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Chic and functional Back to School Mom Office Makeover

It’s Back to School & Mom needs a Office Makeover.

Back to school time not only means getting organized for kids and teachers but for busy moms too.  Tackling bus schedules, ballet rehearsals, play dates, swim classes, family functions, and work meeting require some serious organization and time management!  What a better time to get an active working mom a new home office makeover. For […] 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…

Itsy Bitsy Lakeside Cottage Master Bedroom DIY Headboard made from reclaimed flooring boards, church pews, and mirror parts.

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…

The renovation of the 744 sq. foot Itsy Bitsy Cottage on the Finger Lakes

No bones about it, She has good bones.

Hello friends.  As most of you know from past posts we’ve been feverishly trying to get our Itsy-Bitsy cottage renovated for summer. When we purchased this fixer-upper Labor Day of 2014 we knew that the renovations needed to make this place our own could not be done by the end of the year.  The previous […] Read more…

Itsy Bitsy cottage making waves renovation bathroom

Makin’ Waves at Itsy Bitsy Cottage

I’m so happy to be sharing the first room finished at the Itsy-Bitsy Cottage! This  9 x 9 square bathroom is quite large considering that the entire cottage including the front porch is only 744 ft.² In addition to the toilet, sink vanity cabinet, and shower it houses a stacked washer and dryer. When we purchased […] Read more…

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