Our Next Room Makeover

Accordian Sconce | The Lettered Cottage

Hi, and thank you for all the sweet tweets, comments, and shares on our second episode for The Design Network! If you haven’t seen it yet, and would like to check it out, just click here to watch: Wood Wall Reveal. I started pulling things together for episode 3 yesterday and man is this one going to be fun! […]

Bedroom Makeover Reveal

Traditional Master Bedroom | Cindy Barganier | The Lettered Cottage

…and speaking of room makeovers: My across-the-alley (interior designer) neighbor, Cindy, just revealed a master bedroom to her clients and I just HAD to share some photos of the room and their TOTALLY FUN reactions with you here today! Cindy shared their reactions with Kevin and I a couple of weeks ago via text message […]

Gray Owl by Benjamin Moore


Happy April! I hope you had an awesome Easter weekend! Kevin played guitar at our church’s Pike Road location, and we had a really great lunch with his family yesterday afternoon. His mom sent us home with a whole tub of Watergate salad, so I will be enjoying more of that this week, too. #ICouldEatItEveryDay […]

Room Inspiration: Necessary Room at the Fairfield House


I’ve got an e-friend named Deborah who is, hands down, one of the sweetest people I’ve ever e-met. Her blog (FairfieldHouseNJ.com) is always a pleasure to read, and one of her latest posts was about a “necessary room” they recently redecorated in their home. Here’s a before and after look at the room… They painted […]

The Tables


Howdy! Hope you had a great weekend! I thought I’d blog about the tables we worked on for Kev’s parents porch makeover today. First up, there was this guy… He looked great as-is, so we didn’t do a thing to him. Then there was this guy… We primed and then painted the inside bottom of […]

Porch Ideas


A couple weeks ago, I showed you a sneak peek of this guy… …and told you about our plan to make over the back porch at Kev’s parents house…which looked like this: Well, I’m happy to report that we finished everything up last Friday, and here’s a little video of the reveal and their reactions… It was […]

The Brick Fireplace (#2!) – Pick My Presto


Hey there- and welcome to another installment of Pick My Presto! I read this comment on Monday’s Pick My Presto post… …and was totally intrigued! I invited Julie to send me a photo of it, to see if I could come up with anything to help kick start her creative juices. Here’s the photo she […]

The Brick Fireplace – Pick My Presto

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Hey there- and welcome to another installment of Pick My Presto! This week, I picked a photo sent in by a gal named Jen. She wanted some design inspiration for her huge, off-centered brick fireplace… She said the beams weren’t structural (they’re just a decorative element the previous homeowner added), and that’s she’s ready and […]

A Fireplace Pick My Presto

Family Room Fireplace

Hey there- and welcome to another installment of “Pick My Presto”! I had fun with a photo of a lower level family room sent in by a gal named Heidi this week. Her email read… Hi Layla, Here’s my “Pick My Presto” disaster. My husband and I purchased this 1972 raised ranch back in 2003. […]