Sunday, October 28, 2018

Cottage Retreat

Hello Sweet Friends.  

This past weekend Terry and I took a weekend trip and drove to our favorite areas in Southwestern Michigan.  Very cute towns along the lake.

This time we found a new and cute cottage to stay.
I thought I would share some of the pictures with you.

I loved this place it was decorated in my style so it felt like I was home.

The Front Porch of this Cottage Rental was decorated for Fall and Very Welcoming.


When you walk in there are two living room areas.  I did not realize when I took this picture the pumpkin pillow was upside down lol!

This is the other side of the living room as you enter into this cute cottage.  The sofa is a sleeper on this side.



This is the cute dining room and sitting area plus kitchen.  French doors off the kitchen go to the outside screened in porch.


This is the Master Bedroom.  Gotta love those vintage shutters flanking the window.

I just loved all her sweet touches in her decor.  That white chippy bench made me feel right at home.


There is a second bedroom with twin beds.  

My daughters and I are planning a girls get away trip and I think this will work out great.


Here are my sweet little deer females that would stroll into the yard each morning to eat what little bit of greens are still left.  I could not capture them looking at me.  By the time I grabbed my phone to take their pictures they were off.

Here is the porch off the back of the house.  Every morning this is where my female deer friends could be seen.



A short walk from the cottage is the shores of Lake Michigan.  It was very chilly but a nice place to walk before dark wearing our heavy sweaters.

One of the places in this little town is the Blue Moon Vintage Market.
We stopped in and saw some pretty cool things.

I kind of was swooning over those shutters and that beautiful cabinet.

I am glad I got a picture of this fabulous Turkey because after I took this picture he was gone!  Someone bought him.  That guy was solid concrete.

See the white chippy bench.  That came home with me!!!!  Shocker I know!  White, Chippy and fabulous.  Had to have it.


In the little town of Three Oaks is a great distillery called Journey Mans.  You can see them making and storing their whiskey.  The food was all organic.
All ingredients in the recipes are from local farmers.
I had a great salad with a gin/vinaigrette dressing that was so delish.

Journey Mans also has a huge loft area you can rent out.  Many people have weddings here and then rent out the huge loft for family and friends to stay.
One of the kitchen areas of the lofts in this place.  There are 5 all together.  Each with huge kitchens, living areas and bedrooms and baths.

There is a beautiful porch off the back of the lofts.  Just a great place to have your special family gathering.  See those great chairs I found 4 just like those in a resale shop for $15 dollars each.  Wooo Hooo Score!

Then it was onto my favorite place.  The Found Cottage in Hudsonville.  About an hour drive north of where we were renting the cottage.

There were so many fun fall things in the shop.



So that is what I did this weekend.  It was a very cozy, sweater weather get away.   
I cannot wait to plan a girls weekend with my two daughters and stay again in the cozy cottage.

Have a good start to the new week.
Hugs,
Kris



46 comments:

  1. What a cute little cottage you stayed at!!! I'm glad you guys had a great time and even found some treasures to bring home.
    Have a great week!!!
    ~Des

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  2. Hi Kris! Oh how fun! It looks like a wonderful weekend. We are heading to southwestern MI in the spring - I am already planning a shopping spree,lol. Jane

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  3. What a great weekend and what an adorable cottage!! I love it, and you are so right, it is definitely you! I don't know you restrained yourself...I would have brought home more than a bench! :-) Love and hugs!

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  4. That's a lovely cottage indeed, Kris. It looks like you two had a great time in that beautiful area. Your even found something white and chippy. The bench will feel right at home and make some chippy friends. :)
    xo Julia

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  5. Swoon. Double swoon. LOVE! I saw so many things in these photos that I've had my eye on during my hunts in town. First of all, I need an long oak or pine bench for my dining room table. THEN....that cottage. HELLO???? It's gorgeous and SO YOU (and me)....well my pal, you had a fabulous weekend. The beach, how amazing is that lake! Ruben and I have yet to discover the Great Lakes, and I think we must...

