All posts filed under: inspiration

It’s not all perfect

If there’s one thing the Cottage has taught me, it’s that there is always a project on the horizon.  That, and just because you know how you want something to look, doesn’t mean it’s going to be easy. With winter settling in, being able to dive into projects has gotten a bit harder. Case and point – a couple of weekends ago I went up to the Cottage by myself after the holiday to complete into a quick project – painting the cabinets in the den. There are just two of them, and in my head once I took out the glass shelves, painting it would be easy breezy. Well, turns out removing the shelves isn’t an option, so the blue masking tape came out and added a good two hours to each of the two cabinets. By the time I finished one, I just didn’t have it in me to get to the other. I convinced myself with the internal mantra of – “I’ll do it next time I’m up” that was two visits ago …

just add hardware – a kitchen update

I’m excited to share the latest update to the kitchen – new hardware! The knobs and handles really pull the cabinets together. When it came to the hardware installation, my saving grace was this alignment template for cabinets. It was a lifesaver, and made the process so much easier. I can’t imagine trying to measure each door – no thank you. I wanted to keep thinks simple with the hardware, so these black metal knobs and handles in a matte finish were a great find. They have a nice weight to them and add the perfect finish to the doors. Making his blog debut, say hello to Erick. He has become my partner in crime Upstate, and as you can see, he knows how to use a power drill (added bonus!). He is wonderful and I feel very lucky to have someone who loves this little house as much as I do. My other project was assembling this step stool that just needed a little extra love. Thanks to the leftover white paint from the kitchen and some painters tape, the …

travel // from Paris with love

Let me preface that this post is meant to inspire you, not make you jealous. It had been years since my last visit to Paris.  While I was planning on visiting friends in London, a quick search of plane ticket prices had a flight home from Paris a good $400 cheaper, so as they say, “Paris is always a good idea” and I was booked to spend the weekend roaming the streets in one of the most magical places on earth. I will admit, this is not a food post. I wasn’t feeling so hot towards the end of my trip, so eating wasn’t high on my priority list. This post is all about the little entertaining treasures to be found in a few of my favorite stores. Seriously, I had to sit on my suitcase to get it closed! From napkins and placemats, to cups and cutting boards – These are my four all time favorite stores to stock up on some very special entertaining finds. Because, everything is better when it’s from Paris. WARNING: …