Guest Post: Nicole Mills Design – Cottage Decor

Today I have another great new blogger guesting for me while I’m on vacation….Miss Nicole Mills of Nicole Mills Design.  Go check our her blog, she has fantastic taste, and she’s a sweetheart to boot! Enjoy!


Hi Everyone! I’m so happy to be guest posting for Lindsey while she’s on vacation! I’m Nicole, a designer and new blogger; you can head over to Nicole Mills Design if you want to know more. Here’s my take on cottage decor, enjoy!

We are so lucky here in Canada to have some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world! With summer starting, our cottage season has just kicked off.   As most of us know, there are few things as relaxing as time spent at a cottage.  Cottage time with family is precious, especially with such busy work lives.  I have many wonderful summer memories from my own family cottage.   Time spent relaxing, swimming, eating, laughing and just ‘being’ is what cottage life is all about.  Every family cottage in Canada has a specific kind of charm that is usually reflected in its decor, special little touches that make each cottage individual. Often inspired by the surroundings and landscapes, cottages have a decor you don’t see in our ‘everyday’ homes.

Sarah’s Cottage By Sarah Richardson Design via

Sarah Richardson’s island cottage blends painted furniture, white washed pine, and vibrant shades of blue.

Summer Home by Samantha Pynn via

This summer home has a perfect, relaxed, beachy feel!

rustic cottage by Andrea Crawford via house and home

This cottage features a rustic stone fireplace. The surrounding decor is light and airy with hits of blue and red.

cottage bedroom by gil schafer via house beautiful

This charming bedroom is how I remember cottages when I was young; painted floors, brass bed and a country-style quilt.

These special touches are what make cottages so unique and such a huge part of our summertime fun! Hopefully you will get a chance to spend time enjoying some beautiful relaxation of your own.


Barns and Blogpodium

Good Morning Sunshine….

What a great week of weather we are having here in Toronto.  Hot, clear and totally uncharacteristic of May in Ontario, but I’m not complaining.  Last night I spent the evening with Barbara of hodge:podge, Nancy of Marcus Design and Beatrice of A Crafty Bee who are in town for Blogpodium tomorrow!  It was so nice to get to know them a little better, and they are just as nice in person as they seem on their blogs.

Today I’m featuring a great barn conversion by Steven Gambrel that I came across on the Southern Living website.  It’s pretty great….

I love the use of unexpected colour combined with rustic/natural elements like leather and wood. Such a cozy looking space!

I cannot believe that Blogpodium is finally here. I will have lots to share next week about it.  Can’t wait to see/meet everyone who is attending!


Photos by Eric Piasecki for Southern Living Magazine