Sunday, December 9, 2012

Little Cottage By The Sea

I posted in early November about our house being featured in a local magazine.

The December issue of Ventana Monthly appeared in our mailbox on Thursday.

We saw the photos a few weeks ago when the editor asked Steve to help with the captions.

But, I was nervous about the article - how would our house look and what would be written?

We couldn't be more pleased with the article written by Lisa Snider.

During the interview she told us she preferred writing about simple homes rather than mansions that felt like museums.

She did her homework and included a line from a Tom Waites song to compliment the poster hanging in the dining room.

I was flattered that she incorporated lines from my blog for the article.

My favorite line is the intro after the title of

"Little Cottage By The Sea".

She wrote, "Steve and Carol Cook followed Thoreau's lead to the Lanes - where sand is normal, art abounds and the couple can live the life they imagined.

Other than writing a post about getting the house ready for the photo shoot, we didn't really talk much about the article.

I don't think I even mentioned to my sister that the article was being written.

On Friday night, we had a Christmas social to attend downtown and then we walked down the hill to a new seafood restaurant that everyone has been raving about.

At the social, someone approached me to say she had read the article.

At the restaurant, at least 4 different groups of people stopped by to tell us they saw the article.

Steve has had a good time recreating himself from a businessman to an artist.

And, I don't think it would have happened if we hadn't move to this little cottage by the sea.


  1. Congrats on the article. I always thought your cute home should be in a mag.

  2. Congratulations. What a beautiful way to describe your cozy beach home.

  3. How exciting to see your home featured in a magazine. Your home has so much personality and personal touches, I'm sure that was captured in the pictures.
    Mary Alice

  4. I remember you posting about it and had wondered if it had come out. Congratulations! I love the excerpt that you printed. Sounds like she really "got" you guys.

  5. I am so proud to know you and think it is wonderful that you have your home featured in a magazine.

  6. The pictures of your home in the magazine article look so good.
    Her opening comment is lovely, too. I'm so glad your life has changed for the better since moving to your home by the sea.
    Sarah x

  7. How wonderful! Congratulations to you and your cute little cottage.

  8. Congrats! Your house looks amazing in those pictures-you should be proud!

  9. Congratulations Carol. How exciting to have your sweet, little, dreamy cottage featured in a magazine. Wishing you a wonderful new week.


  10. How amazing to have your house immortalised on the pages of a magazine. I'm so glad that you're pleased with the article and that she really 'got' you, and the photographs look great from here !

  11. Congratulations! Your house is so pretty and the feature looks amazing!

    What a blessing,

  12. OMG Carol...congrats...I need to find a copy!!! I'm so happy for you and Steve!!! xok

  13. How wonderful to have your home're inspiring me (I've been reading through your blog) -- to follow the dream and have the home you've always wanted...recreating your lives...I'm at the stage of really knowing what I want, we are just about empty nesters and if there was ever a time to make these moves, it's now!

  14. Thank you for your sweet comment on my blog. :) I briefly taught middle school years ago, so I admire you for doing it. Congratulations on having your home featured in the magazine!

    I'll be back when I have more time. Best wishes to you. :)

    ~ Val ♥

  15. Carol, this is so neat! You two are really living a dream.