Tuesday, June 28, 2016


W e l c o m e   T o...

C O T T A G E   A M E R I C A

She has put
 on her cape 
and called forth 
her super powers
 to bring some patriotic color
 to the front porch and beyond,
 just in time for
 the grand
 celebration of summer.

it wouldn't be 
a grand celebration 
without one important element.

 So, once again, 
we bring you the 
Grand Illumination...

...a little more refined this year 
with touches of 
eyelet lace.


A few 
added touches to 
the dining room.


I will be taking 
a little "staycation" 
from blogging 
here at Cottage America
 to focus on 
some unfinished projects...

...a small preview 
of something new 
to share with you 

"Summertime is
 always the best of 
what might be."

Charles Bowden

you all have
 a safe and wonderful 4th of July
 and to our Canadian friends...
Happy Canada Day...

See you soon.


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  1. Oh Judy, you have such a dreamy cottage front porch, especially with those lanterns! Such nice patriotic decorations inside and out. What a cute child size hutch, and look at your 2 life size hutches filled with all kinds of treasures. I love your hanging light too, is that antique? So beautiful and perfect for your cottage.
    Wishing you and yours a glorious Fourth!

  2. Judy, I love your pretty eyelet lanterns. What a whimsical facade it gives to your cottage. You certainly know how to decorate. I like the little chair too; very sweet. Looks like you're all ready for the big celebration. Happy 4th of July weekend, Judy, thank you for sharing with us!


  3. Hi Judy, your home is a gorgeous display of patriotic goodness. I love your displays and your photos are perfect. Love the hanging luminaries on the porch. I bet in the evening it is magical. Your home is beautiful and such a charming cottage.
    Enjoy your staycation from blogland. It does us all good now and then. Have a safe and special 4th of July!! Blessings to you. xo

  4. Judy, loving your sweet porch. How special to decorate and be able to enjoy it. Loving the flag and sunflowers. Have a wonderful week and thank you for sharing your lovely inspiration at DI&DI.

  5. Oh Judy where did you find the precious Cottage America sign? I always want to go shopping with you- you find the cutest things! I can't wait to see what you are working on. Have a lovely "staycation."

  6. Judy, Your porch is so sweet. I love it. The lights and balls that you have hanging there are adorable. I love how that looks. I love the flags with the sunflowers. Kai looks so darn cute looking right at the camera like that. Blessings for a fabulous 4th of July. xoxo, Susie

  7. This amazing house look and feels cozy, and you can fell its history, as if time had not passed. Beautiful house, congratulation and keep it so.

    1. Thank you so much, Ricaro. I appreciate your kind words very much and am glad to see someone that loves old houses as much as we do..Judy

  8. Truly, Americana and simply beautiful! Love it!

  9. Truly, Americana and simply beautiful! Love it!

  10. Happy 4th of July weekend and "staycation". I love your "porch rules" sign and your porch. Your lantern is beautiful. They and the luminara candles are my weakness.
    You have such a talent in decorating your American Cottage.
    Will look forward to your new plans. Enjoy !
    Charlotte in Va.

  11. Oh my gosh, those lanterns are just about the most charming thing I have seen this summer!!! I LOVE them! What a wonderful, festive addition they are to your already cozy porch. Beautiful.

  12. Everything is beautiful Judy. Enjoy your vacation.


  13. Love all your patriotic touches! And the eyelet lanterns are so pretty--I've never seen anything like those before. I did find some really pretty floral ones at the Dollar Tree this summer.

    1. Thank you so much. I really love all the colorful lanterns. They are just a fun touch..Happy 4th of July..Judy

  14. hi, judy..everything looks great..i haven't been working INside my house all summer..i just want to stay outside and decorate my backyard patio....it's so hot today..so I'm inside for the time being...:)

  15. Your cottage looks so festive all decorated in red,white,and blue!!!! I absolutely LOVE those eyelet lanterns....they are so beautiful!!!!!

  16. Judy I will tell you that every time you post a pic of your home's exterior all I can think is Cape May NJ! Your home looks like it was plucked right from Cape May's quaint Victorian neighborhood. I love your front porch...what a wonderful place to relax and watch the grass grow. Love those lanterns too...they look so pretty all lit up. You are all ready for summertime's grand celebration. Hope you and the Captain enjoy a relaxing holiday weekend. Happy 4th to you!
    XO Barbara

  17. What a welcoming porch! Love the way you've placed flags everywhere! I just want to plunk myself down right there in one of those wicker chairs. I'm so in love with your quaint and historic cottage.. and those lanterns with the white eyelet lace? so so neat.. did you put the lace on them yourself? What a neat idea! Enjoy your staycation and will look so forward to see what you're up to next! I so enjoy your photos.

  18. So festive and fun. Your porch always looks so welcoming and relaxing. It all looks so pretty.

  19. Dear Judy:
    I love your 4th of July decoration and especially that Cottage sign! Very cute! Thanks for sharing and linking.

  20. Judy,
    LOVE all your patriotic touches!! Everything looks so pretty in your cottage!! Beautiful!!
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  21. Your home looks so charming all decked out for the 4th! I love the paper lanterns you hung up. Hope you have a wonderful holiday.

  22. Hello dear Judy,
    Your Americana Victorian home looks stunning.. such beautiful rooms and decor.
    It always looks so lovely.
    Its a special week for you all in the US..
    wishing you a happy 4th July.
    Val xxx

  23. Love the porch, white wicker is one of my favorites! Enjoy your little staycation and have a wonderful July 4th Holiday! Blessings, Cindy xo

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  26. Everything looks so nice, so very patriotic. The picture of Kai looking very stately there sitting on the lounge, he is so cute. I miss my front porch on my last home.
    That little doll china cabinet is so cute, never see anything like that around.

  27. Judith, I don't see my previous comment here, so will leave a new one. This patriotic girl loves seeing your cottage America. It all looks charming, and you doggie on the sofa is the perfect ending touch. Happy 4th of July.

  28. I hope you had a wonderful 4th July!

    1. Thank you so much, John. We did and hope your's was a good one too..Judy

  29. Love all of your Patriotic decorations; of course, I love your style so it isn't a surprise. Hope you had a great week!
    Hugs, Noreen


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