How To Find Out What Your House Wants Next

Cottage Living Room | Red Neutral Blue White

"My favorite project is always the next one." —Michael Graves One of my favorite ways to approach the interior decorating process is to look at it from a 1D perspective. Meaning: I think it's fun to lay out photos of the rooms I'm "done" personalizing in one collage, so I can get a better feel … [Read More...]

Laundry Room Hamper Project

Laundry Hamper Liner

I started working on a couple of laundry area-related projects last week. The space leads to and from our master bedroom (which still has mustard walls, by the way), so we pass through it several times every day. This first project isn't as much fun as the one I'm going to blog about next … [Read More...]

Living Room Update: Partition Wall (Part 1)

Partition Wall | Living Room | Cottage Style

"A room should never allow the eye to settle in one place. It should smile at you and create fantasy." -Juan Montoya Well, I promised to blog about how the new partition wall was coming along today, so here's a post about where we're at! First, here's the inspiration photo-drawing I put … [Read More...]

DIY Flower Frog Easel

The moments of happiness we enjoy take us by surprise. It is not that we seize them, but that they seize us. | Quote

"The moments of happiness we enjoy take us by surprise. It is not that we seize them, but that they seize us." -Ashley Montagu Thank you for leaving so many kind comments on my last post! What a Gift to be able to share our adoption journey here! It's hard to believe we'll finally be able to … [Read More...]

Adoption Update: Our Referral Letter Is Ready!

Kevin and Layla Palmer

"And as the dawn breaks and the clouds clear, in an open space, together we will run." -Steffany Frizzell Suzanne and I hit another estate sale Friday morning. Two, actually. The first one was in Deer Creek, a neighborhood about 15 minutes from ours. I'm still giddy about the ($20) painting I … [Read More...]

Living Room Renovation – From Open Concept to Classic Cottage

Country Living Puzzle | Yellow Cottage

"I have always loved a house that has a puzzle going." -Suzanne Pope Kevin and I started a puzzle a few weeks ago. 1000 pieces- whew! (I didn't know they'd be so small- LOL!) I love the picture so much I might never take it apart when we've finally got it all together. My mom, and my … [Read More...]

Decorating With Collections – Joanna Madden’s Cottage Style Home Tour

Joanna Madden | Wall Grouping | Rikki Snyder Photography | Style Me Pretty Living | Home Tour | Vintage Floral Paintings

“I've always admired women who had a vision and stuck to it. Because ultimately, the way you live has to be a reflection of you.” —Charlotte Moss Remember this photo from my last post? Well, today you just *have* to see the rest of Joanna Madden's house! She has such a knack for … [Read More...]

My Favorite Secondhand Stuff (Stoneware, Wall Shelves & Perpetual Calendars)

Open Eared Stoneware Crocks

"I don’t think of decorating as a science or a discipline. People always say start with the rug, but that is often the last thing I end up selecting. I begin with whatever makes my heart sing." -Deborah Buck I'm still thinking about our estate sale adventure this past weekend. What a trip that … [Read More...]

The Armoire, An Estate Sale, And The Vintage Seascape That Got Away

Blue and White Bowl IG

Kevin started priming the armoire in the sunroom this week: The wood is really drinking up the primer, so I think he's going to put on a second coat and then paint it with a durable semi-gloss paint. (Simply White by Benjamin Moore. The same color as our trim.) I'm still trying to decide what … [Read More...]

Our Suitcases Are On Stand-By

Spray Roses

"If you smile when you are alone, then you really mean it." -Andy Rooney I'm on another avocado kick. Did you know they're actually considered a fruit? Yep. Apparently they're a (single-seeded) BERRY. #whaaaaaaa? #ThingsIDidn'tKnowUntilIWas40 I went through an avocado phase at one point … [Read More...]

The Best Yes

Lysa TerKeurst | The Best Yes | Dayspring

"We have to slow the rhythm of rush in our lives so the best of who we are can emerge." -Lysa TerKeurst I'm reading The Best Yes by Lysa TerKeurst right now. Kevin found it at Lifeway and surprised me with it for Christmas. (Dayspring) It's about making wise decisions in the midst of … [Read More...]

DIY Vintage Bushel Basket & Mismatched Nesting Table #2

Apple Basket Makeover | The Lettered Cottage

Hi! Remember those mismatched nesting tables I blogged about last week? In that post, I shared that I had decided to separate our black metal nesting tables because I wanted to use a taller, wood table with the one of them, and find another smaller table to go with the other one. Well, I … [Read More...]

Oh Hi, Cottage!

Ojai Living Room | The Polished Pebble | Cottage Style

It's hard to believe it's already been almost 4 years since I first blogged about Kelley's Ojai cottage. At the time and her husband had just purchased the place, and they were just starting to fix it up. Here's a look back at the "before" photo of the exterior... …and here's how it looks … [Read More...]

Mismatched Nesting Tables

Side Table | The Lettered Cottage

“I felt like I was an arrow, pulled back and ready to be launched into something big.” ―A.B. Shepherd Kevin and I had to update our medical exams yesterday. It's been 18 months since we first had them done as a part of our (adoption) home study, and our first set is to expire in February. You … [Read More...]