Monday, March 29, 2021

A Tale of Two Cottages ~ Ocean Song Cottage

Hello everyone,

    I hope you had a great weekend.
We have had a lot of rain here lately.

     With the arrival of spring I look forward
    enjoying our little Ocean Song Cottage
once again.

     As some of you know a few years ago
we fell in love with the possibilities of
this little seaside cottage.
So after we bought it we set
about putting our mark on it.

A June view with the lupins blooming
on the lane down to Ocean Song Cottage.

We made sure we always had time
to relax and enjoy the view!

This little nook used to be an open
porch but my husband and son
enclosed it so we have a cosy
nook with a view and the sound
of the waves.

Tea time with a view.

Our grandchildren enjoy the

We added to shingles that will age
to grey.

A new floor and a lot of
white paint gave it a 
summery beach look.

A friend of my daughter's gave us this island
and some pantry cupboards which we
painted white and I think they are
the perfect addiction. The island even
came with a propane stovetop.

A hammock for relaxing on those beautiful
Island summer days.

We painted the cupboards and added
some to them with a new countertop.

We bought an old antique cast
iron tub after we enlarged the
bathroom. I enjoy the view of
the sea even from here.

The inside of the boathouse got a couple
of coats fo white paint and a couple of
sleigh beds in the front and a cosy
little single bed in back as well.

Oue son and granddaughter enjoying
some time on the beach.

The back room of the bunkie.
We put in the long window to
give more light. It was a french
door in a previous life.

The nook again.

Another shot of the bathroom

Our cottage has an open plan as 
we removed a couple of walls
so we could enjoy the view
from all sides from here.

We built on a good sized deck
so we could enjoy our meals out
here and or just relax.

A winter view...we can't stay
here in winter but we do enjoy
visiting for a couple of hours on
sunny days.

We enjoy watching the sailboats going by.

I love moonlit nights here with
the moon sparkling on the water.

New linens for a change.

I am not sure which I am looking
forward to the most ~ cottage
season or garden season!

When we bought our cottage there
was an old vacant cottage next door
      that went up for sale the following year
        so our daughter and her family bought it
and gave it a lovely makeover so if
you come back later this week
I will share the story of Eventide
Cottage with you.

Have a beautiful day!

Take care,


Deanna Rabe said...


Lorrie said...

Beautiful! I'm longing for summer days.

Bernideen said...

You and your husband make a great team. Both of you are very talented and visual so you can imagine and create! Well done! I am sure you are looking forward to lots of time there this summer and what a great place for family gatherings.

Michele said...

Oh, Carolyn, what a blessing. My word - what a wonderful place to spend summers. Wow. Just wow. It is so charming - and I can't even believe your daughter could buy the neighboring cottage! That is SO COOL! I cannot wait to see it, too.

Won't be too much longer.....the days are getting longer!

The Victorian Girl said...

I love this so much with the blue & white theme!

Mia Coman said...

Draga Carolyn,
Superbe poze! Vise minunate petrecute sub stralucirea soarelui!
Adorabile zile.
Cele mai calde imbratisari,

Linda Shukri said...

Your cottage and property is so beautiful!

Brenda Playfair said...

Lovely! What charm and character. A beautiful place to make memories and let the stresses of life melt away.

Madeleine Marin said...

Beautiful. I suspect the linens were already saved and waiting for this cottage to materialize. The island addition is lovely and I love the towel bar, antique, much like the one in your other master bath? I was unable to find a vintage towel bar myself.

My husband thinks we should summer with our four young children on PEI. He is British and misses the ocean... I wonder how you secure the cottage off season, though

ANN said...

What a beautiful post carolyn, your cottage is simply delightful and so you. You and your husband make a wonderful team. Thank you for creating a wonderful interlude for those of us who living thru you. Love ann

Lisa D. said...

OMG, it's just over-the-top fabulously charming!!! I love the light colored shingles on the outside, and that blue door - just wonderful! I always love reading your posts and looking at the beautiful pictures. Thanks so much for sharing, Carolyn.

celkalee said...

Your photos are lovely and remind us all that soon, very soon, we will be able to enjoy the outdoors. It has been a terribly long year and 2020 was marred by illness, fear, and isolation. Our Summer house has always been a place to let go of all the daily stresses, gaze at the endless water, and dream of beautiful gardens. Stay well, soon you will be enjoying that lovely space and soaking in that amazing tub!

Jo-Anne's Ramblings said...

Oh so lovely

ofelia's timeless treasures said...

Dear Carolyn, everything is so beautiful and your pictures are so inspiring. Thanks for sharing your beauties.

Karen said...

Absolute perfection. Since I am feeling some envy I will leave and say you did a great job making it perfect!

Jane the Booklady said...

What an inspiration for Summer days. Your cottage by the sea looks like a dream come true!

Laura Jeanne said...

Oh, my! What an absolutely beautiful little cottage! I didn't realize you had such a charming place on top of your beautiful country home. My favourite photo was of the master bedroom with the romantic bedding - it looks like a hand-crocheted bed skirt, but surely not?

How wonderful that your daughter and her husband own the place next door! You and your family are truly blessed, and I'm thankful to you for sharing these snippets of beauty with us. I'm sure you know not all of us are so richly blessed in the material realm, and it truly nourishes my soul to take in these lovely images - but it also gives me a higher standard to strive for in my own humble home! Happy Easter Carolyn, and God bless you.

barbiez said...

You caught the magic of Spring and summer breezes, simplicity in design with just the perfect addition of a soft palette.

Annabelle said...

A beautiful dream!