How To Make Pillows


The last time I went over to my friend Ashley’s house, I broke one of her bar stools… (Like a bull in a china shop, I tell ya.) …so imagine my surprise when she agreed to let me back in her house so that we could make pillows together this week! We dubbed our day […]

Flowers and the Flea Market


A crazy Southern sky full’a storm clouds didn’t stop me and my Mom from hitting up a local garden center’s Spring open house event this past weekend. We were like kids in a candy store amongst all the pretty flowers and plants. Mom was on a mission to find us a couple of hanging pots […]

California Country Style


The other day, I discovered an awesome blog written by an gal named Kelley… She and her family used to live here, in Corona Del Mar, California… Kelley spent four fun-filled years decorating the place from top to bottom… But on September 29th of last year, she published a blog post titled SOLD. Kelley confessed […]

Barn Light Giveaway


One day, we’d like to move out to the country and into a farmhouse like the one I grew up in. Can’t ya just see it? No? How ’bout now? Sorry…I couldn’t resist. Anywho…we’ve got a really cool farm-related giveaway for you today. One of our spectacular sponsors, Barn Light Electric, is gonna hook up […]

Spring Decorating

Thinking Spring

Once upon a time there was a bare nekked fireplace… (and a stretchy little dog named Maximus Minimus) …and a girl with a major case of Spring fever… She had a buncha’ fun decorating that bare nekked fireplaces’ mantel for Spring last year… …but she wants to do something totally different this year. And don’t […]

How to Paint Furniture E-book

Creating Your Masterpiece

I heart Shaunna West… She’s one of my very best friends in the whole weird world, and in addition to writing a great blog, raising two cutie pie kiddos, and selling truckloads of pretty, previously-loved furniture- she also just released an amazing e-book called, ‘Creating Your Masterpiece‘. It’s about working with furniture, and it’s jam-packed […]

The Kids Room – Flooring

Layla Palmer

Yesterday was such a roller coaster of emotions. First, channel after channel of horrifying earthquake and tsunami footage. So, so scary and sad.  I just stood there praying and watching in shock until it was time for me to head over to Ashley’s house. She, Shaunna, Rhoda and I had plans to visit Ikea and meet The Pioneer […]


New Home Office

Hi. We’re Kevin and Layla- but this week, you can call us Dusty and Sandy. We rented a big, powerful toy to sand back our hardwood floor with, and so far, Operation: Shop-vac has been the best part. Here’s a little video footage of our first, dusty day… (Click here to view the video on YouTube) […]

Office Setup

Guest Bedroom at the Lettered Cottage

Things are gettin’ wild over here. Furniture and belongings are crammed into rooms they don’t normally live in. Dust and extensions cords cover almost every surface in the entire house. The only room that’s even semi-clean is our master bedroom. Semi, because we’re currently using all 225 square feet of it as our bedroom, office […]

Perpetual Calendar

Wood Calendar

I’ve got a thing for vintage perpetual calendars. I’ve been smiling at this one every morning since it arrived on my doorstep… It came packaged in that cute, little cardboard box…all the way from my friend Mary’s shop. It’s not only one the happiest-little-things-I-ever-did-own, it’s super easy to operate too… Those are the metal messages […]