To Dwell: to reside; to live in a given condition, as in, “to dwell in happiness”. What a beautiful word; we do not just live in our homes, we dwell there. Come with me to visit my friends in their homes in the series called “Real Women*Real Spaces”. These are regular women, but by no means ordinary! I want to capture them in the rooms they love, in the homes where they dwell in happiness…and in a style unique to each.

I had a visit with Cheryl (and Nancy) the other day. We had tea and conversation, and it was lovely. I was anxious to see her home because she is British and wondered if her home would feel like a cottage. Well, I was not disappointed! I guess maybe the first give away was the English Ivy growing on the front of her house and the second was the Twining Tea we enjoyed. Her home is an adorable Cape Cod style. Here are just a couple of her rooms.


love the old brick!

I have always been a sucker for a spiral staircase, haven’t you?


Living Room:

an amazing wall of book cases!


Such a nice morning! Thanks Cheryl for letting me take some pictures.

Here is her delicious  ’Flapjack” recipe:

(at first I thought she made us pancakes!)

pre-heat 350 degress

1 stick butter

1/4 cup brown sugar

4 Tablespoons agave

vanilla (optional)

melt butter, sugar and agave on low heat until sugar dissolves, 5 minutes.

stir in 3 cups of Quick Cook Oatmeal

press in to square pan (should be 1″ thick)

bake 20 minutes or until golden

cut into squares, then let cool

Cheryl added some seeds and craisins: so add what you like

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