First Friday Home Tour #9 Featuring Country Cottage Living

Welcome to this month's First Friday Home Tour.

Today we are visiting Camellia Cottage which is the home of 
Melanie who blogs at Cottage Living Living.  I first discovered Melanie a year or two ago and was immediately in love with her site because she's a fabulous photographer. She has the uncanny ability to capture mood and feelings in her photos. Take a look and I know you'll agree...I'll let Melanie do the talking.

"I like to call our house Camellia Cottage because when we moved in there were several camellia bushes bursting with blooms."  
Camellia Cottage is about 1100 square feet and is a haven for a family of four.

Melanie says, "The favorite part of the house is the backyard where there are
 lots of flower beds and birds singing and I just love it!"

"My woodworking husband built our Rustic Hutch in the Dining area and it's my fav! 
He also built our Living Room furniture and my Potting Bench and the Adirondack chairs."

"I've been blogging for 6 years and I've learned a lot! I'm now crazy about photography and have just started getting clients! My styling and photography work has been published a handful of times and I'm excited for what God has in store for my creativity."

"I have a few mottoes lately in regards to my creativity and life: Strive for Joy and Play."

“Maybe those things bringing you joy do so because they are one of the many ways in which God wants to declare his glory through you.” 
― Emily P. FreemanA Million Little Ways: Uncover the Art You Were Made to Live   

"Being small is okay. "

"More is not always better. "

"There are more awesome things than money."

You can visit Melanie's blog Country Cottage Living and follow her on Instagram. 
You'll enjoy your visits as much as I do.

Thank you Melanie for allowing me to feature your home and your beautiful work this month.

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  1. That window photo is amazing! I will have to go see more.

  2. This is SO warm and inviting. And she has an orange cat, so what is NOT to love!

  3. So pretty and a sweet kitty too! Very cozy and warm, just the way I like it. :)

  4. Such a petty home and beautiful photos! Thanks for sharing Stacey, I'm heading over to check her out now :)

  5. That window is so beautiful ♥ Have a great weekend, Stacey♥

  6. Just beautiful! Her home looks so warm and cozy.

  7. Stacey, thanks for featuring my blog and home on Poofing the Pillows! It is my lovely thought today. Bye for now!

  8. I'd love to spend an hour in that Adirondack chair.
    No book, just a quiet time to enjoy and think . . .

  9. Ditto on that window photo! It just makes you want to go inside to see more. Thanks for sharing the photos and words of this talented lady. Looking for ward to checking out her blog to see more.

    Have a great day Stacey!

    Hugs, Lynn

  10. Lovely Stacey and Melanie! Love the photo looking across the table to the cups hanging and pumpkin!

  11. Love all her pics especially the wheel barrow. Love shots like this that just make our hearts beat a little faster to see!!!! Have a great week end.

  12. Lovely home ~ so warm and inviting! Her husband is extremely talented to build such beautiful pieces. I love her mottoes and her incredible photography!

    Thanks to both of you for this feature!

  13. Hi Stacey, Love this photo tour Melanie. Truly inspiring photos with your treasured pieces. The window photo is incredible. Thank you for sharing your home!

  14. So cozy and her pictures definitely tell a story! Thanks for sharing.

  15. Absolutely lovely. This one is right up my alley. I am off to visit Melanie! Thank you for the introduction!

  16. Stacey,
    Another lovely home tour that I enjoyed. This is a great series.


  17. Stacey, a beautiful warm and cozy home! Thanks for sharing! Pam @ Everyday Living

  18. Melanie is new to me. I'll have to pop over and say "Hello!"

  19. What a beautiful home tour.
    And you are right Stacey- the photography is fabulous.
    Thank you Stacey and Melanie.

  20. Stacey,
    Your Instagram photo of pumpkins is featured this week at Monday Social. Thank you for joining each week and sharing your amazing photos.


  21. The cottage looks fantastic and the photos are lovely - so cosy and inviting!

  22. Thank you for the introduction to Country Cottage Living. Anyone with a cat and quilts -- I'm going to be visiting!

  23. Thank you, Stacey, for introducing us to Melanie and Country Cottage Living! I love the quotes, especially the first one! I'll be heading over to visit. Beautiful photos indeed!!

  24. You were right! Her photo's do tell a wonderful story. Her home is beautiful and we're so glad you shared it with us over at the DI & DI Link Party.

  25. Thank you for sharing Melanie's cozy cottage for us to enjoy, Stacey! Her photography is amazing! I'm going to go visit her blog right now....

  26. Everything is so pretty and quaint. Love your use of naturals.

  27. Great photos, love her style, love that she likes cats, My cats tends to get into many of my photos.

  28. This is such a sweet blog....I'm already hooked! Thank you, Stacey, for sharing.

    Warm hugs,


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