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Friday, February 18, 2011


I love ENGLISH COUNTRY decorating.
I love ENGLISH houses..
that roof just make my heart beat a little faster.
....and ENGLISH gardens make me just swoon.
Love this gorgeous English kitchen
and would you believe that in our very first little house, long long ago in another time,
we HAD a black and white checked, tile floor...and Mr. Sweet and I
and replaced it with ALL WHITE TILE.
This fact alone has convienced me that, at age 22, I did not have
No sir....not ONE !
Colorful and Comfy....
of course, we could never have all those beautiful pillows there.
How can one sit comfortably , worrying about messing up their amazing pillows.
Ah, but they are GREAT for a photo shoot...:)
....take off your hat and stay awhile..
I want a hall tree (or is THIS called a hall tree?)
but it has to be of a certain size.
I like PARTS of this room...
but not as a whole.
Not sure why..
Not crazy about the wall decor but I love the color and the style of furniture.
and, I believe this is a room in a house that MUST have
family room to watch TV and snack in.
'course..if ANY kitchen had a ceiling like THIS, it would be a dream kitchen..
YEP, I am thinking that if when I win the TEXAS LOTTERY,
ONE of the houses I will buy will be an
ENGLISH COTTAGE with a thatched roof
surrounded by beautiful gardens full of ENGLISH blooms
Now, keep in mind that I intend to own SEVERAL houses,
in different parts of the world,
and all different styles..

internet source
In the meantime, lets sit and have an


Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

What wonderful rooms! I love all old world style, French, Italian, English....

My favorite photos you showed are the 4th from the top and the third from the bottom. But they are all swoon worthy.

Helen said...

Be still my heart! English Comfy style is the best!!!!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

BJ, I love English country too. I have the fourth image down saved. I love that breakfast area. I have a few English country books and I love the country living magazine from England that you can get at the book store. It is fabulous!

AntiqueChase said...

Love this style... Don't forget English Ivy... helps decorate every room in my house!!

The Charm of Home said...

Love this style too BJ. The English Country look is beautiful! I love your pictures. Like Kim the one mag I get when I get to go to Barnes & Noble is The Brit Country Living! LOL
Are you ready for High Tea? That should be fun.

Lisa~A Cottage To Me said...

It's all dreamy delicious! Thanks for sharing!

Connie said...

Hubs and I stayed in a bed and breakfast in Ireland once. It was a thatched cottage so they had to be very careful about fires, but it was the most romantic place we stayed while there. Just loved it.

Wendy@Once upon a rose haven said...

I love English country too. That first photo is my favorite, that roof enclose some kind of magic...
Have a wonderful weekend!
Blessings ~*~Wendy~*~

Sue @ Not the Good Scissors! said...

I love the English Country style too. What I love most about it is the whimisical feel and the traditional furniture with all its warmth.
Hugs, Sue

Blondie's Journal said...

These are gorgeous rooms, very fresh, yet cozy. I could move right in to a beautiful English Country home, but I can't so I will just let myself be inspired.

I love the shot you did of the English muffin and jam. How do you get the background to blur out like that into white? Your pictures are always fantastic!


Deb said...

The first photo is so darn charming. I would love to live there. Hugs, Deb=^..^=x5

Sandi (Meme) said...

Thanks for the muffin and jam, one of my favorites! That and a good cup of black coffee, with no frills. I agree with everything you said - thanks for sharing. Having a wonderful weekend. Sandi

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh I am with you, I could live with any of these rooms. So pretty and I adore the English country style. Your english muffins look good too. Hugs, Marty

Anonymous said...

I love this country style and English elegance!
Kisses and happy weekend dear.

Theresa said...

WOW, Lots of beauty in this post! I love most of it but I wouldn't do the pillows either because they get messed up:) Love the HUGE open kitchen!

Have a blessed day dear BJ, HUGS!

Vee said...

You did what? You tore up a black and white tiled floor? That just isn't right. Obviously, your younger self just hadn't found her roots yet. I enjoyed seeing all these rooms, gardens, etc. I, too, like English country.

Boo-Bah AKA Iris said...

Oh my gosh, so beautiful!! My heart is doing pitty-pats from all this prettiness.
It's amazing the things that we didn't hang onto or really like when we were young and are now the things we yearn for and love the most.
I think I will go and have a cupcake and daydream about winning lotteries.

