Half Note Cottage by PVE Design

Beautiful and talented, Patricia van Essche was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. She attended the University of Cincinnati’s acclaimed College of Design, Architecture and Art, where she received a BS in Fashion Design and was awarded the school’s coveted “Golden Brush” award. For 15 years she worked in New York City as a designer […]

Half Note Den/Office

Sunday, Jessica painted the room at the back of the Half Note that they plan to use as an Office/Den. Previously, when you entered the room from the Kitchen, you were surrounded by three deep red walls, and confronted by a wall of navy, plaid wallpaper. (excuse the pieced together photos again) Now, the same […]

Half Note Kitchen

Jessica painted the Kitchen on Saturday afternoon. Here are the “before and currently’s”: BEFORE: CURRENTLY: BEFORE: CURRENTLY: Unfortunately I don’t have a BEFORE shot of this side of the Kitchen, but here’s how it looks now… CURRENTLY: I had some leftover chalkboard paint, so Jessica painted the rectangle on the old ironing board closet with […]

Junkin’ with Jessica

This morning I woke up at 4:30 a.m. to go junkin’ with Jessica, to see if we could find anything for them to use in their little “Half Note”. Yes, I said 4:30. And, yes, I said A.m. It’s 8:00 p.m right now and I will be hitting the proverbial hay within minutes of publishing […]

"Half Note Cottage"

Hello!After giving it some thought, Jessica and Eric have affectionately named their sweet little home the “Half Note Cottage”. Let me explain. To say that Jessica and Eric are “music lovers” would be a major understatement. Music is the very central essence of them. It is their experience, their thoughts, their refuge. They believe that […]

Technical Difficulties…Help!

I’ve had several people write and say that my most current blog posts are not showing up in their Google Reader. I know VERY little about this side of things, and was wondering if anyone out there in Blogland might be able to tell me why this might be happening. The only thing I have […]

Porter Family Kitchen Island Re-do

Meet Lisa Porter. Her blog is The Lisa Porter Collection. I highly recommend you stop by and visit her, if you haven’t already done so. It’s one of the prettiest places on the web! She has impeccable taste, and is one amazing and inspiring lady! I just had to show you what she and her […]

Maple Street Marvel

About two miles from our Lettered Cottage, sits a bona-fide Southern Charmer… It’s listed for sale for $199,900. Dreamers to the cores of our beings, Kevin and I love to visit places like these to draw inspiration from their charming architectural details and symphonies of colorful landscaping. Imprinting images like these into your subconscious mind […]


I’m pumped to announce the latest Lettered Cottage shop creation- the Shellbox! These “works of heart” are created by my Mom , Jude, and this is how she describes them- Shellboxes are available in three finishes. Honey maple, distressed black, and distressed white. (Edited to add: The honey maple and distressed white are currently unavailable!) […]

Washington Post, April 9th, 2009

Yippee! I was thrilled to learn that our blog was mentioned in the Washington Post on February 26th, 2009…. …and again this past week. Woo hoo! Writing this blog has quickly become one of my favorite hobbies. I thoroughly enjoy reading through each and every comment that is left for us. I can’t tell you […]

Nashville Tennessean

I just learned that my blog was mentioned on Saturday, April 11, 2009 in Nashvilles “Tennessean” newspaper. Apparently, it was in the LIFE section (D), on page 2D, under “Daily Crave”. This is what it said: “Get Clicking For Design Ideas” Do-It-yourselfers should check out The Lettered Cottage (theletteredcottage.net), which offers interior and exterior design […]

Lettered Cottage Gift Certificates

I’ve had some requests for “Lettered Cottage” Gift Certificates, so here are the buttons for you to choose from: Click on the button below to purchase a $20 Gift Certificate: Click on the button below to purchase a $35 Gift Certificate: Click on the button below to purchase a $50 Gift Certificate: Click on the […]