Monday, May 17, 2010


We finally made it up to the lake after being stuck at home with a zillion weekend obligations. We had gloomy weather on Saturday and I sat in the Summerhouse most of the time eating peanuts and surveying the lake with my binoculars. I can be industrious like that. But Sunday was warm and sunny and we (The Husband) cleaned up the patio and we had just the best day. This is a picture looking out at the bay from my seat on the patio. Our trees have become monsters but we really enjoy the shade in the dead of summer.
I'm taking you on a little tour inside before we go back out. This is the upstairs bath. If you remember when we were renovating, we decided The husband would remodel this bathroom, Emily had the powder room downstairs and the laundry room and I did the kitchen. So this is the bath that The Husband did. It was completely gutted to make room for a free standing tub by removing the linen closet...I'm not good with materials but he used some type of stone and trim for the walls and the floor is Travertine.
I think the whole thing turned out very European looking and so The Husband shopped the house for vases and flowers and candles and it turned out very nice. We aren't crazy about the wall color so he is going to paint it a cream color on the next rainy day. (I thought I staged things pretty nicely but I left my contact lens stuff out). I think he did a pretty good job. The bathtub is a lot of fun to play in.
This is a corner of the Great room that I am working on. Problem number one is that we have a Victorian settee and then two country style glider rockers. We are really comfortable sitting here and looking out at the bay, and I know the furniture styles clash, but it's going to be awhile until we change it. I am going to paint the end table but my problem is the table in the center that I picked up for pennies at a fleatique shop. It looks Early American or Colonial. It fits the spot perfectly set a drink or a book down, but I want to paint it. Should I keep it? Should I paint it white, blue, green, black? The weather is getting warm so I can start painting things I've been collecting all winter long and this is first on my list. I also measured the rug wrong and so I am looking for a round one to fit the space better. Nice round rugs are difficult to come by...everything is braided and I don't want that.
This picture was taken off the balcony of our master bedroom. Here you can see a small portion of the lake. Did I tell you this lake is huge? It has an island that I will take you on a tour of this summer. We live on the far west corner of the lake. It was only about 70 degrees out there and there were already some crazy boaters. Brrrr...
Can you spot the little dove nesting on one of the beams on the balcony. The copper top must have blown off during the winter and this little guy found the perfect place to make a nest. I am going to have to wait awhile to put my furniture out. He did allow for a few pictures.
This is on the covered patio, a nest of baby robins. We are gone a few weeks and all the birds moved in. There is an old saying that birds that build a nest attached to your house mean that there is love inside. I agree. ;-D
This little guy looks mean. I tried to get a picture of the mom and dad feeding them but they would fly away. There are four in the nest and thankfully none have fallen out. I have nursed many a bird in my lifetime and I swore I would never do it again.
We had an early supper of grilled chicken sandwiches with potatoes cooked with onions on the grill. Afterward, we sat on the patio and had a drink. I of course could not choose between wine or Pepsi. The summerhouse is in the background.
This is a view of my English garden. The boxwood needs a good crew cut. A lot of plants are coming up but not blooming. I also have some plants that I bought last fall on sale that made it through the winter that I have to plant. I love how the sun sets over the trees. That is our shed there, it matches the house and the Summerhouse so it looks like one big compound!
We had to leave Sunday night as The Husband has client meetings early in the morning {usually we stay until Monday morning} so that accounts for the grim look on Milo's face.

Before I go, I want to pass this recipe down to all of you. It is from the lake newspaper. It will be perfect for your Memorial Day cookout. Let me know if you try it.

Margarita Dip

Mix 1 8 oz. pkg of cream cheese, 1/3 cup thawed margarita mix, 2 T orange juice and 1/4 cup powdered sugar in a blender or with a mixer until smooth. Fold in 1/4 whipped cream and chill for 1 hour. Serve with fruit or pour over angel or pound cake for a dessert. Yum!!!

Have a great week! :-)


Anonymous said...

Hi Jane! Oh, I think the bathroom turned out beautifully! I'm in love with that tub!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

That bathtub is sooooo neat andI luv all the tile in your new bathroom. Your house looks like it has an awesome view of the lake...I agree...70's is too cold for boating:)


stefanie said...

looks like the PERfect peaceful!

