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.

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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.

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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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Vintage Kitchen Chandelier…..

OK….I can already tell. This is going to be the ‘Year of Lighting’ here at Oak Cottage.

A couple of weeks ago we were out of town and found this gorgeous, vintage chandelier……had to have it!

We no longer have an ugly fluorescent square light in our kitchen…..woohoo! I detested that light…but just hadn’t found the right one to take its place. {Well, actually, I HAD found some…but since they cost more than the whole cottage, I kinda figured I better keep looking and keep my mind open.}

And, then, in walked lit up this lovely! {I’m going to be painting the black cord to match the chain so it doesn’t stick out so badly.}

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Excuse the mess…..we were in the process of a few projects……

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One of the biggies on our list is to get rid of the popcorn ceiling. Why in the world do they put those things in???  Ugh.

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Lighting can make or break a room. Have you ever walked around your home to see if you might want to change out lights to change the feel of the whole room? That’s what we’ve been doing around here lately. The consensus? Yep…we want to change all of ’em!

Happy Tuesday~

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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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