Front Door Facelift

Distance by Sherwin Williams | Cottage | Farmhouse | Dining Room | Entry

"The art of feeling happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things." -Henry Ward Beecher I decided to go for it. No charcoal gray though. Nope- I decided to go with a sort of "dusty blueberry" instead. It's called Distance (Sherwin-Williams) and it sure makes me feel … [Read More...]

More Decorating In The Dining Room

Susie Harris Sign Art | Shell | Shelf | Dining Room | Decorating | Cottage | Country | Farmhouse

"Arranging a bowl of flowers in the morning sun can give a sense of quiet in a crowded day - like writing a poem, or saying a prayer." -Anne Morrow Lindbergh I think the same goes for potting a plant. What is it about sinking our hands into the soil, you know? :-) I got the basket on … [Read More...]

Dining Room Decorating

Farm Decor | Farmhouse | Country | Cottage | Decorating

"Think about making do, and doing what you can with what you have. Think about finding value in what already is." -Carmella Rayone I found some value in what already was this weekend. :-) That secretary that used to be in our kitchen? I dragged it into the dining room. It was just the … [Read More...]

I Want You To Have This

Compendium Products | Live Inspired Dot Com

A whole box full of goodies from It's all from the folks at Compendium and here's what the (randomly-chosen) winner will receive: - The 10 Book - The 10 Journal - "Expecting You" (A Keepsake Pregnancy Journal) - The 2 Book - The 2 Journal - 6 "Motto" … [Read More...]

Breathe It All In And Love It All Out

BlogThreads Dot Com | Breathe It All In T-shirt | The Lettered Cottage

Okay- it’s Blog Threads day! 😀 Like I mentioned yesterday, we'll be using any proceeds from this (2-day) sale to book a trip back to Haiti so that we can do some more bonding with our boy. (Thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart to anyone who purchases one!) We'll also be sending 20% of … [Read More...]

May Design

Featured Image

Happy Monday! I've had lots of requests for a new Blog Threads t-shirt (which is very kind of y'all that have asked!), and we're hoping to go bond with our Sweet P again at the end of July, so I thought I'd create another one to release as a fundraiser this week. We got a very encouraging … [Read More...]

A Heron Painting For the Dining Room

Heron Painting by Ruthie Carlson | The Lettered Cottage

“Creativity is the Blue Heron within us waiting to fly; through her imagination, all things become possible.” -Nadia Janice Brown Meet Hazel the heron: My friend Ruthie painted her...with a palette knife. I know, right?! Blows me away, the things she creates with that knife of … [Read More...]

Armoire Reveal (Beadboard Wallpaper)

Sunroom | The Lettered Cottage | Gray Cashmere Armoire | Gray Lake Walls | Plate Collection

This Gray Cashmere is such a chameleon color! Sometimes it looks blue, sometimes it looks gray…I just love it! The handles (which weren't the ones I had originally planned to use) came from Etsy... …and the hats came from my stash. It was Kevin's idea to hang them there, and I squealed … [Read More...]

Vintage Paint-by-Number Paintings

Paint By Number Horses | Paintings | Laundry Room | Waterslide by Dutch Boy

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” -Thomas Merton I finally hung those old paint-by-number paintings up this weekend. I clamped them inside two vintage pants hangers in the laundry nook, in the hallway upstairs. I figured anything hanging from a vintage … [Read More...]

Plant Stand and Painting


"Aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands." -1 Thessalonians 4:11 (ESV) It was a quiet, work-with-my-hands kind of day, and here's what I can tell you: putting old plant stands to good use is fun, and doing math is not. :-) The stand came … [Read More...]

Must-Visit Places: Jo’s Coffee Shop

Queen Bee | Jos Coffee Shop | Mount Pleasant | Texas

We're home from Texas and I've been so excited to share some photos from our trip with you! While Kevin was at soundcheck at The Mission Church on Thursday, I decided to walk around the square in downtown Mount Pleasant. I haven't ventured off by myself in a while (my recent health issues … [Read More...]

Hanging Art

Vintage Horse Paint By Number Paintings

“There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.” ―Winston Churchill I've always been a sucker for a vintage paint-by-number. Whether it's a collection of individually framed ones... (Country Living) …or a huge wall mural... (Camp … [Read More...]

Mary Lynn’s Sunroom – Pick My Presto

Sunroom Inspiration

“Design is an opportunity to continue telling the story, not just to sum everything up.” ―Tate Linden A sweet gal named Mary Lynn (from Ohio) recently wrote me asking for some design advice for her 3-season porch. She told me she wanted to change everything, and sent me a few photos of the … [Read More...]

I Heart Donna Tucker Art

Bubble Art | Donna Tucker | Print | Painting | Kids Room

I went to an art festival with my mom and her hubby about a week after I got home from Haiti. It was so much fun to wander around with them in that environment! They both lean handmade/handcrafted, and seeing what makes their hearts sing makes me appreciate those kinds of things (and them!) all the … [Read More...]