Our Cottage Before and After

If I could change anything about our house it would be to give it an ocean view.
And that's about it.  
I absolutely adore our little cottage, it's so perfect for our little family.
It was built in 1924 so it is filled with lots of old charm.
Recently I have made a few changes to the exterior of the house and wanted to share them with you today.

Here is what the house looked like before:
It had dark green trim around all of the windows. I knew by painting the trim white it would brighten up the house.  So I scraped off all of the chipping paint, patched it, sanded it, and then painted it with a couple of coats of exterior white paint.
The new white paint made such a big difference. It gave the house a fresh look. 

And then as you all probably know by now, I also painted the front door.
The color is called, Night Scape by Valspar.
The blue really pops against the light house. It is such a happy color, it makes me smile every time I see it.
 Hanging next to the front door is the driftwood garland I made and blogged about Here over at City Farmhouse.
 I think the house now looks like the perfect little beach cottage......but without the beach.

 A few things left to do is get some wood blinds for the windows, add more landscaping, and maybe even extend the front porch.

Thanks for stopping by today.
To see more of our home, be sure to check out our home tour page.



  1. Your house is adorable and so welcoming!

  2. Emily,
    You have a beautiful sense of style. I especially admire that you are happy and content with your home. So many bloggers dream of bigger and more. Your white trim is bright and fresh. I raided your pin board and found some amazing inspiration there also. Thanks for sharing!

  3. i love it! it is so you, and love the driftwood!

  4. It's looking gorgeous Emily and I absolutely love your driftwood garland x

  5. Love the house...charming!!! Love the blue door....I painted mine blue about 6 years ago (from red, which I hated) and now I love the way it looks. Thanks for a peek into your world! : ) - Nancy

  6. It looks like a sea cottage. I love the blue and the driftwood. This is my dream house!

  7. So pretty and perfectly beach cottage! The white is very crisp and fresh and looks so nice with the new door colour.

  8. Blogging is the new poetry. I find it wonderful and amazing in many ways.

  9. It's amazing how small changes can make such a big difference! I love, love, love the new color of your front door!
    love and blessings~
    Lynda @ Gates of Crystal

  10. It's the little things...changing that trim made a huge difference and I just love your front door! I'm sure it was all a lot of work, but so worth it!