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  • Kitchen Update – Frosty Carrina Countertops

    I blogged about one side of our newly-painted green/gray/blue kitchen island last week... ...and I'm back today with a few shots of how she looks now- all topped in Caesarstone's Frosty Carrina! I love how it picks up on the old paint on the corbels...which we are not painting, by the way. (A few folks asked...

    Old Corbel | Tuxedo Cat | Heather Gray Kitchen Island

    Kitchen Update – Island Makeover

    Did I say Rosemary Gallery? I meant Heather Gray. ;-) Kevin wasn't 100% sure about painting the island such a deep green, so we went with a color that we both felt 100% about instead. (I'm a paint color junkie, so switching it up wasn't a big deal and I'll probably use my Rosemary Gallery on a piece of furniture...

    The Lettered Cottage Kitchen | Heather Gray Island | Gray Owl Walls | Simply White Cabinets and Trim | Cottage | Farmhouse

    Haiti Adoption – Knotts Family Gotcha Day!

    This was the sky in Alabama last Friday night...June 13th, 2014... ...the night Gary and Amanda flew back from Haiti with their twin boys... It was almost midnight by the time they landed in Birmingham, but we were all SO excited to be there to welcome them home! We waited...

    Haiti Adoption | Gotcha Day

    Sarah’s Fireplace Dilemma – Pick My Presto

    Do you know Sarah from Cozy. Cottage. Cute? She and I have been talking about her fireplace plans, and I thought I'd share an idea I came up with in Photoshop yesterday. First though, here's what she's workin' with: It's located in their basement, and this is a screenshot of the laminate flooring they've purchased...

    Pottery Barn Living Room Fireplace

    Living Room Update – Two Sofas It Is!

    Okay! Here is the final tally on the poll I posted the other day... ...and here's the inspiration photo I put together in Photoshop again: I'm happy to report Kevin's fully on board with the two sofa layout now, too! A few commenters mentioned that they thought we should pull the sofas in and away from...

    Living Dining Room Layout

    Living Room Update – Furniture Layout

    I looked back at the poll I posted last week... ...and the results inspired me to play around with a photo of our living room so that Kevin could get a better picture of what I am seeing in my mind. First though, here's how the room looked when we moved here in October of 2012: ...and here's a (zoomed-in)...

    Living Room | Idea 1

    23 Bungalow Court – House Tour

    The alley behind our house backs up to a cute little area called Bungalow Court. Just through that arbor, there are six adorable bungalows...three on the left, facing three on the right. I've always wanted to see the inside of the last one on the right, so I was pumped when I saw an "Open House" sign by...

    Bungalow House

    Kids Room Update

    Tomorrow's the big day, y'all. My 40th birthday...aaaaahhhhh! :-D I'll be robbing the cradle for a minute until Kevin turns 40 on June 28th. ;-) I was telling him last night, I don't think I've ever thought too much about what life might look like at 40. But here I am...living in the South...

    tuxedo cat | buffalo check throw | jenny lind bed from land of nod

    Decorating Around A Flat Screen TV

    I stumbled on to a really fun group on Pinterest and their work got me thinking about our fireplace. Kevin and I talk about where we're going to (eventually) put our TV a lot when we're sitting in our (still far from finished) living room. He would like for the screen to be out in the open... ...while I,...

    Muskoka Living | Room | Fireplace

    Cottage Style Kitchen Update

    Slowly but surely our cottage-style kitchen is coming together! I'd like to decorate with some more color once we've got the island done, but for now, here's where we are with the cabinets, counters and backsplash: We got the knobs from Home Depot and I liked them because they reminded me of some buttons I remembered...

    Cabinet Knobs From Home Depot

    Old Office Door Makeover

    Well, our old office door-turned-new hallway door makeover is complete! The finishing touch was this curtain my friend Jana made us for the back side of the door: (excuse the partially painted door trim!) Since there's a window on the exterior wall opposite this door (and another two-story house outside...

    Old Office Door Makeover | The Lettered Cottage

    Adoption Update – We Got Our Letter!

    AAAAHHHH! I have looked forward to writing this post for so long I can hardly type fast enough! I have two GREAT adoption updates to share with you today! :-D First, remember this photo of all the kiddos currently living at the orphanage our adoption agency is partnered with? And remember when I blogged about...

    Kevin and Layla Adoption

    Kitchen Cabinet Makeover (How To Paint Cabinets)

    Happy Friday! Now that I'm done painting the upper cabinets, I thought I'd share some tips I found helpful along the way. As far as tools go, I used these little plastic pyramids to hold my doors while I painted them: I also used a high quality paint brush (Wooster and Purdy brushes are my favorite) and a mini roller...

    Layla FI

    Kitchen Cabinet Makeover (Part One)

    Our kitchen cabinet makeover project is officially under way and I am loving this Ultra by Muralo paint! We decided to take one chunk at a time, so this week we're working on the upper cabinets. We started by removing the (8) doors and their hinges. Then we lightly (hand) sanded everything with a sanding...

    Painting Kitchen Cabinets | The Lettered Cottage

    How To Create A Wall Grouping

    Hello and happy Monday! I worked on a little Camp Wandawega-inspired project for Sweet P's room last week, so I thought I'd blog about that project today. Remember the cuckoo clocks in Charlie's nursery? Well, I've wanted to find one ever since I saw them, and I was finally able to scoop one up on Etsy a few...

    Kids Bedroom | Boys Room | Sugarboo Art | House of Belonging Art