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  6. What a cute cottage and those shops look like so much fun!

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  7. LOL, Kris! It looks like you decorated that rental unit yourself. LOL What a fun place to have rented and that would be perfect for you and your girls to sneak away for a getawasy. I am assuming you would do it after the holidays.

    LOVE those shops and I know they must be fun to wander through them. I am not surprised that chippy bench came home with you. Can't wait to see you work that into your space.

    Have a great week,Kris. xo Diana

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  8. Wow this holiday is right up my alley!! Love that cottage and all the places you went. Glad you had a great time - have a happy week! xoxox

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  9. Kris, I love that cottage where you and Terry stayed....perfect back porch. :) Too many wonderful things in those shops. It would be too tempting . I liked the bench ,the shutters, and those pillows. That will be a wonderful get away place for you and your daughters. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

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  10. Such a wonderful cottage and you are right it's you. Glad you had a good time and found some treasures.

    Walking in sweaters by the water sounds great.

    It will be a fun getaway with the girls.

    Enjoy your day

    Cindy

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  11. What an adorable cottage! Looking forward to seeing your found treasures in your cottage 😊

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  12. Oh my goodness, that turkey! Wouldn't you love to see where he ended up?

    I love the front porch of the cottage where you stayed, Kris! I know when you saw it that you knew the inside would be just as lovely but to walk in and find that it might have been decorated by someone who knew what you would like must have made you break out in a big smile. And it looks so roomy! That big screened porch could host a party. I'm not feeling very kindly today about the deer community as we discovered yesterday that they're killing their second red maple here, rubbing their antlers on the bark. We're ready to put up a cattle shocker to try and save it.

    That's a wonderful white bench you bought! And it looks extra wide for a bench. I wonder which room it will go in? Journey Mans looks like a fabulous place, well worth a visit back when you girls hit the road. I like those chairs, are they a type of Hitchcock chair? Nice lines. I bet this weekend trip was so good for you and your husband, and you deserve it, as hard as you both work. Glad you're soaking up a beautiful fall along the lake!

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  13. Wow...what a wonderful cottage and shops! Would you share where the cottage is located and how to contact them? Thank you!

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    1. Hi Jean,
      The Found Cottage is in Hudsonville, Michigan. It is right near Grand Rapids. There is a cute shop in Grand Rapids called Reinvented Treasures. In the town right down the road from The Found Cottage is a few more shops all in a row too. In the town we stayed there is a shop called Vintage Goods. Love love all of these shops. You can google all of these to get their websites and FB pages etc.
      Thanks for coming by.
      Kris

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  14. What a great getaway! That cottage seems made just for you. I'm glad you got to enjoy some time away. Have a great week.

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  15. I can't think of anything more perfect! What a fantastic getaway! That little cottage is exceptional.

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  16. What a fabulous cottage and such a great get-away. So fun. Glad you had a great time.

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  17. What a great post Kris!! I am longing for the North right now! You cannot beat Fall up there. What a wonderful weekend, pics are great! Your pics are full of such beautiful things I love! The cottage was certainly cozy and within walking distance of the lake must have been so nice. Thanks for sharing!
    Kathleen

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  18. Hi Kris,
    It looks lovely. Sweater weather + shopping ='s FUN!!
    How heavy do you think the turkey was? He defiantly was unique.

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  19. Looks like a lovely and serene spot to stay!

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  20. What a cozy place to stay! Love the porches on it too.
    Brenda

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  21. Oh, my gosh, Kris! What a fabulous post - I have left drool all over my keyboard!

    What great places you shared with us WOW!

