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May 13, 2009



What a pretty mirror. I enjoy reading your blog so much. Thank you!


I have a full length mirror in my living room and I love it - it reflects everything and brightens the whole room. But . . . .I LOVE LOVE LOVE the chandelier (in the reflection). Was that also a thrift store find? And, will the mirror be painted -
Love your home!


Great find Kim!
Your hubby sounds just like mine. Sweet and helpful and don't try and figure us girls out if you want to be married 30years! That is the recipe for a perfect marriage!


My husband always asks the same thing! He even told me this week that he likes "open spaces without something in every spot." Beautiful mirror!


It sounds like we all have some long suffering and understanding husbands:>) Earl just sighs and loads things, but once I am finished painting them and putting them where they go he always likes what I did:>) I think the mirror is beautiful!


Kim, And if you're like me it probably won't stay there forever either!! It may even end up in the bedroom!!! Don't we have fun though!!!!

Daisy Cottage

SO much fun Diane!!



Life would be pretty boring if we played by all the rules!!

Love the mirror!



How pretty... I should go to Goodwill more often. And I also love that turquoise table!

p.s... I KNEW you married at age 10!!


Looks good to me. I don't know how you come across such treasures.


Layla sent me and I am so glad she did.
You are "as fresh as a daisy!"
What a sweet story -


Love the way the mirror reflects the chandalier!!! Lovely~~

Mary Lou

Hi! I'm new to your blog. What a wonderful find, and I like that you used it in the living room. Isn't it funny....once you get something home.....

My hubby said the same thing several years ago when I brought a long wooden bench home, and after much thought, decided to use it as a coffee table in the family room. He was really confused, but now I think I will have problems replacing it!

Your blog is so nice and cherry.
Mary Lou


I love it in the living room! Very cute :)

All the best,

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio & The Comforts of Home

The mirror looks fabulous in your living room! See, your husband knows you very well after 30 years :-)

Kelee Katillac

Hi Kim!

So funny!!! I have two treasure pits full of hubby-assisted finds!!
They always find a home--eventually...its a the process...and your instincts --your high-self is intuiting a future event or need..... or yard sale:):):):):):):):) the mirror!

love, Pollyanna-Kelee

Denise Vakili

Suuuuuuuch a sweet blog. Love your beautiful photos and sweet music. ;) Keep up the good work!
All the best,


Well, I'm learning!

hip chick

Oh dear you have given my a great idea. Why not put a full length mirror in the living room? It would open it up so much. We have a dark living room and it would be great to have more reflected light. And, just so you know, Mr. Hip always says the same thing to me.

Janet K

Well thank you Miss Kim!! I was just wondering what to do with a very similair mirror left here my one of our daughters (along with multiple prom dresses and cheerleading trophies). :) This has made me look at that mirror with new eyes. As always thanks for the inspiration. HTH Janet P.S. My husband asks that same question! Must come in the direction package for husbands married over thirty years!


That's a mighty wonderful treasure, Kim! It deserves to be front and center, and you can still check your tops and bottoms, only in the LR! ;-)


Sheila :-)

Diane Stephenson

I just love your colorful blog! It always brightens my day and inspires me to seek the sunshine in life.
Best to You, Kim.


What a cute idea. But then you always come up with the neatest stuff! I love the way you can see the chandalier in the mirror. What a great photo!


Great mirror. Why do husbands always ask that question?? They must learn to ask that as a young boy. lololol

Kris Grover

I have a mirror very like that in my living room!!! It was a gift to my Mother from my Father, many a year ago. I was NOT about to let it go to the goodwill when my Mom moved!!! Tis a beautiful addition to my living room!
I was on a private lake last week, boating about, taking loads of pictures, and came upon this one little cottage, with brilliant yellow adirondak chairs on the front with a darling red boat in the water. Now who do you suppose I thought of????


Hi Kim,
Great find!
My husband just says "if your happy then I'm happy. My last trip to Goodwill hubby went with me. He found more than I did.
I think Goodwill should pick you as their spokesperson Kim.

sweet cottage dreams

I am so agreeing with you and shaking my head YES!! The mirror is perfect in your living room!!! Hey, it gives you the chance for a last chance look-over before heading out your front door! wink..nod..

love ya,


What a great find and of course it looks amazing in your living room! Your blog just makes me smile. So cheerful. :)


Ps. Love your feature at the Lettered Cottage too! :)


Hi Kim! Oh my gosh I was only 10 when I got married too! What a coincidence! Yesterday my hubby got into our car where I had bought 4 sets of shutters and I did get them to fit! He just groaned...I said honey just wait and see what I do with them...another groan! Oh well. I love your will be very happy with it!

