Laundry Room Update: Window Treatments

Laundry Room | Rustic Shelves | Paint By Number | Horses

“After all,” Anne had said to Marilla once, “I believe the nicest and sweetest days are not those on which anything very splendid or wonderful or exciting happens but just those that bring simple little pleasures, following one another softly, like pearls slipping off a string.” -L.M. Montgomery Fiiiiiiiiinally hung up some curtains in the hallway! […]

Southern Style Wall Grouping

Wall Grouping | Blue White Green | Floral | Dogwood | Front Porch | Old Painting | Bowls | Cottage | Farmhouse

“Friends are the pillars on your porch. Sometimes they hold you up, sometimes they lean on you, and sometimes it’s just enough to know that they are standing by.” ―Merle Shain Remember that ($15) crackled old oil painting I blogged about last week? Well, I’m not *quite* finished with the wall grouping it’s now a […]

Hallway/Laundry Area Makeover – Before and After

Barnlight Electric Light | The Lettered Cottage

You may remember when I blogged about our hallway before… Almost every single bit of it was tan. The trim, the walls, the ceiling, the cabinetry…even the glass part of the light fixture was a light tan color. So when the folks at Dutch Boy asked if they could come shoot a video for their new campaign […]

Hallway Makeover – Design Plan

Navy | White | Mint | Pistachio | Grass Green

At the top of the steps, and beyond the blue door, there’s a 3′ x 11′ hallway… Our laundry area and walk-in closet are on the left side of it, and our master bedroom sits at the end of it: The folks from Dutch Boy paint are flying down to document the whole makeover for […]

Hallway Door Makeover (Part 2)

Layla Palmer | IG

Well, it wasn’t the color most folks voted for… …but Kevin and I decided on Dutch Tile Blue for our new/old hallway door: It didn’t lean as purple as Mount Saint Anne did, and it had a little more gray in it than Colorado Gray did, and we’re loving the dusty robin’s egg *pop* that’s now […]

Hallway Door Makeover

Mail Slot | Old Door

“All you need to paint is a few tools, a little instruction, and a vision in your mind.” -Bob Ross *** I’ve got the tools, and the vision in my mind, so today, I thought it would be fun to ask for a little instruction! 😀 Remember that inspiration photo I put together in Photoshop […]

Stairwell Makeover

Simply White Trim and Ceiling | Gray Owl Paint

“Every day is a hopeful canvas and every moment is a loaded brush.” ― Layla Palmer She’s a sturdy house, but the stairwell sighs from time to time…especially when it’s cold and windy. Yesterday, I decided to take it as a hint. The “sighing”, that is. I pulled out two pails of paint and got […]

Hallway Light


We’ve had this hole in the ceiling in our hallway for, oh…let’s see…maybe, like, two years? After we painted the ceiling, we just never got around to installing a light, and to be honest, we’re not really “overhead light people”, so we didn’t even really miss having one there. But, ever since I got my […]

Follow Your Heart


Dear Stef, TamiK, OsageGypsy, HelloHahaNarf, and CottageByTheSea, You said you liked my wonky “O”, so I thought I’d skooch it back down to where I found it resting the other day… What do you think? Hot glue to the rescue, or wonky wins?

Hallway Update


The floor in our hallway has gone through a variety of “looks” over the past few years. Here’s a photo of one of the grodiest… We’ve been tiptoeing across that sucker for the past year, because when you’re renovating on a shoestring budget, sometimes you gotta go with the grody for a while. And speaking […]

Annie Sloan (and Shaunna West!)


We’ve got this piece of furniture in our hallway. It’s handy, and it’s dandy, but I’ve been dying to spruce it up with a little color… I’ve also got a handy-dandy friend, who lives just down the road a piece. Her name is Shaunna West… Her husband, Matt, texted me a couple of weeks ago and asked […]

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 […]

A Sign from Susie

Remember when I said I wanted to put a long, old-looking sign above the Reading Room?Well, last week I drew a rough sketch of the sign I had in my head using Photoshop and sent it to my friend Susie Harris.I envisioned a large sign on top, with the name of our favorite book store, […]

Deck the Hall

Follow your heart. That’s just what Kevin and I did when it came to this hallway. The discovery of the tongue-and-groove wood planks in here thrilled us so much we could hardly wait to uncover them! What once looked like this… …now looks like this… …and it feels like this area has finally exhaled after […]