind" is my favorite movie, too, and I can't believe you've never seen snow fall!!

Kevin (hubby)

What a great and informative post that reads like an open book to the real you.

Every answer was a brief peek into the unique and special person I love and admire.


What a treat to read all of your responses Kim :) You are such a special part of this community and your beautiful spirit shines through in every picture, and every word. Visiting with you is so getting a great big hug. Thank you.


Lace hearts

I found your blog after reading your wonderful comment on Barbara Jacksier's blog - It was so heartfelt, I wanted to find out more about you, and what a beautiful, warm blog you have. Lots of lush pictures, and heartwarming sentiment. I can see I'll be spending some time here. :-)


What a wonderful post! I so enjoyed reading all your answers. You take wonderful pictures and you're very creative at decorating!!!


charlotte lyons

My favorite question answered here is actually not even a question. But in every response, your answer is so honest and true to who you are, such an open, generous and sweet friend. Thanks, Kim....that was so fun to read! And o, man, how dear is that comment from your husband! xoC


I too thank you Kim. You give and you give and then you give some more. You know what they say about giving don't you? What goes around comes around and you my dear must see truck loads and have a truck load coming!
Thank you for your answer about beginning a blog. Maybe I could make the theme cottage decorating in an RV(giggle)!?
Thank you for your thoughtful answers to our guestions!


You must see snow fall from the sky. It is equal in amazement as seeing waves meet the shore. ;) Wear black gloves when you do, so you can see that every snowflake that you catch is indeed very different and unique!

Your blog has brightened many a day for me.
Thank you for sharing!


Kim, this was so fun. Thank you so much for sharing your home,life and that of your family with all of us. You have truly inspired me and perhaps I will get the courage to start a blog lolol! Your kindness and beautiful soul show thru the windows of Daisy Cottage. Hugs, Lucy


Hello Kim,
Thanks for being so honest and so have opened your heart!


I find it so amazing that we can live in the United States and have so many different climates and ways of living. I cannot imagine not seeing snow fall, but then I rarely get to see the ocean.


I enjoyed all of your questions and answers. Nice to know just a little bit more about you. Have a beautiful day.


Enjoyed your Q&A's. It does snow in FL. In 1976, it snowed a week or so before Christmas in Lakeland! I saw it!

Vanessa {Bloom Right Here!}

Thank you for sharing your home and your life. What fun to read! I know you just answered a ton of questions, but I do have another one. I know you have painted furniture on your porch, outside, etc. How do you keep it clean? I live in AR and have a huge porch. I love it, but many of my wood furniture pieces have a mold/mildew on them that I can't keep away. Do I just have to constantly wash them or is there a "finish" that will keep this away? Any thoughts?

Chris@Cats on my Quilts

Remember Kim, I have a cottage in Maine on the coast-you should visit. In fact we are going up there this weekend.

Mrs. H.

I so enjoyed reading this! What a kind, sweet heart you have. I have been reading your blog for a long time now and it is always so encouraging and uplifting - a lovely part of my day. Thank you! :-)


~Such a great post! Thanks for sharing! I love visiting Daisy Cottage!!!~ Mandy


Hi Kim,
You are an absolute delight and your blog is enjoyed by so many.



Oh WOW, I am a native from Miami also, currently living in the Ft. Lauderdale area. Any chance you went to Southwest Miami HS?

Daisy Cottage

*waving hi* to you my Florida neighbor! No Barbara, I went to Miami Palmetto - but our football team played you! ;-)



Thanks so much for answering all the questions; it really does give us a chance to meet the person behind the blog. Maybe we bloggers should think about our own time share equivalent/ vacation house exchange. We live all over the country and want to see other parts of the country. For example: I have been to Europe and traveled quite a bit in the US, but I have never been to Florida. You could stay at my house outside Boston, see Cape Cod, drive to Vermont and see snow (8 mos of the year, lol) and I could stay at your Dear Daisy Cottage and see Florida. Wouldn't that be fun?


