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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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December 01, 2008



What a gorgeous couple in that red frame. Love all of your embellishments as usual. Pam


Happy December, Kim. I always find a smile here waiting for me when I visit your blog.

I am taking a break from decorating our Christmas tree. It is the last thing I have to do, and I hope to finish today. It is back to work for me tomorrow.

Barbara @ Southern Lady's Vintage

Happy December! Enjoy your holiday decorating!


I am babysitting a VERY active 2 year old, so I have to wait until Wednesday so MY four year old and I can decorate!! I wanna get going!!


Happy December 1st Kim! Love your Wedding Day photo in the red frame & your little vintage print in the yellow frame. Daisy Cottage is such a friendly spot to visit :-)


The red you use is such a great color! Your home always exudes such happiness. What a joy to gather with your sister to embellish your happy home. I've been doing some rearranging and selling or giving away stuff, lightening my earthly load - lol! It's always nice to freshen up the look, isn't it?


Visiting your blog is one of the touchstones of my day. Love the music and the calm atmosphere. Your photographs and projects are always fun to see! Thanks for all the hard work on your Blog Candy site. What a resource that is going to be!


I grew up celebrating holidays with my small (immediate family of four) family, too! I married into family who gets to celebrate holidays with more like twelve to fourteen people! It's really nice to have so much family around.

Nice job with the decorating - it looks great, as always! :)

Sweet Cottage Dreams

Hi Miss Kim! It is wonderful to know you had a special Thanksgiving with your family and that sweet Shannon came home.

Everything is looking very sweet with all of the special embellishments. How fun to have a sister to share your passion with. I just know that everything looks so special with your great taste!!


Brenda Kula

Your reds and yellows always makes me smile. Because they are all over my house! I may have a lot of blues in my garden room. But reds and yellows have always been part of my decorating. Two of the most cheerful colors in the world. I can't wait to see what all you come up with for Xmas decorating!


Hi Kim,

I love what you did with your lamps, that is so cute! I haven't started decorating yet either, I think I'll dig in to that this coming weekend after I work on the de-clutter process this week...



I just love your blog.

My husband thinks I'm the only one who decorates with reds and yellows together. :)


Happy December. Love the embellishments! I want the red chalk board too cute. Enjoyed my visit!

Teresa Sheeley

I just love coming here to visit, I always leave feeling so inspired and happy! :) I bet it would be so wonderful to spend the day with you and your sister! :)

Big Hugs!


I am new to your blog, and I am loving it! Love the lamp shade embellies! Also love the red


You look like you're had so much fun, Kim! I love looking at what you're doing with the bedroom. Very, very cute. Love the ball fringe you added and all the pretty colors. Love you, 2!



Alison Gibbs

Kim you girls sure have a way with embellishments - it all looks wonderful


I love the ball fringe on the lampshades. I am actually thinking about doing this to my lamps in the bedroom. It all looks adorable!


Linda@Lime in the Coconut

I was admiring that couple in the photo too! Love your pom poms on the lamp...and of course, the color!


I love ball trim! How cute. I also think everything looks better in red! For a long time I thought I was the only one but I think it is catching on.


O so cute!! I love the ball fringe and I'm partial to red!


Hello Sweet Kim,

Happy December to you to! I love your blog to pieces! Love the cute new touches to your darling home!

If it's not to late, could you add me to your blog candy roll (cute name!)

Thanks Bunches!

Elaine L.

Everything looks so fun!

Don't forget to post pics of what you bought at Fifi's yard sale.



Happy December, Kim! You really do need to do a decorating book -- your style and your photos bring such JOY!!!
Oh, does your husband have red hair? MIne, too!


Cute ideas-all of them!
Scrapbook paper is one I'll have to copy. So smart!Thanks Kim.

Susan S.

I LOVE all your red and yellow accents. If you check out my blog you'll see we have that in common...among many other things I imagine. I'm also going to go out and look for some ball fringe...I have a lamp that's just CALLING OUT FOR IT! LOL! Have a blessed day!

Gina @ Six in the Country

Happy December! All those pretty red things makes me rethink the blue theme I chose this year.....

Lavender Dreamer

I LOVE RED! You have so many pretty things and take your photos to really show them off! Thanks for adding me to your blog candy! I am honored! Happy Holidays!


