Camp Wandawega & My Midwestern Must-Do List

Camp Wandawega | Settlers Cabin | The Lettered Cottage

"Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time." -John Lubbock It goes without saying, I think, that when you live in the South, and you find yourself … [Read More...]

Camp Wandawega 2014

Wisconsin Barn | The Lettered Cottage

per·fect  adjective /'pərfikt/ 1. having all the required or desirable elements, qualities, or characteristics; as good as it is possible to be. The drive from southern Minnesota to southern Wisconsin on Thursday certainly had all the desirable elements, qualities, and characteristics one wou … [Read More...]

She Looks For Adventure Around Every Corner & I Am Blogger, Hear Me Write!

She Looks For Adventure Around Every Corner T-shirt | Blog Threads | The Lettered Cottage

“Everyone must take time to sit and watch the leaves turn." ―Elizabeth Lawrence *** Hi, friend. :-) We're still out on the road, and I can hardly wait to tell you all about where we've been for the past few days. We got to watch Fall burst onto the scene, and after a challenging Septe … [Read More...]

October Designs

I am Blogger Hear Me Write | Blog Threads | The Lettered Cottage

Hello from the Midwest! Kevin and I made it to Minnesota just in the knick of time for my cousin's wedding and we're off on another adventure on the way back home this week. I'm looking forward to blogging all about it in a few days, but in the meantime (and speaking of adventure), I'm e … [Read More...]

Define Your Style

Define Your Style

Remember when the folks at Dutch Boy came and documented our hallway/laundry area makeover? Well, they're hosting a "Define Your Style" sweepstakes this month, and it's super easy to enter if you'd like to swing by and throw your name into the e-hat! All you have to do to enter is … [Read More...]

Building An Armoire – Part 3

Building An Armoire | The Lettered Cottage Blog

Well, we're one sanding block, a tube of caulk, some hardware, and some primer and paint away from being finished with the armoire! I snapped these pics on the way out the door this morning... Once we push it back against the wall, we'll secure it to a stud with that metal strap you can see … [Read More...]

Building An Armoire – Part 2

Whipped Mint by Behr

Hi! The armoire we're building with our friend Brian the Carpenter is coming along really great, and I wanted to share some (iPhone) pics of where we're at with it as of today. Here's a few shots of the base: I wanted it to look just like the cabinet we've got at the top of the … [Read More...]

Our Boys Bedroom – Before and After

Boys Bedroom Makeover | The Lettered Cottage

Hi! The Design Network is launching part 2 of our "Cottage Style Kids Room" webisode this morning (Monday), and they're hosting a really fun giveaway to go along with it. One lucky watcher/commenter is going to win $1000! All you have to do to enter for a chance to win is leave a … [Read More...]

Vintage Goods and Pretty Little Things

The Chapel Market Logo 2014

The Chapel Market is only one month away so I wanted to post a quick reminder here about it today! If you missed my first blog post about it, the market is located at... 1 Chapel Hill Street Pike Road, Alabama 36064 ...and there will be 17 vendors this year- seven inside the chapel, … [Read More...]

Beckie’s Fireplace – Pick My Presto

Beckies Fireplace After Photo

Remember when I blogged about my friend Beckie's fireplace: She wanted to give it a little facelift, so I sent her these four Photoshopped inspiration photos to get her creative gears turning... Well, she and her husband sold that house and moved to another state- LOL! : … [Read More...]

Building An Armoire

Old Doors from Southern Accents | The Lettered Cottage

Hi! Remember those old doors I blogged about a couple of weeks ago? They came from a house called Cliff Side Manor that was built in 1884 in Fayetteville, TN... ...and they used to be the "walls" of a very deep doorway...sort of like this: A fire consumed the house in 2004, but our d … [Read More...]

Laura’s Cottage Kitchen – Pick My Presto

Kitchen Makeover Inspiration for Laura | The Lettered Cottage

"Let us show what life means to us with our actions. Dreaming and hoping and reaching forward. What does it look like when we come alive? Let's find out." -Jon Foreman *** Hi! A gal named Laura recently emailed me this photo of her kitchen and asked if I'd throw some ideas out there for … [Read More...]

Dining Room Update – DIY Twine Chandelier Chain Cover

DIY Chandelier Chain Cover-Up | The Lettered Cottage

Remember that twine-covered chandelier pole we ordered through our (interior designer) neighbor, Cindy, last year? The one we added to the chandelier in our sunroom? Well, that one normally costs $49.50 through Aidan Gray, and even though we were able to order ours for $20 from Cindy, we were … [Read More...]

Dining Room Update – Old Chandelier Crystals

The Lettered Cottage | Dining Chandelier from Ballard Designs with Chandelier Crystals

Follow my blog with Bloglovin The recipe for a sweet little Sunday afternoon? Come home, kick off shoes, sing some more Songs, and do something fun with the old chandelier pieces your friend Kathy left on your front porch! The table and (Lourdes) chandelier are the first things you see wh … [Read More...]