Archive of ‘cottage living’ category

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

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.  They are simple and often inexpensive way to add the warm colors of the season to your home. Last year, […] 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…

The Itsy Bitsy Cottage No Wake Zone

It’s hard to believe that just over 9 months ago we started this remodeling rollercoaster!  And although the cottage is so small the project ride never seemed to end. The great room was one of the reason why we bought this cottage.  It’s open space and vaulted ceiling gives the illusion that the space is so much larger than […] Read more…

Itsy Bitsy Lakeside Cottage Master Bedroom DIY Headboard

As some of you may know last spring I worked on a new restaurant in downtown Rochester that was built from scratch in a warehouse factory. The owners had purchased reclaimed wood floors to be put into the restaurant that came from an old Ohio mitten factory. After all the reclaimed wood floors were installed, there was a […] Read more…

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