I'm really getting into red now that Christmas is here. I love your red lamp. I know just the lampshade that needs a sprucing up.

Jean Eakin

Kim, I would love to borrow you and your sister for a week or two to spiff up little places at my house. You are both great. You make a great team. Have a wonderful evening.
Jean in Virginia


Hi Kim,

Glad to hear you had a nice Thanksgiving ours was yummy too...

I usually have all my decorations up on the first also, but this year for some reason I am lagging behimd.

All the best,
Kathy :)


I love that last frame "I scorn your love in a cottage. They're all out of style you know. But since I'm in love wiith you awfully we'll have it a bungalow".... Adorable! Just like everything in your home,..and YOU!


I am fascinated by all your beautiful pictures, my daugher is also a "red fan", she would love all the red. There is a picture of what looks like a cornice board with all the shells. Please list my blog, I am new, and email me about the shells
Thanks so much.


You are the queen of have an eye for is certainly your color..with yellow of course!Sweet couple in the I remeber HIS hair style!


Hi Kim
Happy December! We've been busy getting ready for Christmas at our house. Today is my blog visiting day. I intend to relax and enjoy!

As you well know, I love embellishments! Fun post. I'm looking forward to seeing Christmas at Daisy Cottage.


WOW...your blog is soooo cute. You have such great ideas. You are definitely getting bookmarked!!


Everything looks so pretty, Kim! I love the colors, and I love the adorable pom pom trim on those cute lampshades! :-)


I can't wait to see all your Christmas decorating, Kim. Always great inspiration.

I'm behind on my blog visits, and I just now saw Fifi's cottage. I can't wait till I get a little more time and really soak in all those great pics. Thanks for sharing.


Hi Kim, Your blog is so full of lovely brightness. Happy December, i hope you don't mind i have an award for you at my blog. Jane x

Chris@Cats on my Quilts

Hi Kim, I haven't been good about checking in with you but love all you've magically done to Daisy Cottage. Can you come and embellish my house? And while you're at it bring some of that Florida weather up to NH-we're cold already.


Kelly Long

Hi Kim,
It sounds like you girls had so much fun!! It looks so cute, I love the ball fringe on your lampshade and the paper on the armoire! Such sweet touches. Enjoy your holiday decorating and I'll be back soon(;

Debbie Raymond

You continue to inspire're so wonderful to share! I have a special Christmas blog right now about preparing for Christmas. It's called "Cut the Crazy out of Christmas." Come visit!

Heidi Woodruff

Hi Kim! I love your photos! You seem to turn Red from being just a color to an Event! Hugs, Heidi


Beautiful blog.
I have been following it for some time.
Today is Blog Comment Day
So.....I just had to leave a message telling you how lovely your blog site is and how much I enjoy it.
I love your photos and your writing talent

bethany Hissong

I love that last sign!! Everything is so pretty! I painted my front room yellow with white trim... just like Daisy Cottage :) Now with Christmas decorations going up, there's red everywhere too! Happy December!!!


Hi Kim,
Love your embellishments! I am decorating this week.Merry Christmas!

ginny carter smallenburg

Red and Yellow is my very favorite combination. I think it reminds me of wonderful sunsets and sunrises. Everything looks wonderful!


merry december. delicous pictures!


Kim, When I was a young thing (1950's) my mother had a fire engine red stove! She bought it becuase it was a bargain price and a great stove. She painted the kitchen walls warm yellow and made yellow and red curtains to tie it together. She was way ahead of her time. Most people thought it was strange and I am sorry to say I was one of them because I would love to have that red stove now.


Happy December Kim!

I hope you're having a lovely time this month. :)



Geri Goggin

Merry Christmas Kim ! I love red too and so does my sister Maureen! Yes I love my sisters too! Sister's are the best!! We have fun creating , shopping, and just hanging out! Thanks for sharing your ideas, pictures of your home etc.
Happy New Year!
Geri G.


Love your site. This is my first time EVER to try to "blog." I am looking for ideas for a case I've been asked to do at our local library for February. In your archives,February is the only month not listed! Any ideas?

Thanks a lot!

PS -- you're adorable.

Beside Table Lamps

Wow great shade on that lamp. I love the colors. Really makes for a christmasy theme.

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