whale cottage

rattan cabana

How amazing is this? Can you imagine chillin' in here on the beach in PEI? I can, but I'd be afraid it would blow away. Plus you'd need a sherpa to carry it out, put it together and dismantle it every time. I think I've been watching too many picnic and hunting scenes on Downton. Still, a girl can dream.

Or maybe just keep it in the backyard. I think I'd get a polkadot sunburn through the weave. And lastly, the price tag is $8,000...and you'd have to order it from the UK at Whitestores.

Oh well. Still....counting down until May long weekend!


screened porch

Exciting times for our little corner of Prince Edward Island. Mr. A and I are hatching plans for a screened porch addition onto the back of the cottage. Very simple. Like a semi-exterior room. All the good breezes but none of the mosquitoes. Those blasted wee beasties can really hamper your exterior living on the island. I'm obsessing on Pinterest looking for inspiration. The structure itself will be dead simple: walls up to chair height and then panels of screen. Probably a lean-to roof. The inside will be the real design challenge. I want the space to fulfill a million functions: lounge, dining, game-playing and sleeping. Furnishing it wil be a challenge. The structure will go up soon and then in May it's full steam ahead to get it ready for 2014 entertaining! Here are some of my inspiration images:

The structure will likely be something like this (but smaller), but the lower portion of walls will be closed in - prob with beadboard. Interior will be painted white, floor likely grey, exactly as the main cottage.

The structure is about right but daybeds look a tad austere, no?

The ceiling height here is to die for, but sadly out of the question for us. I love vintage wicker furniture and will be keeping my eyes peeled for some mismatched pieces. I soooo loathe that brown plastic woven faux wicker shiz. It will be banned.

These DIY sleeping porch beds are from the folks at Martha. I'd love to be able to cook something up like this that could do double duty -- L-shaped sofa and twin beds as needed.

This is my fave porch design of all time, as you may know: a Tom Scheerer room with a smattering of my favourite Peter Dunham Figs fabric. As much as I love that fabric I don't feel it's quite right for my PEI space. Stripes will be my go-to more likely.

sources: 1: Courtney Bishop Design. 2:Kay Douglass  3: Allison Ramsey Architect 4: Lisa Hubbard Photography. 5: Tom Scheerer.