Stacey said...

Jane, you tell your hubby that he did a fantastic job on that bathroom! It's luxurious.

Your view is just wonderful. It's so relaxing to look out at water.

Mise said...

What a lot to admire here, but in particular the elegantly shaped sofa, the bathroom, and the nice turn of phrase!

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Hi..I love the bathroom! The tub is wonderful! I think I would paint the little table white along with the end table....I have a country glider too and I am thinking of painting it white and doing a pretty floral slipcover on the cushions. I love what you said about birds building nests attached to your house...I had never heard that before.~ Have a wonderful day!~Patti

Sue said...

Hi Janie! WOW, what a great tub you have. Oh so perfect for a long soak w/some scented candles and a soothing cd playing.... As for your lake house, it must be so relaxing just to hang out and look out onto the water. I say paint all your tables white and rough up the edges to give them a worn & distressed look. hugs, Sue

Charlene said...

I know you are thrilled to be back at the LAKE! The bathroom redo is great. Also, loved the photos of the birds. This is the best time of the year for bird photos don't you think. Thanks for sharing. Charlene

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Janie, I think the hubs did an awesome job with that bath! It looks GREAT! I love the soft green color, too. I think it's very soothing and pretty. Cream would be nice, too, though. :-)

Regarding the table, I just read something in one of the design mags that talked about having lots of legs in a room. Maybe if you slipcover the loveseat (and keep it) that would make the discrepancy in style between the sofa and the chairs less noticeable as well as making the cute little table stand out less. What do you think?

You could do one of those dropcloth slipcovers that I keep seeing. Get one of the great big dropcloths so you have lots of fabric, and it only costs about $10 at Home Depot. You might need two, and you need to make sure they match. Anyhow, you pin the thing inside out and make extra give for around the seat area. I've watched slipcover ladies do it. And if it's loose, hey, it's shabby chic! ;-) OR, you could get one from somewhere like Sure Fit Slipcovers. I just think it might be fun to try and make one, and you'd only be out about $20 if you didn't like it. Then you could use those for painting or for more craft projects. :-)

I'm sitting here sore as all get out. I fell on concrete and brick on Thursday and nearly killed myself. I'm going to go back to bed soon because sitting at the computer hurts.

Wanted to drop in and say, "Hi," when this rolled on my reader. I have a little doll I introduced along with her maker. I hope you will go visit Patricia because she is so sweet. She is French, but she lives in England. I think you'd enjoy her blog and her videos and dolls!

Love to you and Milo...


Sheila :-)

GwendolynKay said...

What a beautiful bath... I love that tub. I think your living room corner looks nice. Who says everything has to match? What is important is if you like it. I think the table would look nice in blue... or even as is. I am easy to please. I loved seeing the nesting birds.

Dana and Daisy said...

Jane, I just love it when you post about the lake. I am impressed with hubby's decorating abilities! For some reason, I must say, I find the lake house evokes more of your personality than what I have seen in your own home, prior to redecorating there. I hope you get to infuse your home with some of the same relaxing, easy, breezy decor as your lake house has.

I love it! said...

Hi Jane, What a gorgeous place and lake:) It must be so relaxing to go to. I love that the birds have nested. They must be very happy there too:)
Blog: Capers of the vintage vixens

Unknown said...

Your lakehouse is so pretty, I love that bathroom. What a great place to get away to and relax

Pamela said...

Hi Jane!

Love the bath tub!! Your place is gorgerous! I really like the sette and I think the table is very nice. I would paint it white.

The photos of the birds was great such a lovely post!

Susie Q said...

Oh my. Your bathroom is glorious! I am green. Really! Can you see me?? Envy green...: )
You must love it so!
I love your place aw heck. If you don't like something, just paint it white! I rea dthat somewhere!!: )
No wmaterr, I know it will all always look fabulous!
You have that gift!


Maryrose said...

Hi Jane,
The bathroom is heavenly. I just love how it turned out...hubby can come renovate for me anytime.
Your lakehouse is absolutely charming. How wonderful to sit and spy on the lake...
Enjoy your time in paradise.

Debbie said...

Hello~~your soaking tub is wonderful! what a great lake house you have. I'm not the right person to ask about the know I'll say white. The drop cloth idea sounds neat for furniture...I'm going to try that!!
So glad you had a nice weekend at the lake Jane.

