Houzz Ideabook- Lodge Love: 7 Ways to Land the Look

Every couple of years, Kevin and I visit a charming little cabin that sits atop a woodsy mountain ridge in northern Alabama… The place we visit is called Bear Creek Log Cabins. It’s about three hours from our Lettered Cottage. It is a place of clarity, beauty, happiness and tranquility. Whenever I’m feeling stressed, I […]

Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly.

Someone sent me flowers this morning… Wasn’t that sweet of Him? Gertrude S. Wister once said, “The flowers of late Winter and early Spring occupy places in our hearts well out of proportion to their size”. I couldn’t agree more. Seeing those sunny blooms bursting from the ground this morning definitely made me feel more […]

Friendly Frames

I love the character of a great, old flea market frame almost as much as I love the character of a great, old flea market dresser. So when I spotted this old beauty, holding a huge hunk of mirror, I couldn’t get to it quick enough! The color of it was exactly what I had […]

Our New/Old Dresser

Behold the power of a SOLD tag… Don’t you just love how they protectively scream “BACK OFF- I’M SPOKEN FOR!” to all the other shoppers while you scramble to figure out whose truck you can borrow to haul home your fabulous new find? The day we spotted this delightfully, decrepit dresser I knew it would […]

Guest Bathroom Reno – Day 82

Yeah. That’s right. I said it. Day EIGHTY. TWO. That’s almost three months working in a runty room with no windows and a toilet, thankyouverymuch. Okay, fine. I haven’t spent half as much time in there as Kevin has. No, on any given day of the week you’ll find me working in my spacious (it […]

Inexpensive, Handmade Valentines Day Craft Idea

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, and a non-existent budget to shop with, I’ve been searching the internet for free-yet-fun gift ideas this past week. I fell head over heels in love with the following project and I thought you might like it too. “Library of Love” Here’s what you’ll need to get started: […]

Wall Groupings

Greetings! I’ve received quite a few emails from folks asking where we got the frames we used in our Guest Bedroom, so I thought I’d post a picture that lists the names of the stores they came from today: I forgot to point at the two black ones on the far left and right.Those came […]

Houzz Ideabook- The Fifth Element

This weeks Ideabook is all about that big ol’ space you stare up at every time you can’t sleep. The one that acts as a floor to your attic, and a roof to your rooms. It’s all about the “fifth wall”, a.k.a your ceiling! Click on the badge below to read my article and to […]

Guest Bathroom Reno – Day 74

Ahhhhhhh! There’s nothing like the smell of fresh vinyl flooring in the morning! Yesterday, we had to remove the toilet the previous homeowners installed (in 2003) so that Kevin could lay the rest of our new peel-n-stick planks underneath it. Neither of us had ever seen the bottom side of a toilet before, so we […]

The Lettered Cottage in The Nest Magazine

Last October, the fine folks from The Nest magazine sent us an email asking if we’d be interested in having our home shot for their Winter issue. Of course we were ecstatic, but since we’re soooooo far from being done fixing up the place we were also a bit hesitant to say yes. I explained […]

Calling all comments!

Hi friends! I entered a writing contest over at Skimbaco Lifestyle to try and win a ticket to the Blissdom Conference in Nashville next month. I had planned on driving up to meet everyone outside the conference, but there’s no way I can afford a $300.00 ticket to get into the conference itself. So when […]

Guest Post by Lysa TerKeurst

Going to check the mail was extraordinarily fun last week.Not because our new mailbox stands up straight and has a door on it, but because I found a wonderful gift from my friend Lysa waiting for me… Kevin and I met Lysa while we were at CBN in Virginia Beach. Lysa was on “The 700 […]

Gifts from Eddie and our "Wish" Winner

So I toooootally forgot to show photos of the gifts Eddie, Jaithan and Larson Juhl sent us home with in my last post!Duh! We got a great canvas replica of a work of art that’s displayed at the Biltmore Estate… And two old book pages that came from a book printed in the 1800’s… Aren’t […]