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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…

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…

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…

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…

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