Hunting for a Headboard

I am in the market for a new headboard.  A fabric one.  After years of leaning against a hard wall or an even harder wooden headboard while trying to read in bed, I need something soft.  Pottery barn is always a good place to start for a little inspiration.

But the problem with Pottery Barn is the prices don’t seem too bad at first, but once you add in the processing fees, shipping charges, and sales taxes, all of a sudden a $600 headboard is over a thousand bucks.

Etsy is always a great place to find handmade or vintage items like this beautifully covered headboard from Rogersbrothers in Florence, South Carolina.

You can even provide your own fabric so you can get exactly the look you want.  Totally brill!

But I just can’t make a decision on any big purchase without checking Overstock, and wouldn’t you know I found this great neutral headboard with copper grommets for less than $300

With virtually no shipping fees, it’s a hard bargain to pass up.  Now I just need to get an address in San Francisco, so I have somewhere to send it!


California Dreamin’

Even though I’m not living in California quite yet, I’m already thinking about California style and how different it will be from quiet, cottage-y neighborhood where we live in Central Florida.   Like this stylish Napa Valley home by Turnbull Griffin Haesloop Architects

With laid back white slip covered furniture that pops against the gorgeous wood and crisp white walls

Paired with simple details like a metal light fixture and nearly naked picnic table

In a design focused on bringing the outside in

And blending the architecture of the home with the surrounding hillside.  Whether this type of design is up your alley or not, it is an interesting perspective on blending nature and indoor/outdoor living.  (And yes, it’s definitely up my alley!)

I Left My Heart in San Francisco

In another life, I lived in San Francisco and never dreamed I’d have the chance to live there again.  Fast forward eight years later to a cute husband with a new job, and I’m headed back to the city by the bay.

Between the beautiful hotels and the fantastic shopping, design inspiration is all around

I’m looking forward to strolling (ok climbing) the hills and taking in all the interesting architecture

And wandering through Golden Gate Park with its’ Asian influences and endless, lush emerald gardens

When I first visited San Francisco, it was to see my friend Kristi who lived there at the time.  We were twenty-one years old (was I ever really 21 years old?!), and the day I arrived she took me to see The Palace of the Fine Arts Building.  I stood in awe and vowed I would live there one day.  (Thank you Kristi! You changed my life that day!)

When I visited with my husband a few years later, he looked around in wonder and said, “Promise me we’ll live here one day.”  I promised.  Even though it was a difficult decision since we just got settled in Florida, there is something magical about helping make one of the dreams of the person you love come true.

Even though I didn’t leave my heart in San Francisco, I do hope we’ll find more love for everything we do, big and small, in San Francisco

The Quintessential Coastal Town: Camden, Maine

What makes a perfect coastal town?  A beautiful harbor is a good place to start

A picture perfect downtown helps quite a bit

With unrivaled options for outdoor gear

And interior design options for every taste and style

Plus waterfront dining

And charming inns that look out to sea

There aren’t too many places that I’d rather be!

A Lovely Seaside Village

I’ve never had the feeling of stepping back in time as often as I do when I’m in Maine.  Life is simpler.  Road side vegetable stands dot winding country roads and money doesn’t change hands, it’s simply dropped in a box left by the road.

Nowhere is the feeling of a time gone by more apparent than in Bayside.  A tiny village nestled by the sea where gingerbread homes surround grassy knolls and overlook the bay.

Picturesque front porches and flags blowing gently in the breeze

Children playing and boats drifting by

A place where words can’t capture moments and pictures don’t do justice

I don’t know if I’ll ever have the chance to come back, but I’m happy knowing a place like Bayside still exists and I hope one day I’ll live somewhere where backyard vegetables are sold on honor systems and front doors are left unlocked, whether someone is home or not.

If you ever want to visit, you can book a ‘camp’ through Bayside Cottage Rentals.  I highly recommend it!

Putting the White in White Bungalow

When I first started this blog, I named it White Bungalow because, if you hadn’t already guessed, I love little white bungalows.

Coastal Maine is the land of white homes descending down charming roads leading toward the sea

Quiet reminders of a different place and time

When homes were built to last

And winding roads stayed winding roads instead of rows of run down gas stations and endless fast food chains

A place where charm abounds and life slows down in a little village by the sea

A Country Cottage in Maine

My husband is from Maine and this summer we decided to rent a little cottage near where he grew up.  I love the shingled exterior and all the outdoor living space.

From the painted staircase (which I’ve thought about doing in my own home)

To the cast iron stove

And the charming country kitchen

No detail has been overlooked.  As I write, I’m curled up in the cozy sitting room

And already thinking about coming back next year

It’s so quiet I can hear the silence buzzing in my ears!  Not exactly the sounds of downtown Orlando and Midtown Atlanta where we’ve lived the past few years. This morning we even kayaked around a beautiful lake where Marshall’s family lives, something I never thought I’d do right before going to work!

I could use some tips on repelling bugs though – this city girl is just not used to the creepy crawlies of the Maine countryside!