Dining Room Update – DIY Twine Chandelier Chain Cover

DIY Chandelier Chain Cover-Up | The Lettered Cottage

Remember that twine-covered chandelier pole we ordered through our (interior designer) neighbor, Cindy, last year? The one we added to the chandelier in our sunroom? Well, that one normally costs $49.50 through Aidan Gray, and even though we were able to order ours for $20 from Cindy, we were determined to come up with an even less expensive DIY […]

Industrial Chairs

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Well, things are still lookin’ pretty crazy around these parts- but that’s okay. Crazy = Progress when it comes to home improvement, right? A few folks asked about the metal dining chairs that showed up in the bottom corner of one of the kitchen photos I posted the other day… They’re called Marais A side chairs, and […]

Ceiling Ideas (Part 2)


We spent a little time looking this-a-way last Thursday… We spent a little time looking that-a-way too… Mr. P always gets a little worried when we get to these kinds of things… …but I cheered him on from below… …as he as he drew a close enough-style line… Woo hoo! It worked! Only four more […]

The Lettered Cottage Layout & Our Flooring Dilemmas

Carpeted Room

When Kev and I bought this place back in October of 2007, we had to tackle a couple of projects just to get the place livable before we could actually move in. First project- the floors. The carpet in the living room, hallway, reading room, office and guest bedroom was buckling up in several places […]

Check out my new tablecloth. Oops. I mean, duvet cover.

Sleeping on the dining room floor has (surprisingly) been pretty relaxing experience, but after last night, I discovered that sleeping on the dining room floor alone is the total pits! At least I had Max and Bean to suffocate snuggle me. Not to worry though, Kevin’s on his way back from Atlanta as I type. […]

The Crazy Cottage

Well, I finally got my closet cleaned out, and man was there a lot of stuff in there! Here’s a SMALL sampling of some of the things I discovered… May have to open that etsy shop back up! And imagine my surprise when I uncovered this full-size keyboard, hidden behind one of my old robes… […]

"Wonder Wall" Questions

Greetings! We had a quite a few questions on our “Wonder Wall” post, so I thought I’d tackle them here today. Nope!Removing the drywall from interior walls doesn’t change a thing.As you could probably tell in the wonder wall video, there wasn’t any insulation in the walls to begin with, and the wood was nicely […]

Our Dining Room "Wonder Wall"


Remember that hidden doorway I told you we recently discovered in our dining room… Well, today I thought I’d post the video we shot the night we uncovered it. (Warning: The following video contains un-styled hair, an un-made up face and creepy lighting conditions. Those with weak stomachs may wanna skip it.) Ta Da! Whaddya […]

Pottery Barn Knock-Off Chandelier Project

Greetings!Hope you’re having an awesome weekend! And if you’re a Mom-Happy Mother’s Day! We took our Mom’s out for lunch today, and we had so much fun hanging out with them.Love those ladies! We also continued putting the finishing touches on the dining room- we can finally see the finish line now!Yessssss! Here’s a short […]

Our White Wood Wall

Now that Kevin’s done writing lyrics, he’s really been jammin’ on our latest renovation project! Yesterday, not only did he paint the newly-uncovered wood ceiling the prettiest pale shade of gray/blue, he also added some wood in the door opening we discovered the other night… And today, he primed the whole wall with Kilz… Tomorrow, […]