Friday, December 30, 2011

Didja ever have one of those days???

Firstly, I know the blog has been suffering lately.  We have completely renovated the entire outside of our cottage (ourselves, hence the only thing we did the entirety of the fall!), and the den has been completely overhauled for the second time.  On top of that our entire second floor is currently gutted to the studs as we plug away at insulating/drywalling/adding a bathroom/replacing windows etc.

Lots going on around here!  I have been chronicling our progress mostly in pictures, so I hope to start getting those projects up here soon.

In other news, I love "The Lettered Cottage" blog and reading about Layla and Kevin's renovations, I couldn't believe when I checked the blog today and found out I had won her FLOR giveaway!  I am super excited and now just have to try and decide between all of FLOR's awesome options!!!

Saturday, September 17, 2011


I know I've been a little flaky with the posting of late, we've been working on the house so much I haven't had time to blog about it!

This Monday, however I will be traveling to Europe (for the first time!) to shoot a lovely wedding in England with my friend Deidre.  We've decided to make a trip of it and start in Ireland, hit London, the countryside outside of Whales, Paris & Murren...all in 11 days!

I'm a little nervous for the flights, trains, driving on the wrong side of the road, the wedding and in general the two of us traveling together through such uncharted territory...sans luggage :)  I'm sure I'll be coming back with tons of pictures, stories and inspiration though!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Sunroom before and after!

Long post coming your way!

Today I want to introduce you to our sunroom.  It originally was a porch on the back of the house that the previous owner enclosed.  It was intended, I think, to be a family room but since our house's "dining room" was eliminated when we redid the kitchen we decided to make it for dining instead.

This is how it looked when we moved in.
 You can see it leads right into our kitchen.

 Even though technically it's a "sunroom" it was sooooo dark and heavy with the stained paneling.

The ceiling was the real beauty of this room, it's beautiful tongue and groove paneling with the beams spanning across it.

We made an initial attempt to live with the paneling... putting up a fan and trying to make a seating area.  In the end it was just too oppressive and "camp-ground-like" in for me.

So we gave it another shot.  Now it looks like this!

Even with the northern exposure the sun just bounces off the walls now!  We love this room and use it all the time.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Charming sheds part 2

Here's the rest of them!  These are my absolute favorites...

 How completely darling is this?

 The finials on the roof are a genius idea.

 Favorite. Shed. Ever.

 You never see stone sheds!

 This looks like it came out of a botanical garden but I really like the shape of it.

Imagine playing in this shed as a child!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Charming sheds..part 1

I love sheds.
In fact everybody seems to love sheds, and it's easy to see why!  They're the perfect opportunity to have your own mini dream house that's built and styled exactly how you wish your real house could be.  Since they're so much smaller, you can consider more expensive materials than you would perhaps use on your home.

Sheds also offer a distinct break from your house, if you choose to decorate the inside you can do it with more risky colors, more whimsical prints and more fun than you would necessarily want in your formal living room.

We're trying to come up with a final design for the backyard, including of course a small shed.  These are some of my favorites...part 1!
I love how the climbing roses are covering this shed!

Love this.

I really like the rafter tails and cedar shingles on this shed.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

The Sophia Boudoir Chair

This boudoir chair has been by far my most popular chair on Etsy.  It's made tracks over blogland but it didn't have a glamourous beginning!  This is the journey of this chair from humble start to fabulous end...
I found this chair at a garage sale in town, it was very neglected with the welting peeling off and a dreadful fabric covering it.  The paint was so dingy I couldn't tell what color it really was.
This pic was a late-night camera phone attempt :)
After a thorough scrubbing the beautiful original finish came through in a stunning heavy cream and gold.  I chose a beautiful shantung silk (lined) to reupholster it in a peachy pink and tufted it to the original design.
The armrests were redone and replaced and then the back was put on, closing her up.  Silks are not forgiving so you have to be super careful.  The double welt on this piece is all custom made by yours truly.  I think it took longer than the whole rest of the chair put together but look what a "finished" look it gives!
Now this abandoned boudoir chair is a show-stopping beauty living in a start-up boutique shop in New England.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Easy Peasy Herb Markers!

I hope you enjoyed my little secret garden yesterday!  
Our neighbors all know they're welcome to go in there anytime and get some herbage for dinner.  So I decided to mark everything a little more clearly for them.

To begin I ran to Lowes for a package of wooden shims.  I bought a package of 14 for about $1.50.  Then I got my computer, typed out all the plant names and picked a font that I liked for guidance.  I went with "American Typewriter" for simplicities sake.  
Then it was as simple as writing the names on the shims with a Sharpie.  It's waterproof so it won't run in the rain and it didn't bleed into the wood tooooo badly. 
I love how they turned out, I had to remind myself it's ok if they're not PERFECT...they're going in a garden after all!

Yesterday morning I got up after the rain to put them in the garden, the tapered design of the shims made them pretty easy to get in the ground.

If you're concerned about them decomposing you can spray them with a varnish or polyurethane.  I'm not too worried about it since it will be a fun project to redo next year anyway!

Now it's so much easier to tell everything apart...

Thanks for stopping by!