Monday, October 29, 2012

Summerland Shopping

I adore malls, big box stores.. those are not for me!  No, I adore finding

sweet, unique boutiques.  Independent shops that cater to their customers

that they know so well.  One such place is right off the 101 in California ...

in the charming, coastal village of Summerland. And it's name?  

Rue de Lillie......

Just the name alone tugs at my heart!!



A cottage nestled on the side of the hill that has been converted into a haven

for all things french inspired and vintage.  They leave no spot untouched 

including where you must park the car.  A little gravel area on the side of the

cottage, where you are greeted by a large vintage birdcage, complete with

mourning doves cooing their welcome to you!



A porch that leaves no doubt that you have arrived at a place to find

treasures .  Some rustic and some......



.. some high end.  It's all in the details, right? That is what makes a house

a home and lets others know that this is your abode. Whispers of your own

unique voice tucked here and there.  And that is what you will find at Rue

de Lillie. Inspiration that triggers how you can create an inviting environment. 

Treasures spied in every nook and cranny.  Have patience.  Take your 

time and you will make some wonderful discoveries.  Such as....













This is just a sampling... something to pique your interest.  Perhaps you're 

wondering what I decided to take away with me as a memory of having spent

time in this cottage by the ocean.  Well, this......



A sweet lumbar pillow that rests on my slipper chair.  A lovely piece of vintage

toile fabric sewn on cream colored linen.  I love it!  Next time I am in the area

I most certainly will drop by this piece of french country heaven again!  Just as

always have....without hesitation!!!








23 comments:

  1. What a lovely post. I totally agree with small quaitnt shops. I don't shop the big, no personal attitude stores much. The shop you describe takes one to another level, of enjoyment and blissful feelings I think. And I think Friday my DH and I are taking one such road trip. Thanks for sharing and have a great week

    ReplyDelete
  2. Oh, I can't wait to hear where you went! Yes, one can spend so much more time in these little shops that are unique. I love knowing I bought something that creates such a good feeling... knowing that someone took the time to create items with a personal touch!

    ReplyDelete
  3. Beautiful shop! I'm in love with the dogs and big decorated bottles, especially! Thanks for sharing!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I loved those dogs, too! Did you see the medal around its collar? An artist makes them from pounding out silver spoons and adding words. Great idea!

      Delete
  4. Ooh, my kind of shop. So many wonderful treasures. Your little pillow is beautiful.

    ❤Ana

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Ana! As my sitting room is red and yellow, it fit in perfectly!

      Delete
  5. Oh that veranda is just so inviting - I would NOT be able to pass this sweet cottage either!
    As you know I adore anything French and old.......
    Wish we could meet and visit together Kadee!
    Shane ♥

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Wouldn't that be fun, Shane! I would like that, too!

      Delete
  6. I love wonderful shops like that! We have lots of them here in NC...but very few where we live in Florida! I'm enjoying your blog!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Lucky you! It is funny how some areas have so many choices of where to shop in little boutiques and others don't. In my area of suburbia Chicago, I have only a couple to visit. They have sort of died over the 10 years that I have lived here. And when they get replaced its not with the charming vintage look but with something that doesn't even begin to appeal to me.

      Delete
  7. I do wish there were more shops like this in my area. If only I were closer to the west coast:) Thank you so much for your recent visit and comment about the storm...it truly means so much to me. Thankfully we made it through with just some missing roof shingles and a broken fence...I'll take that over what I've seen any day.

    xo, abby

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. So glad to hear the damage wasn't severe for you! Thanks for taking the time to drop by and I will keep you in my thoughts!!

      Delete
  8. I am exactly like you in what types of shops I love. I would be so drawn to that one from the outside right on in. I love your toile pillow. Perfect purchase!

    ReplyDelete
  9. So glad you like the toile pillow, also! That little village by the sea is so very charming and is always where I stop when I am in the area!

    ReplyDelete
  10. Oh wow, what a charming and beautiful place...just exactly the kind of place I love to shop. As a California native I'm shocked I don't know where Summerland is. I've been missing out for sure.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I just love that little seaside village! Summerland is north of Carpenteria and south of Santa Barbara and Montecito. Thanks for dropping by Betsy!!

      Delete
  11. Oh, so my style! Love everything, and would love to achieve this look completely!! Great blog!!
    XO Tami

    ReplyDelete
  12. A beautiful little shop! Delightful really. Love the sweet pillow! Not many stores like that out here in West TExas!! Thanks for sharing.. xo marlis

    ReplyDelete
  13. That's a kind of store I know I would enjoy. I love the farm table....Christine

    ReplyDelete
  14. What an amazing store. There look like there are so many wonderful little treasures. So neat.

    Thanks for being a part of "Oh, the places I've been!". Looking forward to having you be a regular contributor.

    - The Tablescaper

    ReplyDelete
  15. Summerland is just up the road from me. We have neighbors that only visit their beach house a couple of times a year. When they do their month in August, the ladies on the street go up to Summerland to each lunch and then stroll throught the great shops. I would like the visit better if I were independently wealthy. I always see so many big things I want to buy, but I end up with much smaller items.

    Have a great weekend.

    ReplyDelete
  16. Looks like a wonderful little shop. Love to find these type of places too. Blessings, Debbie

    ReplyDelete
  17. This is my favorite type of shopping. Thanks for giving us a peek at Rue de Lille.

    ReplyDelete