Kathy :)

Hi Kim,

I loved reading this post. I agree with you dreams do come true !!

All the best,
Kathy :)


Hi Kim, that was fun to read your answers! We went to the Gone With The Wind Museum this summer. It's in the next town over from me Marietta, Georgia. It was really interesting and they had lots of memorabilia from the movie. I have to read the book again cause they said the book is a bit different from the movie (as usual) but all I can remember is the movie.



I didn't get a chance to read the previous entry, but if you are coming to Michigan, I want a visit with you too!!!!! And I have a lovely guestroom all ready and waiting for you.


Hi Kim
What a lovely post. You have such a way with words. I sure wish I did! What you said mirrors my thoughts exactly. Thanks also for sharing the tidbits about your life.
It's always a joy to visit you.
Hugs, Rhondi


Kim, you are such a sweet and special person. I really enjoyed reading all about you.

Your blog is one of my FAVORITES!



Dear Kim,
Due to PC problems, I have not been able to read/comment on your neat threads for some time. I enjoyed learning more about you and your family. Even though we haven't met, I know you have been Blessed with all "The Fruits of the Spirit." It comes through your written words and your wonderful photographs.
I hope to meet you this January. DH and I are even thinking about living there six months of the year and traveling this way the other six months. I guess if it is meant to be, it will happen. One of my dreams has been to live in warm weather year around for at least a few years. Maybe, that dream is about to come true.

PS: I finally have faster internet and can enjoy your beautiful music.


i've enjoyed your blog today AND ALWAYS!


Thank you Kim for all this, I loved reading all that you wrote. Thanks!

Jean Eakin

Its always good to learn a little more about someone you admire. Your blog and you are great and I appreciate you very much for sharing with us some little details about "KIM". Have a wonderful evening.
Jean in Virginia

Rachel Going


what a dear sweet posting about yourself. You are such a bright spot of joy to everyone who has the privilege to see your beautiful blog. Thank you so much for sharing. You and your groom are quite beautiful and handsome!

xo rachel


Oh I loved reading all about YOU.. questions I have often wondered about you and now WE know!!!! Thanks for sharing!!


What a wonderful post sweet friend. And oh how I love the pictures at the bottom. Now, if you would love to see snow fall, pop up here to OHio and watch with me this Winter! Oh, and the antiquing is wonderful 'round here! : )


Janis Zettel

I think we were separated at birth. The more I read about you the more I say "that's me!"
Thank you for your beautiful words.

Hugs, Janis


So many thanks for answering our questions..We all love you, wanna be just like you, want our cottages to look just like yours, want your sunny personality, want MAGGIE...
love, bj


so very nice to read this post. it makes our blogging friends so much more special.
so glad to "get to know you" a bit better.
thanks for sharing.
hoping you have a lovely rest of the week.
p.s. we'll soon be transplanting to Central Florida.I can't wait.Have to sell this home first...which may take a little while.


Dear Kim,
I stop by all the time but I have not said hello in quite a while. I loved your post today. It was so fun getting to know you even better. You are always such an inspiration.


Tracie~My Petite Maison

Hi Kim,
I missed the dream post. I will be off in a minute to read it. I believe you have a new banner since I've last been here (which wasn't that long ago), I love it!
When I come here, I feel like I've known you for a lifetime and with this post, I almost cried for your true tender-hearted "I mean itness". Yes, I made up that last word, but that's how it is with you - so sincere.
I am holding onto a few pieces of that blank paper, we haven't found our dream house yet but will continue on the look out. I should probably be sending this via email sweet Kim, but feel it's appropriate in this format since I'm sure I am not alone in my feelings of visiting you here. I'm usually here on Sunday. This just seems like a Sunday cozy kind of place for me.
Here's to a few blank pages ;)


Hi Kim, Thank you for your lovely post, I love Gone With the Wind too and went to see it at the cinema for the first time in the late 70's with my Mother. Jane x


Good morning sweet Kim :)

You are such a good sport to answer all those questions (mine too!). I loved learning even more about you. GWTW and You've Got Mail are my favorite movies too. If they come on TV I have to watch them even though I own the DVDs.

