New Doorway Trim

Finally got around to adding the trim to the doorway we decided to take a reciprocating saw to a few months ago…

Isn’t it funny what a little trim will do? What a tedious, “un-fun” way to totally finish off the look of a room.

Here are some more shots of the trim, and beadboard, we added to the space to give it more cottage appeal:

I’ve been slowly piecing together frames for the picture ledge. Now I just need to get the four black and white prints ordered.

I thought I’d see what the room looked like with my flea-market bench under the window. I still haven’t purchased the fabric to make curtains yet, so excuse the naked window…

Just for fun, I threw some accessories together to make my table look a little prettier for these pictures…

Reading Room/Hallway Flooring
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  1. Darlene - Our Creative Life says

    Looks great Layla! Hey have you heard anything from Design Star yet??

  2. Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality says

    Layla, girl! I really love all these new photos & the styling efforts on the table are WOW! You're so right about trimwork, can take a house from plain to special. Y'all are really taking that cottage house up several notches.

    I can't wait to hear more news from you when we finally get to meet up for shopping, esp. that little tidbit about BHG! We are gonna have a blast.

  3. chriskauf says

    I love it all , just my kind of thing , I am itching to do some work and not for me this time.

  4. One Woman's Cottage Life says

    Ohhh, I can’t believe you are not a decorating / designing for a living! You could totally be a stylist for magazines and catalogs as well. I LOVE every photo and you have *such* a knack for pulling everything together. Everything is just lovely and so clean and fresh! I long for the day that we can add beadboard, hehe! Keep up that awesome work..I’m always awaiting your next post!

    Did you add your blog to the Martha Blog yet? She’s doing an upcoming post on bloggers and will be featuring some…you should definitely put your name in the hat!

  5. Linda at Lime in the Coconut! says

    Ooooh Looks Gaw-jus!! So clean and fresh!

    Thought: How about putting your own pics in those frames rather than ordering prints?

  6. Layla says


    Oops…I should have said this in the post- I am ordering prints of pictures that Kevin took of my nieces and nephews for the frames. :-)


  7. The Brenda Blog says

    Just an idea for your frames. My daughter lives out in the country. And for her home, she took black and white snapshots of the winding roads, etc. She framed them all the same, grouped them together. And it is just beautiful! Just what I thought of when I saw your empty frames.

  8. Chris says

    Wow. It just gets better and better. I just love how much peace it brings to the eye every time I look at it. You guys must just love living there.

  9. Barn House says

    What a beautiful transformation!! Great job and what an inspiration for the un-fun projects ahead of us this winter. :o)

    J & J

  10. The Old Painted Cottage says

    Layla, I so admire your talent. Everything about this is absolutely scrumptious. I love your sense of style and color.


  11. Reese and Marie says

    everything looks amazing! I am *loving* your house and your simple, pared down cottage look. Looks magazine worthy to me, honestly. Will be back when I’m feeling better…


  12. Marie says

    Viewing photos of your home make me want to take a big fire hose to each room in my house an start all over. :o) I love how clean and fresh and perfect it all looks!

  13. My Place of Peace says

    Layla…everything is beautiful! It looks like something we would rent for our vacation week…only better!

  14. The Hinesley House says

    I love everything about your little cottage. Who would have thought a screen door would add so much character! Love it!

  15. Deserae says

    Love it all…everything looks just gorgeous! Especially your tablescape :o)

  16. Stacey @ The Blessed Nest says

    Everything is looking so beautiful! Would you mind letting me know where you got your blinds? I've been looking for some like that & have been having trouble finding any I like! Thanks :)

  17. alice says

    Layla, I just love watching your home transform.
    I passed an award on to you over at my blog. Come by and pick it up when you have a chance.

  18. Spymommy says

    Wow Layla – it all looks so crisp and beautiful (and so not trampled on by kiddoes – can you tell I’m in a “crazy with my kids” phase?)

    You really do have an amazing ability to transform. It is very inspiring.

    I hope you feel better soon.

  19. Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe says

    Layla~ I have featured you as a part of our centerpiece of the month.
    You always do a fabulous job!