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May 22, 2009



It looks great anyway you arrange it Kim! Happy Memorial Day!


Hi Kim~ One of my favorite things to do! Happy weekend! ~Mandy


This looks so pretty!!! Everything you do is wonderful!!! Do you ever get tired of hearing that?!!! It makes me happy every time I pop over here and see your sweet cottage and beautiful colors!!!

Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!!!


It is fun to play, especially with great new 'old' stuff. Love that rocker- and the polka-dot fabric is so you!


Love what you've done, Kim! I'm crazy about that mirror. It is the bee's knees!


Sheila... running between raindrops!

Red Writing

When I peek at the little "blogger inbox" of blogs that I like to read, my heart starts to pitter patter if there is a new Daisy Cottage post. I feel like I did when I was a little girl standing in the Brabie Doll isle. Giddy!


Looks great!! Kim, I really love your "colorful" life style. Please help bring some of these color to my home! Great job! Sincerely, Vanessa


I do this too. I call it 'playing house'.
it's fun!
Hope you and yours have a great holiday as well!


Looks marvelous! I have been wondering when you would spray that mirror RED (or turquoise)! Go for it girlie! ;-)


I do the same thing, I'll get a bee in my bonnet one morning and change everything around:>) I think the living room looks great with your pretty yellow couch across from the fireplace. Love your dining room and the whimsey and bright colors!


And the polka dot rocker...well, it rocks! lol


I love that you share your time and how creative you are. you inspire me to try new colors and ways to move my things around.
have a safe and blessed holiday!

Sonja Gray

I love your new chair and you should
paint the mirror red. I always enjoy taking a break during the day to enjoy your home with you.
Have a safe hoiliday.

Cindy~My Romantic Home

It looks so beautiful! I call it "playing house" when I start moving things around! It's that same feeling of excitement I had as a child! So much fun!



everything looks great...sorry you lost your sunshine...hope it will be back soon...we have been going back and forth today...few little lite showers...not enough to wet down too the new pretty


Hi Kim,
I hear ya girlfriend!!! LOL!!! I am always moving and moving and moving things around. I can't help myself...I think it's a gene I was born with. I am pulling in more navy and khaki and white for summer, so yes I am playing too. I can't wait to see all your transformations.


Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio & The Comforts of Home

Can I come play with you? All I did was run errands today...


Hi Kim
That's one of my favorite things to do. I've even switched entire rooms, the living roombecomes the dining room etc. It was such a pleasure to visit with you today. Everything looks so pretty and orderly. A visit with you is just what I needed after all of the confusion here the last couple of days with the trees falling down!
Hugs, Rhondi

leigh of Tales from Bloggeritaville

Kim, I always enjoy my visits to yoru cottage. It is such a pick me up and refreshing. LIke good friends. Thank you dearly!


Happy Memorial Day week-end to you and your family and friends. We are having our loved ones over for a barbecue so I am happily rearranging to have more room. In my new home I have learned to trust my instincts and it is working! In one month we are almost done except for do-dads. I do have good judgment and much of my inspiration comes form you dear Kim. So paint or not to paint... as in the past you will know.


Thanks for sharing your day Kim. I love re~arranging and putting new vinettes together. I n 2 weeks we will be up at our MI home for the summer. I look forward to my month home of playing house. It really is so much fun! Have a wonderful safe Holiday week~end!
Huggs, Nancy

Carol @ Old Glory Cottage

I can't get past the yellow sofa....I love that! I've been wondering about that mirror, whether you would paint it or leave it. I guess maybe you're just "living with it" for now, until you decide? I know that's what I do! Have a great weekend!

Kelee Katillac

Hi Kim!

Been playing today myself! Working on my porch....found an amazing vintage glider at a thrift mall.

Your vignettes are sooo pretty! Have a great holiday!

love, kelee


Hi Kim & Miss Maggie,

Is Miss Maggie on vacation? I haven't seen her. Did she help you "play" ?
It's funny you call it play, I always call it work when I move things around!:) I guess if I had some muscle around to help me maybe it would be play.
Anyhow, I love what you've done and LOVE the red/white rocker! I'm so jealous of your great finds!
I plan to rearrange my living room this weekend. I have a huge china cabinet that my dad made years ago. It weighs a ton & is very tall but as I move it this weekend I will pretend I am playing and will be thinking of my dad, who is in heaven, looking down and probably getting a good chuckle of me moving his furniture around in my house! I will probably rearrange all the things in my china cabinet too, some mine & some of my mothers things. She too is in heaven. Ahh lots of happy memories of my parents this Memorial Weekend.
Have a great weekend and enjoy your playing!

