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Hey there!

My name is Ashley Nicole and welcome to my blog!  Here is a little tidbit about me and the story of how Cottage-Bound came to be.

In 2009, I moved to Santa Rosa Beach, FL with my husband Jamie and our black lab, Cami.  It was a breath of fresh air to get away from the hustle-bustle of city life and settle down in our Floridian style cottage near the beach.

Although we still love visiting the city, there is definitely something to be said about the coziness of living in a cottage.  The stress you once felt of the constant grind melts away and you find yourself slowing down to appreciate more around you, as well as, the comfort of your own home.  It’s kind of like getting a big warm welcoming hug when you walk in the door.

Now that I wasn’t driving an hour to work and an hour back 5 days a week, I had all this extra free time which allowed me to explore my passions for home decor, entertaining, recipes, beauty, fashion, and everyday life.

I soon began to notice my friends and family complimenting me on my new hobbies and asking me why don’t I start my own business, but the truth was I didn’t have the means to start my own company and I couldn’t just settle on pursuing one passion knowing that I may get bored and then I would probably wind up resenting it.  Then it dawned on me, I could start a blog and share all the things that I am passionate about in one place, but what would I call it?  This was a tough decision for me because I wanted to create a name for the blog that would truly sum up my lifestyle and I only had one shot to get it right.  

I then started thinking about how much our lives have changed for the better since we moved here and if it wasn’t for our move, I may have never had the time to pursue my passions and find out what really makes me happy.  It was at that very moment that I realized I needed to pay homage to the reason for it all.  The word crossed my mind and soon after Cottage-Bound was born.

Cottage-Bound is a Life + Style blog dedicated to creating comfort, beauty, and meaning in life’s everyday moments.  Preserving those moments in ways of content and photography to share with all of you.

Hope you enjoy reading and thank you so much for stopping by!


Ashley Nicole | Founder + Curator

Want to know more about the voice behind Cottage-Bound?  Click here to read 10 fun facts about me.

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Happy weekend friends, hope you’re living your best life today!
  • Welcoming the spring season like an old friend while grooving to Mother Nature’s sweet music! 
Spring you’re giving me all the feels 🌿🎼🌻 #springvibes #springiton #springstyle
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  • Talking heads.... well maybe these aren’t too chatty, but they’re pretty cool anyway. Hey hey hey hey hey hey, hey hey hey hey! 🎶🌱❤️
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  • Nothing but good vibes and sunshine in this little corner☀️🌿 Hope y’all are having a great week so far, mine just started and I’m headed into spring break combat for the next 2 months!
  • It’s been awhile since I’ve introduced myself and I’d like to make it a little more personal. My name is Ashley Nicole and I love sharing my life and style with you, but what I love most of all is connecting with you! It’s pretty awesome that these little squares allow us to communicate and build relationships with people all around the world without actually meeting them in person don’t you think? So here goes nothing! I’ll start by sharing 10 fun facts about me that you may not know and in return I’d love to hear something about you in the comments below! It can be literally anything the point here is to make a connection and I’d bet that we have more in common than you think! Ready, set, let’s get social!
1. My front tooth is fake! Yep, you heard me fake! When I was in 4th grade I slipped on the tile in my school bathroom and busted my front tooth. I’ll be sharing more about this as well as my before and after, what whitening product I used in between replacements and so on soon.
2. I’m terribly horrified of snakes.  I can’t even wear a snake print, they just freak me out man!
3. I work full-time as an assistant buyer, floor merchandiser, and social media manager for a retail company. 
4. My biggest pet peeve is when my husband leaves our empty tea pitcher in the fridge and doesn’t tell me we need to make more. Sweet tea is also my caffeine of choice.
5. I’m really really close with my Mom and we often get accused of being sisters because our age is so close. She had me at 16!
6. Some of my favorite foods are avocados, coconut, mushrooms, and cilantro. My husband hates all of them except cilantro. So agreeing on meals can be a bit challenging at times. 
7. I love the fall and Halloween! I blame my Mom, @marthastewart, and the historical district I grew up trick or treating in. 
8. You probably already know this one, but I loooove hats! Plus they are great for when your roots are growing and you’re in between hair appointments, ha!
9. I’ve never had a broken a bone. 🤞😬
10. I just recently discovered my love for house plants a few years ago. Now I can’t imagine my home without them! 
Your turn! Tell me something good! 😉

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