Home Office – Guest Bedroom Reveal


This room started out stinky, and quickly morphed to messy… We stained the floor that dark brown color after we ripped out the carpet, but we did a bad job, and craved a lighter look, so we sanded it back again and just used clear Varathane to seal them the second time around… Around that […]

Guest Bedroom/Home Office Update – Time To Paint!


While Kev and I have been up to our eyeballs in Christmas articles (HGTV.com likes ’em early), Brian the Carpenter has been hard a work on the closets, crown, and base boards in Kev’s office/our guest bedroom… It’s been so fun to see everything come together, and witnessing teachable moments  between he and his son […]

Popcorn Ceiling To Plank Ceiling


Remember when I did that presto change-o for Kevin’s brother, Kerry, a while back? The one where I mentioned, that he mentioned, that he wanted his living room to look more like this: Well, I’ve been blogging about what we’re doing over here at our house a lot lately, but what I haven’t blogged about […]

Cottage Style Trim


Brian finished the closet baseboards (they match our existing baseboards, yay!) and the trim around the doors and cubby holes yesterday… He brought the cutest little helper with him too… He was a little less camera shy than his Dad, so I went all paparazzi on him for a minute. He just giggled alot…. …and blew […]

Guest Bedroom/Home Office Closet And Ceiling Update


Saturday, May 26th. 3:30pm– Install the first wood plank on top of our existing textured ceiling: (There’s actually wood up above our ceilings in this part of the house, so it made for easy nail gunning. If you’re interested in doing something similar, but don’t have wood above your sheetrock, just find your ceiling joists, […]

Cottage Red


Our camera shy carpenter had to finish up a job at another house yesterday and today, but he did start cladding our closets before he left on Wednesday afternoon. So exciting! I’m probably driving him nuts at this point, but I’m just so fascinated by this whole process! Next week, he plans to finish up the […]

Wood Closets


Since this here blog acts as our virtual scrapbook, and I’m beyooooond excited about the closet project we’ve got going on at our house right now, I wanted to include a picture of our amaaaaazing new carpenter friend, Brian, in today’s post…. See him ducking down there in the right hand corner of the photo above? Turns […]

Old Closet Doors


Remember when I surprised Kev with a freshly painted home office/guest room? Well, since that day, I found a local carpenter named Brian to help us build some closets at the far end of the room, sort of like these… Our closets won’t be as wide as the ones in the inspiration photo, (we only […]

Room Inspiration: Life Of Splendor


Have you e-met Lindsay from Life of Splendor? She and her husband, Chris, bought a fixer upper a couple of years ago and I’m so excited to share their recent bathroom redo photos here today. Here’s what the room looked like when they moved in… …and here’s what it looks like now! Before… After! Before… […]

Home Office/Guest Bedroom Update


Kev went out of town last week, so I decided to have a little “surprise by design” style home improvement fun in his future home office/studio space. The day he left, I bought sample pots of paint… …and stared at swatches on the wall… I went with the second sample from the right- a Sherwin […]

Office Setup

Guest Bedroom at the Lettered Cottage

Things are gettin’ wild over here. Furniture and belongings are crammed into rooms they don’t normally live in. Dust and extensions cords cover almost every surface in the entire house. The only room that’s even semi-clean is our master bedroom. Semi, because we’re currently using all 225 square feet of it as our bedroom, office […]

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 […]