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March 25, 2012 / Linda Hartong


I walk by this cottage every trip we make to  Carmel. 

I am so taken by the picket fence, roses and arbor. I photograph it often and post the photos on flickr ( a photo sharing site).

Many people are quite taken with it including author Debbie Macomber. She loves it so much , she has one of her artists contact me about using the image for one of her book covers. Of course, I am thrilled and contact the owner who gives her permission. In the end , Mrs Macomber uses this image for the cover

– but I think I see that the cottage was the inspiration. 

This trip when I walk by, the No Parking sign is gone.  I walk down the path past the kissing rabbits

The inquisitive turtle

And the resident “guard” bird

The white bench by the door informs me that this is Daisy’s Place

I tack a note on the door for the owner

And make my way around the yard

Within a few days, I find that the house is for sale. I also find out that it is on Carmel’s Historic Register of Homes and was the first home of Daisy Bostick.

Daisy was a San Jose high school teacher who first came to Carmel in 1910, living for a time with the Perry Newberry family. She was an early manager of the Pine Inn, one of the dance directors of the forest Theater and sold the first advertising for the Pine Cone newspaper in 1915.

 After a trip to Europe, she returned to Carmel in 1918 and sold real estate while working as a writer. She purchased the garage that occupied this site and converted it into her first Carmel home in 1920-21. Bostick continued to purchase real estate and design or remodel residential housing units.

 She is best remembered for her writing and publication of “ Carmel at Work and Play”, w/ Dorthea Castelhun in 1925. Carmelites owe her much, for she was either at the scene of or a part of much of what was going on, and took the time to make notes about it all.

 Bostick’s characterization of Carmel residential housing in 1925 could be a description of her Lincoln St. Home. “…most of the houses look as if they had grown as naturally as the pines. Little low redwood cottages snuggle in among the silver trunks of oaks, they hide back of masses of wild lilac or peep out over the tops of quaint, moss flecked wooden palings.”

The second owner added the east wing in 1925 and yet another owner added the south wing in 1931, all in keeping with the original cottage character of the building.


Carmel builders, Don McBride and Frank Bruno  remodel and restore the the historic house that sits on two lots.. The restoration inclueds high ceilings, a great room, two stone fireplaces, library, three bedrooms and 2.5 baths. 

When I learn the house is being held open, of course I make time to visit.

I love the simple, cushioned bench in the entry.

From there it is one step up to the great room 

with its vaulted ceiling 

and window seat

As I turn toward the library

A pillow announces “one can never have too many DOGS”. 

I love the cozy feeling in this 

Book lined room.

A bowl of shells is on the table.

Back out to the dining part of the Great Room 

Open to the kitchen with its smashing turquoise blue cabinets

From here one has a lovely view of this entire space.

A hallway passes by one side of the kitchen

And another hallway leads

to the Master bedroom

The french door lead to the front patio I like so much 

Blueware perches on a ledge over the window.

The master bath is quite elegant

Love the sink and faucets.

Back out down the hall

Past display shelves in the hall

And more shells

Now down a short flight of stairs to two small guest rooms

One of which opens to the side yard.

They share a bath

I love the way the owner has repeated her seashells around the house.

She has her copy of Daisy’s book ( newly reissued) proudly displayed on her coffee table.

She has collected many pieces of art by Suzannne Etienne  and I am so taken with it I include the link for us. The Art of Suzanne Etienne

What a treat to have visited “Daisy’s Place”.


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  1. Kay / Mar 25 2012 12:34 pm

    What an absolutely charming home….love everything about it……..thank you so much for the tour!

  2. janet bishop- magina / Mar 25 2012 1:05 pm

    Thanks Linda,

    I am also a fan of Suzanne Ettienne’s work. Love Daisy’s place, so charming and serene 🙂

  3. Gretta Faun / Mar 25 2012 2:52 pm

    Love it…love it…love it. So inviting and cozy. Thank you!

  4. Carolyn / Mar 25 2012 7:09 pm

    Charming. I love the board and batten interior walls and the unexpected turquoise kitchen. Your blog posts are always such a treat. They feed my storybook cottage addiction, especially when it’s harder and harder to find these kinds of things in magazines any more. Congrats for having your photo serve as inspiration for a novel cover.

  5. Annie / Mar 26 2012 12:56 am

    Congrats on the book cover, that is truly exciting!

  6. Kjm / Mar 26 2012 2:01 am

    Great house! I could settle in there nicely!

  7. tammy j / Mar 30 2012 10:14 am

    i think this is my favorite one yet inside! just enough to make it cozy, yet it’s uncluttered.

  8. The SageBook Whisperer / Aug 30 2012 3:02 am

    I want to spend everyday,every hour,eat my meals,entertain my friends,curl up with a book & tea,gather a few for a Wine Tasting,Birthday party,Christmas Dinner,bring in the New Year,sit under the Stars…HERE!!!…I want to share my Life with this cottage……I love it!

  9. Pat ~ Mille Fiori Favoriti / Feb 22 2013 12:46 am

    This is such a charming cottage and your post and photographs are enchanting.! I visited Carmel two summers ago and fell in love with the community. I’m looking forward to reading more of your blog! Thank you.

  10. CarloS C / Apr 7 2013 2:08 am

    Can you imagine a rainy afternoon in this house? maybe in winter with the fireplace on…..OMGGGGGGG

  11. Frances Adams / Jul 7 2013 4:04 pm

    Daisy Bostick was my Grandma Fox O’Neil’s half sister. My uncle Ray O’Neil used to help Daisy garden and stay with her. I am so glad I found this. Frances Adams

  12. aaronswife23 / Jan 5 2014 5:50 pm

    Is there a way for you to find out the exterior paint colors of her house? I love the smokey blue/gray house with that amazing red door!

  13. aaronswife23 / Jan 5 2014 5:51 pm

    Could you PLEASE find out what color the exterior of her house is and the color of her red front door? Thanks so much!!

  14. Maureen / Oct 11 2014 11:57 pm

    What a lovely, charming little bungalow. I would love to live here.

  15. Dawn / Aug 12 2015 4:24 am

    Thank you for sharing these pictures. It is like visiting Daisy’s lovely lovely place. I kept on saying “ahhhh, ahhhh”.

  16. Brenda Knapper / Feb 3 2017 2:12 am

    love the roman shades throughout your home….the french door roman shades, were they custom made or where can I buy them


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