Saturday, March 29, 2014

Show Off & Inspire-Little Cottage On The Pond

Oh, I am really so excited to have Tricia here today from Little Cottage on the Pond.  I love her home and her style and I could just move in and be totally at home.  I think you are in for such a treat if you don't know her.  Everything is so beautiful and her style is impeccable.  So sit back and enjoy, I know you are going to be amazed. 

Hi!  I'm Tricia, from the blog Little Cottage on the Pond.  I am so excited to be featured here at A Stroll Thru Life.  Come on in and have a look around...

Our home is a new build, but hubby and I have done our best to inject some vintage charm and put our own style stamp on it.  If asked to describe my decorating style I really cannot narrow it down to one.  It's more of a mixture-ish blend of modern country,  industrial, vintage, Pottery Barn meets cottage chic.   Yeah, that pretty much sums it up.  I am a huge believer in just surrounding yourself with the things you love- that mean something to you and your family, and that is what makes a home.

This is our entry...

Right off the entry is also the mini-mudroom entry from our garage.

Our house comes in at just under 1900 square feet, but with six people living in it, one has to get a bit creative with storage and constant editing of "stuff".  The rule around here is that for every one thing brought in, another thing must go out.

We have one living area and this is where we all sit and watch television or just talk.  Since we are HUGE fans of The Walking Dead, we host a Dead & Dinner on Sundays with about 20 people in attendance.  Nothing brings a family together like zombies ;)

My all time favourite room in the house has to be our kitchen.  Travis and I ripped out the upper cabinets and did a little rebuilding/tweaking so that we could incorporate open shelving and an enclosed refrigerator.  We also revamped our kitchen island to beef it up a bit and add some vintage touches.

Our laundry room is built out in the same style as the kitchen.  I love the large folding table and that I at 5' tall I can actually reach the shelves!

I adore black, cream and natural woods.  I also seem to have a mild obsession with Emma Bridgewater pottery...

Our master bedroom is truly our retreat.  I am in love with our Ballard Designs knock-off headboard that hubby built for me last year.   Shopping with my kids for the little bird was a hoot.  Pun intended.

Our oldest daughter, Sara, has the colourful room- dubbed the "Florida room"...

Sara and I paint signs for The Happy Soul ProjectPainting Outside the Lines.  If you want to read an amazing story about a group of us who decided to change people's perceptions about people with intellectual disabilities I highly recommend popping over for a read ;)

The last room on our tour is the library.  We worked hard for almost ten months to finish this project.  It was a labor of love...

Thank you so much for stopping in to see our cottage.  We love our surroundings and the DIY projects we do, but we know that it is the love we share, the memories we create, and the life we live that puts the real beauty in our home.

To read more about our family adventures, decorating and DIY, life with Down Syndrome and homeschooling you can visit our blog at

Didn't I tell you, isn't her home just absolutely amazing and isn't her style perfect for most of us.  I love it all.  Now if you don't know her, then for goodness sake, rush over and click the follow button, you really don't want to miss a thing.  Little Cottage on the Pond.  Thanks so much Tricia for letting me brag a little about you, this was such a thrill.

Be sure to go over and check out The Everyday Home.  I am guest posting there today since my dear friend Barb has a major "ouie" and has a bum wrist.  Hope over and give her some love and wish her well.

I am linking to the following parties:
 Imparting Grace for Grace at Home, My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Fri
                                            French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday
 The Thrifty Groove for Thrifty Things Fri, Common Ground for Be Inspired Fri
The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home ,
 Chic On A Shoestring Decorating for Flaunt It Fri
 Finding Fabulous for Frugalicious Fri ,Rooted In Thyme Simple & Sweet Fri.
 Jennifer Rizzo for Fabulously Creative Linky Party
 Redoux Interiors Friday Party, The Flying C for DIY Done Party
Classy Clutter for Spotlight Saturday
 Pieced Pastimes for Saturday Sparks Linky, Funky Junk Interiors for Party Junk
It's Overflowing for Overflowing with Creativity Sat., 
Be Different Act Normal for Show & Tell Sat.

