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August 16, 2010



Thamk you so much the tour of Yvonne's charming home...

Alison Gibbs

Yvonne's home is as beautiful as ever. How sweet of her husband to carve the heart for her.

The Lady of the House

I agree, Kim! Yvonne, your home is so warm and inviting. Looks so comfy and homey! You are very talented at mapping it all out. I especially love your unique use of space - the little quilts folded up under the side table and little cuties sitting on top of books and such. Adore.

Happy Week Kim and Yvonne!
The Lady of the House


Kim, Yvonne's home is gorgeous and so warm and inviting!!! Thanks for sharing the pictures. Each picture has so much to see and take in. She certainly has a way with decorating! Love & blessings from NC!

pogonip @ meadowsweet cottage

What a lovely home! Her personality just shines through your photos. I love her eclectic look--a little leaded glass, a yoyo quilt, painted and natural wood furniture, lots of art and books--so welcoming and comfy. Thanks for the tour!

Julie Harward

Hi there...this was so lovely, thanks for the tour. I have missed you, I have been off with my daughter and her new baby...tomorrow I will post about it! :D


What a beautiful home. Thanks so much for sharing. I like the new family room.


thank you kim and yvonne - yvonne's home is so comfy cozy - thanks for sharing as always. you take such great pictures. i enjoy everything you post. i perticularly like book stacking, you introduced me to book stacking, i like the titles on the books, they give such a warm feeling - i'd like to try it. thanks again. well, my day has been great and i'm rejoicing in the Lord -
til tomorrow.

love ya, maria - cottage feel -

Trish Rowley

Thankyou Kim and Yvonne, what a beautiful Home, How I would love to have a fireplace just beautiful!!! thanks for the tour Kim have a great day Trish xox ;)


Yvonne has such a charming home. I love that red and white tile work in the kitchen!

sue silva

I love Yvonne's house; it looks as though it was done over time with lots of TLC and attention to detail. So inviting - you feel like taking a nap on her gorgeous sofa(s)!


Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions

Very pretty! Thanks for sharing that, Kim. I'd probably want to do the opposite though. I have a formal living room that was hardly ever used for years. This year it has gotten more use than ever since I moved my office/business HQ to my rolltop desk in there.

Sheree Cloyd

Thanks Kim and Yvonne!! Enjoyed every pic.


Very nice! I really enjoyed Yvonne's first tour and this one is equally exciting! The pics are fantastic. All your pics are. I think that, over the years, I've enjoyed your blog as much as any deocrating mag I've ever looked at-and I've had many. Thanks, Kim!

Cristy Waire- Sassy Southern Lady

The home is lovely. I could feel at home in this beautiful space. All you need is a coffee or tea.


Enjoyed the tour....she has a very lovely home. Thanks for sharing.


WELL DONE< Yvonne! And thanks Kim for sharing.

Don't you LOVE gals night with good company, wine and candles? they're some of my best memories.

I just love my gal hubs is just awesome, but there is nothing like getting together with the gals.

I feel like a part of your night, great feeling and pudry spaces - love her two new spaces!


"Found" space in our own homes is one of life's sweet bonuses, I think, and she has certainly arranged it with a talented hand.

Finding favorite authors on strange bookshelves is a lovely thing---Cussler, Martini, Silverstein, and the sweet little neat stack of what I think of as "lap-ghans" handy beneath the side table---hospitality defined.

I've always thought I'd be stifled in one of those huge "California" houses beside the sea, with room-high windows and billowing white curtains, and all that square sterile light coming in. Mine is the nesting heart, and I truly DO love looking at this welcoming, warm nest.

What lovely friends you have!

Sandi ~ A Cottage Muse

Thank you for sharing Yvonne's lovely home! The photos are just so warm and inviting making me feel like I have just met Yvonne! Thank you Kim for your wonderful blog ~ I always leave here smiling!!


Oh Kim thank you,thank you for bringing us this tour. I really needed the inspiration as I want to do some shifting in my home too. Yvonne's home is lovely and please thank her for sharing her home with us. Love ya, Lucy

I remember that whirlwind tour you took us on last summer...I enjoy every minute of it! I love Yvonne's home -it's so cozy, warm and she has exquisite taste with all of her accessories and pretty corners of her home. Her kitchen was also one of my favorites - I think I saved every picture of it! Thanks for sharing it again with us.
Sarah :)


thank you for taking the pics and for yvonne to open her house to us...

Barbara Anne

What a lovely, warm, and welcoming home Yvonne has created! Her new family room is all a family room should be, comfortable, charming, and with such wonderful personal touches. I love her furniture, her use of colors,and that everything she needed to furnish the family room was already hers! Oh course, the kitchen is a dream come true!

The yo-yo pillow in the small rocking chair in the family room is sending me to my box of yo-yos!

Kim, thank you for taking us to visit Yvonne's beautiful home!


Pom Pom

Oh, I love the sitting room! It IS peaceful and beautiful! The family room is wonderful, too! I like Yvonne's house a lot! Thanks, Daisy!