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Hi Jane,
Al did a great job on the bathroom, I love it! Very European looking. I love your lake house, it looks like so much fun out there. And I like your eclectic mix of furniture. I would paint that little table cottage white. You have a little cottage there, so why not! If you get a chance, come by and read my post. I have a little question on there for you. hehe.
Hugs, Cindy

Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

Hi Jane,
If I had that lake house I would never leave! It's so lovely and looks like you could relax away all the cares of the world.

Your bathroom is so pretty. Love the tub!

I think I would paint the table maybe in that blue/gray shade of paint. And a lovely colorful rectangle rug would look great. Maybe one from or Pottery Barn with the big, bold flowers.


Unknown said...

OH So lovely!
Love a soaking tub like yours...OHHH.
Love all the pictures, birds, so cute..
Always fun to come here. Thank you for your visit! We had a scratching pole but the kids broke it .LOL

Gypsy Heart said...

Jane, it appears as though you had a very relaxing weekend ~ I'm glad! The tub is fabulous although I'm a shower girl. I know you enjoy it. Thanks for sharing all the pics...beautiful area and your home is so nice! For me, I'd paint both tables black ~ need a touch of black in every room. :-) You could also upholster the sofa and chairs and create a different look altogether. I know nothing about upholstering but so many in blog land do.

Thanks for the recipe too!


Bettie from Southern Thresholds said...

Lucky you to have a lake house. How neat that would be? Love the two glide rockers, but agree that you could change them up by using slipcovers on them - sort of like a skirt to hide the gliding portion. I am not a big fan of painting, but LOVE painted items. I will cover anything in fabric and it makes for easy cleaning. Have a great week.

Ribbonwood Cottage said...

HI Jane! The bathroom is beautiful! Wow I love how wonderful it looks. The tile is beautiful too. Your husband did a great job as you well know! Does he watch decorating shows with you? Big smile. My husband does now...years ago he wouldn't have but it is more guy friendly now I think! hahahaha....
have a wonderful day my friend!

Suzann said...

I'm jealous. Just being near the water would be wonderful.

The recipe sounds yummy - I will have to try that.

Loving the bathroom reno - looks great.

Sarah said...

Jane, the bathtub alone would entice me to this lovely home. I can imagine how relaxing it is to soak in that beauty.
What a lovely place to spend time. The view is incredible. ~ Sarah

Robin@DecoratingTennisGirl said...

The bath turned out lovely. That tub is wonderful! Your lakehouse looks lovely, glad to have the little tour :) Those baby birds are precious.

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Hi Janie...Thanks for stopping by and for becoming a follower! I just wanted to tell you that I really never went to garage sales myself, but when I moved to this small town 3 years ago, I decided to stop by a few and see what I could find. I do not use newspapers to find the sales. I just go out on Fridays and Saturdays and I drive right by the ones that have lots of clothing and I also go the sales in the more affluent neighborhoods. I just wanted to let you know what I do to find some good stuff! Have a great evening!~Hugs, Patti

Pondside said...

What a lovely bathroom - that tub is gorgeous! I'd say that your husband did a good job.
re the furniture: I hope you'll resist the urge to clear it all out and get new stuff. Surely part of the charm of a summer house is in the accumulation of treasured items - some people would go to great lengths to find the bits and pieces for that look. I think that painting the table is a good idea - and perhaps another piece or two...but keep the quirky settee and the comfy rockers. They keep the room real.

Susan (Between Naps On The said...

Oh, all those nesting birdies are sooooo cute! I love this post. The lake view is wonderful! I vote to paint the the color...ummm, can't decide. LOL I know whatever you do will be great!

Cherrie said...

Love the bathroom! And love the birds! so cute!

xinex said...

The bathroom turned out very, very nice, Janie. I love the bathtub, it is so pretty. Al really did a good job. What a breathtaking view! It looks so peaceful and relaxing. No wonder you like to go there a lot. The birds are all so cute!...Christine

Theresa said...

