Fa la la la laaaa, la la la laaaaaaaahhhhh! The halls are (mostly) decked and the tree is merry and bright, and it’s Christmas time on the creek. Ok I’ll stop just stringing Christmas songs together and get back to stringing a few more strands of lights into some fresh garland for inside the house. Anyone else still adding to their decor? #averyshipsenchristmas #shipsencreeksidecottage
Hi, I’m Charlotte. Charlotte Rose, but you can just call me Charlie!
Apparently agave makes tequila, and tequila makes me happy. Sooo suffice it to say, I quite like agave and the sweet nectar of the gods it produces for my poolside margaritas. Also, those blue grey tones? Yea, that makes me happy too! Double tap and let me know if you too are an agave lover oooorrr what other simple thing in life makes YOU happy! 😃
I’m not entirely sure what happened to summer. We started off REAL strong with boat days and BBQs aplenty and then work and travel and all the things took over and suddenly Barbie’s out the water and tucked into bed for the winter, it’s raining more days than not, and the leaves are turning. Whaaatttt? I still haven’t seen orcas and I still don’t have a solid base tan. Damnit. So clearly I’m not ready for summer to end. Althoughhhhh, I’m not entirely opposed to sweater weather and apple all the things. It’s really a bitter-sweet transition. Who’s with me?
Truer words were never spoken. Ice cream does indeed make you happy. I can 100% vouch for that! And @mollymoonicecream makes me the happiest! Any other ice creamer lovers out there?! 🍦
Leessss be honest. Everyday is #nationaldogday for #andielea! She’s definitely 100% spoiled, and I’m not sorry about it. She’s brought so much joy and comfort to our lives over the past two years and I’m so thankful for that sweet face, that beachy Beyoncé hair and that unrestrained “loooove meeeee!!!” vibe she puts out. Haha. She’s the best! #goldendoodle #andiecam
We enjoyed yet another fabulous meal with friends at our favorite restaurant last night and it was amazing as always! Delicious food, deep conversations and the best table in the house made for the perfect end to our day in the city. And what made it even better was that @darrenhansen spotted THE @chefreneeerickson on his way to the restroom, quickly came back to the table, and told me “Renee is here!” I then promptly lost my shit and proceeded to leave the table and pace around in the hall like a weirdo until he came back. And by then, somehow I worked up the courage to say hello. And I’m so glad we did. She’s as awesome as I imagined her to be and was incredibly kind, warm and down to earth. I’ve long admired her as a businesswoman, chef, and visionary and we’ve cooked many a meal from her cookbook (#reneeday) and eaten our way through all of her restaurants in Seattle — with Walrus being our all time favorite. We can never get enough. Sooo, needless to say, we’re total fan girls, and it was such a day/life- maker to finally get to meet her in person. Dead. I can’t even!
A touch of the feminine with the otherwise masculine vignette in our guest room creates a moment I’m kinda into. Who knew this #neutralsforever guy could be on board with pink peonies from the garden?! Ha. And while this year’s harvest is officially bloomed out, we had a good run for sure. Until next year my pretty friends ... RIP! 😝
I can’t help it. I love being on, in, or next to water. 💦 I grew up in a grove of aspens with a creek running through it (no not like actually in the woods like Mogli but in a house on a creek ... although, I did build forts in the woods and race sticks down said creek, so basically ... I am man! Ha!) 💪🏻 I swam competitively through high school and yes one team photo in the archive shows evidence of a sunscreen application / accidental nap on the boat mishap that very true to form. 🏊🏻♂️ I used to surf a ton when I was young, tan, and gutsy. In fact, my senior year of high school I actually surfed more than I snowboarded. Hang ten, brah! 🏄🏻♂️ We now live on a creek (hello #shipsencreeksidecottage) and I love it here. I fell in love with the property before we even saw the house which in retrospect probably terrified Darren because the house needed some serious work. #sorrynotsorry 🏡 I make most decisions in life around these considerations. “Is there a water view?” “Is it on the water?” “How close is the beach / lake / creek / river / pool?” “Does it have a hot tub?” “Where’s the flamingo floaty?” “How’s the surf?” 🌊 So basically, I’m the water boy. And I neeeeeeed it in my life. Reason 348 Seattle is my jam ... water + mountains. It’s my happy place man! What’s your happy place? Tellllll meeeeee!!
Word. Or perhaps it really should say más vacay. Who’s with me?