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Finally the last cottage lived up to the name, adorable inside and out.

an honest to goodness cottage!

an honest to goodness cottage!

cottage fireplace

cottage fireplace

still life

still life

lace curtains

lace curtains

kitchen

kitchen

“Life is grand….Live at the Beach.”

a pretty bedroom

a pretty bedroom

view into the yard

view into the yard

A great many of these cottages do not have gardens, and I think it is because so many of them are just summerhouses or rentals, with the owners being there only occasionally.

But back to the delightful interior:

bathroom detail

bathroom detail

an unusual archway

an unusual archway

cottage light

cottage light

cottage windows

cottage windows

step outside

step outside

This little garage was one of my favourite places on the tour.  So much potential!

cottage garage

cottage garage

inside the garage

inside the garage

I guess this proves I would rather see the inside of a small cottage-like garage than any number of fancy modern homes that were built, as a friend said,  “where a cottage used to be 100 years ago.”

I love this cover for the sort of fluorescent ceiling lights that we have in the ceiling of our manufactured home kitchen.  I wish I could find ones like it that would fit.

light cover

light cover

Upstairs, I fell in love with the big sheets of linoleum “rugs” on the floor, and did some research when I got home to see if I could find such a thing to replace the worn and a bit hideous wall to wall carpet in my new house.  Apparently linoleum rugs can no longer be had, unless by a miracle one finds a vintage one still in good shape.

linoleum

linoleum “rugs”

upstairs in the garage

upstairs in the garage

This darling double feature cottage and garage finished up the tour with a moment of historic perfection.

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The next home on the tour housed a nursing museum created by a former nurse who is passionate about her profession.  Throughout her home she has on display art and artifacts all about nursing.  She calls it “The Lost Art Of Nursing”, but adds on her website that “its time has come again.”

nursing museum

nursing museum

nursing museum

nursing museum

nursing museum

poster

posters

"For Humanity"

“For Humanity”

a sad pillow tale

a sad pillow tale

” I slept and dreamed that life was beauty.  I awoke and found that life was duty.”

I later ran across the full quotation by Rabindranath Tagore:

I slept and dreamt that life was joy.

I woke and saw that life was service.

I acted and behold, service was joy.

dolls...and bedpans

dolls…and bedpans

One end of the upstairs is devoted to a big and bright playroom.

playroom

playroom

bathing beauty

bathing beauty

brightness

brightness

uniforms

band uniforms

nautical bathroom

nautical bathroom

In the nautical upstairs bathroom, I coveted the sea captain painting with clever wooden frame.  And I had also coveted this mirror, which I think hung in a hallway.

mirror of desire

mirror of desire

In an upstairs bedroom of the nursing museum home we found a bedroom devoted to the spouse’s hobby: Zeppelins!

the zeppelin bedroom

the zeppelin bedroom

When I remarked upon a quiet sitting room with no art on the walls, the owners told us that sometimes they just had get away from the collections and relax.

peaceful retreat

peaceful retreat

The home itself was part of a group of townhouses, as we can from this view from an upstairs window.  Not exactly cottages!  Nevertheless, the nursing museum was a worthy addition to the historic tour.

townhouse commons

townhouse commons

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Moonshell

Moonshell

Moonshell Cottage gave me a strong sense of deja vu as soon as I saw the beautiful driftwood mirror.  And indeed, it had been on the tour in 2010.  It seems a bit TOO repetitive to do the same cottage two years in a row, but it is a good one.   Because it’s a vacation rental (with its own Facebook page), it’s good for prospective guests for it be on the tour again.

driftwood mirror

driftwood mirror

kitchen detail

kitchen detail

kitchen

kitchen

beachy floats

beachy floats

moonshell bathroom

moonshell bathroom

living room

living room

intricate ceiling

intricate ceiling

The cottage’s fireplace is one of its best features.  The ceiling is a wonder to behold and must take a lot of dusting to be so cobweb free.

and a detail

and a detail

Last year I was taken with the little clothesline of postcards in one of the bedrooms and copied the idea in the bedroom and kitchen of my new home.

inspiration 2010 (left)

inspiration 2010 (left)

in my kitchen

in my kitchen

The next place was rather large for a cottage but housed a nursing museum that made it strangely and sometimes disconcertingly intriguing.

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Ah, here we have a couple of tiny cottages, homes that qualified as COTTAGE in my mind.

small cottage with porch sit spot

small cottage with porch sit spot

looking in

looking in

If you wonder, as I have done, how the interiors of these cottages can be so tidy, we think many of them are summer homes, or vacation rentals, the latter occupied year round in busy Cannon Beach but not actually lived in full time.

another tidy cottage

another tidy cottage

living room

living room

shore thing

shore thing

beachy decor

beachy decor

cottage loft

cottage loft

loft with beach games

loft with beach games

view

view from the little tower

a parting look

a parting look

From the tiny cottage we walked back down side streets toward the beach, past cottages and gardens.

interlude

interlude

Half a block from the beach we reached the next tour, the very familiar Moonshell Cottage.

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This might be the least informative flashback ever because I have absolutely NO notes for the 2011 tour, just an album in iPhoto.   Here are the photos, and the best explanations I can dredge up from memory.

I have a clear memory of admiring and photographing this hydrangea in the garden near Tolovana Park where we left our car.

multihued hydrangea

multihued hydrangea

Next up , some interiors.

first cottage

first cottage

exterior views

exterior views

The first…or second…cottage had a sparse and tidy decorating style with a beachy theme.  I quite liked the bathroom.

more interiors

more interiors

simplicity

simplicity

fish and flowers

fish and flowers

More window views, including a tantalizing glimpse (lower right) of the cottage with a tower that we had missed when we forgot about the tour in 2009, the September of my mother’s move into assisted living.

window views

window views

I photographed a glimpse down an intriguing drive…perhaps the drive to the cottage with the square tower?  I do recall we did not get to walk down this road.

enticing

enticing

More sights while walking:  These are the kind of cottages that make my heart sing.  Tiny, historic, and some that have not been on the tour (at least not during the years we have attended).  I would love to see inside them all.

tiny tiny cottages

tiny tiny cottages

As we walked along we saw beautiful gardens in always lovely Cannon Beach.  A glimpse down an alley of a bright garden took us half a block off of the tour route.  We were surprised to learn this lavish garden was all planted in containers.a container garden

a container garden

Other gardens kept us happy as strolled….

gardens in passing

gardens in passing

…and our preserverance  was rewarded by the next cottage being a little one, just the kind we like best.

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