A Little Beachy, A Lot White and 100% Gorgeous


Becky lives in Minnesota and can have a hard time with all the gray, snow and cold during the winter.

She was having an especially hard day when Lissa told her that we would come and visit her.

I had NO idea about that deal!!!

I received a voice mail soon after from Lissa (in her cute voice) telling me what she had promised….and hoped that it was ok.


Minnesota in the winter?


I then called her back and told her she has never felt REAL cold before if she was volunteering us for MN.

I then proceeded to tell her that I would go….but….what if we all met up in Seattle instead.

I had never been and even if it rained a little at least it wouldn't' be freezing!!!

Becky agreed.

We bought our tickets and Lissa got busy doing so many little things to make up feel so precious and special.

I love to bless others with entertaining, good food and a pretty house so I appreciated all the little and big things she did for us.

Everything she did just let us know from the second we walked in the door that she was so thankful that we had taken the time to come and stay with her.

I have to first tell you that her home is so gorgeous that I am a little nervous that my photos will not do it justice.

Even though I had seen photos of her home on her blog…. I was not prepared for not only how lovely it was …..but how welcoming, warm and comfortable.


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This is the view from her living room windows.

It was so incredible that I couldn't stop taking photos.

I am used to the mountains (living in Colorado) but to see the water and all the trees was just gorgeous!

And I haven't even told you about the weather.

It was in the high 50s the whole time….stunning!



This was our room.

It was so lovely and the duvet was so pretty that I wanted to take it home.

I felt like I was staying at a bed and breakfast.

Basket of towels, lavender, gifts on the pillows.

Lissa thought of everything.

What I didn't take photos of was the new beautiful bathroom that her husband had worked so hard on for us (thanks again)!!

I think he was glad we were there so he could stop working:-)

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I arrived earlier in the day than Becky.

She arrived that evening with Sasha.

We were also joined by Lissa's sister Stefie, Julie and Janelle.

Lissa had prepared an incredible meal with the most delicious appetizers.


The table was set so beautifully with so many little details.

Now onto the dessert.

I LOVE cupcakes.


She made these…


Be still my beating heart.

Carrot cake cupcakes with cream cheese frosting.

We ate a lot of these.

Sometimes more than just one.

Lissa's children would beg for them and we would tell them to go away and leave us alone.

Ok…not really…alright we did.

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Our first night in Seattle was so much fun and it was only the beginning….



I will post more on my trip to Seattle on Monday.

Have a wonderful weekend!!!

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  1. Julie

    I think you captured her house beautifully! It’s dreamy isn’t it! I’m glad you guys got to come out an had such a great visit. I’m also glad I came out to meet you guys. πŸ™‚
    Have a great weekend! ~Julie xo

  2. DreamGirlLisa

    Oooooh, I LOVE her house! I love white, and she knows just how to do it right! Sounds like a lovely time, I can’t wait to see the rest of the pictures. Is that Becky in the picture? She’s adorable!

  3. lissa

    okay! So I’m smiling from ear to ear right now. I’m floating on a cloud of happiness! πŸ™‚ Thank you for making it look so dreamy!!! Lots of love to you.

  4. sheila

    New friends, good times and new memories to cherish a lifetime… I wish you a great Friday full of bliss πŸ™‚

  5. Courtney Walsh

    really beautiful post. I’m so glad you had such an awesome trip and how inspiring to have this sort of friend to take such good care of you! πŸ™‚
    I would like Lissa to come decorate my house!
    Lissa? ARe you still reading?? πŸ™‚

  6. A Cupcake for Moose

    Gorgeous!! Looks like a great trip and what a beautiful place to have girl time and lay your head at night. I want to put this line that you wrote on my bulletin board,
    “Everything she did just let us know from the second we walked in the door that she was so thankful that we had taken the time to come and stay with her.”
    This is such an awesome statement of kindness and hospitality! I want to be just like this in my home and my attitude. What an encouragement!
    Can’t wait to read and see more pics of your fun trip!
    Happy Friday!

  7. housewife bliss

    really enjoyed the pics and your blog, will be back for more. I just adore cream and white right now. Moving from London to AZ in the summer so will no doubt be going for more bold colours in our new home.

  8. Jen@thecottagenest

    Oh my! How wonderful! Wonderful to have such amazing friends, to get to spend the girl time with them and to get to stay in that lovely home. Lucky, lucky girls.

  9. traci

    wow, i can hardly wait for the rest of the photos. gorgeous home she has. and that view is amazing. friends and fellowship and food – warms my heart!!

  10. Jeanette Van Wicklen

    how fun!! yall are so blessed to have shared that fun wknd together…
    would LOVE to know:
    1) how did she create the font of the printed names on the chargers?
    2) are the chargers just craft brown paper?
    3) where did she get the lacey cupcake holders?
    if you could find out, i’d be SO appreciative!
    thx for sharing a fun wknd and gorgeous house….I love Seattle!