You really should vacation somewhere where it snows at least once. It's the most beautiful thing I've ever seen aside from the ocean. It's truly magical :)

Oh and Rich would have had a heart attack if he knew you had painted a wood ceiling! What is is with men and wood? LOL

Have a beautiful day and please give Miss Maggie a hug from me.


I think this is my favorite blog post ever, from you. :)

It's great to learn more about you!

And your package from me *finally* went out in the mail today. Really. haha!


Kim, you are such a sweetie for sharing so much of yourself. You just sparkle!


my number one favorite movie is You've Got Mail!! I also love Gone with the Wind!

Betty Jo

Oh My! What an awesome post Kim. I feel I know you even better now. xoxo


You've been tagged!! :)
Just thought this would be a fun way for more Bloggers to get to know you.

Lace hearts

Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving your lovely comment - it's so sweet of you to do that, given you have so many comments! I'm going to add you to my favourites, and I'll pop back. You have a wonderful spirit that shines through in the way you write. Blessings, Caroline x


That was a great read, Kim!
Your positive attitude is contagious and
I thank you for sharing that positivity
with us!



I haven't been by in a few days so it's been fun catching up with you. Loved reading your Q&A's.


mary carroll

Oh how sweet! Kim, you are priceless, and I have loved getting to know you. :)


Thank you for sharing yourself with us. Your genuine warmth radiates through each post. I feel blessed that I've found this corner of the universe.

May the Lord bless and keep you...





I loved reading your answers to all those questions and to find out how your decorating style has evolved. I think you just have a talent that can't be learned but can be appreciated by all of us.


Freddie Girl

Kim, thank you so much for your help yesterday, I appreciate it more than you will ever know. Kudo's to Kevin for the sweet comment he made...give that guy a Klondike Bar! FYI..."Gone with the Wind" was mom's favorite movie...she saw it twice the day it came out in theatres, and you know how I feel about "You've Got Mail" favorite. One day you will see snow...hopefully when you come visit me in the mountains of NC! xoxo Vicky


Okay, this is my favorite Dear Daisy post ever! thanks for the insight.


What a delightful post! Thanks for answering all those questions. It's like sitting down with a friend and having a chat!

The Roost

I just found your site and I love it! I loved reading about your home and you! I will be back again :0)


Dear Kim,

How nice was that?! Thank you for writing this beautiful "dream"...I cannot sleep tonight, so I got up to read my favorite blogs and this was just lovely. I am so glad you shared it!

I'll be back soon, after I get some sleep and dream a little!



You are the cutest woman ever! Just so sweet! I love your blog! You seem to be very naturally talented at decorating and writing. And Maggie is adorable!

Desperate Diva

What a lovely way to share a little more of YOU with all of US....:) I loved reading the answers to your quesitons.

And I LOVE the idea that Janet@housekeepers has about blogging for timeshare and exchanging homes. That's a great idea.

I am 3 1/2 hours from Colonial Williamsburg....4 hours from the North Carolina beaches....5 hours from the Biltmore House.....if anyone is interested.

Hug Maggie for me,

The Decorated House

Hello Sweet Kim~
This was so much fun! I even learned a couple of new things that I didn't already know.
You are such special person. I'm happy so many people are getting to know you, and see your wonderful decorating and loving soul!
Hugs, Donna


That was really fun to read, and I also enjoyed reading the comments the other day too. The pictures of your dreams come true--perfect!


Thank you for taking the time to answer questions. In reading other responses, it gives a bit of insite into your personal life which you share so graciously.

I like the wedding photo and childrens photos as the years do fly!


