Tuesday, July 10, 2007


I’m just a few days –2 days to be exact – away from leaving on vacation to Paris and Normandy. And, there’s so much yet to do!

Chapters Four and Five are now done. Six is well on it's way to being a fait accompli!

You’ve already had a peek at Chapter 4’s alfresco crab feast, so today photo (above) is from a Key West gem with a tropical twist.

Looking for ways to take your cottage on an exotic excursion?
Try these tips:

* Base the colors you use to decorate on those inspired by a tropical garden (sunny yellows, dazzling coral sparkling turquoise) or Caribbean island fruit (mango orange, passion fruit pink or Key West lime.)

* Make patio or porch areas an extension of the interior of your cottage with matching or coordinated fabrics and cozy homey details.

* Add a bamboo or grasscloth wallpaper or a mural of a Tahitian waterfall . The ones shown here are from Seabrook's Tropical Living collection.

* For continuity, try a house-wide theme inspired by local flora (banana and palm trees or hibiscus) or fauna (flamingos or coral.) Two easy island accents are hanging a shelf to display a collection of over-sized conch shells or starfish or treating your bedroom to one of Uhula's Hawaiian bedding sets (see below).

* Use mosquito netting or gauze curtains to drape your bed, safari-style.

Although the interviews, writing, editing and tweaking of chapters 4 and 5 weren’t nearly as worrying as completing the first chapter, it’s still demanding to get things right and do justice to the time and effort that the homeowners lavish on their cottages.

So much to do, so little time left before I leave...

Did I mention I still need to finish up a magazine article, get the garden, chickens and dog ready to solo while I’m away? Forget about packing!


Vintage Rose Collection said...

Barbara, I loved your Island Decorating tips, they look so inviting and peaceful, Great job!!!
One thing you won't have to pack for your trip is a body moisturizer. Your going to love the sea salt scrub I sent you from Arbonne, it comes from, Where else, Normandy France...You won't need lotion afterwards your skin will be like butter...Enjoy! :)
Bon près et ayez des vacances merveilleuses!!!

Angela (Cottage Magpie) said...

Sounds like a whirlwind, but a fun one! The book is looking absolutely gorgeous, I can't wait to see the "real thing," and have a good trip! ~A :-)

Tara said...

Hi Barbara!
Love the Key West post. Mom & Dad spent the Winter there in a beautiful cottage. I can't wait to hear about your vacation! xo

Britta's Victorian Tea Parties said...

Ahhh France! How very exciting. It's been several years since I've been there but I have fond memories of Paris.

Enjoy yourself and be sure to take lots and lots of photos to share with us when you get back:)

Happy Travels,
Britta Lee Zweibohmer

Kj said...

I posted this on my blog and then decided to post it on your site as well...

Hi Barbara! Thanks so much for contacting me. Email me at kjmt42@sbcglobal.net and I can give you more information from there.

P.S. I enjoyed your recent tips and even the advice on using photos.

Daisy Cottage said...

Oh wow! Have a blast Barbara! Can you pack me in your suitcase? ;-)

Susie Q said...

Oh Barbara! Do you think I would fit in your carry on bag!
Have a sweet time...we hope to be there next Summer. I look forward to reading about your adventures!