• Monthly Archives: April 2009

    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 … Continue reading

    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 … Continue reading

    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 … Continue reading

    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 … Continue reading

    "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 … Continue reading

    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 … Continue reading

    The Cottage Next Door – Let the Re-do Begin!

    Over the next 6 weeks, my friend, Jessica, will be re-painting the inside of the small, yellow cottage next door to our Lettered Cottage. I will give her lots of design guidance along the way. If the weather is nice, … Continue reading

    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 … Continue reading

    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 … Continue reading


    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, … Continue reading

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    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 … Continue reading

    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 … Continue reading

    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 … Continue reading

    My $82 Fireplace Makeover

    What do you do with an outdated-looking fireplace, that has crazy proportions, for around eighty bucks? Here’s what we did! First, we bulked up our mantel by attaching wider wood to it. We used a  1”x 8” piece of plain pine … Continue reading

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