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    About Layla

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

    Kitchen Update – Frosty Carrina Countertops

    I blogged about one side of our newly-painted green/gray/blue kitchen island last week… …and I’m back today with a few shots of how she looks now- all topped in Caesarstone’s Frosty Carrina! I love how it picks up on the old paint … Continue reading

    Old Corbel | Tuxedo Cat | Heather Gray Kitchen Island

    Kitchen Update – Island Makeover

    Did I say Rosemary Gallery? I meant Heather Gray. Kevin wasn’t 100% sure about painting the island such a deep green, so we went with a color that we both felt 100% about instead. (I’m a paint color junkie, so switching it … Continue reading

    The Lettered Cottage Kitchen | Heather Gray Island | Gray Owl Walls | Simply White Cabinets and Trim | Cottage | Farmhouse

    Haiti Adoption – Knotts Family Gotcha Day!

    This was the sky in Alabama last Friday night…June 13th, 2014… …the night Gary and Amanda flew back from Haiti with their twin boys… It was almost midnight by the time they landed in Birmingham, but we were all SO excited … Continue reading

    Haiti Adoption | Gotcha Day

    Sarah’s Fireplace Dilemma – Pick My Presto

    Do you know Sarah from Cozy. Cottage. Cute? She and I have been talking about her fireplace plans, and I thought I’d share an idea I came up with in Photoshop yesterday. First though, here’s what she’s workin’ with: It’s … Continue reading

    Pottery Barn Living Room Fireplace

    Living Room Update – Two Sofas It Is!

    Okay! Here is the final tally on the poll I posted the other day… …and here’s the inspiration photo I put together in Photoshop again: I’m happy to report Kevin’s fully on board with the two sofa layout now, too! … Continue reading

    Living Dining Room Layout

    Living Room Update – Furniture Layout

    I looked back at the poll I posted last week… …and the results inspired me to play around with a photo of our living room so that Kevin could get a better picture of what I am seeing in my … Continue reading

    Living Room | Idea 1

    23 Bungalow Court – House Tour

    The alley behind our house backs up to a cute little area called Bungalow Court. Just through that arbor, there are six adorable bungalows…three on the left, facing three on the right. I’ve always wanted to see the inside of the last one … Continue reading

    Bungalow House

    Kids Room Update

    Tomorrow’s the big day, y’all. My 40th birthday…aaaaahhhhh! I’ll be robbing the cradle for a minute until Kevin turns 40 on June 28th. I was telling him last night, I don’t think I’ve ever thought too much about what life … Continue reading

    tuxedo cat | buffalo check throw | jenny lind bed from land of nod

    Decorating Around A Flat Screen TV

    I stumbled on to a really fun group on Pinterest and their work got me thinking about our fireplace. Kevin and I talk about where we’re going to (eventually) put our TV a lot when we’re sitting in our (still far … Continue reading

    Muskoka Living | Room | Fireplace

    Cottage Style Kitchen Update

    Slowly but surely our cottage-style kitchen is coming together! I’d like to decorate with some more color once we’ve got the island done, but for now, here’s where we are with the cabinets, counters and backsplash: We got the knobs from Home … Continue reading

    Cabinet Knobs From Home Depot

    Old Office Door Makeover

    Well, our old office door-turned-new hallway door makeover is complete! The finishing touch was this curtain my friend Jana made us for the back side of the door: (excuse the partially painted door trim!) Since there’s a window on the … Continue reading

    Old Office Door Makeover | The Lettered Cottage

    Adoption Update – We Got Our Letter!

    AAAAHHHH! I have looked forward to writing this post for so long I can hardly type fast enough! I have two GREAT adoption updates to share with you today! First, remember this photo of all the kiddos currently living at … Continue reading

    Kevin and Layla Adoption

    Kitchen Cabinet Makeover (How To Paint Cabinets)

    Happy Friday! Now that I’m done painting the upper cabinets, I thought I’d share some tips I found helpful along the way. As far as tools go, I used these little plastic pyramids to hold my doors while I painted … Continue reading

    Layla FI

    Kitchen Cabinet Makeover (Part One)

    Our kitchen cabinet makeover project is officially under way and I am loving this Ultra by Muralo paint! We decided to take one chunk at a time, so this week we’re working on the upper cabinets. We started by removing … Continue reading

    Painting Kitchen Cabinets | The Lettered Cottage

    How To Create A Wall Grouping

    Hello and happy Monday! I worked on a little Camp Wandawega-inspired project for Sweet P’s room last week, so I thought I’d blog about that project today. Remember the cuckoo clocks in Charlie’s nursery? Well, I’ve wanted to find one ever since I … Continue reading

    Kids Bedroom | Boys Room | Sugarboo Art | House of Belonging Art