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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

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  • Girl put your records on and play your favorite song 🎶 Just picked up a new record the other day! Have you heard of Cotton Jones? They sound so dreamy with a vintage kind of vibe that I can’t help but sway to! Swipe through to have a listen and let me know what you think! 💫
  • A Halloween colored golden hour and this house was dressed perfectly for the occasion... It’s still heating up here in the south and by the end of these photos my overalls were sticking to my legs so bad that I had to hike them up to get back into the car 😅 Hey fall over here!🙋‍♀️🍂 Anyone else dealing with all this heat still?
  • Happy first of October!!! 🎃 I’ve gone batty decorating the porch... 🦇 I added a few pops of green for a “gourd-gous” scene as my witchy side reminds me, tis near Halloween! Looking forward to starting October off right with all the spooky magic this month brings! Clearly Halloween is one of my fave holidays and I’ve been so ready for it! Have you started decorating yet? I’d love to know what you’re doing for porch decor this year! Also, what do you think of my DIY painted doormat?
  • Every year for as long as I can remember, my family has celebrated the fall season by bringing home a bag of @brachscandy Autumn Mix. #sponsored This year, I thought it might be nice to share the tradition with friends by making them a spooky sweet treat because it's not Halloween without Brach's candy corn. That said, I stopped by @target on my way home to pick some up (plus a bag of Pumpkins for me) and whipped up this super simple Dark Chocolate Candy Corn Bark (recipe below). To add some extra holiday spirit, I placed them in cute goodie bags with a little tag that says "This is for you, Boo!" Can't wait to hand these out and keep the tradition going! Happy Haunting, friends! (1) 12oz. Bag of Dark Chocolate Chunks (melted)
(1) 10-15 of Brach's Candy Corn
Sprinkles of Your Choice
(1) Cookie Sheet Covered with Parchment Paper

After the chocolate has been melted, carefully spread the warm chocolate out on the pan and smooth over into one layer.  Add candy corn/sprinkles and allow to cool in the fridge.  Once cooled, break the chocolate apart into large chunks/shards and disperse as you please.

#TargetEasyMeals #DIYatTarget
#momentmade #madetoshare #breakoutthebrachs
  • Most of the time my days off consist of me running errands, cleaning and working on stuff for the blog, not to mention, all the other things that come up in life. 
Today, I managed to wake up early and check out the local farmer’s market (they had 🎃 check out my stories if you wanna sneak a peek), catch up with some good friends that I haven’t seen in awhile, and even squeezed in a little DIY project that I’ve been wanting to try for quite some time (also in stories)... This was a rare day indeed, but a really good one and it pains me that I have to remind myself to do more things that bring me joy as it seems like I’m always busy these days. That being said,  I just thought I’d check in with you because I know first hand how easy it is to run yourself ragged. So here it goes, what have you done to feed your soul/bring you joy lately? ✨
  • Dreaming of the day we get our first cool crisp fall weather! Until then, I be wearing my sweaters in the AC and watching Harry Potter on repeat! Also, I’m super into this color  RN! Are you loving all the rusty hues this season? 🍂✨#whitecrowbrand #myzsupply #sweater
  • When it’s 92 degrees out, but you still wanna get your fall on! 🍂✨
Lately I’ve been cranking up the AC to pretend it’s cool out, lighting pumpkin candles, flipping through autumnal books/magazines, and watching Harry Potter because I’m determined to get in the mood for fall one way or another! 🤣 What are you guys doing to get your fall on? .
#fallinflorida #pumpkinspiceseason #slowmornings #slowandsimpledays #halloweencountdown #morningslikethese
  • Weekends are magic! There’s nothing like a relaxing weekend to hit the reset button, am I right?  What were you up to this weekend, was it relaxing or did you have a weekend project? Projects can be magic too when they’re all said and done! Swipe through to see my weekend mood in action✨
#weekendsaremagic #weekendmemories

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