The Decorated House

Hello Dear Kim~
Maybe they learn that question in husband school. Mine has a new sentence that now follows it. There's no more room in the garage. :)

Love visiting the lake for Mother's Day again this year. It always makes me smile.


I don't blame you a bit! It's far too pretty to hide away in the bedroom.


Kim, I see that the legs are quite scratched... will you be leaving the wood on it alone or do you have plans to paint or refinish it in some way?

The Blue Ridge Gal

Becky G.

Love the mirror, and it looks great there, but I just have one question . . . . What color will you paint it??? ;O) Becky

Jennifer Conway

That looks like a lovely place to sit and enjoy oneself! After 30 years, your hubby knows you well....of course it didn't end up in the bedroom! lol


Oh, do I ever know all about "that look" from dear husband...and needing to use the truck! Hehehe! I'd say your find was just wonderful and I like where it lives! Now, you just have to find another one for your bedroom, right? *Ü*


The colors of your home brighten my day.


I just love how you use color. Your home is beautiful!!! So glad to have found your blog, I will be back for a visit for sure.

Florence Muma

I love your mirror what a find. You have that right they always say "where is that going to go?" We sure have to be ready with an answer don't we?

Fay Marie

Hi Kim,

What a lovely mirror! It looks very nice there. What made you decide to put it in the living room instead of the bedroom? It would probably also look nice at the end of a hallway. Oh, the fun we can have moving things around. Change is always good.

Fay Marie

Julie (Knitsational)

What a find!

christy in georgia

loving the mirror!


The mirror is beautiful! What a lucky find. However, I love the little blue table in front of the mirror. Would love to know what color of paint you used. Beautiful blog. Thanks for sharing your creativity with the world.

Esther Sunday (Artie's Square Box Breaker)

Poor Mr. Daisy Cottage, poor Artie... bedroom mirrors in living rooms, no doors to a bedroom... what is the square box world coming to????

Melissa (Missy)

You find the neatest things. I must ask, what town is your Goodwill located in? Ours never has the lovely items that yours has. The next time I am in that area of FL, I want to shop at your Goodwill. :D


I think all Hubbys are cut from the same mold! And I think your mirror looks perfect in the living room. Strangely enough, I was also married at age 10! AND I adopted my daughter who (also) strangely looks just like me, when she was age 10. I'm not sure but I think that makes my daughter and I the same age! I love that kinda math!

Rose - The Center of My Self

The rule is that a full-length mirror must always go exactly wherever you want it to go at the time. I think it's Happiness Statute #100.87B: Do What Makes You Happy. LOL!
I have a portrait-sized mirror on a wall between my kitchen and living room and my granddaughters are always pestering me that I need a full-length mirror there so they don't have to stand on an ottoman to check themselves out. Oh, they crack me up! I'm going to start checking out Goodwill, though, thanks to you!

The Cottage Girl

I agree with The Blue Ridge Gal, I think it may look wonderful if you paint it!! What do you say?

The Cottage Girl

sarah  abeachcottage

g'day kim

oh yeah I got married at 10 too! too funny

love the mirror in there, in fact you've inspired me to get one right on in my Beach Cottage

happy days, gotta love those thrifted finds, they are truly the best


Betty Jo

Your new/old mirror is fabulous and looks wonderful right there. Your hubby is the sweetest ever and reminds me of Frank. I still miss my Sweetie sooooo much, seven months today, but still seems like everything happened only yesterday. ♥


I'm sorry Kim.....I thought you were married at a much younger age! Or so your photo shows :^)
I love the idea of mirrors everywhere. Not that I'm vain or anything but you never know when you have to make sure you are still a diva, right?
Patty in Erie, pa


Great find, Kim! I love what you've done with it--I'm all for breaking the rules! (Thirty years married?! Congrats!)


Very pretty!!

the pleasures of homemaking

What a great find! My husband always asks "what are you going to do with that?" Although what I really think is funny is that if we find something that's not quite what we're looking for he now says "well, you can always paint it"! LOL!



YOU are the one who inspired me to put a mirror on my porch, so of course it's ok! Your mirror looks great where it ended up. My hubby has also learned not to question me anymore, although he does think some of the ideas are hairbrained. He calls my junking buddy and I "Lucy & Ethel"!


