Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Elle Cottage

I thought I'd share a tour of the little beach cottage we run off to several times a year. It is owned by my in-laws and is called Elle Cottage. The name comes from the first two letters of each of my in-laws last names.
My mother in law is the queen of collectors and has decorated the house with lots of found treasures but mostly it is decorated with her mother's things. They were the original antique/ flea market junkers and bought antiques when no one else did and managed to collect many wonderful things for pennies back in the 70s and 80s. Hope you enjoy the tour.

Daffodils bloom on the little hill out front.

The beach is just a short walk away.

A cozy corner.

The window seat is favorite for the kids to climb up in and read.

We use china and sterling for dishes. Can you believe this? My MIL believes in using what you have.

Decanters collected over decades.

There is a bright galley kitchen.

There was a fairly large earthquake up here a few years ago and we could not believe nothing broke. Many things were teetering off the edges, but nothing fell.

It was cold and rainy the first day, so we had a fire all day.

A collection of teapots and pitchers.

I was a bit under the weather so this is what I did while the hubby and kids went to the beach.


  1. Elle cottage is too, too lovely. What a great place to escape to :D I hope you are feeling much better!

    Ricki Jill

  2. What a perfect place to escape to. So lucky! Lx

  3. What a cozy cottage! How fun to have a great place like that to escape to. Hope you are feeling better now. We have a stove just like that. It makes night nice and cozy doesn't it?!

  4. What a sweet cottage! I'd like to LIVE there! Bet you have a wonderful time there.
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    (¸.•´ (¸.•´♥ Lori Lynn ♥

  5. What a sweet lovely cottage. Thank you for sharing it with us. Karie

  6. That is so beautiful! I'm glad nothing broke in the earthquake- it looks like your family takes care in collecting beautiful items! What a restful retreat!

  7. lucky you a place to escape to. It looks perfectly wonderful

  8. How fortunate you are to enjoy this pretty beach cottage. You must really feel pampered using silver and china :). I seriously love the collection of bird houses, they are so nice and bright. Blessings, Kim

  9. Such a dream. What a great cottage and it is just beautifully decorated. Love it. Thank for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  10. How beautiful! So many pretty touches throughout this home! Love the bookcases! Just the perfect get away! ♥

  11. So much charm. Thanks for sharing this at the party.

  12. What a charming retreat! You are fortunate to have a wonderful family cottage to enjoy as a get away. Sitting by the fire reading Victoria sounds like a lovely afternoon. ~ Sarah

  13. what a great place to be! thanks for sharing.

  14. What a charming little home! Such a treat for you guys to be able to escape to here. Thank you for sharing.

  15. Your beach cottage is so lovely. Thank you for sharing it. I used to live on the coast of South Carolina but now we live inland a few hours away.
    Come visit my blog. I have recently posted a tour of my cottage and I have an arrangement of daffodils,too.

  16. O, I am so in love with this cottage. It is beautiful and so full of personality.
    Thanks so much for sharing.

  17. Looks like a great place--love all the beautiful vintage dishes. Thanks so much for linking up to my Share the Love party!

  18. What a wonderful getaway cottage. I think I could spend days there, or weeks even!

  19. What a lovely cottage! It has so much charm.


  20. Love the cottage Elaine. My fave is the wood burning stove. Looks so cozy there. Sorry I haven't visited sooner. I have to do better, I know! I have been missing out on what all of my fave's are up to.

  21. From its name (Elle) to the china and everything in between - ♥

    Reading by the fire sounds positively delightful...