Archive of ‘cottage living’ category

Rustic Farmhouse Lakeside Cottage: When the farm meets the water.

Summers for my family are mostly spent outdoors at the Lake but if you’re a HGTV junkie like me you’re probably glued to Fixer Upper on Tuesday nights. Whether a new episode or rerun I still can’t get enough of Joanna and Chip Gaines’s casual farmhouse style of neutral decor, reclaimed woods, organic color palettes, and ALL that rusty […] Read more…

How to Paint Horizontal Stripes in a Day

I can still remember the first time that I painted stripes. It was in my daughter’s nursery and it took me forever. Well, actually three days and that seemed like forever. “Practice Makes Perfect” as the saying goes and boy is that true. After 20 years of painting I have mastered the art of painted stripes. Here’s […] Read more…

Farmhouse Black & White Painted Checkered Floor

Do you love the look of the farmhouse black and white checkered floor? There’s a common thread on my Pinterest boards when it comes to floors. I am constantly pinning painted floors!  Solid colors, patterns, faux painted rugs and just about everything else. When we were renovating the cottage I even painted the damaged floors […] Read more…

Happy Fall Y’All: Simple Pumpkin Painting DIY

Every September when the leaves start to change color and the air gets a bit chilly here in Upstate New York I know Fall and Halloween are just around the corner.  I love bringing out the fall decorations.  There are simple and often inexpensive way to add the warm colors of the season to your home. Inspiration Last […] Read more…

It’s True Love: I Can’t Resist Pillows

  You all know that I have an unhealthy obsession with accent pillows.  All shapes and sizes. Big, small, vintage, fuzzy, velvet, beaded, tapestry, cotton, silk, everyday and seasonal. You get it. There are never too many on a bed or sofa and you can never own too much of them! I have quite a considerable sized […] Read more…

Patterns, Paint, Poufs and Porches.

This week my good friend from college and her daughter are coming to visit the cottage for the first time. I wanted to make their short stay as comfortable as possible. The weather forecast is a good one and we’re sure to spend most the time outside on the water or inside the screened in […] Read more…

The Itsy Bitsy Cottage Kitchen Makeover

I will never forget he first time I walked into the cottage I said to my husband  “These cabinets dividing the kitchen and the living room have got to go!”  And on closing day we remove the cabinets under the soffit and it immediately made the kitchen seem more spacious. Aside from removing the curtains and blinds […] Read more…

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