You darling husband sounds like mine. He sighs, and realizes he knows that I will do what I will do. :)
Don't ya just love that in them?
Great mirror, btw!

A Romantic Porch

Oh Kim, That is so absoluuuutely darling right.there! My husband is so cute too. I get stuff and then I get rid of stuff. I tell him I'm recycling! He totally understands! xorachel


Good morning Kim :)

Your hubby is not the only one that knows.... but you have to love their patience ;)

I love the new mirror and it's perfect for whatever room you'll be moving it to after the living room ;)


PS I mentioned you today and I "borrowed" a picture. I hope that's okay :)


You can never have too many mirrors! They just brighten up a room.


Hi Kim! I just found your blog and I love it!


LOL!! Your hubby sounds like mine, patient and questioning (my sanity). Your mirror looks divine! Living rooms are wonderful places for large mirrors, I still want one. Hugs, ~cindy s~


Hi Kim! My husband looks at me like I'm crazy at times, too. You just have that "eye" where you know something belongs in your home. The mirror is beautiful! - Ann

Donna Warrington

And it looks lovely in your living room...isn't it nice when the husbands just know us.


Kim, this made me smile. I guess that we're all the same.

And, I loved that book. I've read all of her books.

Julie and Kayleigh

Hi Kim, love reading your colourful blog....Maggie has stolen mine and my daughters heart. Hope the day ahead is as lovely as your blog. Julie/Kayleigh Oxford, England.


The Cottage Master always asks, "Do we really need this?" And after I paint it and put it in its place he sees that we did.
Great find on that mirror.


Hi Kim
I like to move things around too and put pieces in unexpected places. Great mirror you found!
Hugs, Rhondi


The question is: Are you going to paint it?

Daisy Cottage

hmmmm, I don't know Dotsie!

Should I????



YOU ARE SO RIGHT! Are husbands sure love us:)

Rhoda @ southern Hospitality

Beautiful mirror, Kim! I had to laugh at your conversation with Kevin. Been there, done that with Peter. They always ask, don't they?! Love your new mirror.


Kim - Thanks for adding me to your blogroll! That was sweet of you!


Yes, it's perfectly ok, and it looks wonderful!


Carolyn Green

Hi Kim,

What an absolutely, beautiful blog you have.
Rue told me to come and visit and I am so glad I did.

I think my husband would have said the same thing ~ he is always saying we will need to buy a bigger house, if I keep buying too much more!

I love your new mirror and it will look great where ever you place it.

Have a great weekend



I adore your blog and find inspiration in it daily. Thank you for allowing us to hang out at Daisy Cottage. It's a delightful treat!



What a beautiful mirror! It looks perfect there. Using items in unexpected ways and places is the most fun. I hope you have a great weekend!

Elaine L.

I love the mirror and bet that it will show up somewhere else in your house and be painted, too!

Did you ever redo your guest room? It's the one that was in a travel theme.


Sheri Ingrande

I just put a bedroom mirror in my Kitchen..if you can believe that!!!

I am off to Pismo... to mingle with some Vintage trailer lovers :)


I think Husbands are required to say that stuff,but deep down they love our quirky little decorating ideas!
Mirrors are "windows" giving us glorious light,lighting up a room like nothing else!
love it


I just found your blog via My little happy place. What a beautiful find!
Your blog is beautiful!
Love all those pictures!
Have a wonderful weekend!
Greetings from Italy.

kim, I LOVE the mirror... are you going to paint it? yellow? red? blue? green? hummmm... i'll be waiting to see! Stop by and see me! Great week-end to you and family!

Patty in Kansas

Dear Kim....I just lost one of my closest friends and am feeling sad, and I checked in to see your beautiful photos and sweet text, because I knew it would lift my spirits. Thank you for your gentle soul's gift to those of us who read your blog. Patty in Kansas.


Your photo's are amazing! Your porch looks so pretty and inviting. I love the inspiration that just oozes whenever I come visit you. Thank you!!

Cathy H

It's funny how things work out. I had an ole' college buddy from back home tell me about your site. Little did I know that you were right here in Lakeland! Yes, I live here too.

My son is in process of buying a new house and we sometimes drive thru your charming neighborhood just to get color ideas etc..

Since I discovered your site(about a week ago)...I have visited it each day. I turn up the volume and then sit back and take a leisure browse thru each room....wishing that I too could create a bit of magic in my home.

Thanks for the tour. It has been delightful.


I love this shade of blue on your table. Do you mind me asking the color? Thanks ;-)

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