Oh how I enjoyed my visit with you at this beautiful home! I love it! The views are gorgeous and OMG that bathroom:) WOW! Enjoy your day and I will be trying that recipe... sounds delicious.

blueberries in the fields said...

dearest Jane, thank you so much for your visit, it is always a joy to hear from you.
i envy your little paradise ! your new bathroom is very lovely, love the tub. It must be so wonderful to spend summers by such a nice lake. we have a sailboat, hubby loves sailing and itis a bit like our cottage. I love it when we go there, although i miss my home and gardens. i hope you are going to spend many happy times this summer.
p.s. your loving hubby is very talented, i was also amazed to read he would go and buy all the decos ! :) he is the percet hubby !
sending love and hugs,

PAT said...

I love seeing your lake place, Jane. We are going to try to get to ours, Sunday, for a few days.

I love how your bathroom looks.

Beautiful views!

Kathysue said...

Blondie, what a gorgeous setting your lake house has!! Oh how I would love a house on the water, The closest I will get is the pool in the backyard, I want to thank you for your ever faithful visits to my blog. You are sooooo good about visiting and leaving a comment. I really appreciate it. I never knew how much it meant to get a comment until I started blogging, now I try to be more faithful about if I read I comment.You are the Best!! at this and I wanted to be sure and acknowledge it, Thank you, Kathysue

KTW said...

What a beautiful job he did on that bathroom! Great taste! :)
I so wish we had a weekend retreat. The Hubster's parents have some property they'll never use (it was part of a farm that his mother inherited when her parents passed on) and we hope to someday build a little cottage or cabin there. It's far enough away to be a nice getaway but not so far as to be too time consuming to travel to and from. Just about right. :)

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Lovely bathroom redo, Jane! So pretty. I definitely think you should paint that little coffee table. It will be so cute with a pop of color. Not sure what else you are doing in there, so one of the colors you are using would be great.

Knitty said...

Your bathroom is gorgeous! As for the corner of the great room, it looks so cozy there, I don't think the styles clash at all. It is very inviting and that trumps having it all match IMO. As for color, any would work but I like the softness of a weathered green or gray-blue. I think white or black would be too stark for me.

We'll all be looking forward to seeing what you decide. You have such good taste, anything you pick is going to be a winner!

Auntie sezzzzzz... said...

What a beautiful place at the lake, you have. No wonder you love to be there.

Love the bathroom and especially the tub. Yes, very European looking. :-)

Also love all the nesting birds. :-)


Deb said...

What a gorgeous spot! I can understand the look on Milo's face having to leave :-) The bathroom is fabulous (love that tub)!

Julie Marie said...

Hello Jane... oooh, you have included so many pretty things in this post, I am going back again and again so I don't miss a thing! I LOVE your beautiful lakehouse... I would so enjoy living by a lake (well, I do live by the Great Salt Lake, but it's not the same...)... your bathroom is gorgeous! I would sit and soak in that tub for hours... and I would spend hours in your family room looking out... and hours on the deck... oooh, I want to live there! I can see why Milo is sad having to leave there... the baby Robins are precious, as is the sweet Dove... and I just KNOW you will ALWAYS rescue a baby bird that needs help! Love to you... xoxo Julie Marie

Rue said...

Hi Janie :)

The lake house is wonderful! I'm green with envy.

The bathroom turned out beautifully. I wear contacts too! LOL


Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Jane I just drooled over your lake house and thought of that movie with Sandra Bullock...Your bathroom is to die 4 my friend awesome job the hubs did...I would let Len no where near my house to decorate it it would all be done in old car parts and we would be using car seats as furnisher ha ha!! I kid you not girl...his place when I met him was done that way...Girl I sat on a ladder for 3 weeks at his house trying to watch TV and told him he needed a couch and behold he moved some car seat and a corvette hood and there was a couch hiding ha ha!! The man thinks thats a great design look...I pray all is well in your world today Dear Jane...I need to be on that Lake sighs...
Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

My Grama's Soul said...

Thanks for saying a howdy to know I stopped in last night and your comment section was not up and running. I'm so glad it is back in place.

Oh......almost forgot......that bathroom remodel is yummy. Your hubby did a great have a real keeper, but I'm sure you know that.


Brenda Pruitt said...