The pic of that beautiful sofa with all the paintings hanging above is my absolute favourite. I just want to sink down into the cushions and read my favourite magazine with a cup of tea by my side. xx

Shannon Olson

So pretty and cozy! What a wonderful place to visit!

Susan Freeman

What a charming home! It's full of personality and it's so obvious that she is decorating to appeal to her own senses and not slavishly following trends. Bravo Yvonne!!

Susan and Bentley

One Heart

Absolutely dreamy. I'd never leave the house. It's always delightful to see decorating which resembles one's own personality vs. trends as Susan and Bentley mentioned above.

Thank you for sharing these beautiful pictures. Have a lovely day.

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Beautiful! Love it! This is my first time seeing Yvonne's home as I am fairly new to the whole blogging world. Its lovely and very close to my own style of decorating.Thanks so much! Amy


I loved Yvonne's house so much on the last tour and I love it even more now. Tell her "thank you" for letting us visit her.



Hi Kim,

Oh my goodness - what a lovely home and as usual, your photogrpahs are fabulous. Love the fire place screen made from old windows and her use of red. The hand carved swan is so charming and very special.
Thank you Yvonne for sharing your lovely home with us.
Erin and Bentley sends a big tail wag to Maggie.


thanks for taking me here, i love the tin trays , they are my passion ,thanks again Kim for your words, what i see is now alive and beautiful

Daisy Cottage


Thank YOU for sharing that with me.
You had the power all along.
And remember - YOU are beautiful.


Oh my gosh, Yvonne's home is so inviting and cozy! Love, Love her house!!!

Kitty Gerschoffer

I've been a humble lurker of Daisy Cottage for years and just want to say that Yvonne's family room and Kim, your beautiful photography just make me want to snuggle on that welcoming sofa with a good book or an old movie, a warm cup of tea (or perhaps iced) and my new kitten on my lap. If only I could make my home as inviting and comfortable. Thanks to both of you for the relaxing and enjoyable moments away from my reality!

Daisy Cottage


Thank YOU! I'm so glad you've been here.



I love that little needlepoint stool, I think it is needlepoint? I have a stool that I just finished by using my grandmother's needlepoint. Works well next to my leather wing chair. That wing chair isn't very comfortable but it looks great!
Thanks for the tour.


Thanks for the lovely pictures -- so many things to look at and enjoy. Kim, I've been wanting to ask you -- how did you transition from your previous more modern home to "Daisy Cottage" -- did you have a lot of furnishings to bring with you, or did you have to go shopping -- and that certainly wouldn't be a bad thing!!

Have a wonderful day -- see you tomorrow.



OHHHHHHH! What a lovely, inviting, warm home. Thank you Kim for the wonderful photography and thank you Yvonne for sharing your home with us. I would love to snuggle on that couch with a blanket, a cup of tea and a wonderful magazine in your family room. What a wonderful sense of "self decorating" - not going with the trends. Lovely, lovely, lovely
thanks again Kim and Yvonne for sharing (made my Day!)

Cindy (aka Grandma C)

I so enjoyed your tour of Yvonne's home. It is such a delight to view, your photography showed most of the comfy spots in the house. My favourite was the candles lit in the fireplace, thanks for sharing.


Darling home, looks so comfy and inviting, so beautifully detailed! Noticed her little yo-yo pillow on the rocker, yo-yo doily and folded yo-yo. I have all my yo-yo's made, but just not stitched together yet. Takes a long time, made the yo-yo's this winter while sitting by our fireplace. Thanks so much for sharing all your pictures with us. Love the home pictures! Cindy Okla


you. inspire. me. daily.

Thank you!

Erin Parker

Very pretty.

Cindy S

Her home is so very lovely and warm, welcoming looking. Thanks for the chance to see it. It is somewhat the same style home as mine, I love the way she has enhanced it's character.
Hugs, Cindy S


Yvonne's home should either be in a magazine or on Kim's blog...oh wait, it is!!

Thanks for such inspiring photos!

sweet cottage dreams

yes, yes, yes!!
so warm and inviting! i feel as though
i just set foot into her home!

yvonne.....thank you for allowing all of us
to be a part of your amazing home. it really
is so very pretty! the swans remind me of the
swans that i got to see down at the lake there.
keep up the wonderful job decorating!

and miss kimmers, thank YOU for giving us glimpses
through your expert lens.


Audrey Pettit

What a gorgeous, gorgeous home! thank you, Kim, for sharing Yvonne's rooms with us. I saw lots to be inspired by. I've always kept things fairly bare and sparse in my home. Partly for not having many "things" and partly by choice.....but I'm learning a lot from reading your blog and realize that I like "things" and I should bring them out. I've actually got some things on my mantel right now, whereas it's always been pretty bare before. I'm even thinking about adding some color to my neutral palette. :)
My how one can change!

donna campbell

hello, love your site, but i seem to have misplaced .."the farmers wife" site do you have access to it! i love to read her too!! thanks, donna [email protected]


Yvonne's home is so charming. Thanks for sharing it with us again.


I love looking your pictures. Yvonne's home is so warm and cozy. And your house is to die for! Thanks for sharing! Michelle

that jill

Miss Yvonne has the touch. Her home is motivating, peaceful and welcoming. What a talent!

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