    And thanks for your visit and sweet comments about my grand - she is the apple of my eye for sure and my husband is twice as bad haha. Big hugs. ♥

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  22. How fun! Loved those shops and the cozy cottage you stayed in! How neat to have places like that not too far from your home. Don't think we have anything like that around here, except for big fancy houses on the river... too modern for me! I love a little cottage to nestle down in, sit by the fire and enjoy the wood hues everywhere (and white of course)!!! Glad you had such a nice time and that will be such a darling place to have a getaway with your daughters! Start of a new week - have a good one! xoxoo Marilyn

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  23. Ooh, Kris, I liked your weekend retreat! That place is so YOU (well, except it needs more white. Bet you wanted to get your paintbrush and white comforter out, didn't ya, admit it??). You & your girls will love that for a weekend getaway too.
    Those shops - that turkey, your bench, that tartan pillow with pennant, 4 chairs like those for $15 each?? Wow. And I love that loft at Journey Mans too. I like so many styles, I'm all over the board. Makes it hard when I shop, too, because I like so many things! Glad your weekend was fun.

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  24. What a pretty cottage to stay in with your husband! I love that the two of you went away together and visited those cute shops. It would be so much fun to have a girls stay at that cute cottage. Hope you have a nice week.

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  25. That little cottage is so charming Kris! Lake Michigan is on my bucket list. It looks so beautiful! What great places to shop as well. If we ever make it up that way I will have to ask you where to stay and go.

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  26. The cottage is adorable! Yes, it's perfect for you. :)

    I would love to visit those shops. Wow, they look amazing.

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  27. What a fun getaway! The cottage was wonderful...and I could move right in that loft! The shopping looks great!

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  28. What a beautiful cottage.. I bet it was fun to stay there.

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  29. It sounds like a great escape for you both. I really love the big screened porches!
    xoxo Su

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  30. What a delightful post Kris!!! The Cottage Decor was JuSt AMaZiNg!!!
    Hugs - Jeanine

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  31. What a fabulous weekend! A sweet cottage to stay in, shopping in adorable shops, great finds to bring home, yummy lunch, it all sounds perfect! You even got to stroll on the beach! Glad y'all had such a fun and relaxing time!💝

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  32. What a lovely cottage! How fun that must have been to relax, especially on that porch. I can see having coffee out there every morning. Love the deer too!

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  33. Kris, such a great cottage. I know you and your girls will have a wonderful time there, not to mention those amazing shops..Happy Tuesday.xxoJudy

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  34. Kris, that cottage has your name written all over it...and close to the water? Wow...paradise. Love the shops, too. I was shopping in the photos. Man, I would be broke!! xoxo

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  35. Hi. Lovely photos! We live in Michigan and would love to know your secret cottage, if you'd be willing to tell! Thanks.

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    1. Here is the link Pam. It is in Lakeside Michigan
      https://www.vrbo.com/1298000?arrivalDate=12%2F14%2F2018&departureDate=12%2F17%2F2018

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  36. We are planning a trip to Lake Michigan next summer and I would love to know if this cottage is on VRBO or AirBNB. Thanks!

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    1. Here is the link Laurie to the cottage.
      https://www.vrbo.com/1298000?arrivalDate=12%2F14%2F2018&departureDate=12%2F17%2F2018

      If you go on VRBO and put in Lakeside, Michigan it will bring up a lot more cottages too. Some are right on the lake. Lots to chose from. This one is a good one too.
      Hugs,
      Kris

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  37. Oh my gosh what a wonderful trip you and Terry took. The cottage you stayed in was so freakin cute! I would have watched for the deers every morning too! I loved all the shops and there again you got to the chippy bench before I did! I'm going to have to pull Minnie up there and stay a few days and shop, shop and more shopping. P.S Check in time for the guest room is 3 PM! Loved to have you as a guest anytime!

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  38. Wow look at the porch on that house you stayed at! Love the corn talks tied to the posts and fun to have the deer visiting daily. Looks like you had a wonderful time. I have never seen a cement turkey- that had to weigh a ton!

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  39. What a fun getaway! I'm so jealous! The only places I'm getting away to these days are college barns! ;P

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  40. I'd love to get up to The Found Cottage. What a fun weekend. Cute house and that porch is amazing.

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  41. This was a really pretty cottage for a nice getaway!

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