It's been fascinating to find out some more about you Kim; particularly what inspires you because you have a completely unique style and a truly beautiful blog. It's so refreshing to see so much wonderful colour used. I think a lot of people are scared to use it today!
Best wishes,

Rowena Maxwell

Hi, I have just discovered your blog from reading 'Blogging for Bliss' by Tara Frey. I have really enjoyed reading your blog. It blows me away how this blogging world can open ones world!!! I have just started my blog and I was hoping to put your blog link on my blog. I had already started putting links on my blog to others that I liked but then realised when reading this book that I am suppose to ask for permission to do so!

Mabel Tirado

Your blog is so much pretty. Maggie is gorgeous! Lord bless you.

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  • "I would like to let you know what a joy it is to wake up each morning and read your delightful blog. I always feel as if you are speaking directly to me. Since I was diagnosed with an immune disease a year ago I wanted only to read positive and very inspiring blogs and your blog was the first I found. I think maybe the good Lord meant for me to find your blog and since then it has been nothing but smiles all around. I have tried very hard to stay positive about this disease and very up beat. I know that there is no cure and I have accepted this, but reading things with a positive message and filled with so much love helps. This is where you come in and I just wanted to say thank you from the bottom of my heart and to let you know how very much you and Miss Maggie are loved." ~ Grace

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  • "Oh my! I have just stepped into heaven. A nostalgic, magic, getaway place where folk love one another and life is sweet. Kim, you will probably never know just how many hearts you have touched with your site. " ~ Francesca

Thank You Kathy!

  • "I visited my friends with their tasteful beige homes and sometimes questioned if there was anyone else in this world who loved the things I did. Then I found Daisy Cottage and a whole community of other women who shop the side of the road, paint their furniture fun colors, and aren't afraid to fill their homes with touches of whimsy and fun. What a relief! We aren't alone! I'm not alone. Thanks for all your inspiration and for confidently sharing your home and the idea that we can have fun with our decorating. I never get tired of visiting here Kim." ~ Kathy

Thank you Rue!

  • "That hankie is like you and your blog Kim. In the middle of all of the other beautiful hankies, it's the one that stands out and makes you feel at home." ~ Rue

Thank You Jeanette!

  • "Sigh.... between your music, red and yellow mellow feeling and wonderful writing I just feel so calm. What would I do without you in the morning with my cup of coffee." ~ Jeanette

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  • "My eyes have been opened to a world I never knew existed. Such vibrant creativity, such caring community: it literally takes my breath away. After so much loneliness and isolation it is overwhelming to me that such a world even exists. In time I hope to be able to fill my garden of life with lovely, loving friends instead of the weeds of loneliness. Until that time lace tablecloths will come out of storage, music and lovely scents will fill the air of this home. And I shall visit the Daisy Cottage when I feel despair raise its dark, obscuring head, for I know from experience, that it is ever lurking behind that next bout of pain and weakness. Your kind and generous response has strengthened my resolve, you have helped me more than you will ever know, my new-found friend." ~ Lenna

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  • "What I love best about Daisy Cottage is Kim. I love the way you appreciate every good thing in life and embrace joy in every moment." ~ Rose

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  • "Here's how I can best describe into words how your blog made me feel. You know when you wake up in the morning and there's an early morning thunderstorm and every room in your house is as dark as night? Then, the rain and thunder stop and the sun comes shining through all the windows and you just know it's going to be a beautiful, sunshine day? Well, that's how finding Dear Daisy Cottage made me feel. From the bottom of my heart, thank you Kim. You blessed my day and may God do the same for you." ~ Lisa B.

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  • "Thank you for your wonderful blog. I have been "lurking" but had to share with you how much you have helped me embrace the fun of decorating. I came to your blog looking for pictures to inspire me as I redecorate my house with cottage style. Today I was so tangled up in doing it "right" that it was really depressing me. I visited your blog again for some fresh ideas and came away realizing that there is no "right." Just me being me and enjoying my home! I am laying here in bed with tears in my eyes - tears of happiness that it is okay to be me and let that shine through in my house and what I wear and what I make with my hands. You are God's gift to me today and I thank Him and you." ~ Anne

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