Cottage Office…….

One of the things I love about our office is the wonderful light that floods in all day. It has the perfect location in our cottage to catch all the good light.

This room is quite the workhorse. We run our businesses in here, do schoolwork, and I hold staff meetings with my staff. {Hence, the sofa! We like comfy spots to sit!}

Here’s a few shots of a couple of areas of this room…and a list of all the projects that have been shared from this hub in our home. =)

Handsome built the two desks to fit together in an ‘L’…but if we ever wanted to use them separately we could. I love them because they are very simple and don’t burden the room down with heavy furniture. They were built with high-grade plywood and 2×4’s. We had a piece of glass cut for the top of each.

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When you have a home office you really have to be creative to not allow your home to turn into a business.  We use fun, vintage storage to hide all kinds of things.  They are handy when we need them; but when it’s time to ‘close shop’ they are not staring us in the face.

We also use this room as a second sitting area when there are lots of people over.  So we don’t want it to ‘feel’ like an office.

On these shelves we use vintage cigar boxes to organize all kinds of things…cables, small notes/papers, etc. The little miniature drawers hold paper clips, jump drives, etc.

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Each week I transfer what is on the digital calendar/planner onto a desk pad so I can scribble things out and have a quick overall look at the week. {The link to print your own is at the end of this post.} I love to scribble things out when they are done. I am not a checkmark girl. I want to totally scratch it out! {If you are a therapist…please, don’t tell me what that means. It might scare me.}

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I loved this picture that No. 1 Son drew of his little sister when he was about 6….I keep it framed on the desk with some sweet notes the kids left for me. Daily blessings and encouragement…..we all need it! =)

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Filing cabinets are sometimes a necessity….but not always very pretty to look at. These are simple metal filing cabinets that we painted to be a bit more fun.

We also removed those hideous louvered closet doors and put up a linen curtain instead.

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This lamp was my grandmother’s.  She made it out of seashells that I found for her as I was growing up.  I added a simple shade with some fun pom poms glued around the edges.

Home Office - Cottage in the Oaks

A friend was cleaning out this Ikea chest with shelves several years ago….it was bright, fire-engine red. I painted it a soft blue and it holds a multitude of stuff! Whew!

Handsome found the vintage skis a few years ago and brought them home… he knew I would love them.  BUT, what he didn’t know was that they were the same kind of skis my mother used to competitively ski with! She cried when she saw them. These skis have actually had that effect on many people. They were a special find.

You can find the sketches of Jesus here. {Everyone loves those!}

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We love to travel…so we all love maps.  I was thrilled when I found this vintage-looking map that was actually up-to-date…..so we can use it for homeschool.

The lampshades are edged in Cape May diamonds and pebbles that we have found on our trips to one of our favorite beaches, Cape May. =) The how-to is listed at the end of the post.

The circle frame how-to is at the end of the post, as well. This is how we cleaned out over 75 frames! It was a fun project.

Home Office - Cottage in the Oaks

I inherited a lovely solid cedar chest from my great aunt years ago.  We painted and distressed the outside to use as a coffee table in the office. It, too, provides a tremendous amount of storage.

Home Office - Cottage in the Oaks

We use this vintage beach pail to put our used ink cartridges in…until we can turn them back into the office store.

Home Office - Cottage in the Oaks

And you always need rolls of paper at the ready!

Home Office - Cottage in the Oaks

Here are the projects that I’ve shared over the past couple of years from this room:

Repurposed Frappuccino Bottles

Vintage French Inspired Desk Pad {Free Printable}

File Cabinet Makeover

Curtains for Doors

Circle Frame

Hidden Storage

Painted Cedar Chest

Cape May Pebble Lampshades

Hope your week is off to a super start!

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Farmhouse Sink {Finally!}

We have searched for years for a wonderful, vintage farmhouse sink to replace our stainless steel one. Of course, before we were searching for one….we would find them everywhere! ha!  You can quite often get a wonderful old farmhouse sink for around $50-$100 and then have it refurbished for another $50-$100.

But, alas, it was not meant to be.

Then, this past fall, we were in Ikea and discovered that they had exactly what we wanted….and, true to Ikea, it was an incredible price! So, after searching forever…we finally have our great farmhouse sink in place.  And, let me tell ya….it will hide two weeks of dishes!

