Living Room Secret

Go See | Painting

“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places.” -Roald Dahl Wanna see a secret? Remember that painting I did…the abstract one of the lake, that we framed in reclaimed wood? I stamped a message smack dab in the center the day […]

Fireplace Update: I Fixed The Brick!

Fireplace Makeover | During | The Lettered Cottage | Antique Brick | Reclaimed Wood | Farmhouse

“Designing, redesigning- they both feel like fun to me.” ―Layla Palmer Y’all!!! I have some fun fireplace news to share with you today! 😀 First, let’s revisit the inspiration pic I put together in Photoshop a while back: Remember that? Remember how I dreamed of a gray-blue background, a chocolate-y brown rustic mantel beam, a custom-built mantel, […]

Fireplace Update: Mortar-Washed Brick

Mortar Washed Brick | Fireplace | Makeover

“I live in my own little world. But its ok, they know me here.” -Lauren Myracle The brick is in…and boy I have got some questions for you! I’m an Obsess-y Bessie about this stuff…but that’s okay ’cause you know me here, right? 😉 Okay. Here goes. (gulp) The mortar wash dried heavier and lighter than I […]

Living Room Update: Low Country Art

Coastal Gallery Wall | Farmhouse | Cottage Decorating | Dimension

“Even when muddy your wings sparkle bright wonders.“ -Aberjhani Still pulling things together, little by little, in the living room. This week: another fun addition to the gallery wall! My friend Ruthie painted this one, and it is definitely one of my favorite handmade things in the whole house. I will cherish it forever…not only because […]

Living Room Update: Throw Pillows

Fabric from JoAnns | Living Room Throw Pillows | Navy | Gray | Farmhouse | Cottage

“It doesn’t matter how old I get, whenever I see anything new or splendid, I want to call, “Mom, come and look!“ -Helen Exley I’ve been having fun popping my favorite colors here and there and everywhere in the living room. A little blue, a little green, a little gray…they feel like home to us. […]

Gallery Wall Decorating

Gallery Wall with Dimension | Farmhouse | Coastal | Cottage

I put a propeller on it, y’all. The gallery wall, I mean. Haven’t you heard? Propellers are the new birds. 😉 I found it marked 50% off at Hobby Lobby, and I practically skipped up to the register with it because AREYOUKIDDINGME?! It’s almost the same tone as the frame I blogged about last week… …AND if […]

Living Room Update: Gallery Wall Art

Gallery Wall | In Progress | Farmhouse | Cottage | Painting | Photography | Art

I did something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time yesterday. I sent something I wrote to one of my favorite publications. They were accepting story submissions for their Winter 2016 issue, so I thought I’d give it a shot. Unfortunately, I didn’t realize until yesterday that the deadline for submissions was yesterday, so it […]

Fireplace Makeover Update: Paint

Blue Yonder Gray | The Lettered Cottage

“Her favorite color is blue. She says that blue is associated with vastness; the skies are blue, the oceans are blue.” -Mahbod Seraji We brought a little piece of one of our old blue-gray boards to Home Depot and had the paint color-matched. Because the original color is 130-some years old, I’m guessing it didn’t […]

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!), […]