Tuesday, January 8, 2008

and love


Yesterday I had lunch with my friend Linda at her house. Such a beautiful house! Full of authentic finds in every nook, collected through the years with love and an eye that never fails to spot the best of the best.

I do think that's precisely the ingredient of The Cottage's success that simply can't be replicated or reproduced or just plain "pulled off" elsewhere. Not in the same way. If you ever do have the luck to be in the neighborhood in Historic Leesburg, you'll see for yourself what I mean. It's in their blend of the beautiful, the well-loved, the special, and the tongue-in-cheek whimsy, always accented with the most perfect shade of robin's egg blue that is their signature. The first time I walked through the doors, the very first day they opened, I felt, inexplicably, like I was home. A little bird who'd found her nest again. I couldn't believe my eyes, or my luck.

An editor for a national magazine had the same such luck recently. I don't want to let any cats out of any bags or jinx anything, but said editor wanted immediately to have pictures of the shop and Linda and Ann's homes. Yesterday, while I was visiting my friend Linda, I snapped some pictures of her beautiful and elegant home's interiors. It was truly like opening up a page of a magazine and magically walking right into the pages, room after room.

I'm sure Linda will share more photos of her home on the cottage's blog here so be on the look out for that. Ann and Linda are on a shopping trip today, hopefully finding all sorts of wonderful things to love up the shop with. If you're in the neighborhood this week, you should definitely stop by.

Today, I'm quietly working on something for you. A little bit of Valentine love. Here's a peek...



p.s. We are officially certified to be foster parents! woo hoo! Now we're just waiting for the call.

15 comments:

Sam said...

Congratulations - you've worked so hard!

And I definitely think a trip to Leesburg is in my future... SOON

kelly said...

congrats on being a foster parents, from your blog you will make a wonderful mother...wishing you a ringing phone...and love the hearts...
Kelly

Dawn said...

So happy for you....
Blessings on you and your DH as you begin this new chapter.

Karen said...

Great news!!! What a great way to start 2008. This year will be full of new experiences -- Enjoy the roller coaster.

Brooke said...

Congratulations!

Christy said...

Congratulations! Y'all will make wonderful foster parents!

little dresses said...

I just found your blog, but YAY! What wonderful news! And I am lovin your blog.

Junie Moon said...

I am so tickled that you've received your official foster parents certification--congratulations!

Holly said...

Congratulations on the certification, Amy! Always love your photos, but especially that first one today...magazine quality!

Kim said...

yeah for you and your hubby! i'm sure your very excited! you will be wonderful with those kids! loving your valentine stuff!

kristen said...

Yay Amy! Congratulations to you and the husband! May that phone call come soon!

xo

charlotte said...

congratulations, Amy and Rich! that's wonderful to hear that you are on the way now. the room is looking so sweet with all the handmade gifts and soft accents- so love where you put the clock!...looking forward to hearing more good news. xoC

Roxie said...

Are you talking about Leesburg, VA? I live in Woodbridge and used to live in Winchester. I drove to Leesburg a couple of times, but just for boring stuff. I must make a trip back there to check out The Cottage.
Love your blog, I will be back for sure.

Rosemary said...

Hi,
I found your blog via another.
Congrats to you!!!
Your friend has a beautiful home.
Love your hearts.
Visit my blog sometime.
Rosemary

KhrisW said...

I was in a foster home for a short time when I was a little girl. I don't remember much, other than that I had a good time. I think you're an angel.