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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!

Cheers,

Ashley Nicole | Founder + Curator

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  • Another lovely Farmer’s Market pic from this weekend! They have seriously upped their game on presentation and I really wanted that cool planter for my herbs! No I didn’t buy it (props only), but wouldn’t mind finding/buying one similar and stashing it in my office/craft room for 3 years before I actually put it to use... 😂 #vintagefinds #hoarder #guilty

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