Sunday, January 5, 2014

Sunlit Cottage

It was a beautiful day in our little part of the world with the sunlight sparkling on my freshly washed windows.


The sun casting shadows from the mullioned windows on the dining room wall always makes me smile.


Karen at My Little House and Garden is doing a Sunlit Sunday party so I walked around the garden looking for something to photograph.


The yellow cabinet on the porch was bathed in both sunlight and shadows.


I am no photographer, but I loved the sunlight on the vintage window surrounded by shadows of our yucca trees.


I love the sunlight on the window from this angle.


This view out the door to the backyard is one of my favorite views in our house.


I must say that I had work, sunshine, exercise, soap and plenty of fresh air, but I think that today, my contented spirit came mostly from the sunshine.

Now, I am headed over to link up at Sunlit Sunday.

53 comments:

It's me said...

Beautiful sunny post !!!....enjoy the week darling....love Ria...x !

It's me said...

Which country do you come from ????

Poppy said...

Happy New Year, Carol!

All your shots are sunny and bright, and I LOVE the quote, simple and true! But, you know where I would sit and bask...your dining room for me is naturally bright and magical!

Have a lovely week!

Poppy

The Quintessential Magpie said...

What a wonderful party, Carol, and what wonderful shots you have there. I love those mullioned windows. We had similar ones in a previous home that was Mediterranean Revival in design. Love it! Love your house!

XO,

Sheila

The Quintessential Magpie said...

I think I might join you in this blog party. I have some sunlit shots of the cupcake ferris wheel. This looks like fun! Thanks! xoxox

Vicky Hunt said...

Beautiful photos....the sunlight makes your home even more charming. Have a lovely day.....Vicky

Junkchiccottage said...

Ohhhhhhh Carol with our temps at 17 below zero and wind chill of 40 below I am just going to bask in your sunlight pictures. I think I really need to become a California girl! Could you send that sunshine our way. Looks heavenly.
Kris

Linda aka Crafty Gardener said...

Lovely photos of your sunny cottage. Sun certainly makes us all cheerier.

ANNE said...

Sigh, just lovely... and I need to paint something yellow!!!

Happy Monday!

My Little Home and Garden said...

Your beautiful home is a wonderful example of the sunny cheeriness that can enliven a winter day. Like you, I'm always delighted with the way light enters a room and highlights certain features. (However, I don't have such beautiful windows with blue frames.) I'd certainly enjoy sitting in your dining room with a morning cup of coffee. Beautiful.

Thank you, Carol, for sharing your photos at Sunlit Sunday. I hope you meet a few bloggers that are new to you.

Karen

My Little Home and Garden said...

Please do. You'd be very welcome.

Karen

Penny @ The Comforts of Home said...

Beautiful sunny shots.

sweetvintageofmine said...

Oh, how I enjoyed seeing all your WARM SUNSHINE! I normally don't mind COLD weather with SNOW, but we have had too much, too soon!!! Thanks for brightening up our day! Blessings~~~Roxie

podso said...

I love window views and this post made me smile. I think the first might be my favorite. Thanks for the sunshine on this cold, rainy day!

Beth Edwards said...

wow, it does look like you get some great sunlight. perfect! ( :
for us ... we get some sunlight at different parts of the home in the morning ... it always changes. rain & a dark day really makes it oh so tough. i can only imagine living in a area that has even more darkness. i need my sun.

Mary @ Ms. Redo said...

You're more of a photographer than you think, plus you're surrounded by so much beauty to photograph! P.S. Please send us some sun, it's been a while here.
Mary

Pamela Gordon said...

Beautiful beautiful!! Love your bright colours and sunny windows there. (where do you live??) They made me long for summer sunshine and hot days! It's been a cold and snowy winter here so far. :) Pamela

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

And now YOU have inspired me for a poem.

The sunlight has followed me since I was a California girl, and though we have sunshine today, no one in their right mind would battle the outside elements today. But thank YOU Carol for this warm post of light. Anita

Debbi Huntington said...

beautiful! I would love to take a stroll thru your home. It looks so bright, and relaxing, and comfy.
Debbi
-yankeeburrow

bobbie said...

We have brilliant sun here, too! Only thing is... it is 26*!

Yay for you on doing your windows, a task I loathe ~ what's your hourly rate???

;)

chateau chic said...

I love all of your great shots of sunshine!!
Mary Alice

Cathy said...

I Iove your pictures of all the sunlight - we are having such a span of grey, rainy, chilly days coming in from the big snow storm in the Midwest. Thank you for sharing your cheery day ....

karen@somewhatquirky said...

Oh how I envy you the sunshine. We have about 12 inches of snow at my house and lots of grey skies.Oh well. Your pictures are really fun. Hope you had a lovely holiday!

