My blog is only two weeks old, so imagine my surprise when my decorator friend Lisa from Lisa Goulet Design awarded me ‘Stylish Blogger Award’. What a thrill Lisa…THANK YOU!

Upon receiving this award, the rules are to:

1. thank, and link back to the person who awarded you
2. share 7 things about yourself 
3. pay the award forward to 10 great bloggers
4. contact those 10 bloggers and inform them  that they have received the award


1. I am a wife, a mother of 3 daughters in their 20s, a daughter, a sister,
 a friend
my babies…eldest daughter in middle became engaged on this day, Dec 26 2010 

2. I used to make most of my own clothes when I was in school and then some of my daughters’ clothes when they were little. Now, I make decorative pillows with eclectic fabrics and buttons…just because. 
jackets I made for my girls with hand blanket stitching 
my lastest pillow collection….always feather filled
3. Being a stay at home mommy was my JOB for 19yrs… the most gratifying years of my life to date. There is only one thing I know for sure about myself ….I was the best mother my daughters could have had.   
4. 26 years ago, before I had children, I was a graphic artist. I migrated to and then studied Residential Decor partime for 5 1/2 years when my youngest daughter was 13.  I was also working part time at a home decor store. Shortly after I graduated I started my own homebased decor business. 
5. We had a winterized log cottage built 6 years ago, I helped design the floor plan, and designed every aspect of the interior and was on site several times a week until completion…..I LOVED EVERY SECOND OF THE PROCESS…the cottage is now our family gathering place where we host a family reunion every summer…..among other events.
construction 2005
great room
some family on the cottage dock at reunion 

6. One of my greatest pleasures is travelling, whether in a trailer across Canada and US which was how we did it as a family when I was growing up…..
one of several trailers in which my family toured most of North America
or by plane (I dislike flying immensely, but I do it) to Hong Kong, Spain, Italy, Aruba, Britain…..
our family trip to Britain in August 2010….the oldest
 golf course in the world….St. Andrews, Scotland

7. If I can’t be enjoying #6 then #7 is a close second.  I like nothing better than a delicious meal accompanied by complementary wine, with good friends and or family. 
my meal at Gordon Ramsay’s Restaurant ‘Maze’ in London….to die for!.

I now have the honour of passing ‘Stylish Blogger Award’ onto the following blogs…which I very much enjoy reading, and I hope you will too!
All photos for the “Stylish Blogger Award” post were taken by Maureen Coates



  1. Wow! Thank you so much for including me in this well represented list. I am honored! Reading through your list I was struck by how parallel our lives are. You have a lovely family, a beautiful cottage, and as I get to know you more and more, a beautiful heart. Have a wonderful weekend!xoTriciaAvolli

  2. Maureen thank you so much for your generosity. I am honored! Besides the beautiful images, what I love most about your blog is that it is written with an open heart and spirit. You were meant to write and it resonates loud and clear. Love your blog. Thanks again, for making me feel especially "Stylish" today.XO

  3. Thanks so much Maureen! I am so happy you have entered the world of blogging! I loved reading this post and learning more about you, your family and your style.Can't wait to see you next week!

  4. Dear Maureen, well I opened your post reading down enjoying your share, the delightful photos and boom. I am gobsmacked. My first blogger award and I am totally honored. Love your family, your life and your delightful pillows. So glad we are friends. Cant wait to meet you in real time. Thank you so much for your generosity. Cant wait to read all the other blogs. kisses.Jennifer DucheneHome Makeover Mixtress blending lifestyle and laughter

  5. Thank you so much for all the wonderful comments. Was not sure how to approach the seven things about myself as it seemed daunting at first…i can now think of about 20 things…like I CAN"T STAND SPIDERS and I'm a wanna be dancer.

  6. What a wonderful way to begin your blogging career! (And such a lovely surprise for me to see how you honored me.) I've shared the award with others and it was so hard to narrow it down to ten. This reminded me of how I need to keep mentioning and adding blogs as I go along as I see so many and sometimes forget to go back to save the link! Thank you so much and congrats to you, too! All my best! Wanda

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