I have a tip for you. Shop for outdoor round rugs. They are much cheaper, and come in a variety of colors and such. I have one in the living room I ordered from Ballard Designs. Because of my pets, I decided from now on to purchase outdoor rugs. I can just take them outside and hose them off!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

What a nice place to get away to. Love that tub!! I have a nest of five eggs up on my front porch on top of the column tucked in the corner just like that. I can see the mama bird sitting up there through the window above the door. She flies away every time she sees us inside.

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Jane...

My friend, your lake house is gorgeous! What a blessing to have such a beautiful and serene place to go and just unwind...I love it!!! Your lake looks like a lovely place...oooh, and I'm thinking how much fun that water will be this summer!

Girlfriend, your bath turned out magnificent! Your honey really did a fabulous job! I love the free standing tub...and you're right...the bath does have a European ambiance! Ohhh my friend, you are going to have so much fun this summer with all of your projects! You were asking about that pretty little living room table...I think it would be pretty white! I bet you've received a hundred different suggestions for it though! Hehe! Enjoy your projects and that fabulous lake home, Jane!!! Thanks for sharing it with us!

I also wanted to say thank you for stopping in for a visit today! I really enjoyed your note...thank you!!!

Have a terrific Tuesday!
Chari @Happy To Design

Lori said...

WOW! I love your lake house... Your bathroom is wonderful... What a great place to relax..

Sue said...

Hi Jane, thank you for this beautiful tour. Your dh did a fantastic on the bathroom. Such a peaceful place you have, Enjoy! Enjoy!
Hugs, Sue

Melissa Miller said...

Jane it is beautiful at your place! What an amazing bathroom and gorgeous tub. Everything looks very peaceful and scenic. Love it!

Elaine said...

I feel like I just attended a house tour. Your husband or husband as you call him, did a great job on the bathroom. It does have a European look to it.

That Victorian settee is wonderful.

I am loving that view from your balcony. It must be awesome in the morning and at sunset.

I hope all the baby birds are well.

Lori E said...

Okay...couldn't decide between the wine and the Pepsi? Let me help you with that decision. I'll take the wine you can have the pop.
Glad you are looking for a new rug. That one is too small but I also think the table is too small for the space. A bigger square, one would have room for some books, drinks (my wine, your pop)maybe a checkerboard or a big vase of flowers.
Kudos to the husband on that bathroom reno. Wow.

Simple Home said...

Wonderful photos Jane! I loved visiting your lake house with you. Thanks so much for sharing it with us. Like everyone else, I love that tub, and what a view you have too!

From the Kitchen said...

Hi Jane: I've been around but haven't commented for awhile. I loved the "visit" to the lake house! I really, really like that tub! I'm for painting that table but, what color? The color of the lake? I had to smile when I saw the photo of the wine and the Pepsi. My sister always has wine and Coca Cola, happily alternating sips while dining!!

Will it ever warm up in Chicagoland?????


Nancy said...

Jane, just gorgeous! You must be so happy to be able to get away to your retreat now. Your husband did a wonderful job on the bathroom. As for the furniture, I do love a mix of styles. Paint can be harmonizing and I think after you spend a little time with your new items you will know exactly what color will work.

There is a chance my husband will be stuck in Taiwan longer and I may be here. I'll send you an email as soon as I know. Still have that Disney thing on my mind, though. I SO want to run away to fantasy land, don't I? :-)

sharon santoni at my french country home said...

Hi Jane, well you certainly have a beautiful weekend retreat here. In France they say that birds only nest in a house that's happy - so looks like you're doing well!

Joyce said...

Looks like a long soak in the tub is definitely needed after you complete all your projects. I would spray paint the table and honestly I would not worry if the furniture does not match. Our beach house is a place where we can all go and not worry about any single thing except to relax and have fun. Wow those were sure a whole lot of baby birds living in those nests.

Susan Freeman said...

A beautiful soaking tub!! Fabulous!!

Susan and Bentley

myletterstoemily said...

i think your house looks so lovely and
woudn't change a thing. with your view
who cares if a darling little table is just
what you want. :)

thanks for the yummy fruit dip!

Linda said...

What a nice, relaxing weekend you had. It must be great to have a second home to go to in order to get away from it all. I'd love a house by the lake and hopefully will have one some's my goal!

Unknown said...

Jane! Can I come stay the week? LOVE the way the bathroom turned out. AND the sweet birds... sigh!


Anne Lorys said...

