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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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The Holidays can be exhausting! This is a simple reminder to take some time to love yourself. Draw yourself a bath, drink a hot cup of tea or whatever it is that will help you recharge your batteries and remember, you don’t have to do it all! 
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  • Cheers to the season of giving and gathering! I love entertaining during the holidays but what I don’t love is the mess that always follows. This year I’ll be spending more time with my loved ones and less time cleaning up after guests thanks to these Chinet Crystal Cut stemless wine glasses and dessert plates! What are your holiday party plans? #MyChinetParty #sponsored @MyChinet 
P.S. This Spicy Spiked White Hot Chocolate is now up on the blog! Click the link in my bio for the recipe!
  • Finally got our tree up and it only took three days...🎄🤪 The first night, we put the tree up and I had to wait for the branches to fall before I could start. 
The second night, I put on the lights and made a wooden bead garland. 
The third day I added the ornaments and these cute little remote control candles. 
Seemed like forever, but it was totally worth it! Have you got your #christmastree up yet? Do you use a faux tree or a real tree? 
#christmasdecor #americanstyle #flashesofdelight
  • When you see the most beautiful Christmas tree and it literally lights you up! 🎄

Yep, that’s right! The lights found their way to my silhouette like a tiny star constellation and it was magical! ✨🌌 So looking forward to the holiday season and all the magic it brings! What are you looking forward to these next few weeks? #christmastree #christmas🎄#happyholidays
  • Styled the cutest top from @mamabirdandco to bring on all the “Stevie Vibes” ✨They are currently offering $12 tees and 20% off when you use code: SHOP20 at checkout today! Head over to my Instagram stories to check out their sweet deals and help support a small business this #cybermonday 🛍 #shoppingonline #shopsmallbusiness #shopsmall
  • You asked for it and you’ve got it! My go-to Broccoli Cheese Soup was put up on the blog a few days ago! Please let me know if you’ve tried this recipe or if you have any questions. #comfortfood #broccoliandcheese #soupseason
  • Day dreaming about the weekend in the cutest top by @velvetheartclothing ✨Absolutely loving the embroidered details mixed with this mustard plaid pattern!!! I think they had me in mind when they created this gem! 🤔 What do you think? #vhmyway #velvetheart #plaidshirt #flannel #dirtybootsandmessyhair
  • When the word thankful doesn’t even cut it! I am so grateful for all the love and support I’ve received from y’all!!! I started on this crazy journey a few years ago and I feel like I’ve learned so much and hopefully I’ve shared some knowledge and touched your lives as much as you have mine! I’ve got some fun things planned over the holidays and I can’t wait to share them with you, but first I’d love to know what you would like to see more of from me! Check out my stories and let me know! 
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