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  1. I loved this tour! I picked up some great ideas! Thanks Marty for hosting.

  2. Great post…and what a beautiful home…LOVE!

  3. Tricia has a beautiful home! I loved seeing all the touches she has added. I absolutely love her kitchen and bedroom. Thanks for sharing Tricia's home with us, Marty!

  4. Wow Tricia your home is beautiful! I love all the interesting details that blend so perfectly with your decor. Like the vintage student desk in the corner or the paint brushes hanging on the wall or that gorgeous cafe sign hanging in the kitchen. Your vignettes are staged so perfectly too. Thanks Marty for sharing Tricia and Little Cottage On The Pond with us today!
    Marie@The Interior Frugalista

    1. Thank you so much Marie! We love our little home....but I have a surprise I am about to reveal on Monday!

  5. Darling home!
    Darling family!
    Thank you for sharing them with us!
    Happy Spring, Marty!

  6. Thank You Marty for featuring our home- and thank you for all the lovely comments :)

  7. Lovely home and lovely family!
    Thanks, Marty!
    love and blessings~
    Lynda @ Gates of Crystal

  8. Absolutely beautiful, Tricia!!! You did an amazing job with bringing in a feeling of warmth, charm, and cheer! :)

    xoxo laurie

  9. I can't possibly say what I loved the most about this post!! The map on the ceiling, the bed, the diver over her daughter's bed, the blue bedroom's endless. Thanks so much for the introduction! I just followed her on instagram. What a lovely, lovely, home.

  10. What beautiful style! I will be a new follower. Thanks for sharing!

  11. Oh what a lovely visual treat you have blessed me with. I am off to visit her blog now.
    Have a wonderful weekend.

  12. What a beautiful home. I love all the personal touches. Very nice! Thanks for sharing.

  13. Little Cottage on the Pond is one of my favorite blogs! Great to see her featured here! And I still LOVE the clock and Sara!

  14. Tricia, your home and your family are beautiful. You have great (we have almost the same) taste. My husband is a total fan of WD but it is too scary for me. I have tried to watch it but I always have to turn the channel. Marty has introduced me to so many great blogs....I'm glad to meet you. Take care.

  15. Great tour Marty, so many gorgeous features!
    It really was a fabulous read. Hope all is well, we are seeing a little bit of spring, but we still have snow to melt.
    Hugs friend,

  16. Wonderful tour! Tricia and her husband have built and created a very charming home for their family!! Love what they did in their kitchen.
    Mary Alice

  17. Oh Marti ~ what a lovely tour of Tricia's home. It is just lovely and full of character. Going over right now to check out her other posts. Thanks for introducing Tricia to us.

  18. Thank you for sharing Marty! Tricia's home is just beautiful..lover her style…became a new follower…Thanks for sharing at One More Time Events! Tammy

  19. Wonderful home! Love your kitchen! So much personality!

  20. Hi Marty! This is such a pretty house. So pinned down. Looks like it makes a lovely family home.

  21. What a cute home! Of course I love any home that has lots of scales. :) I'm heading over to her blog to start following.
    Thanks for sharing.

  22. Love your home and your great ideas. I am a new follower. THanks Marty for featuring Tricia.

  23. Beautiful home and family!...Christine

  24. What a beautiful home tour, Tricia!!! I love your warm inviting style and the master bedroom is fabulous! Great job job on the Ballard knock off! Thanks for sharing at Best of the Nest, Marty!!

  25. Tricia's home is absolutely beautiful and she has such an eye for detail! What a wonderful home tour. Thank you for sharing, Marty!

    :) Kim

  26. Marty, Thanks for sharing Tricia's beautiful home. I am on my way to visit her now.

  27. Wow! absolutely amazing! I am in love with her kitchen :)

  28. What a beautiful home tour! I think my favorite room was Sarah's--she's got some style! I'd love it if you'd link this up to the Frugal Crafty Home Blog Hop. Our readers love to see home tours like this!

  29. Wow! SUCH a great home with so much personality! Thanks Marty and Tricia for sharing it with us!