A Storm, A Song And A Son

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“They say a person needs just three things to be truly happy in this world: someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for.” -Tom Bodett A winter storm blew through on Tuesday. Rain turned to ice mid-morning and our shrubs slowly leaned stiff into place with each freezing drop. By lunchtime, icy roads […]

Cottage Bathroom Makeover

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Hooray! It’s cottage bathroom makeover reveal day! Here’s a quick look back at the inspiration and ‘before’ photos… …and here’s what we had fun coming up with over the past five months! We’ve been calling it the “bird bath”, and my favorite part is definitely the sky-themed wallpaper. I love the movement and sense of whimsy […]

Our New House

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We’re in our new house, and now that the internet service is finally turned on, The Lettered Cottage is back in business! Which reminds me- a few folks have asked if we’re changing the name of our blog. We’ll still be ‘writing about life in our cottage’, so the name will stay same. Our new […]

Six-Word Love Stories

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Our e-friends, Dan Zadra & Kobi Yamada, released a book called “2” a while back… …and since Kev and I are celebrating our 8th wedding anniversary today, I thought it would be fun to blog about something lovey-dovey that Dan and Kobi included in their book. It’s called the six-word love story. Here are some examples […]

17 Ways to Add Character To Your Cottage

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We’re working on the newly-installed hardwood floor in our hallway today….sanding, staining, sealing….story of our lives- ha! I look forward to posting the before, during and after pics soon, but in the meantime, here are links to some of the other low-dough/high-smile projects we’ve enjoyed blogging about over the past few years: Transom window project- […]

Design TV – Pilot Episode

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We’re back from Suwanee, Georgia- and the room we re-did for our pilot episode for HGTV is done! It was an exciting/fast-paced five days, and we’re thrilled with how the Morrison’s living room turned out! (More importantly- so were they! Yay!) Our adventure started on Thursday, September 8th. We borrowed our neighbors Suburban because we had […]

Camp Treehouse

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“Even the most modest of projects can become something beautiful. There is no such thing as too far gone. With hope and a hammer, I believe there is always a way.” – Tereasa Surratt Boy do those words ring true in today’s Wandawega post. It’s about the latest addition to David and Tereasa’s magical campsite: a […]

The Tables

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Howdy! Hope you had a great weekend! I thought I’d blog about the tables we worked on for Kev’s parents porch makeover today. First up, there was this guy… He looked great as-is, so we didn’t do a thing to him. Then there was this guy… We primed and then painted the inside bottom of […]

Porch Ideas

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A couple weeks ago, I showed you a sneak peek of this guy… …and told you about our plan to make over the back porch at Kev’s parents house…which looked like this: Well, I’m happy to report that we finished everything up last Friday, and here’s a little video of the reveal and their reactions… It was […]