We chose a Moen faucet …… I had seen this particular faucet in Atlanta when I was there last summer…and I loved it.  I’ll put the links at the bottom of the post for the faucet and the sink; as well as, the quick, YouTube video tutorial that we used to install it.

Here it is going in……

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And here is the finished product…….

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We are loving it! Do you have something that you want to add to your home that you have been searching for forever?

Here’s the links:

Moen Faucet

Ikea White Farmhouse Sink

Quick tutorial of how to put it in!

Happy Tuesday, Lovely Ones~

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Cottage Kitchen…..

Thank you all for your wonderful wishes and kind, sweet words yesterday…our anniversary.  We had a wonderful day!

We are not quite finished with the kitchen….the farmhouse sink is being put in THIS WEEK!  Woohoo! And we have some other ‘to-do’s’ in there.  Still looking for a fabulous light fixture. But here it is currently….links to a projects from this room that we’ve shared in the past are listed at the bottom of the post.

Our kitchen has always been a hard room to make work….it is so small. Our home is an authentic Acadian Cottage…..a French cottage. Kitchens were very small because shopping was done daily and Europeans are really good at making whatever they have work. 🙂 Love that. But it has always been a frustration for us and for me, especially…because I love to cook. We are always trying to get creative to see how we can create more space in this room.

Projects that have been shared from our cottage kitchen:

Distressed Faux Barn Wood Door

Antiqued Island

DIY Carrera Marble Painted Countertops

Still decking the halls around here……how about you?

Blessings~

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Cottage Dining Room……

I hope you all have had a wonderful Thanksgiving……I think I will be full for the next week or so! It was the first Thanksgiving in my whole life that I didn’t have my grandmother. It was very strange and I didn’t know that it would affect me like it did.

While we are in full swing of decking the halls over here I thought I would share our dining room since I shared our bathroom last week.

This is a room that changes fairly often …. as far as what is on the sideboard that Handsome built at the beginning of the year and our farmhouse table.  You can find our post on the sideboard here.

I love this vintage sap bucket……….

Our farmhouse table was a gift…..well, it was something that a school was going to clean out.  *Ahem* So, we were more than happy to clean it out for them. We’re nice like that.

The little chair is an antique from my grandmother’s.  It is called a pouting chair.  Old school for ‘time out chair’.

The ceiling fixture is actually a large outdoor hanging lantern/pendant that we use for our dining room light fixture.  I love oversized fixtures for dining rooms. I also love them in living rooms, kitchens, bedrooms, offices, bathrooms……….

I hope you are having a great start to your week! Anyone else started decorating yet?

Blessings~

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Cottage Bathroom Update….

Here’s an update on our Master Bath Update. ha! We’ve almost finished…just need the hamper and the new toilet!  I can’t believe that we might actually FINISH an entire room in just a few months.  Wow! This is something to celebrate. At the bottom of the post I’ve included the links to all of the how-to’s, etc. that we’ve shared on this cottage bathroom makeover.

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Here’s all the links for the how-to’s…..

DIY French Apothecary Jars

Paris Grey Mirror

Country Grey Table and Chair

Painted Faucets and Hardware

DIY Industrial Pipe Towel Bar

Faux Cement Painted Countertops

Pallet Art

Removing and Changing Hinges & Doorknobs

DIY Vintage French Apothecary Cabinet

Hope you are preparing for a great Thanksgiving……

Blessings~

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Cottage Entryway {Foyer}

I’ve been working on taking pictures around our home…..I keep being told that I need to have a special “Our Home” page…and it’s true, I do. So, I’m working on it!

Some areas of our home are difficult to photograph because the lighting is a little weird.

I thought I would share our entryway/foyer with you today.  We live in an Acadian Cottage…{French Cottage} with reclaimed heart pine floors…taken from a Civil War home here in the South.  The brick in our home was also reclaimed from an antebellum home.

It has a very open floor plan….which we love because it’s great for entertaining.

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It’s where our Blessing Tree is located, so people can take one as they come or go.

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This screen used to hold artwork from our 3 children….but now it is full of 8 x 10 pictures that we periodically rotate.

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The easel stands ready….so we can just pull it out when we need it.

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I love these little olive wood communion cups.  They are from Israel.  In the Holy Land each family member has their own communion cup. Love that.

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Thanks for strolling through our cottage entryway with me…..I have almost all of the downstairs photographed…so, I’m getting there.