Hi Jane!
Oh, your bathroom looks just divine. Great job!

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Heaven's Walk said...

Jane - your blog is wonderful! I found it through my BFF, Debbie, at houseatthelake blog. It's warm and inviting and your pics are terrific. I'm SO enjoying getting to know all these "blog-girlfriends"! And thanks for the yummy recipe! I'm going to try it out over the weekend! Blessings to you! Laurie

Kathleen said...

That bathroom is just beautiful! Great job!
And what a sweet spot you have there.
Enjoy it!

shabbyfufu said...

Hi Janie....I wish that I could dive right into your tub right now, what a special one it is! ~xo~ Janet

Melanie said...

I sure would love to have that tub! Wow. The view isn't bad either:)

Anonymous said...

Poor Milo - he doesn't look happy!

I adore the bathtub. I could spend all day in that. :) What a fabulous job!

Thanks for your kind comments - they really mean a lot to all of us.


koralee said...

Oh what a wonderful place to have to go are truly blessed my friend. xoxo

Leigh of Tales from Bloggeritaville said...

Oh, Jane....I LOVE this post!
LOve the bathtub
LOVE the birds, such great pics. LOVE the quote ab birds nesting.
And I am going to make that margarita dip sounds YUM!

~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ said...

Hi Blondie~ ~Every time I say your name I think of my favorite Aunt Blondie, my Dads sister. She was a beauty too as you are.
I adore your tub.
Your home on the lake looks like a Dream. . .Enjoy!
~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

Barb said...

Hi Jane, what a lovely tour. It is charming...I adore the tub! Isn't being around the water so calming?

Hope you are having a lovely week.

Barb ♥

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

Oh, take me with you! That bathoom is gorgeous! The lake is beautiful..oooh, water to an AZ girl is like heaven!!

Barbara said...

I popped over from "At the Lake House" blog. There are so many things that we have in common but when I saw "Mrs. Piggle-wiggle", I just couldn't believe it! I read and reread those books as a little girl. And then I shared them when I had my own little girl. Your bathtub looks great. A soak in that tub must be so relaxing!

Ange said...

Hi Jane/Blondie :o) Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a kind comment. I am enjoying familiarising myself with your blog.
Your lakehouse looks so lovely and what a handy-man you have there! The bathroom looks incredible.

Barb said...

Hi Jane,

Your bathroom turned out beautifully. I think I would pour a glass of wine and make my way to the tub..for a very long soak.

Those sweet little robins knew the right place to make their home. Lots of LOVE in your home.

big hugs,

Lynn @The Vintage Nest said...

It's all so perfect and blissful Jane. You are a lucky lady.

Tina said...

Jane, your lakehouse is perfection! I am so envious but so happy that you have such a beautiful place to escape too! I just love those baby robins, they are so sweet! Oh and i had to laugh as wine and Pepsi are my two drinks of choice too:) Thank you so much for the wonderful tour, the view across the lake is amazing! Wishing you a wonderful weekend my friend ~ Tina xx

Creamy White said...

Hello Jane,
Thank you so much for stopping by and for your lovely comment. I really hope you get better of your allergies soon. AS you, I know how it is to feel sick every spring. It's awful...
I love you blog and I'm very happy to meet you.
I'll be happy to follow you and know more about your adventures. You have a beautiful family Jane!
Have a happy and healthy spring!
Li :-)

blueberries in the fields said...

hello dear Jane, i am having my giveaway. Hope you will join in the fun !

Unknown said...

Oh Jane, what a glorious place, and your music sets the perfect mood too. I adore your bathroom, that tub is amazing. I love the view from that chair overlooking the lake. Once when we lived in Canada, we vacationed on Lake Huron. It was the most delightful cottage.

Your lake home is beautiful. Now do you stay there all week in the summer, or travel on the weekends. I am stitching bits together, of that amazing stone fireplace and the rooms that you have shared today. How blessed you are to have such a lovely place.


Shellbelle said...

Oh that tub is FABULOUS! Now if I could find a guy to decorate like that, I just might consider getting married again, lol.

Your lake house looks so beautiful and relaxing. I can't help you with the paint, but I think I can help with the rug. I just became an affiliate of CSN Stores and while I haven't set up my link or anything yet, I was browsing around again (you know they've been sponsoring all those blog giveaways). They have an A+ rating with BBB and most everything is free shipping. I just received a package from them yesterday from Applestone Cottage's giveaway and was pleased as punch.

