Glimpses of the cottage

A touch of spice ~ December 21, 2016

This was our tree from last year. We went with a black and white theme for our Christmas decor. Notice the beautiful white fluffy stuff stringed so lovely across the tree? This was my favorite Christmas to decorate for to date. I had so much fun stepping outside the traditional red and white I grew up with.Every Christmas I like to try my hand at a Christmas craft and last year it was stringing popcorn. I didn’t realize what I was taking on. Over four hours of pain staking ridiculous stringing and this beautiful inspiration came to life. It was perfect, and this crazy girl thought she would try her hand at it again this year…at least I was until I realized that I had bought the wrong kind of popcorn. *whoops*So while the boys munched on the already popped corn, I did some searching for vintage Christmas decor and dried orange slices poped up; something that was popular in my Instagram feed and I always found myself oooing and awwwing over. Lucky for me good old faithful Martha Stewart came to my aid (Oh how I love Martha). She has a simple, fool proof recipe and in no time at all we were sprinkling sugar everywhere with sweet sticky orange juice running down to our elbows. Grab your littles to help cause this is a very kid friendly Christmas craft with built in snack!I added some cinnamon sticks, clove, and fresh springs of rosemary around the slices to make our house smell heavenly and spiced! Once the oranges dried in the oven I let them sit over night. The next morning I tied little cream bows and hot glued them to the tops of each slice then glued the oranges to a thick piece of hemp string to make a lovely garland for our kitchen hood!So simple, so elegant. The oranges add a fun pop of color to the kitchen. I’m so in love with how this year’s creation turned out and the special little touch of Christmas spirit it adds for the holidays. Merry Christmas from our home to yours!

Remodeling an old love~ June 8, 2018

7061FD32-F911-46D2-9E9A-CD9617FE21DCThe first thing we were drawn to when we went to tour our first house was how bright it felt and I was instantly drawn to the kitchen that over looked a beautiful back yard. That was it for me. I was sold. My husband said he saw my face and turned to the realtor and told him not to show us anymore houses.The kitchen was my favorite spot in the house. I was in love with the cheerful white cabinets and the “wood grain” laminate counters…everything looked so airy and feminine with that touch of farm house I liked. But as time flew by,  fast forward almost seven years and cabinets were peeling, counters were daily needing to be hot glued down and outdated trim/flooring all seemed to creep up on us.Processed with VSCO with s2 presetProcessed with VSCO with s2 presetWe rolled up our sleeves for “DEMO” day and got to it! I was sad to find out that our house wasn’t nearly old enough for surprise ship lap or wood flooring but that was something we could always add on ourselves later. Making decisions seemed to come easy considering we loved what we already had from an esthetic stand point, we just needed to fine tune the cabinets to better suit our needs and I had always liked the idea of a dreamy range hood.Processed with VSCO with s2 preset50790BFF-31E3-4925-BE40-2FAFCD0B0FE0.jpegNo kitchen remodel is without it’s two step dance. Two steps forward, one step back. And ours was no exception. Our cabinets showed up a completely different color then we had expected, (who knew white could looks do different in different lighting), and our counter top sample was nothing like the slabs shown to us, (the owner of the comapny we used had to personally go to ten different fabricating shops to find something even close), and we were sold subway tile that had no matching trim, ( a fact left out till well after purchasing).690B65FC-C2A4-46C2-8492-440E0974DDA2.jpegWe were originally going to install hardwoods to the kitchen and dining room but by this point the market was doing so well that we went ahead and made the plan to sell our home so we could move and buy property which also ment needing a little less expensive option for flooring. We ended up adding a rich and dark beautiful laminet flooring that really added a pop of warmth among all the white. In the end we loved how it all turned out and also learned so much about the ins and outs, ups and downs of what goes into making a house feel like a home and as we move forward in the build and design of our new home that will be invaluable!


Home Sweet wanna be Home~ November 20, 2016

This post should be titled “To be continued….”. Always a work in progress and most often a two steps forward one step back game in our life. It’s been quite the journey turning our house into a home and honestly at the time we got married seven years ago I had no sense of what my own style was. It has grown and changed quite a few times over the last couple years. Slowly I’ve had time to make mistakes and discover Pinterest (which lets face it is like having your own personal interior designer) and now have a pretty good sense of what I am looking for. I’m open minded to the fact that there will always be an element of change as time goes by because…well a house of all boys does that. But I do a good job sneaking in the feminine clean lines with the rustic rough edges. Hopefully soon I’ll start to add a few more post over the holidays, my most favorite time of year to decorate!