Armoire Reveal (Beadboard Wallpaper)

Sunroom | The Lettered Cottage | Gray Cashmere Armoire | Gray Lake Walls | Plate Collection

This Gray Cashmere is such a chameleon color! Sometimes it looks blue, sometimes it looks gray…I just love it! The handles (which weren’t the ones I had originally planned to use) came from Etsy… …and the hats came from my stash. It was Kevin’s idea to hang them there, and I squealed as soon as he […]

Plant Stand and Painting


“Aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands.” -1 Thessalonians 4:11 (ESV) It was a quiet, work-with-my-hands kind of day, and here’s what I can tell you: putting old plant stands to good use is fun, and doing math is not. The stand came from a flea market called […]

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 […]

Building An Armoire – Part 3

Building An Armoire | The Lettered Cottage Blog

Well, we’re one sanding block, a tube of caulk, some hardware, and some primer and paint away from being finished with the armoire! I snapped these pics on the way out the door this morning… Once we push it back against the wall, we’ll secure it to a stud with that metal strap you can […]

Building An Armoire – Part 2

Whipped Mint by Behr

Hi! The armoire we’re building with our friend Brian the Carpenter is coming along really great, and I wanted to share some (iPhone) pics of where we’re at with it as of today. Here’s a few shots of the base: I wanted it to look just like the cabinet we’ve got at the top of the […]

Building An Armoire

Old Doors from Southern Accents | The Lettered Cottage

Hi! Remember those old doors I blogged about a couple of weeks ago? They came from a house called Cliff Side Manor that was built in 1884 in Fayetteville, TN… …and they used to be the “walls” of a very deep doorway…sort of like this: A fire consumed the house in 2004, but our doors and whatever […]

Sunroom Update – Hiding The Litter Box

The Lettered Cottage | Cat Room To Hide Litter Box

Raise your hand if your dog likes to get into your cat’s food bowl and/or litter box? Ours sure does. We’ve had that gate in front of “Kit-Cat’s closet” for the past year, but I’ve been determined to figure something else out. Something a little less… That closet also houses our tools, craft supplies, random “stuff”, vacuum cleaner, […]

Gray Lake and Gray Owl Paint

Benjamin Moore Gray Owl and Gray Lake Paint_Lettered Cottage

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 […]

Wood Chandelier

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Well, it took a couple of tries and some crazy, don’t-try-this-at-home style scaffolding but my knight in shining “arm-ink” finally managed to replace the ceiling fan in the sunroom. We worked out a trade with the folks at Shades of Light on their Wine Barrel Chandelier, and we had fun modifying it a little with […]

Decorating With Plates


I love decorating with plates, and even though the ones in today’s post gave us a little trouble at first, I’m really happy with how the whole collection (eventually) came together. Let me start at the beginning. I thought I had them all laid out the way I liked them, so I attached Disc Hangers […]

Seed Sack Pillow

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I’m big on little things when it comes to interior decorating. Choosing wall colors and arranging furniture is fun, but adding (he)art and accessories is my favorite part, and I’m so stinkin’  smiley about the pillow nestled up against back right now! The front is an old seed sack we dug out of a barn […]

Decorating With Dishes


My mom gave me an amaryllis for Christmas, and man is that thing doing some cool stuff this week! One day there’s a bud, then BOOM, the next day there’s an open blossom! It’s sitting on a little, old hamper in our sunroom right now and I love the way it makes me feel when […]

Before and After Photos


Well, here we are on the last day of December 2012- happy New Year’s Eve! We’ve made a few more updates in our sunroom (a.k.a- my office) over the past month, so I thought I’d share some more before-and-after photos here today. This first one isn’t really an “after” yet, but we’re having some friends over […]