Living Room Renovation – From Open Concept to Classic Cottage

Country Living Puzzle | Yellow Cottage

"I have always loved a house that has a puzzle going." -Suzanne Pope Kevin and I started a puzzle a few weeks ago. 1000 pieces- whew! (I didn't know they'd be so small- LOL!) I love the picture so much I might never take it apart when we've finally got it all together. My mom, and my … [Read More...]

Decorating With Collections – Joanna Madden’s Cottage Style Home Tour

Joanna Madden | Wall Grouping | Rikki Snyder Photography | Style Me Pretty Living | Home Tour | Vintage Floral Paintings

“I've always admired women who had a vision and stuck to it. Because ultimately, the way you live has to be a reflection of you.” —Charlotte Moss Remember this photo from my last post? Well, today you just *have* to see the rest of Joanna Madden's house! She has such a knack for … [Read More...]

My Favorite Secondhand Stuff (Stoneware, Wall Shelves & Perpetual Calendars)

Open Eared Stoneware Crocks

"I don’t think of decorating as a science or a discipline. People always say start with the rug, but that is often the last thing I end up selecting. I begin with whatever makes my heart sing." -Deborah Buck I'm still thinking about our estate sale adventure this past weekend. What a trip that … [Read More...]

The Armoire, An Estate Sale, And The Vintage Seascape That Got Away

Blue and White Bowl IG

Kevin started priming the armoire in the sunroom this week: The wood is really drinking up the primer, so I think he's going to put on a second coat and then paint it with a durable semi-gloss paint. (Simply White by Benjamin Moore. The same color as our trim.) I'm still trying to decide what … [Read More...]

Our Suitcases Are On Stand-By

Spray Roses

"If you smile when you are alone, then you really mean it." -Andy Rooney I'm on another avocado kick. Did you know they're actually considered a fruit? Yep. Apparently they're a (single-seeded) BERRY. #whaaaaaaa? #ThingsIDidn'tKnowUntilIWas40 I went through an avocado phase at one point … [Read More...]

The Best Yes

Lysa TerKeurst | The Best Yes | Dayspring

"We have to slow the rhythm of rush in our lives so the best of who we are can emerge." -Lysa TerKeurst I'm reading The Best Yes by Lysa TerKeurst right now. Kevin found it at Lifeway and surprised me with it for Christmas. (Dayspring) It's about making wise decisions in the midst of … [Read More...]

DIY Vintage Bushel Basket & Mismatched Nesting Table #2

Apple Basket Makeover | The Lettered Cottage

Hi! Remember those mismatched nesting tables I blogged about last week? In that post, I shared that I had decided to separate our black metal nesting tables because I wanted to use a taller, wood table with the one of them, and find another smaller table to go with the other one. Well, I … [Read More...]

Oh Hi, Cottage!

Ojai Living Room | The Polished Pebble | Cottage Style

It's hard to believe it's already been almost 4 years since I first blogged about Kelley's Ojai cottage. At the time and her husband had just purchased the place, and they were just starting to fix it up. Here's a look back at the "before" photo of the exterior... …and here's how it looks … [Read More...]

Mismatched Nesting Tables

Side Table | The Lettered Cottage

“I felt like I was an arrow, pulled back and ready to be launched into something big.” ―A.B. Shepherd Kevin and I had to update our medical exams yesterday. It's been 18 months since we first had them done as a part of our (adoption) home study, and our first set is to expire in February. You … [Read More...]

Hope Heals Home Tour

Easter Brunch | Hope Heals Blog

"Reminders of beauty and hope and healing should be woven throughout the fabric of our lives, especially in our homes." Katherine Wolf I'm so glad so many of you enjoyed e-meeting Katherine here last week! If you have a chance to attend one of her and Jay's Hope Heals events in person, you … [Read More...]

Hope Heals

Hope Heals Tokens

"I want to communicate to you that I don't hang out at that place of fear...of questioning what *might* happen. I think there's something profound about hope. I think there's something so meaningful when you cling to something beyond what you know and understand. And when that's in there, deep in … [Read More...]

2015 Word Of The Year

Word-of-the-Year-Haiti-Adoption-Blog

"The real voyage of discovery consists of not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes." - Marcel Proust We get new eyes on Thursday! :-D If we want them, I mean. 2015 eyes- wow! A brand new year full discoveries just waiting to be made. Guess it's time for a new Word of the Year! … [Read More...]

Creating A Cozier Living Room

Living Room | Planked Walls On Sides Of Room

“Create with the heart; build with the mind.” ― Criss Jami I'm meeting with the fireplace man this week, and I am crossing my fingers my plan to build out our fireplace will work! See how it's flat against the wall in the (before) photo below? In order to create a fireplace/built-in … [Read More...]

Merry Christmas 2014

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"For a child has been born—for us! The gift of a son—for us! His ruling authority will grow, and there’ll be no limits to the wholeness he brings." Isaiah 9:6 (MSG) Well, Christmas is almost here (can you believe it!?), so I wanted to wish you a very one before the festivities really start to … [Read More...]