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September 17, 2010



maggie's just being maggie - that's right diversity - i'll never go without saying that you matter - you have brought me to this place in time. your right, i do love my things -Me Me Me. thank you

love ya, maria - cottage feel-


Very nice....can we have another home tour soon...I think we ALL love them and you too!Thanks again for your inspirations!


well, speaking of repeats - i saw my message on here earlier and now it's gone, it may come back later - and there will be two - if you don't mind - well, maggie is being maggie - i really like the tapestry on your chair- it's beautiful - i can't go without saying you matter - i know it's what matters is ME, ME, ME - i'll run with it - ME, ME, ME, ME, i got it out of my system - thank you for the reminder -

love ya, maria - cottage feel -


Love makes the world go round that's for sure.

Kimberly Padilla

What a beautiful post! I love things old and now (but mostly old) and sometimes I love things in black and white, but I always love color! And I love you and Maggie and Marley and Daisy Cottage! You all brighten my days. Blessings!


You are so has taken me a while to "get it" doesn't matter what is currently in's all about what I love....including my old pink stepladder in my yard filled with pots of pink and purple flowers. Have a great weekend!

Mary Bernhagen

You are so very right, Kim. Life is short---and it IS all about LOVE anyway because LOVE endures and it is what counts. Have a great day, hon! Love~Mary

Daisy Cottage

Hi Charlene!

YES there will be another home tour soon.



sue silva

I thinks that's an important message!

Can't wait for another home tour, yay!



YOU are so RIGHT. If you love the things you live with and if you love the things you put in your home. Your house will love you back. Every night I come home and my house wraps its arms around me and I feel welcome.
YES YES YES PLEASE another house tour.
Have a great day

lori lucas

It was so refreshing to read this post. I share that very philosophy. I have noticed recently that some of the blogs are becoming more and more that "you should have your house look like this or that, and everyone needs to have a big garage sale and purge, and less is the way to go, etc." I just sit back and think, "Hmmmmm. Please ladies, think for yourself. Do what YOU love not what a blog tells you to do." SO glad to see someone else thinks that too. I'm off my soapbox now. Enjoy the rest of your beautiful day! Lori L

Barbara Anne

Yes, indeed! There are enough colors and styles and ages of things to keep every one of us happy, no matter what floats our boats. Diversity is to be celebrated!

Count me in as eagerly awaiting more house tours. Love to see what others like and how each puts it all together.

Hugs to you, Maggie, and Marley!

Cindy S

I'll say it again, you're right, dear Lady! I love black and white and color, too. Because of my color scheme, I can have what I need when I need it. Hugs to you, Maggie and Marley. Cindy


I love this post, Kim -

Recently we went had some out of town guests at our house and they had just completley re-done their home and used the latest and greatest everything!

I could sense when looking around our house that they were disappointed in that we hadn't updated enough.

Nothing was EVER said - I love these guests - but I could tell that our home now for sure wasn't their style. They new remodeled home was so much better. (And its beautiful!)

All of a sudden when I could sense this I started looking at my home and going oh yuck - Yeah, this does need updated.. why do I have so many colors in my home?? (their home is all earthtones) etc etc.

I started doubting my choices and before they arrived I was LOVING my home.

So it goes to show you. Your post is exactly right. Don't get caught up in what others have OR what others think you should have.

Love what you have.

Your homes about you.

Not them!

Thanks again for your blog - you - and inviting us in your home!!!

xoxoxo Jen

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Be happy for your guests as they return to their home that reflects them and as you close the door behind them, look at your own home LOVING and reflecting you back and feel its hug. That is YOU hugging you. I KNOW your home is BEAUTIFUL just the way it is.


Melesa Garrison

I can't picture Maggie ever ignoring her mama. I think she was engrossed in her "Me Time" (even doggies need me time)It did look like a beautiful sunshiney day!

I agree that everybody needs to express themselves and love where they live. I want to play house tomorrow, but too much on the agenda, outside the home.

Have a great weekend, M


Yes, I can see how we get bogged down in convention, pleasing others to the point of losing our selves. But your right if we love each other, and love who we are. Then it's contagious :). So being loveable & true to our selves, and true to our convictions. When we love it spreads the love and softens the world around us.

Daisy Cottage

EXACTLY Andylynne. :-)


Barbara F

We are responsible for our own happiness afterall! Loving what you have is wonderful. I really love my little townhouse. I feel I turned it into a cozy little home with a "cottage feel" (- thanks Maria!) And you too Kim, I love starting my day off on the right foot with you and Daisy Cottage. xoxoxox


Love your pillows! I love things old and new, I guess, husband doesn't go for old very much, but I do have a couple of really old things that I really cherish. There on the wall in my hall. One is a off white silk hanky framed with mother embroideried in corner trimmed in pink. My grandmother gave it to her mother when she was about 10. (90 years old) My old Irish Blessing, needlework framed, probably over 100 years old. My sis said she wanted me to will it to her. You would love it Kim. done in yellow, red, blue & green with flowers blue birds, designs,ribbon. The words done in green threads: May the road rise to meet you. May the wind be always at you back. May the sun rise warm upon your face, The rain fall soft upon your fields And until we meet again May God hold you in the hollow of His Hand. The different needlepoint designs are gorgeous. Cindy - Okla

Susan Freeman

I totally agree! Be true to yourself and your own likes. It doesn't matter one little bit what anyone else thinks.

