Home Decor Interview:
Kimberly McCole from
"Dear Daisy Cottage"
Kim McCole did something few of us are brave enough to do: leave the comfort of
a traditional single family home and take a chance on a dream.
Kim fell in love with a 1920s style cottage home in Florida three years ago.
Today she lives in that home with her family, having made her dream come true.
Not only that, she created a very popular blog about her home called
We were touched by Kim's story and thought she'd be a great person to sit down
and talk with here at Decor Medley. She was nice enough to accept our
offer, and we now present the finished product here for you.
Kim, thanks so much for
agreeing to this interview and for sharing your time with us. Please take this
opportunity to introduce yourself to our readers and tell us about your blog,
Daisy Cottage, which recently celebrated its 2nd anniversary
Thank you so much for the
honor of being interviewed for your wonderful website!
I am a homemaker from Florida -
married and a mother of two, and I write the blog,
Cottage" which is mainly about my love and passion for our yellow
cottage-bungalow, and of course my family, friends, and Maggie - our little
You purchased a
1920s cottage that you’ve slowly built into your dream home.
You’ve done a magnificent job and it looks fantastic from the photos you’ve
What is it about the cottage style homes that attracts you to them so much?
I love cottage styled homes for
their humble warmth and casual feel. I think they truly embrace the heart.
3. Before living in your cottage, your family lived in a
more traditional ranch style home. How has it been adjusting to a smaller,
cottage style home, and does your family share your passion for cottages?
Honestly, there was no adjustment at all! This
felt like home-sweet-home the minute we moved in. There is a wonderful vibe
here. The home is just a little bit smaller than our last home, but the floor
plan lends itself to easy living and the tall ceilings make the rooms live
My family supports my passion for cottages and basically, if I'm happy, they're
happy! *wink* My husband loves our home and its' close proximity to downtown
as much as I do.
You’re not shy
about your love of finding decorative items at thrift shops and yard sales,
which many of us can proudly relate to.
Since your cottage is relatively small compared to the more traditional modern
homes, how do you find room to display all the treasures you find at these
Well, I like to group
like-treasures together and I also rotate things in and out, depending on my
mood. I also trade with my sister quite a bit which makes thrift shopping and
junking so much more fun! When I tire of something, I either pass it along or
donate it to Goodwill. It's my way of recycling!
You have an
adorable dog named Miss Maggie. How does Maggie react when you come home with
new decorative purchases for the home, and do you have any accessories that are
patterned after Miss Maggie?
Oh yes, I adore Maggie! She's a
VERY loving and sweet dog.
When I come home with new goodies in hand, all she is really concerned about is
that I put them all down for a minute so that I can pick her up, and give her a
Actually, she would prefer for me to carry her around like that all day!
She is so used to things coming and going here, she really has no problem with
it at all. I do love dachshund figurines and have a few of them displayed in my
Everyone who owns an older home always wonders about its previous owners. In
your case, your home was built during the “roaring ‘20s.”
Do you often wonder what kinds of parties were thrown in your home during that
time period, and the kinds of worries that happened there during the Great
Depression that followed? Do you think previous owners loved the home as much
as you do?
Oh yes - I wondered about that the
minute we bought the house! I did as much research as I could at our local
library and then we had the good fortune of meeting some of the family of the
original homeowners on the local home tour that Daisy Cottage was a part of!
We have since had them back for several visits and happily learned a great deal
more about John and Zoe. They were wonderful people who did indeed survive the
Great Depression, thankfully keeping their home, and they loved living here and
did for close to 40 years.
I am very grateful to have met their family and they are all welcome here in
what is their home too, any time.
You’re a self
confessed magazine junkie. What are your favorite home decor and design
magazines, and do you often order decor by mail?
do love decorating magazines!
Let's see - some of the many ones that I enjoy are Romantic Country, Cottage
Style, Home Companion, Country Home, Country Sampler and Better Homes &
I don't order decor by mail very often and my favorite decor catalog is from
Kim, thanks again for sharing your time with us. For our last question, please
tell us what it was in your life that first triggered your passion for home
decor? And what has allowed you to continue this passion and devote a large
part of your life to it?
I remember as a little girl,
ALWAYS caring about what my room looked like. It was like my sanctuary. I loved
moving things around and enjoyed the nesting part of creating my space.
I really don't know what triggered that - I've just always had the love for
decorating. Being a homemaker, I've been blessed with the opportunities to
continue the nesting and while some hobbies have come and gone, decorating and
the passion I have for turning a house into a home has never waned.
Now, with the beautiful world of blogging, even more inspiration is at our
fingertips - and we can share with others all over the world. It really is an
We want to send
a huge "Thank You" to Kim for allowing us ask her some questions about her
lovely cottage home and share some time with her. Perhaps she has inspired
you to go after your own dream too, whatever that may be.
It is obvious to anyone how much joy Kim's home brings her. We're thrilled
she found her American dream, and even better, that she gets to write about it
and share her home with others. It's a really neat idea and I wish more
bloggers would open up the way Kim has.
Be sure to visit
Cottage often for great ideas on your own home. We want to wish
Kim continued happiness with her home, and special thanks go out to Miss Maggie
May for her involuntary participation in this crazy world of internet blogs!
Maggie's a cutie and deserves to be spoiled, and we're pretty sure she is :)
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