Kitchen Makeover: Backsplash Tile

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“Electricity is really just organized lightning.” ―G. Carlin *** There’s no turning back now! The old backsplash is gone, and the countertops on each side of the stove are coming out on Wednesday. The new backsplash will go in sometime next week. Which reminds me- did you guess which one we chose? 😀 (1 & […]

Kitchen Makeover

Ming Green and Thassos White Sunflower Tile | The Lettered Cottage Kitchen

Remember that Rosemary Gallery paint I mixed up in my last post about the kitchen? Wellllllll, some exciting things have happened since I published that post, and in a nutshell, it looks like we’ll be able to start swapping some things out in the kitchen this Spring! We hadn’t really planned to do any more big […]

Rosemary Gallery (Kitchen Island Color)

Rosemary Gallery Paint | The Lettered Cottage

I think I may have it figured out…the kitchen island color, I mean. Remember when I blogged about all those samples colors I was checking out? Well, after I published that post, I pulled a Reese’s and mixed my chocolate with my peanut butter Rosemary with my Gallery Green.  😀 I poured equals parts of each into […]

Kitchen Island Paint Colors

Urban Grace Kitchen | Rosemary

I blame Erika’s Instagram feed. Especially these two pictures: (ErikaMPowell on Instagram) That’s Martha Stewart’s “Gabardine” on the trim and cabinetry in her bathroom, and Sherwin-William’s “Rosemary” on the cabinets in her kitchen. (And those are her adorable (and clearly very talented) kiddos!) Seeing those insta-pics triggered a spontaneous run to Home Depot for paint […]

One Room, Three Ways: Kitchen – Way #3


Hi, and welcome to my third and final “One Room, Three Ways” (ORTW) post! Again, here’s a shot of what our kitchen looks like right now: This next idea is also one of the kajillion looks I’ve been having fun dreaming about lately: Again, white-painted cabinets on the stove side of the room, (Torquay) quartz countertops, […]

One Room, Three Ways: Kitchen – Way #2


Hi, and welcome to my second “One Room, Three Ways” (ORTW) post! Again, here’s a shot of what our kitchen looks like right now: The cabinets are currently painted mustard yellow, and they have a chocolate brown glaze on them that you can see when you’re standing up close to them. The backsplash is some […]

Countertop Series, Part 4 – Quartz

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Hi, and welcome to part 4 of my favorite countertops series! If you’re just jumping into the series today, basically, I’ve been featuring my 6 favorite countertop materials this week, strictly based on the way they look. (No cost break downs or installation instructions here. They make my brain hurt and seem to vary from […]

Countertop Series, Part 3 – Eco By Cosentino


…and because I love the look of concrete countertops, I also love Eco by Cosentino in the color Crystal Ash: Their website says, “ECO by Cosentino is an original product manufactured from 75% recycled materials such as mirror, glass, porcelain, earthenware and vitrified ash. Even 94% of the water used in its manufacturing process is […]

Countertop Series, Part 2 – Concrete


Welcome to part 2 of my favorite countertops series! (Here’s a quick link to part one if you missed it and are interested.) Today’s pick is gray concrete. I love it. I love it. I love it. I know it costs quite a bit if you hire someone to install it, but I just love […]

Countertop Series, Part 1 – Laminate


…and speaking of kitchens: I got a comment from a reader named Claire the other day that inspired a series of posts about my favorite countertops. Her comment read: “After reading this post last night, I thought about your counter top decision and your style all day. What kind of countertops do you like? I […]

Kitchen Cabinets


So, remember those cute (Minnesotan) second-cousins I mentioned in my last post? Well, this is their Grandpa Kevin: He’s my uncle, and he owns a cabinet business called Mainstream Cabinets. It’s located in Mapleton, Minnesota and it was so fun seeing him and his showroom in person last month! I’m a sucker for cabinets, counters, […]

Gray Lake and Gray Owl Paint

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Did I say we were leaving for Minnesota yesterday? I meant today! Slight change in plans, but we’re all set to leave this morning now. Yippeeeeee! PS- That’s the view of our Gray Lake paint (in the sunroom, on the left) and our Gray Owl paint (lightened by 50% in the kitchen, on the right) […]

Cottage Style Stuff

Lettered Cottage Style Kitchen Sugarboo Art

It’s been a shuffle-y couple of months around here, but now that the wall paint is dry, we’ve started putting things back into place. There’s still a fireplace to paint (Simply White), and tile to (temporarily) cover up… …but things are definitely starting to feel more like us around here. I’ve had the shelf above […]