Down by the sea said...

Thank you for sharing the sunshine and your beautiful home with us on such a miserable wet and windy evening here!
Sarah x

Melanie said...

Beautiful photos! I love the way sunlight streams into my home and falls so beautifully on particular things, too. Thanks for sharing yours - they did indeed make me smile. Especially the freshly-washed windows - mine are filthy!

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Carol,
Oh how I love the sparkle of sunlight casting shadows through freshly cleaned windows.
Your photos are wonderful and a nice relief from the rain of today.
Vera

Merlesworld said...

Sunshine always helps it makes most things alright.
Merle........

Sarah said...

Crystal clean windows are the best! I need to wash the bay window in our living room, but it's much too cold here this week. Your sunshine looks very inviting. Thanks for sharing these great photos of your sunlit cottage.

Kathy said...

Oh Carol, those photos are gorgeous and I'm guessing a comfort to the readers enduring the arctic vortex. We are just our typical gray winter Portland and nothing like so much of the country is experiencing.

cynthia lee designs said...

Oh Carol...your warm sunlight looks so good! Wishing I was there...we've had the coldest temperatures here. It is -11 right now with a wind chill of -38. This is the coldest it's been in 20 years. I'm just looking forward to Friday when it will be 40 degrees...that will feel like a heat wave after this bitter cold weather.
~Cindy

Gert said...

Beautiful photos! Love your house, especially the yellow paint! My favorite color!

Blessings,
Gert

must love junk said...

So pretty! I love that vintage window!
Susan

Tuula @ The Thrifty Rebel said...

Everything looks so pretty bathed in sunlight. We could use some of that right about now. Your photos are always so beautiful. I love that yellow cabinet!

Elaine @ Sunny Simple Life said...

I love all your light. I am jealous as I live in a tunnel.

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

Hello dear Carol
Happy New Year!
Your first photo is my fave - the cushions look as though they are on a window seat - I would love to spend time there enjoying a cup of tea or a cool drink - my kind of spot.

All your photos bring sunshine into our lives.
Your cottage by the sea is divine - inspiration for your art I'm sure!
Linking from Sunlit Sunday.
Hugs
Shane

My Garden Diaries said...

Your photos are gorgeous Carol!!! The light and shadows you captured are fantastic! I so enjoy getting tours of your garden as it has so many elements I would like to add to mine over time! What a fun challenge! And such a happy post!

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

I think you did a great job on the photos, they just sparkle!
Oh what lovely views!
So wishing I was there instead of this frozen tundra right now.
Cindy

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

I love the photographs!

Sue said...

Great photos with the sunlight castng shadows. Fuel for my soul at -11 degrees/feels like -22 degrees, but that is a warm up compared to yesterday. I have to pin these beautious photos too.

Jen Ham said...

I just love the blue window and arched "window" in your front porch! xoxo Jen

fiona anderson said...

It's hard to imagine a sunny day here at the moment with endless storms and driving rain. I can see why your sister wasn't looking forward to returning to London at this time of year, but I guess we're lucky not to have all the snow and the really low temperatures.
All we need to do is look at your sunny post to cheer us up !

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

Sunny days energize me and put me in a good mood no matter what I'm doing! I'd love to be sitting in that sunshine right now.

Rosemary and Thyme said...

So bright and welcoming. Great space to share with friends and family.

Art @ Home said...

I definitely have window envy, but since it was nine degrees here today, it will be a while before we wash our windows!

Your cute little beach cottage always makes me happy!

Gypsy Heart said...

Beautiful photos! How wonderful to be able to walk around in comfortable temps and view all the beauty. So very cold here ~

xo
Pat

trishie said...

Your home looks so pretty and bright! And those windows are spotless and sparkling...you need to share some tips on how you clean them!

Thanks for the sweet comment you left on my blog. I love looking at photos of flowers too; if you would like to play along with Floral Friday anytime, just let me know!

Jen Kershner said...

Amazingly gorgeous photos and light! I'm craving a bit of that sunshine and also the freshly washed windows!

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

Sunshine captured beautifully! :) I think I warmed up for a minute there! :)

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

What a nice post to read and look at! In pure Brittany style, we have a ray of sunshine everyday, but it's also rainign a lot... Too much for me to clean the windows!

Val said...

Beautiful (light and) windows!

Holly- Cutie Pie Cottage said...

What a lovely post! Did you make the little heart garland shown?

a breath of fresh air said...

Carol I love popping by your blog and ever more so at this one ......sunshine ! I have almost forgotten what that is we have had rain every day for over a month here in the highlands. Our cottage has mountains behind and the sun will not peep over the top into our garden till 1st March. So have soaked up a few rays on this visit :-)

Annie

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Beautiful photos...that first shot is gorgeous!!