Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Cottage Life - This 'n That

It's a busy time at the cottage right now, but I wanted to take the time to thank all of you for your very kind comments on my Weave Your Own Life post. I guess the subject resonated with you.

Also, thanks for your encouragement on the Spring Fling Bazaar. It's coming up fast -- Saturday, April 8th. Just a little over a week away. Whew! I'm busily crafting collages and checking my Bazaar To-Do list. (I have to make lists to make sure I don't miss anything? Are you a list maker, too?)

Yesterday while Dennis met with Les, our insurance man, I chatted with Ava, his wife. We share common interests and she asked me what I've been up to. I pulled out my iphone and showed her my latest collages. She fell in love with this one.

And I made a sale. Right there on the spot. She said they are the exact colors of her sewing room. I'm glad this one when to Ava. She's a sweetheart. 

So now I'm working on another collage to replace this one for the Bazaar. Replacement only in number, not in style. Each collage is unique -- no two are ever alike. And that's what makes them so fun.

While we were in Enterprise I noticed the courthouse lawn had just been mowed. Seeing and smelling the freshly mowed green grass made me giddy, so you know I had to take some photographs to share with you.

Isn't it beautiful? This says spring to me, for sure. Some day I'll take photographs of the courthouse itself to share with you. It's really a grand structure.

I made a stop at the thrift store before we headed home and found this sweet little bunny for $1.

I wanted something springy and fun to hold my business cards at the Bazaar,

Isn't she cute? A little flower would be pretty in that basket, too, and I may just replace my business cards with a potted pansy or some other flower after the Bazaar. Maybe put it on my front porch table.

Well, I'm off to have coffee with a friend before the day gets totally crazy. 

You gotta have some fun along the way. Never take life too seriously, I always say.

"A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones." Proverbs 17:22 ESV


Saturday, March 25, 2017

Living Large In Small Spaces - Baix Empordà, Spain Stone Cottage

A fabulous stone cottage in Baix Empordà, Spain is this week's Living Large In Small Spaces featured home.

Welcome to the ninety-eighth post in the series
"Living Large in Small Spaces".

Nothing brings me more pleasure than to discover small homes from other parts of the world to share with you here at A Joyful Cottage.  From last week's wee cottage -- a new build in Scotland -- we travel to Baix Empordà, Spain for a look at a stone cottage literally raised up from the ruins of an old barn by architect Lluís Auquer.

Stone walls and plenty of wood (including the beams original to the barn) create a rustic backdrop for the eclectic furnishings. The addition of skylights, windows, and doors that allow a relationship with the outdoors, bring natural light and cheerful living to this space.

One great room serves as living, dining and kitchen. The custom dining table, which doubles as an island, was sized for the space. Floor pavers are traditional tuff made in La Bisbal.

The countertop -- made from a pile of recovered antique marble-- was designed to complement the restored marble sink.

The bathroom is so charming. I wouldn't change a thing.

The arch is original to the barn. Sliding doors divide the space for a second bedroom.

Glycine, a deciduous plant, creates shady outdoor living on this pretty porch. 

How could you resist this spot?

After our lunch settles, let's head for the pool.

Whatever activity one chooses, living in this cottage would be lovely.

Enchanting, wouldn't you agree?

Read more about the stone cottage on El Mueble here
Architect: Auquer i Prats.

Join me next Saturday for another post 
in the special series

Living Large in Small Spaces

See more home tours in the 
Living Large In Small Spaces Series here.