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  • 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

    Portis Family Home

    Hello! I'm back with some more photos of my friend Joy's house today! If you missed Tuesday's post about her kitchen, you can find it by clicking HERE. And for those who asked questions about that space, I will see Joy on Saturday, so I promise to respond to those next week! Today's photos aren't in...

    Striped Wallpaper | Portis Home | Phillip Sides Interior Design | Breakfast Room

    Portis Family Kitchen

    He's home! Kevin had more music business in Michigan last week, and man did I miss him. We don't spend much time apart, so I felt sort of like I was holding my breath the whole time he was gone. He rolled in at 11 o'clock on Thursday night after driving 14 straight hours (alone) to get home and I think I've been...

    Kitchen Island | Refrigerator | Phillip Sides | Portis Home | Range Hood

    Hallway Door Makeover (Part 3)

    I put the finishing touch on our new/old hallway door this week: The vinyl wording came from Leen the Graphics Queen, and the inspiration behind it came from Kelly Rae and her Possibilitarian Project. She started it a couple of years ago, and I just love what she wrote about being a Possibilitarian on her blog: What...

    Old Office Door | New Hallway Door | The Lettered Cottage

    How To Decorate A Staircase Railing (If You’re Me)

    "A bed without a quilt is like a sky without stars." -Author Unknown *** I decided a staircase railing without a quilt is like a sky without stars last week, too. :-) Yep. Those babies are way too much fun to live in our closet anymore, and I like how they soften all the hard surfaces at the top of the steps. I...

    Vintage quilts on stair railing

    Kitchen Makeover: Sunflower Ming Green and Thassos White Backsplash Tile

    I love it because it reminds me of caning... I love it because it reminds me of a quilt... It's called Sunflower...and I love that about it, too. :-) #MomsFavoriteFlower *** We used a piece of trim (painted the same color as the wall) from Home Depot to cap off the edges on each side... ...and...

    Sunflower Tile by Calendonia Stone and Tile | The Lettered Cottage Kitchen | Ming Green Backsplash

    American Blogger – The First Journey

    It's been almost a year since I first blogged about Chris Wiegand and the time he pulled into town with his Airstream... He was traveling around America, gathering footage, in hopes to learn more about this "hobby" called blogging his wife, Casey, seemed to love so much. He wanted to interview (in person)...

    American Blogger Airstream Chris Wiegand

    My Favorite Jewelry

    **This giveaway has ended. Thanks so much to everyone who entered!** Y'all know about my friend Lucy's jewelry, right? For those that don't, she makes her creations from architectural salvage and vintage jewelry and I am just crazy about the stuff! She sent me this necklace recently, and I literally gasped...

    The Lettered Cottage | Lucy Lockets

    Hallway Door Makeover (Part 2)

    Well, it wasn't the color most folks voted for... ...but Kevin and I decided on Dutch Tile Blue for our new/old hallway door: It didn't lean as purple as Mount Saint Anne did, and it had a little more gray in it than Colorado Gray did, and we're loving the dusty robin's egg *pop* that's now at the top of...

    Layla Palmer | IG