Kensington Cottage

Welcome to Kensington Cottage…
 On September 15, 2008, when Andrew came out and said, “It’s a girl!”, my mom said, “I’m going to build her a house.”  Well…she did (or at least she paid someone to).  Kensington Cottage has been my mom’s special little project for over two years.  Yesterday, was the big reveal.  This house is SPECTACULAR.  Custom built, every little detail is hand crafted (seriously…other than the shingles, every.single.detail was built by hand).  It has power, lights, doors and windows that open and close, and of course, air conditioning (it is Texas, right?).  This is my mom and dad’s labor of love for their grandkids.  (Smith gets to play inside too:)).  Come on in and check it out…

 Dutch doors make things so much more fun!  Kensington’s waving “hi” from inside.

 They are saying “come in and see the interior!”.

 The savvy mantle that also has their A/C unit.

 Each kiddo has his/her own toy box.

 We found out Mr. Tab would be gone this Memorial Day weekend, so we invited our good friends Erika, Ebby Lee and Nixon over to celebrate with us!

 I took this picture as it was getting dark.  I wanted to capture the front porch lights and the little lamp glowing from within.
 The lovely thing about Kensington Cottage is that it’s right next to Lovie’s pool :).  So, we swam too!

 Papa Jay and Smith on their float

 We love our Lovie!

 Dude!  This little guy LOVES the water!  He has no fear!  This is very different from having a little girl.  Smith would jump right in like it was no big deal.  He mastered kicking under the water and was full-on ready to dive off the deep end if we’d let him!

 Ebby Lee relaxing before dinner
 Kensington too

This was the best picture Jenna could get of the kiddos together.  Kensington wouldn’t keep her finger out of her mouth.  What’s that about??  I love these little guys!
Yesterday was a great day!  We had 27 people at our little party.  They were 27 of my very favorite people!  Thank you so much Mom and Dad for hosting us.  Most of all, thank you for making my kids feel so special and so loved.  We love you!


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  • Aubrey May 29, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    HOLY SMOKES! This is soooooo awesome. Tell Lovie and Papa Jay (is it weird that they seem like personal friends…) that I am impressed!

    P.S. Can Ella, Kate, and I come and have a slumber party sometime?! 🙂

  • Jody May 30, 2011 at 2:29 am

    Holy GUACAMOLE! That is every little girls dream house 🙂 So fun, So sweet!!

  • Nancy Jennings May 30, 2011 at 11:31 pm

    That is PRECIOUS!! What an awesome house!!

  • Sheaffer, Chris, Scout, and baby Carter May 31, 2011 at 1:55 am

    WOW!!!!!!! I love that house. Every detail….right down to the darling door mat. The House That Lovie built ROCKS!

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  • The Gleasons June 2, 2011 at 11:55 am

    So sweet! Love the little cottage. 🙂

  • Christina June 5, 2011 at 12:52 am

    Kensington Cottage is the most beautiful playhouse I have ever seen. Really gorgeous! What a beautiful gift 🙂

  • rackersfamily June 8, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    cute, cute, cute, cute. seriously. cutest little cottage e.v.e.r.

  • Anonymous July 10, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    Saw this cottage on tv last night when Emily came to meet your family. So cute.

  • Decatur Marble & Granite Works July 12, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    I saw this on TV, as well! Your little family is absolutely precious!! You are very blessed. P.S. I love Sean!!!

  • SSM July 16, 2012 at 1:20 am

    Hello Shay,

    Thank you for fixing the link so I could take a look.

    We purchased the same vintage kitchen for our daughter in white.

    Love it! 🙂

  • Molly July 19, 2012 at 4:16 am

    Okay… I want to live with Shawn in Kensington Cottage!!!
    Seriously though, your brother is amazing… he showed true class and maturity throughout the entire show. I am his biggest fan!

  • Anonymous May 22, 2014 at 6:14 am

    Do you know the paint colors to the cottage? I love them!

  • Felissa Woods December 30, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    Just fell in love with this blog!…Thank you, for sharing!!
    The Bluebird Camper

  • ev rossing March 19, 2016 at 12:36 am

    We just purchased a little 13×13 cottage on the lake. Would love to use your outside colors. Do you happen to know what paint brand and colors you used? If you do would love to know so we can paint our new little cottage these colors. When we are done we will send you a photo. Just fell in love with this dollhouse. Thanks so much, Lona

  • Mary June 22, 2016 at 5:30 pm

    Would love to know the paint colors too, if possible. Thank you!