Summer Vacation

Vacations take us away from the frantic pace of everyday life. They relax and calm us, rejuvinating our minds and refueling our spirits. (now who couldn't use some of that?) I have found the most fabulous place to take my summer vacation this year (all without the help of a travel agent) and am excited to share it with you. 

I longed for someplace tranquil, but I really didn't want to travel too far. I couldn't be away too long and in light of today's uncertain economy, cost would have to be a factor. So I asked myself, "where would I most like to be ?".... and as always, (being a Pisces) "by the water" was my first choice. So, in July, I will be taking some time, to just relax. 


I will be visiting (inside) the wonderful pages of the newly published book by Barbara Jacksier entitled "Waterside Cottages" (now, doesn't the title alone suggest the most serene of settings?) It is here where I will kick off my shoes, curl up in my comfy chair and experience sheer waterside bliss (and with no mosquitos). I look forward to enjoying the beauty of nature, while visiting the lovely homes of those fortunate people (whom I call "lucky ducks" ) who live by the water. I will gather decorating ideas as plentiful as the shells I have picked up on previous beach vacations and without a single grain of sand in my shoe. The cost is minimal (around $25) and I can return there again and again, at my whim, to revisit the calming atmosphere and quiet solitude.

Also while on vacation, I plan to be stopping at Barbara's charming new shop Waterside Cottage Styles.
- a website that is sure to inspire with photographs, articles, recipes and even craft ideas. (where does she get the time?) If you hurry, you may still be able to purchase an autographed copy of her book there. 

Barbara Jacksier has best been known for her work as editor of many well-known decorating magazines (Country Style, Romantic Country, Country Victorian, to name a few). Wanting to fulfill a dream of writing her own books, she has teamed with talented photographer Dan Mayers to bring us this wonderful gift of ultimate tranquility. I encourage you to treat yourself to a well deserved vacation this summer, and visit Waterside Cottages. You can stay as long as you like, and even take some inspiration home.

Photos courtesy of Dan Mayers.

9 comments

Barbara Jacksier said...

Dear Trisha

Hope your family crisis has been resolved and all are healthy again.

Dan and I thank you for your kinds words.

I am leaving for Italy on July 9th but will resume signing copies of the book when I get back. All books ordered while I'm away will be shipped out on Aug 1st.

Sue said...

I just got the book today and it is gorgeous!!!! The cover alone is wonderful, but wait till you see those fabulous photos of all the cottages featured. You're right...it's a vacation in itself.
~Sue~

Lana said...

Ooohh, it looks lovely! I haven't been to Barbara's blog in a while. I'd better go visit!
I hope you enjoyed your respite.

Dawn-Hydrangea Home said...

Hey Trisha,
Love your vacation idea. I may join you! Hope everything is ok. Enjoy your summer.

Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

I just got my autographed copy today and I can't wait to sit down tonight with a glass of wine and "go on vacation" as I read through the book!

Sandra~Romantique Inspirations~ said...

The photo's are so beautiful and romantic. I'm sure the book is a real treat.

tales from an oc cottage said...

Those pictures looks so tempting!!!


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Dianne Hadaway said...

OH MY HEAVENS! Thank you Trisha for introducing me to Barbara's website and book. This is going to the top of my wish list!

coastalinspirations said...

I love the rocking chair in the first picture! You have a great blog.