Archive of ‘Entertaining’ category

Thanksgiving Entertaining: High-Low Style

Thanksgiving Dinner: Giving Thanks High-Low style

Each October as the leaves start to change colors and the air gets cooler I get excited for my favorite season.  Nothing says autumn and Thanksgiving like watching football, getting out the sweaters, raking leaves and making warm meals. I’ve never been the person that keeps the nice China squirreled away up in the attic. I use it […] Read more…

Before and After Family living room makeover

Not Your Grandma’s House Anymore: Family Room Makeover

There’s nothing I love more than helping clients, friends and family bring a vision to life and help them realize that a tired house really can be updated for a modern and family-friendly lifestyle. So when my client Rebecca came to me with pictures of a house that she and her husband Matt bought through a family friend […] Read more…

Patterns, Paint, Poufs and Porches. Entertaining with small spaces by MemeHill.com

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 kitchen renovation at the Itsy Bitsy Cottage

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…

DIY Farm table for 14 please

Farm Table for 14 please

As most of you know I come from a big Italian family.  My sister, her family and my niece and nephew live on our street. My aunt lives one street over from us. My parents live in walking distance from us in addition to having cousins and other family members so close it’s a given we […] Read more…

Adding rustic and family friendly charm to the Itsy Bitsy Lakeside Cottage

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…

Finding color inspiration for the Itsy Bittsy Cottage renovation

Ikat Love: Finding color inspiration for the Itsy Bitsy Cottage

Often at the beginning of a job I began with an inspiration picture, artwork or piece of furniture that I use that as the diving board for the rest of my design.  Last year, I came across these super fun  Lakeside Swivel Chairs ( yes I said swivel! Click on the link for all the great […] Read more…

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