Anyway, go to and put round rugs in the search box. They have a lot to choose from (like 6000), even if the photo doesn't show a round one, if you click on it, it will take you to a page with the different shapes and sizes. (I'm looking for one for my kitchen.)

Until the 25th you can save 25% on any rug over $100 by putting SPRINGRUG25 in the box at checkout.

Hope this helps! If you find something, let me know. I'm going to be setting up with them in the next few weeks and would love to hear your feedback. I know I love my new dishes! You can see them in today's post.

Have fun and I hope it warms up for you soon!


susan said...

Jane-You are so funny--I'm sure you are having fun playing in the bathtub :)I can't believe you let your husband make all the decisions in the bathroom--he did a great job! About the table--the nice thing is it can be all those colors. You are only limited by the time and desire to try different spray paints! LOVE your view--I would sit there forever with peanuts (boiled) and a book!

Nancy said...

Good grief Janie - that bathroom is fabulous. And your chairs - well it's all about the comfort and then how it looks anymore for me! Black - paint the tables distressed black. Have fun in N.O. xoxo Nancy

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

wow! that recipe sounds refreshing Jane - we'll have to give it a whirl! Love your lake house...we love setting up at our little lake Erie and just know what we mean!! You can just get lost doing that - can't ya?! Don't get rid of that darling little table - those fun shapes are hard to come by...a little paint will transform it from early American, to lake house worthy!!
Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Hi Jane, the bathroom is absolutely "gorgeous"!! What talent hubby has... I adore your views off the balcony.. how peaceful. I had not heard about the birds attached to a house.. we have about 4 plus 2 Huge ones in the hope you're having a super w/k.. hugs ~lynne~

Robin@DecoratingTennisGirl said...

Hello Jane,
We made it safely to Fla. Mom and Dad leave tomorrow, so I will be checking in more frequently on the blogs. I found a place in the condo where I can get internet, yippee!!! Hope things are well with you.

Monica said...

Beautiful saying about birds and nests. Love it!
I'd paint the little table, just choose a color and make coordinates. It will be stunning! Your patio and bathroom look gorgeous too.

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Unknown said...

Jane, Wine or Pepsi sounds like a country song - LOL. I love the pics and sentiment about the birds, we get a lot of feather friends around here. The house is beautiful, you guys did a great job and I'm so happy for you that you can now relax & enjoy. Thanks for the recipe...I'm going to try it out for BIL's BDay!

Natasha in Oz said...

Jane, you have got the most beautiful place! I just love those chairs-don't change them! I would love to sit there and watch the world go by!

Hope your weekend has been wonderful.

Best wishes,

Rettabug said...

" I can be industrious like that" LOL Me, too!

♥ the new tub in your bathroom...very European! I grew up with a deep one like that & there is nothing better for a good long hot soak.

I agree with Sue & others, I think the tables would look great in distressed creamy white. I wouldn't worry about the different eras of furniture so much. Its eclectic!

Your *compound* at the lake is just heavenly! I am very envious. :D Enjoy it & the special times with your hubby.

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage said...

The whole place looks like the perfect spot for relaxation (even the birds think so). That's exactly what I need right about now.

Hope you come by for a visit and see my lovely cottage flowers...just one of the things that keeps me so busy. ;)

Happy Sunday!

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

Barb said...

Jane, hope your weekend is great. You are really on my mind today.

Hugs, Barb ♥

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

It sounds like a wonderful time at the lake. I love your bathroom and want to thank you again for the lead on the tub. The one I got is a little different, and I love it to pieces!

Lovely Scribbles said...

Jane, your bathroom turned out gorgeous! AND, I'm so impressed that your hubby shopped for the accessories. WOW! Love the views from the lake house, too. Lucky lady!

savvycityfarmer said...

I need this and I need it bad ...

hope you can link over to recap the nada farm sale

Kathleen Grace said...

I have a moment before church and I am doing some catch up. LOVE the bathroom your hubby did. It is gorgoeus and the tub is a dream. Your lake house looks so beautiful. What a wonderful place to kick back and spend the weekend:>)