• Author Archives: Layla

    About Layla

    Hey there! I'm Layla Palmer and I'm enthusiastically passionate about life, love, music and design. Welcome to The Lettered Cottage!

    Spring Houses

    “The spring came suddenly; the rains stopped, the days grew noticeably longer, and the afternoon light felt powdery, as if it might blow away.” -Jane Mendelsohn ***** Yesterday afternoon was beauuuuutiful. Sunny, blue sky and a cool, spring breeze…ahhhh! Spring … Continue reading

    Yellow Cottage

    Adoption Update – Soon

    “When people walk closely with other people, it’s the grace of God- and if we carry the priority of loving and serving our friends, we’ll impart life.” -Zeke Pipher ***** Thank you for walking so closely with me this week. … Continue reading

    Three Angels Childrens Relief Haiti

    Adoption T-shirts

    **This sale is now closed, but a HUGE thanks goes out to everyone who made it such a success! I appreciate your e-love and support so much! XO** ***** Okay! It’s t-shirt day! Like I mentioned in a previous post, … Continue reading


    Creative Characteristics

    Happy Friday! Kevin and I are getting our t-shirt sale page in order today so that we can link to it first thing on Monday morning. We’re house/kid-sitting for some friends starting later today, and it’s supposed to be beautiful … Continue reading


    Finally! Affordable, Cordless Window Shades That Fit!

    “I never get tired of the blue sky.” -Vincent van Gogh ***** We installed cordless shades in Sweet P’s bedroom this morning. It was time. We’ve been sporting paper privacy shades on all of our windows since we moved in … Continue reading

    Bruddans Window Shades | Ikea | The Lettered Cottage

    Two T-shirts

    Remember that daydream I blogged about a couple of months ago? It had to do with t-shirts. These two to be exact: I’ve got oodles of other designs floating around in my brain and on my computer, but I’m just … Continue reading

    Kevin Palmer Tshirt

    Keith the Fireman’s Living Room Reveal

    Remember Keith the Fireman? If not, let me get you up to speed before I share the before & after photos of his finally-finished living room! We met Keith at church at the very end of 2012. He was playing … Continue reading

    Throw Pillows | Rustic Contemporary Living Room | The Lettered Cottage

    Adoption Update – Invitation and Consentment

    “Keep you best wishes close to your heart and watch what happens.” -Tony DeLiso We got a call from our caseworker, Meredith, while we were at the Empowered to Connect conference on Valentine’s Day. She had a green light/yellow light … Continue reading

    Angel House Kids at Three Angels Children's Relief in Haiti

    A Fun New Friend And Her Fabulous Old House

    I had the pleasure of spending a little time inside this brick beauty yesterday… It belongs to a fun new friend, and it was such a treat to meet her and her house! I couldn’t resist taking some photos while … Continue reading

    Blue Traditional Rug | Neutral Armchairs | Bamboo blind

    Farmhouse Fresh Lighting

    Did I tell you I decided to repaint the ceiling in our little one’s room? Yep. We had some leftover Gray Lake paint, and after the planked walls went Simply White, that ceiling was just begging to be barely-blue! The … Continue reading

    Barnlight Electric Industrial White Bedroom Ceiling Light

    Stairwell Decorating Ideas

    Now that the backdrop is done, I’ve been dreaming about how we can inject some cottage-style personality into our (blank slate, not-quite-finished) stairwell: (Don’t mind that orange-toned stair tread…that baby will be re-stained a darker, more neutral brown very soon!) … Continue reading

    Stairwell Idea 8

    World’s Longest Yard Sale

    I was tickled to find the Spring 2014 issue of Flea Market Style magazine in my mailbox this week. The World’s Longest Yard Sale article I got to be a part of last Fall starts on page 56, and seeing those … Continue reading

    Flea Market Style Magazine | The Lettered Cottage

    Stairwell Makeover – Part 3

    “The best decisions are always made at the last minute. Just know when the last minute is.” -Holly Hunt Well, I did it. I painted the previously galvanized sliding track. I taped off the wall behind it, I cleaned it … Continue reading

    Gray Owl paint cut by 50 percent | Sliding Barn Track Door

    Stairwell Makeover – Part 2

    If you sweep a house, and tend its fires and fill its stove, and there is love in you all the years you are doing this, then you and the house are together, that house is yours. -Truman Capote Well, … Continue reading

    Raised Banister

    Working and Wandering

    Whew- what a busy week! Among other things, I was painting, painting, painting, and I’m so excited to finally be able to put the finishing touches on my third episode for The Design Network this weekend. I don’t know exactly … Continue reading

    Rusted Cow Head Sculpture | Boxwood Wreath