Thursday, July 30, 2009

A Little About Me and Fleur Cottage...

Hello and welcome to Fleur Cottage! My name is Esther and I live in southeastern Pennsylvania with my husband. Fleur Cottage is our 'empty-nest' home and we moved here in our mid-fifties. We have five children and sixteen grandchildren and are still counting! I love living in our 'dawdy haus' where we are close to the conveniences of shops. I grew up with eleven other siblings in a Mennonite home - Hubs was born into an Amish home with one sister but his parents left that way of life when he was five.

I was fifty before I knew what decor I liked and stumbled across Shabby Chic decorating and I was hooked! I love creamy whites, soft greens and soft grays with some natural wood thrown in the mix. My summer hobby is gardening - my winter hobby is painting small pieces of furniture and other projects but I hate painting walls! Old dishes is another favorite, especially the ones that have a grainy look.

When I started blogging, I look at the world with a new eye - the eye of a camera lens and I'm amazed how it has given me another perspective of life itself. What an amazing amount of inspiration I've learned from joining this community of people from all over the world!

  Living room
Dinning room
Lily and fish pond.
My lavender bed.
Our back deck and yard.
And us!

Contact me at fleurcottage@ymail.com

26 comments:

citicasita said...

I don't know how many loves I can use to say I love your beautiful cottage. I live in a tiny house in New York City and can only imagine how dreamy it must be to go outside to your garden! I love, love, love the lavender.....my favorite flower now. So fragrant. Thanks for sharing. Diddie at Citicasita

Anonymous said...

Beautiful home--lovely couple! MaryC

rose knight said...

Ester, your home is lovely. It looks cosy. Just my style. Rose

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

What a pretty home you have made! I love your gardens as well! We share the same taste I think, indoors and out!

Jan said...

Your hydrangeas are so pretty! I wish I had read your blog before I dug up mine. They looked like your hydrangea "before" picture. Maybe I will plant some again, but this time I will place them in a more suitable location.

Thanks Esther. God Bless.

Anonymous said...

Your home and your gardens are gorgeous Esther! (along with you and the Mr. :)
That wisteria...I LOVE IT! My bff has a gorgeous one too and I would love to get one to grow for me. Someday I may give it a try. Just beautiful!!
Blessings~
Sandi@WaysideTreasures
http://waysidetreasures-sandi.blogspot.com/

Julie @ Creating This Life said...

You home and gardens are lovely. Love, love, love that lavender bed. So happy to have found your blog.

Mariaelena said...

Good morning again...just strolling through your blog again and I cannot even begin to express just how beautiful everything is...your gardens are wonderful...I'll be back again and again....ahhhhhh, Mariaelena

Olga@Stardust-Decor&Style said...

Wow! I love your outdoors! So glad I found you!
Love, Olga
www.stardust-decorstyle.blogspot.com

deborah said...

Your home is beautiful! I want your backyard! :)
Somehow I don't think southwest KS is quite conducive to that, especially since my green thumb is nonexistent!

citicasita said...

I don't see Pinterest on your blog, but I did Pin youporch to my Pinterest.It's being re-pinned! It's beautiful1 Hope you don't mind.....
Diddie

Betsy said...

Your home is beautiful and your words are beautiful! I so enjoy reading your blog.
The lavender is pretty around your birdbath.
I am getting back to reading and seeing more beauty here.
Blessings
Betsy

Cherub Cottage said...

OMG your cottage is so cute :)

Wendy@Once upon a rose haven said...

Hello Esther,
Your home is so lovely!
May God's blessings be upon you and yours!
Hugs,
~Wendy

bj said...

What a lovely home you have...and this is such a great photo of you and your honey. I am very glad to be meeting you and look forward to reading more of your blog.

Deborah said...

So happy to meet you! You've got a beautiful blog here! Come and visit! I'm your newest friend,

Deborah :)

Eva Beaule said...

Ester
Very nice. Came over from Hometalk after seeing your autumn post.

Eva @ Rivercliffcottage

Christian Renwick said...

You have a fascinating back deck and yard! Your garden can be a perfect venue for special occasions such as parties and wedding ceremonies! Having an open fence like this can allow the visitors and passerby to catch a glimpse of your beautiful home, including the exquisite designs of your deck and fence.
Christian Renwick


Sheila Earhart said...

I love your blog! Just beautiful inside and out!

Sheila in Oregon

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Patty Sumner said...

Oh Esther, I am so glad to meet you. I found you while blog hopping. I love your home and your heart. I am your newest follower. I hope you will stop and visit with me and follow along with me too. Excited to visit with you and Blessings!

Terry Moore said...

Wow, your home and gardens are beautiful. Just my cup of tea. Thanks for stopping at my blog, forever decorating. For some crazy reason, I quit getting emails when someone makes a comment on my blog. But you asked where I got the document fabric. I purchased it a couple of years ago from an online source, Ballard Designs. They were having a sale and I got it for only $9.99 per yard. Sounds like a lot but this is very heavy and nice fabric, so I was glad to find the sale.

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Angelina Garcia said...

You have a lovely home! Staying in a place like that makes me think that you are enjoying a great life and have a fun family. By the way, you have a great backyard. Do you hang out there often? :)

+ Angelina Garcia +

Anonymous said...

Esther, how great you are to build such a pretty house and garden! i wish i could visit you someday!

Sukie

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