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Cottage of the Month – May ‘09

Welcome to Kelly's sweet cottage home.

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Kelly and her family have resided in their Davie, Florida home for 12 years. Kelly refers to her decorating as "cottage style, mixed with Shabby Chic". Her decorating ideas are influenced by blogs and magazines, "I'm addicted to them" says Kelly. "I can't pass them up and find it hard to throw them out [magazines] I read through them over and over again for inspiration".
 
"I live with what I love", says Kelly. "I try to keep a neutral pallete". Take for instance Kelly's white slip covered couches. "You can get a whole new look by changing out the pillows. I also don't spend alot of money, that way I don't feel guilty if I tire of something, which I often do, and want to get something different".
 
Kelly describes her home as comfy and cozy, family-friendly and well lived in. "Believe me, with three boys and three dogs it's lived in" says Kelly. "I have a love for pink and robins egg blue, anything old and chippy, rose covered items, lighting with dangling crystals, old linens with hand crocheted lace, windows lined with lace and linen curtains. Everything soft, fluffy and inviting".
 
"My favorite room would have to be my kitchen and dining room which are connected" says Kelly. "There is something about the smell of cookies or dinner baking in the oven that makes family gather together in this little space to share the days events and enjoy each others company, I just love that"! Kelly's kitchen was done on a tight budget. She painted the old cabinets, "We won't mention how many different colors, I'll just say a lot"! Kelly's husband put in the bead board backsplash, and also added bead board to the front of some of the cabinet doors to update them. Kelly added the glass pulls and knobs, and added the chandelier.
 
Kelly's favorite items to collect right now is rose covered china, tea pots, gravy boats, cloches, cake pedestals, pretty linens & tablecloths. "Anything with old chippy paint", says Kelly. "I also have an obsession with old dressers and tables". In downtown Davie, Florida, the majority of her furniture has come from a little furniture shop called "Our House to Yours", where there are great prices and that one thing you can't live without! "I'm always on the lookout for a bargain, since I have to decorate on a budget" says Kelly. "I prefer to buy the piece of furniture that no one wants and transform it into something beautiful". Kelly's garden and camper were featured previously here. You can also visit Kelly's blog here 
 
(Photographs provided by homeowner, written feature by Jennifer Grey)


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