A Heron Painting For the Dining Room

Heron Painting by Ruthie Carlson | The Lettered Cottage

“Creativity is the Blue Heron within us waiting to fly; through her imagination, all things become possible.” –Nadia Janice Brown Meet Hazel the heron: My friend Ruthie painted her…with a palette knife. I know, right?! Blows me away, the things she creates with that knife of hers. I picked it up at her place the other night, […]

Front Door Colors

Blue Shotgun House

Two-story Blue (a.k.a- our besties house across the street) is getting a new exterior door color! It’s currently a purple-y shade of brown: The question is: which one? Cherry: Cranberry: Fuchsia: Grass Green: Dark Lime: Bright Lime: Sage: Yellow: Charcoal: Gray: Select your favorite option on the poll below, and thanks in advance for your […]

Jana’s Cottage Kitchen – Pick My Presto

Jana Kitchen Makeover Inspiration

My friend Jana asked if I could take a look at the kitchen in a house they’re in the process of fixing up and I couldn’t wait to see pictures of what she was workin’ with. The home has been in their family for 50 years, and they’re going to put it on the market when they’re […]

How To Make Your Houseplants Happy

Fairy Garden with items from Joann Fabrics

“There’s a fairy at the bottom of my garden, she flits in and out of my flowers. I can sit on the step here and watch her. She stays there for hours and hours. Her wings are so golden and flimsy. Her little body a few inches in size. Her heart is her biggest attraction […]

I Heart Ruthie Carlson Art

Ruthie Carlson | Art | Studio | Painting | Barn | Sheep | Birds | Angel

“At the end of the day, your hands should be dirty, your hair should be messy, and your eyes sparkling.” -Shanti Okay. That’s not exactly how Shanti’s quote originally went. The quote actually says “your feet should be dirty”, but I think our hands should to get into something messy/new/thrilling/meaningful every day too, don’t you? Y’all, […]

Hope Heals Home Tour

Easter Brunch | Hope Heals Blog

“Reminders of beauty and hope and healing should be woven throughout the fabric of our lives, especially in our homes.” Katherine Wolf I’m so glad so many of you enjoyed e-meeting Katherine here last week! If you have a chance to attend one of her and Jay’s Hope Heals events in person, you *must* go. You will be […]

Adoption Update – Five Kiddos Home in 2014!

Eisenhowers Retreat

“Courage, sacrifice, determination, commitment, toughness, heart, talent and guts. That’s what girls are made of; the heck with sugar and spice.” ―Bethany Hamilton This weekend is a BIGGIE, y’all. It wasn’t originally supposed to be anything out of the ordinary, but about three weeks ago, one of the other Angel House mamas-in-waiting typed this into existence: […]

Fall Flower Bouquets

Hanging Floral Arrangements | Evan G Cooper

“There is nothing that makes me happier than sitting around the dinner table and talking until the candles are burned down.” ―Madeleine L’Engle Is it Friday already? Man this week went whooshed by, didn’t it? I promised a post about what Evan and Lilly created in the kitchen at Kathy’s, so I’m back today with […]

DIY Lamp Makeover

Fabrics from Joann Fabrics

A few weeks ago, I blogged about a project I helped work on at my friend Debbie’s house. Remember the armoire we transformed? Well, she sent me home with one of her table lamps that day, and I’ve been thinking about how to change it for her ever since. She told me she received it as […]

Debbie’s China Cabinet Makeover

red geraniums

Today’s post was written by my friend, Debbie. We met at church a couple of years ago, and she has been such an inspiration to me! We worked on a piece of furniture at her house recently, and I thought it would be fun to invite her over here so that y’all could meet, too! […]

Haiti Adoption – Knotts Family Gotcha Day!

Haiti Adoption | 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 to be there to welcome them home! We waited and waited…and then…they appeared! Gasps and […]

Portis Family Home

Striped Wallpaper | Portis Home | Phillip Sides Interior Design | Breakfast Room

Hello! I’m back with some more photos of my friend Joy’s house today! If you missed Tuesday’s post about her kitchen, you can find it by clicking HERE. And for those who asked questions about that space, I will see Joy on Saturday, so I promise to respond to those next week! Today’s photos aren’t in […]

Portis Family Kitchen

Kitchen Island | Refrigerator | Phillip Sides | Portis Home | Range Hood

He’s home! Kevin had more music business in Michigan last week, and man did I miss him. We don’t spend much time apart, so I felt sort of like I was holding my breath the whole time he was gone. He rolled in at 11 o’clock on Thursday night after driving 14 straight hours (alone) to get home […]

My Favorite Jewelry

The Lettered Cottage | Lucy Lockets

**This giveaway has ended. Thanks so much to everyone who entered!** Y’all know about my friend Lucy’s jewelry, right? For those that don’t, she makes her creations from architectural salvage and vintage jewelry and I am just crazy about the stuff! She sent me this necklace recently, and I literally gasped when I first saw […]