It's every bit as sunny and bright as it appears in these photos of Summerland, California on the Pacific coast near Santa Barbara. Perfect antiquing (or anything) weather. People think it's hot. I'm glad to be back to summer in Summerland if only for a day or two!
My favorite stops face the ocean, housed in old cottages, some well over a hundred years old.
All the shops are in transition, making way for Christmas merchandise. The gorgeous French shop Rue de Lillie is no exception. We caught it in full swing of a clearance sale.
Fresh roses greet us at the door, and a spicy scent wafts through the wonderful rooms. Even Mr. Cottage loves to stop here after breakfast and coffee.
Small inspirations dot all the rooms even though the decorating has only just begun.
I'm glad we're on the way back home, as I can't wait to do some of my own re-arranging!
French antiques in a sunny window.
Plentiful French linen, old and new.
Dear, dear Santa! Wrap this up for me!
I like the whimsical portrait front and center here. When I suggest that we have one of our "ancestor" paintings done up the same way, Mr. C. says, tactfully, "I think you are more taken with it than me."
But I did bring home this little joy a la Francais!
A little browsing has certainly gotten me in the mood for more! Don't you love charming little shops this time of year? So many great ideas. As if we needed any more! Haha!
I hope you're having fun too whatever the weather!