Kay in Kansas

Betty Jo

Happy Memorial Day week-end Dear Kim! I'm sure everything is going to look gorgeous where ever it lands. That new chair is scrumptious and looks so comfy. I adore your new photo on the left sidebar. ♥


So much fun to play and move things around! I did that a few days ago! Your colors are so bright and lively...thanks for showing us your work in progress!


Kim, I'm envious of that cute rocker! I am loving all of your changes today. Your little cottage really is the cutest. ~ Robyn

A Romantic Porch

And sweet Kim, may I be so nosey as to ask...where is the piano? Your home is darling of course. xorachel


I wondered if you would think about painting the vagabond ... I think it would look good any way you choose! It's beautiuful.

Jean Eakin

Kim, playing house is the most fun, isn't it? I love all your changes, and I know you are having too much fun doing it. It is great and money saving to shift things from room to room. Hope you have a good holiday weekend.
Jean in Virginia


Hi, Kim -
I love to play and change things around but my little house is small enough that it's hard to do much changing with the big things. So I change the small things often. I love your yellow sofa. Your rocker is so pretty. It reminds me of the sweet rocker my sweetheart's grandfather gave me when we had been married for just a few weeks. He had purchased it used in 1917 or 18 for his young bride. She rocked her babies and grandbabies in it - my father-in-law and sweetheart and their siblings. I was thrilled to receive it and rock my babies in it. It needs to have the seat recovered so I can use it again soon. It's on my project list. I wonder about painting it white but haven't decided yet. Thanks for sharing yours today - it's an inspiration to get mine done. Joey sends his love to Maggie!


Rearranging the furniture and the blog! I like both the changes for a change,ha,ha!I have sooo much fun visiting you,thank you! Leah


No matter where you move things, they always look like they belong. That's because everything flows so well in your home. Beautiful, just beautiful.

Have a wonderful holiday weekend. It's rainy here in the sunshine state. Sigh! I've had a busy week though, so I'll use the weekend to catch up on my rest and my blog reading.


Rose - The Center of My Self

Yes, that is one of the best things about cottage style, the flexibility and fun! With formal, fancy rooms that are designed *just so*, you can't really do that because every piece has its assigned place. Your home is just brilliant because all the rooms coordinate exactly with one another and so easily be re-imagined and re-created. Love the little blue table behind the yellow sofa!

Tracie~My Petite Maison

Hi Kim,
Moving things around is so good for the soul. I've done it ever since I had a doll house years and years ago, now it just takes a little more elbow grease. Have a safe, happy weekend too.

The Pleasures of Homemaking

Hi Kim, "playing" is such fun and doesn't cost a dime! The rocker was such a great find and I love the fabric you used on it. I've always loved that tablecloth! I want to learn to sew better so I can make cute stuff like that! I'd paint the mirror frame - red is a great choice!

Have a great weekend!



Good morning sweet Kim :)

Everyone loves it when you move things around, because you do it so very well. I love the buffet switcheroo and the rocker is so cute with it's polka-dot fabric!

I think I'd paint the mirror too ;) It looks cute in the dining room and well, anywhere!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend. Give Miss Maggie hugs from me.

Love to you too,

Kelly Ballard

Our homes really should be a reflection of ourselves...always evolving. Rearranging furniture is such a therapeutic excercise.

Love all that color!

Love, The Second Hand Chicks


I just love it when you give us lots of pictures of what you are doing! You have such a talent for putting everything together and really have created the most charming home I have seen. I ADORE your couch - I wish I could find one just like it. What did you do with your piano though? I think I am going to paint and play today! :) Thanks for all the cheeriness and inspiration you bring to all of us.


Living in color:) ahhh it's all so happy! Have a great weekend friend! xo


Your rockingchair makeover with the polkadot fabric is sensational! Love it!


I can't believe I forgot to mention your new side pic! I was blogging along and all of a sudden it hit me... I love it and just wanted you to know. Your hair looks beautiful too :)

love you,

Daisy Cottage

Thank you everyone!!
I quickly added a few photos of where the piano is...

See you next week!


Kelly Henderson

Oh Kim you make me smile :) It all looks wonderful, and like so much fun. I love that rocker-- I was all set to go yard sailing myself, but there were only 3 in the newspaper, maybe because of the holiday weekend? Now I'm forced to go finish wallpapering my bathroom... I wish I thought that was fun! Well when it's done it will be!


