So while things have been getting demolished to smithereens in our farmhouse this last week, our family has moved into the guest cottage. It had a little facelift of its own during December and January so we started with a blank slate. My goals for the space since we are living here for three months while our house is being renovated are: 1) Make it […]
I’ve been working on a design board for Hannah’s room once the renovation is done. She’s over the electric coral walls (thank goodness) and ready to start fresh. Hannah is a total bibliophile and has stacks of books piled everywhere in her room. When I asked what she would like done to her room during the reno, her only request was built-in bookshelves. Being a […]
Well, the temperature has dropped and the hot beverage intake around here has increased. You know what that means… time to clear a little spot on the kitchen counter for a hot beverage station. You can see our past ones here, here and here. As usual, I kept it simple…using items I already had on hand. I dressed up the jars with red and […]
In establishing the value of a house, everybody knows the three most important factors are location, location, location…. To achieve beauty in your decorating, the three most important factors? texture, texture, texture. Of course color, pattern, etc. are up there too. But let’s just focus on texture today. Driving down our road this morning I noticed a smattering of flattened bright green horse apples. Beneath […]
Most homes have that room. You know the one. Oddly shaped, huge honking plaster fireplace. Too little wall space, too many windows and doors. Or maybe it’s just me? Our family room is mission impossible. The fact that we have a 7,000 foot long leather sectional doesn’t help matters much. But we’re not moving anytime soon (I hate to even utter those words…they always come […]
Summertime in our kitchen means blue and white. I’m not a big “holiday decorator” but love to change things up seasonally. I’m very fickle when it comes to decor, but one thing that I never tire of is blue and white. It’s so classic. The fun for me is finding and collecting it. Every single piece I own has come from thrift stores or garage […]
Wow you guys. Thanks so much for the sweet comments and facebook and pinterest love! As promised, I’m back today with the details. I’ll try my best to remember everything but if I leave something out, just ask in the comments. Okay…the details. You know the expression, “The devil is in the details” meaning the details are the hard part? The details are my favorite […]
Just sharing photos today…details are coming tomorrow!
tap tap tap… is thing thing on??? Boy did I have a nice, long blog break! Thank you for all the nice messages and emails making sure I’m okay. I’m A-Ok. Excited for a new year…I love fresh starts. Speaking of fresh, I’ve been refreshing our kitchen adding touches of white, silver, grey, and some shimmery mercury glass. I found this antique trunk at my friend’s […]
The cottage bath is finished. It’s not a makeover because it’s been a hodge podge since we moved in over a year ago… I was stalled for several months searching for the perfect cabinet for towels. Once I found it, everything else fell into place. Starting with the antler makeover. They just make me smile. The interior of the cabinet (previously a horrible red color) […]
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