Hope you are having a super week~

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Our Cottage {Kitchen}

The day we looked at Oak Cottage with the realtor

this is what the kitchen looked like….

We live in an Acadian Cottage……French Acadian designs get their influence from the quaint cottages found in France’s countryside. Using masonry, wood siding, and slanted roofs they portray simple living at its best.

I guess simple means ‘small kitchen’. I thought I like simple…maybe I’m more complicated than I realize. I know I’m high-maintenance…does that mean complicated? Ha! A post for another day!

In the Acadian design the kitchen, living room, and dining room are all considered separate rooms that conjoin through doorways….this is this particular design and style’s method of designating spaces.

When we first saw Oak Cottage we loved it…

but the kitchen was a bit of a surprise.

It was small, had lots of floor space {we added an island},

very little cabinet and counter space,

and pretty much a non-existent pantry.

Our kitchen went through many transformations….

all cosmetic….for years.

It became a funny joke at our annual Christmas Party.

People would come through the door and ask

“What’s the kitchen like this year?”…

because for about five  years it changed yearly! ha!

Here is what it looked like before our current transformation…

{and it stayed like this for a record 10+ years!}

It had lots of fun artwork, bright colors, and whimsy.

I had fun painting it with whimsical artwork.

We loved it…but a few years ago we were ready

for a change.  So, here’s Handsome beginning

the change with adding white subway tile on all the walls….

Here we are today…..almost finished!

We just need to put in the farmhouse sink,

and Handsome will be pouring concrete countertops. Yay!

{I didn’t style the photos for you guys…this is how it looks everyday.}

Love paper straws…just had to throw this one in here….

Love this view out the kitchen door

out to what we call The Nook with

the Repurposed Shutter Fence.

Hope your week is going well…I can’t believe it is already Wednesday!

If you haven’t….be sure to head on over to

My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

to enter to win one of our French Cafe Tabletop Chalkboards!

Blessings~

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Our Cottage {Master Bath}

Not too long ago I found a stack of ‘before’ pictures of our cottage.

These were the pictures that we took before we even purchased

Oak Cottage….when others were still renting it.

Before pictures are wonderful to have….

especially when you feel like you aren’t accomplishing a lot.

You can go back and look at them and see

the drastic changes.

So, I thought that I would share 1-2 rooms each week….

the BEFORE pictures that were taken 16 1/2 years ago,

and then the current pictures of what the room looks like now.

It’s been fun for us to do this!  Last night our

children were looking at them…..they had never seen our cottage before

we transformed it….they couldn’t believe it. ha!ha!

We live in an authentic Louisiana Acadian Cottage…and each week

I will try to share a bit of what that means.

Acadians {early French settlers} were exiled from what is now

the Canadian Maritime provinces during the French and Indian War.

They settled in Louisiana….considered a mostly French territory

even though it was owned by Spain.

Acadiana is the area of southwest Louisiana with rolling hills

and bayous.  This group of people became

known as Cajun French. 

Acadian cottages have very high foundations due to

the fact that they were built along bayous

and sometimes swamps.

{This was a huge blessing to us during Hurricane Floyd when our whole town flooded and many homes were lost and severely damaged…..even in our neighborhood. BUT, ours was completely fine because of the high, brick Acadian foundation.}

OK….that was my little history lesson for today.

Here’s our bathroom.

The original owner and builder of our cottage is a very successful author.

He and his wife added lots of neat character to this great place.

{But we wanted to add a bit more……;)}

The bathroom walls are covered in reclaimed barn wood and the cabinets are solid pine.

Here’s the BEFORE:

We loved the character of the wood….but it was just too dark for us.

We painted the walls….you can still see the barn wood character, though.

We also painted the countertops…you can read the tutorial on that here.

We LOVE the sink….it was there when we bought the cottage.

It is an antique sink from the early 1890’s/1900’s.

Here’s the after:

I don’t have an after picture of the other side of the room because…well….om….

a few weeks ago we needed new towels. And I decided to get these

wonderful, gorgeous white ones. And, well, it has caused me to start

re-doing the bathroom. Towels can do that, you know!

Be careful.

So the other side of the room doesn’t really go with the side I showed you.

Ha!

Here’s our vision for how we’d like to redo this bathroom….

Lots of white, this old ladder….

Cement countertops, oil rubbed bronze…

I think it will be awesome.

Yep, getting new towels is very dangerous.

Consider yourself warned!

Enjoy your day~

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