  11. Flower Patch Farmgirl

    It’s all so beautiful! It’s such a great feeling when someone puts that extra time into making you feel special… It’s also a pretty great feeling to be the one doing the blessing! So happy you girls found one another. πŸ™‚

  12. Diane @ InMyOwnStyle

    hi Jeanne-
    What a great friendship you share. What fun to be able to take the time and nuture it. Your pictures are great. I want her house and more than that- I want her view!! It is beautiful. I love the snowflake cupcake holders, very special. I just love it all. Looking forward to seeing the rest of your pics.

  13. Pat

    I LOVE your pictures, esp those of the view captured outside her living room window!! I’m glad it was such a wonderful visit for all of you. I can’t wait to see more!

  14. Kerri

    Hi Jeanne,
    I love it all~the view, the living room, the cupcakes! I am really looking forward to seeing more pictures!
    Have a great weekend!
    πŸ™‚ Kerri

  15. Lemonade Makin' Mama

    Your photos are perfect!!! They look like I am standing right in the center of her house! Way to go, and what sweet things you said… one night with y’all just wasn’t enough methinks! πŸ™‚

  16. Tara

    amazingly beautiful…she really knows how to do it up doesn’t she!! Thanks for sharing, your photos are perfection Jeanne!!!! not too overdone, but just enough so we feel like we are right there! Have a great weekend~

  17. Tracy

    oh so sweet – the friendships that this blog world has created!
    Thank you for giving us a glimpse of it, while blessing us with your amazing eye behind the lens!! Lissa’s house is beautiful, and her touches were just perfect.
    TGIF ~

  18. Leah C

    Oh my goodness, every inch of Lissa’s house looks gorgeous!! And if I had that view, I’m not sure I’d ever leave home:) Your photos are wonderful…and I think Seattle was the better choice for a winter visit;)

  19. Lis

    Jeanne, How FANTASTIC!! Nothing beats genuine girl time and it sounds like you girls really had a blast! Thanks so much for sharing this experience with us!

  20. tracey

    Oh I think your photos did her home justice…it ALL looks stunningly gorgeous!!!!!!! WOW!!! She obviously loves you girls a lot…it shows in all of the details that went into making you feel so welcomed! So glad you all were able to meet up again πŸ™‚
    πŸ™‚ T

  21. Although I have seen pictures of Lissa’s house ~ yours are truly beautiful Jeanne! You certainly have an eye for all things lovely and Lissa is definitely lovely! I cannot wait to see more.

  22. sandy

    I live about 100 miles south of Seattle, don’t believe what they say about all that rain. Washington State in very pretty and green. You picked a great time to visit.

  23. meg duerksen

    well…..when you come to my house….bring your expectations down a bit. πŸ™‚ lissa you are making us lame hostesses look bad! πŸ™‚
    this looks like it was RELAXING. and i am sure so much fun. how beautiful it all is…the home, the view, the CUPCAKES!!
    can’t wait to hear more about it!

  24. Lee Ann

    What beautiful pictures! That Lissa is so sweet and special and is very gifted woman. You captured such a great picture of her and her doggie!
    I’m anxious to see more photos.

  25. Jeanette Van Wicklen

    Hi Jeanne,
    Thanks so much for visiting my blog today!
    The cabinets are actually in my bar area, in that photo. The color is Restoration Hardware’s Cappuccino. (more of a taupe color)
    You mentioned blue paint….now the walls next to the bar area are the RH Silver Sage (a blue-green grey paint).
    Thanks so much for visiting and I hope you’ll follow along as well…..
    have a great day!!

  26. Leslie

    What a beautiful home Lissa has!! I would have been just like you, snapping away!!!! What a great friendship you have found in bloggy land! That is wonderful!!! Could you all be any cuter?!!!!! I love her view, just breathtaking!!! I have a cousin (a boy cousin) who lives out there, maybe I should pay him a visit!!! Looks like a fabulous place to shop!!

  27. Elaine Power

    Hi Jeanne, oh my what a gorgeous house & a gorgeous person to make you so welcome, from the lavender on the pilllows to the beautifull table arrangement, simply devine, looking forward to seeing the rest of the story πŸ™‚ Elaine x

  28. LuLu

    Stunning! What a glorious weekend and friendship you all have. It makes me smile just knowing what that kind of authentic friendship is like,
    such a blessing,

  29. Pony Girl

    Oh, what an amazing, fun trip! Love all of your photos of Lissa’s place….beautiful! You ladies are so blessed to have each other and this special time together!

  30. Rita

    So fun visiting. I will be adding you to my Favorite Blog List so I can visit often. I enjoyed my time here. Please visit my blog and be sure to click the “Follow” button and just underneath that “subscribe” so you can get hot off-the-press news instantly!

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