Cozy Spaces

My sister loaned me a book awhile back all about the senses (can’t remember the name, but she might post below if you are interested). It came about because we were talking about how smells take us back the furthest. You know when you are walking outside and all of a sudden you smell that smell of flowers that were at the front of your great-grandmas long driveway in Sacramento – where you visited often as a child – and all of a sudden you remember taking long hot walks to the corner store for an otter pop. You hadn’t even thought of it since you were 3 or 4 and then there it is – all because of the smell of some forgotten flower…Well, anyway for some reason I smell those remind-me smells an awful lot in the fall. The cold mixed with rotting leaves. You get the idea, right? I’ve mentioned before that my favorite smell is woodsmoke, but especially woodsmoke from someone else’s home, while we are taking a cold, wet fall walk…Which of course got me thinking of my favorite cozy spaces. Which led me to today’s post. If you can’t actually get away to one of these places anytime soon, maybe you should curl up with some coffee and have a daydream:


I’m going to admit that while I have a tumblr account I don’t really get it, never use it personally & rarely even look at it. However, while writing this post I stumbled on a tumblr account that has the most gorgeous pictures ever at theyardpdx. You should look at all of them. But in case you don’t here are a collection of my favorites:

rustic cottages and cozy spaces{I should probably just finish my post here, since anything else I might add will pale in cozy comparison…But I will try, so I don’t feel like a blog cheater by just showing you someone else’s collection}

storm king ranger station{this is the lovely Storm King Ranger Station in the scenic Olympic Peninsula, worth the drive if you live in the Northwest, you can’t rent the station but you could stay in the nearby Lake Crescent Lodge}

tiny cottage on Galiano Island{this adorable cottage on Galiano Island, British Columbia is by far the cutest home I have ever seen that was built in the 1980’s}

red barn on Kinderhook Farm

{Just when you thought I forgot there was color in the world I post a huge red barn! You can rent this perfectly rustic space on Kinderhook Farm in Valatie, NY for a farmstay. No TV or internet, just lots of happy grass-fed animals & fresh-air. Yes please!}

floating cabin in France{how about this beauty at Les Sources de Caudalie in France}

Whitegates Cottage in UK

{wouldn’t you like to have tea in front of this fire at Whitegates Cottage? You can rent it through the UK National Trust}

Treehouse at Treehouse Point in Washington State

-{this is a tree house you can rent at Treehouse Point in Washington state.  As a child my absolute favorite thing at Disneyland was the swiss family robinson tree house, so you can imagine my disappointment when I went back last year and found they had turned it into tarzan’s house. lame. Maybe If I stayed here I could imagine I was part of the Swiss family}


Now that I have got you daydreaming I will leave you with this poem, by Robert Louis Stevenson (from A Child’s Garden of Verses}

Autumn Fire

In the other gardens
And all up the vale,
From the autumn bonfires
See the smoke trail!

Pleasant summer over
And all the summer flowers,
The red fire blazes,
The gray smoke towers.

Sing a song of seasons!
Something bright in all!
Flowers in the summer,
Fires in the fall!