Decorating The Gallery Wall: Shadowbox Cube

Long Shadowbox from Pottery Barn

“Serious is a word that must be entirely avoided when it comes to decoration.” -Kathryn M. Ireland Remember that long box I taped off when I was laying out our gallery wall? I had a $25 off Pottery Barn coupon burning a hole in my pocket, so I sprang for this iron shadowbox cube last week: I […]

Priming and Painting

Painting The Partition Wall

“There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort.” -Jane Austen Priming and painting… (Kilz and Simply White) …priming and painting. (Gray Cashmere by Benjamin Moore) (Found the old handles on Etsy a while back) Distressing the edges and adding the hardware as soon as I’ve got the left side done! I’m thinking about doing […]

Living Room Update: Partition Wall (Part 2)

Planked Partition Wall | The Lettered Cottage

Remember when I put together that inspiration photo-drawing of our living room in December? And remember when we got “bones” in February? Well, as of today, we’ve got planks on one side of the new partition wall too! 😀 (No crown yet because we’re having a hard time finding it.) Here’s a pulled-back view from the same spot […]

Mismatched Nesting Tables

Side Table | The Lettered Cottage

“I felt like I was an arrow, pulled back and ready to be launched into something big.” ―A.B. Shepherd Kevin and I had to update our medical exams yesterday. It’s been 18 months since we first had them done as a part of our (adoption) home study, and our first set is to expire in […]

I’m Dreaming Of A White Fireplace

Country Living | Stone Fireplace | Arizona Home

See that dirt under your fingernails? My friend, that is beautiful. That is remarkable. That is significant. You could have let go. But you didn’t. You could have given up. But you didn’t. You hung on. And hung on. And here’s what I believe: I believe 2014 was not your worst year, but possibly your […]

More Christmas Touches

Entry Table Decorating for Christmas | Cottage Style | Farmhouse

“Your life, right now, today, is exploding with energy and power and detail and dimension, better than the best movie you have ever seen. You and your family and your friends and your house and your dinner table and your garage have all the makings of a life of epic proportions, a story for the […]

Decorating the Entry Table

Christmas Decorating | Blue White Green | Farmhouse | Cottage Style

  “Laura felt a warmth inside her. It was very small, but it was strong. It was steady, like a tiny light in the dark, and it burned very low but no winds could make it flicker because it would not give up.” ―Laura Ingalls Wilder, The Long Winter Well, I’m not *quite* finished decorating […]

Living Room Update – Flor Carpet Squares

Flor Carpet Squares | Suit Yourself | Flax

Rugs. *sigh* I sure do love looking at them, but oh how Max loves to lunch on them! If it’s got fibers that stand up, you can bet your bottom dollar he’s going to pull out a little patch of them whenever he’s feeling naughty. For some reason, he doesn’t mess with the little rugs […]

Living Room Update – Two Sofas It Is!

Living Dining Room Layout

Okay! Here is the final tally on the poll I posted the other day… …and here’s the inspiration photo I put together in Photoshop again: I’m happy to report Kevin’s fully on board with the two sofa layout now, too! A few commenters mentioned that they thought we should pull the sofas in and away […]