Lots of love,
Susan and Bentley


i love ya barbara f. and daisy family -

love ya, maria - cottage feel -


Thank you, Dear Daisy Cottage, for your inspiration! Through your blog, we can appreciate and embrace what matters most--the acceptance of self.
Looking forward to seeing your living room in it's entirety--I can picture in my mind the two tapestry chairs angled and facing the sofa--Is a red buffet table to the left now? You've got me wondering, Kim! Please do a guest home tour---But this time make it of the Daisy Cottage again! THIS would be one re-vist that could never be overly repeated, that's for SURE! Love ya much!

liz grundvig

i find so much joy in my beloved things that i clap around the house and giggle... quite a bit. (hope they don't lock me up in a padded room... but if they do, hope i can bring my things along and keep up the clapping and giggling. oh, and twirling...aprons do swirl, ya know, if you have the proper fun kind in your kitchen)

Lynda Bee

Yes it is all about loving your home and letting it embrace you. Don't worry what others think of your nest, remember
it reflects you and your love of everything in it!
There is no please I would rather be than at home with all
our stuff and my family!
Have a great weekend and enjoy time with your loved ones.

Sherry Smith

Hello Kim
Hummmm why is it we love to look through other peoples homes are we courious or have this yearn to be like them or
trying just to find our own style through other peoples designs...I love all your color and your black and whiteand I truly love Maggie and those looks...Sherry

Have a Super weekend!!!!!!

Patty M

I love walking into a room in my home and smiling...that's what it's all about. You can never say it enough, be true to what makes you happy. Life is too short to chase after after every decorating whim (not to mention too expensive). I only wish I could have some of the things I gave away earlier in life trying to look like someone elses ideal home decor. Thanks for the encouragement, Miss Kim. Blessings to your cheerful nest, Patty

Trish Rowley

Hi Kim, I just got home from visiting my Son and Sister interstate had a wonderful time, happy to be home with all the stuff that I love. Have a great weekend Trish xox ;)

sweet cottage dreams

i just love your spirit!

you have such a good heart, my dear friend!

sending you a huge hug!


Oh, what a gorgeously lovely blog! I just found you whilst wandering around the Blog Guidebook. There's so much beauty to be found in our everyday lives, isn't there? I think I'm going to like it here.

Karen Schaefer

I am just so in love with little Maggie. She is the cutest thing. But sorry Maggie, I personally need and enjoy the repeats! Keep them coming! Have a great weekend. xo, Karen


I couldn't agree more Miss Kim! Why do we have such a hard time with that (most of us) until we get older and wiser?


Karen is right. Some of us need to be reminded that we are important and we can make choices that make us happy. I think maybe Maggie was just thinking about something else that how blue the sky was or something, HUH Maggie?

Rose - The Center of My Self

Yes, yes, yes. (I repeated myself so you wouldn't be alone, Kim.) I like how Lori phrased it, too: Think for yourself. I don't have to like YOUR style for MY home, and you don't have to like MY style for YOUR home. But we can each be quite happy for one another that we each have a style that we love for ourselves. Shouldn't we be happy for one another? I don't care for the saying "I'm so jealous." Why be jealous? Be happy that a friend is happy. We all need to be true to our truest selves.

Pam Rosenberg

I needed to hear this message. I am being influence by the sea of neutrals out here in blog world and I am a color girl at heart. I wondered if my passion for color was a bit tacky and unsophisticated but if it is then so am I because it is color that makes my heart sing.

Lynda Dishner

I love love love your yellow cottage and I miss you so. Please Please Please hurry back. You, my mother and I have the same taste in our homes. Red yellow, red yellow, red yellow, our favorite too. You and I have so many of the same items. I have my mothers old aprons that I did share with my sister and her daughter. Thank you so much to such a beauty lady. Lynda

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I agree with you very well said. It doesn't matter how expensive or cheap your things, it doesn't matter if this is old or new, if it is small or big, as long as we love it. that's matters most.


Betty Jo

LOL! What an adorable, and very true post. My things have been packed for so long, I've forgotten what I own. It's wonderful to finally have a place to call home and now I can start unpacking and making it "me"! Love you Dear Kim and looking forward to all you have to share when you come home next month. ♥


I just realized that your chair looks like it has the same pattern as a couch my friend has. She recently mentioned recovering it! I cannot imagine why she would do that. I need to show her this picture to confirm it and then show her why she should not recover it!

~ Tracy


So true Missy! And I love that wingback chair -- what great fabric!

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