What a perfect place to put the piano! I'm glad you added more pics. More is ALWAYS better ;)

love to you,


Oh! I logged back on to see some of your colors and saw you posted more ~ the piano looks great in the corner. But, maybe I'm confused - so is the dining also behind the couch on the other side of your office room? I love your dining room. I also have a mantle that I use in my dining room as a shelf. It's my favorite place to decorate especially with the different seasons. I put part of an iron gate in front but I love the wicker basket that you have. I am a huge wicker basket collector - actually, I'm obsessed. :)And with the close up shots of your couch ~ I love it EVEN MORE!!!
Happy Holiday! Sarah


I love your happy home!


Brenda Kula

It is so much fun to play "let's move around the furniture" isn't it? I love to do that. I AM IN LOVE with that rocker, for I love red and white polka dots. LOVE IT, I tell you! And the one word that comes to mind when I see your sweet, sweet house is: Exuberant. Your colors bring vitality and exuberance to your Daisy Cottage, Kim.


Is there anything better than home?
I think not, and yours is so charming.
My Mother always like to move things around so therefore I received that gene too.
Daddy always used to say that when he came home from work (he worked the night shift), he didn't know whether he would be sleeping in the chest of drawers or the bed. :)
You too have a great weekend!


Very very cute! Your house makes me so happy :) I love your tablecloth! I love toile! I like how you've moved things around. I think painting the mirror red would be cute!

All the best,


You're simply amazing! I would love to see the mirror painted red!

Sara at Be Still and Know

Your home is so delightful and cheery!!! yay! I am LOVING the piano on an angle...i may try that. Seriously....I feel right at home perusing your blog. Happy Memorial Weekend :)


Your home looks beautiful as always. I love your red cabinet and new rocking chair. The red & white polka dot fabric is perfect!

Have a wonderful weekend.


a girl after my own heart....there are stories of me moving things around from when i was just makes me all your yellow sunshine you add to your home..

Bobbie Lynn

Love the photos and your colors are great. I need some bright colors in my home too. My home was built in 1959 and so it is small but cozy. I think the kitchen and laundry room are way over due for an up lift. Hope you and your family have a wonderful Memorial weekend too.


Hi Kim,

Goodness - gracious - how fun that you are playing house again (one of my favorite things) - don't you just love it that we can create a new look using what we have. You are for sure the Repurpose Queen of Blog Land and always give us great ideas with the use of color.
I like your wonderful new mirror and don't think I would paint it -it really anchors your room left natural wood.
Wishing you and your family a wonderful Memorial Day.
Erin and a tail way to Maggie from Bentley.
P.S. Bentley is rooting for Oliver in hopes he will win the shy Miss Maggie and is painting a lizard scarf for Oliver.

Grace Chua

Hi Kim,
I love the colors !! It's so happy and beautiful!! amazing house you have... Have a blessed weekend! Grace


I totally "get" what you are in your own home...for come up with new vignettes....feels so good to do it and even better that it is a no cost way to get a fresh look.


i love your bulletin board with all your notes on it! your rearrange looks wonderful! happy memorial day!

Kelly~Rose Vine Cottage

Hi Kim,
I just love change and when everything comes together in a whole new way, it just makes me happy!! I always love your home and style you do such a beautiful job(; Have fun!
P.S. I like the mirror as is.


Kim, your home is absolutely delectable! Just love all the changes you made and the photos are perfect! You are one talented lady! I enjoyed catching up with you today! Been so busy-thanks for stopping by to see me!

Fifi Flowers

Your home is sooo GORGEOUS and HAPPY... LOVE it!

Daisy Cottage

ahhhh, thank you everyone!!
It was so fun to play and I look forward to doing it again soon.


Elaine L.

Your home is like an adult playhouse. How fun!



Oh, I don't know how I ended up here or if I have ever been here before...I would hope I would remember this beautiful blog! I love all the color here! Love the RED! Nancy


I like your changes!! Please leave the mirror frame in the wood tone, it not only looks good, but the wood is beautiful! You have done a great job!! Is it still raining??? I know you probably got more than you needed, but poor Florida has been so dry!
Have a good week.


Your home is a perfect expression of who you are. Love does make the world go round!
May God continue to bless you my friend,
Nancy M. in AZ


What a delightful home you have. Can I move in, just for a day? I love all your colors. Just perfect in every way!

The Decorated House

Hi Kim~
How did you find a snippet of sun lately?
But no complaining, the sun is this very moment.
Love seeing you when you move things around and have so much fun doing it!
Hugs, Donna


Ok that's it ... you really must come to my place to "play" next. *grin* We just finished painting 2 rooms that really needed it and now I'm having troubles getting everything back in place. You know just where things looks their best! {thanks for the fun inspiration!!}

Auckland Jobs

Lovely red :)

Hi Kim:

Love that cake! Thanks for sharing.

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