Susan Freeman said...

I love it too BJ!!! One of my oldest and dearest friends lives in a cottage in Henley-on-Thames that was built in the 1400's. It is so charming ~ it exudes charm from every nook and cranny!!

Lots of love,
Susan and Bentley

Kathleen Grace said...

Oh BJ! You do know how to find some inspiration. As usual these houses are right up my alley. I love English country cottage style and I went ahead and saved most of these in my already bursting inspiration files. Oh that garden! Can spring get here soon enough? I don't think so.

Tracy said...

My MIL is English and I've seen pictures of her home in England and it is just does have an air of lightness to it, doesn't it?

CHERI said...

These photos are absolutely glorious. I never knew though there was a type of decorating style called English Country. Maybe this is finally the style I've been looking for. I need to do some research! Thanks for sharing.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I love English Country, too, BJ! I love just about everything that comes to us from England, which is probably why you will catch me watching PBS on Friday nights when they show all the British comedies.

Sarah said...

BJ, I love English country style too! Keep buying those tickets! LOL
What does a 22 year old know about what they really like in life. Oh to have that floor again. ;-)
Have a great weekend. I'm serving French Toast, but I'll take an English muffin too. ~ Sarah

Lynn said...

Beautiful images BJ! I was stationed in England for 3 years and it was fun to drive around and see the different thatched roof cottages. Of course I saw my share of Pubs too:@)

La said...

I'll be your English maid when you win the Texas lottery and buy a beautiful English cottage...with a thatched roof.

I agree; the wall decor in the one picture clashes with the furniture.

Have a fantastic weekend! La

On Crooked Creek said...

This post made me swoon! I adore all those pillows (hint: you set between them and lean your arms every so delicatley across them!)and that dining room could be easily added onto my tiny kitchen! An eight legged coffee table. . .I'm smitten! today I wrote down jellies on the grocery list. YES! It's going to be apricot. . .why?. . .because like you I LOVE 'EM! Have a wonderful weekend!

The Glamorous Gourmet said...

What beautiful photos - each room was dreamier than the next! The gardens are gorgeous as well:)

Karen said...

Beautiful rooms... a thatched roof is so whimsical and romantic to me.

Ruth said...

oh how i love the English style.... makes my heart beat a little faster too..:)

Have a beautiful weekend BJ!!


Rita said...

Whata lovely pictures; had no idea English was this beautiful;those gardens are fantastic.

bikim said...

i know what you mean!
love it too!
lovely blog!
happy weekend :)

Dena said...

Oh BJ, that dining area has me inspired to go rearrange rooms!!! I love those shelves, and the color of them, and those pillows, and the lemon thingy on the counter. Yep, I am going to play now! I agree with Penny, very swoon worthy!!!


The Tablescaper said...

Such a beautiful post. I too love English country. It's great to study the photos to help me know where to tweak my home.

- The Tablescaper

Sheree said...

In East Texas we have to have ceiling fans instead of a pretty dangling light :( Why it is already "hot" here!
That room is my favorite too BJ, would just jerk that gold frame print off the wall and add a...white framed mirror :))
Love all those pretty gardens---"not" here in Texas----too dry and the sun will burn it up :(
But we can ....d.r.e.a.m. on!

Auntie sezzzzzz... said...

Oh of course! You want an English cottage, in the Cotsworth's or where ever that lovely area is. And a spot in the South of France, too, yes? Me toooo!

And how about a place on one of the Greek Isles? Mmmmmmmm, yes. :-)

Oh and of course, I want a tiny apartment in Paris. They call them a "Ped a tere" or some such. Tiny, 'cause in Paris, you don't cook, but eat out. So no kitchen. But the rest of it, is a perfect jewel of an apartment.

Oh my!!!!!!! See what you did? You got me carried away! :-))))))

Mrs. Bradley >,-)

Anonymous said...

All of these images are delicious, BJ!

Michele Smith said...

Such beautiful inspiration. Thank you for sharing. I have saved a couple of those photos. My favorite is the 4th, that dining room is just yummY!!


gina rahman said...

I am blessed to have just moved to Somerset in the southwest of England. When I open the curtains in the morning I am greeted with a glorious view that slowly shows all it's glory as the autumn mist clears. As I walk to the local post box i pass such a cottage as In your first picture. I love to painty beautiful surroundings.