Fireplace Brick

Spanish Fort | Acme Brick

“The house shelters day-dreaming, the house protects the dreamer, the house allows one to dream in peace.” ―Gaston Bachelard Brick it is! One called Spanish Fort to be exact: It isn’t reclaimed, but I sure do love it! I think I’ll “wash” a little extra grout on top of ours to really give it a […]

Fireplace Facelift

Muskoka Living | River Rock | Fireplace

“I say to myself that I shall try to make my life like an open fireplace, so that people may be warmed and cheered by it, and so, go out themselves to warm and cheer.” -George Matthew Adams It might seem like a strange time to begin a fireplace facelift (Hello! It’s 90 degrees outside!), […]

Reclaimed Wood Fireplace Surround

Jane Coslick Colorful Beadboard Bathroom | Cottage

“Others have seen what is and asked why. I have seen what could be and asked why not.” Pablo Picasso Well, my birthday trip to Southern Accents was a success! There were so many pretty planks to choose from, but I ended up bringing home 25 of these blue-gray ones… …and two of these planks […]

Summer Mantel 2015

Summer Mantel | Farmhouse | Cottage | 6

“Use lots of exclamation points. They love to be overused.” -SARK It’s June 5th, which means I’m 41 years old young today!!!!!!!!!!!!! 😀 Kevin is taking me up to Cullman, where we’re going to visit our friend Garlan about some reclaimed wood. I’ve got an idea for the fireplace, which is finally going to start getting a […]

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 […]