Archive of ‘painted furniture’ category

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.

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…

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…

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 Mix and Match approach to Design at the Itsy Bitsy Cottage

Peace, Love and Sandy Feet! That’s what lake life is all about, right? When you live on the lake you need all the sleeping spaces you can get for your visitors. Here’s another peek into my daughter Chloe’s room where nothing really matches but it all seems to go together! Fun graphic colors and whimsical […] Read more…

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…

40, Fabulous and a Fresh Home!

Last night I was lucky enough to celebrate one of my best friends husband’s 40th birthday! Stacey, her husband Tom and their two children lives in a builder home built in the 70’s but it is anything but ordinary. Stacey has a wonderful ability to transform the mundane into the magnificant. Her neutral decor can translate […] Read more…

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