Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Tour de Coop!!

Our historic district has been kicking around the thought of having a tour de coop this fall.. 
Thought I would do a little research on making one of these for the blue cottage.... Oh my ... look at all the cute coops I found here...


ADORABLE RIGHT? I borrowed this pictures from BACKYARD CHICKENS.COM -  go to his website to see all the coops... 
Let me know which one you would pick for your backyard!! 
Happy Tuesday ! 

Monday, February 27, 2012


Please click here for more information!! Will I see you there?  

Friday, February 24, 2012


Remember the cottage by the lake we were dreaming of... 

 The kitchen is the heart of the home right? So to the left is the kitchen - the cabinet over the bar needs to be torn out and the bar area to open up the dining area.  The back door needs to be replaced with a new french door.   The 4 windows I would love to put large french doors that open to the deck on the other side of the window..  
All of these cabinets need to be ripped off the wall. I want to beadboard all the walls, open shelving, farm sink, obviously remove the stove it was a 70's model.  

So ... I been thinking it over here are a few options I kinda like!  

Love the chalk board.. fun for a cottage by the lake 

Very industrial looking... with the black brackets.. 
 They didn't accept our first offer.... waiting on counter.... & waiting...
I can see me in any of the above kitchens surrounded by family & friends. 
Which kitchen would you like to come visit? 
Smiles.. Valarie 

Thursday, February 23, 2012

A place I call home!!

Addicted to chandeliers! 

Love is where my heart is!
Have a great day! 

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Slowing down...

Slowing down to enjoy home today! Beautiful AND 75 today! Dreaming of green grass and planting flowers- Spring is on it's way!!

Enjoy your day!! 

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Early Spring....

70 degree day here in North Texas I had to hang a fern!!
Can't wait to start planting!!
hope you had a great day!!  

Thursday, February 16, 2012

enjoying home....

Beautiful Roses from the love of my life 

Roses are my all time favorite 

I have a weakness for farm animals... love this painting!! 

Hope your day is happy! 

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Love Day!


Thursday, February 9, 2012

Just making cupcakes.....

Nothing like the smell of chocolate cupcakes baking.... 


  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup boiling water


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and muffin pans for cupcakes or use cupcake liners. 
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add the eggs, milk, oil and vanilla, mix for 2 minutes on medium speed of mixer. Stir in the boiling water last. Batter will be thin. Pour evenly into the prepared pans.
  3. Bake 30 to 35 minutes in the preheated oven, until the cake tests done with a toothpick. Cool in the pans for 10 minutes, then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.

Come on over and let's talk about our day and enjoy a cupcake!  

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Cottages under contract.. Historic McKinney -

These two are under contract now... 

This one on the market and in the district... 
Real Estate is booming here in North Texas!!  
Call me to find your next home! 

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

New Listing in the District...

New Listing on the cusp of the Historic District in Mckinney-

Adorable Cottage... located at 514 N Kentucky!
Love the black-white tile floor with the blue bird paint in bathroom

Mix, Mingle and Entertain here.. 

Perfect adorable kitchen... black cabinets .. with chopping block counter

Large open living area 

Spacious Bedrooms

Living area open for entertaining.. 

Open house this weekend!!
Stop by and see me! 

Sunday, February 5, 2012


just finished cleaning my kitchen... 
All my rowdy friends are coming over tonight!! 
Happy Super Bowl!! 

Friday, February 3, 2012

Farmhouse Love...

I have a client searching the North Texas area for the perfect vintage home with character! Sharing what I found thus far.. 
First option -  North of McKinney 

Staircase  in entry
 Second Option - North of McKinney

3rd Option in McKinney

Which property do you think they will select?

Happy Friday!!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Never Enough Silver....

collector of vintage salt & pepper shakers 

A VINTAGE COFFEE POT URN .. Tarnished and perfect for me! 

Creamers, silver spoons, creamers ... love them all- 

Silver upon silver
Thanks for stopping by today!
Hugs! Valarie 

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Craftsman - Historic District Mckinney

Craftsman for sale in Historic McKinney!! 

312 Waddill Street Mckinney TX 75069 Home for sale - MLS #11714478
312 Waddill Street Mckinney TX 75069 Home for sale - MLS #11714478
312 Waddill Street Mckinney TX 75069 Home for sale - MLS #11714478
312 Waddill Street Mckinney TX 75069 Home for sale - MLS #11714478312 Waddill Street Mckinney TX 75069 Home for sale - MLS #11714478312 Waddill Street Mckinney TX 75069 Home for sale - MLS #11714478312 Waddill Street Mckinney TX 75069 Home for sale - MLS #11714478
312 Waddill Street Mckinney TX 75069 Home for sale - MLS #11714478312 Waddill Street Mckinney TX 75069 Home for sale - MLS #11714478

Fabulous right?? Call me to make an offer, Modestly priced at $225k 


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