Trust in the LORD with all your HEART. Lean not unto your own understanding, but acknowledge him in all thy ways and he will direct your path.

Friday, September 19, 2014


It's a BEAUTIFUL day here in southern Ohio and I wanted to be outside.  I decided  to change-up the window (trough) box.
If you remember from the Spring....this is ONE fern I divided to make TWO ferns.

I like things simple........I kept the HUGE Ferns, Ivy and Vinca....then added the Mums.  Easy Peasy!
Enjoy your weekend~~~Blessings~~~Roxie

Monday, September 15, 2014


Autumn time is around the corner so I wanted to show you the BIG, Reproduction Galvanized Industrial Clock I bought Ken!  (that was a mouthful).  It's approx. 27 x 27 in diameter and 9 inches deep.  I am decorating the family room and main bath in an urban-vintage-industrial look for Ken.  He really likes it!

Adding just a touch of Fall in the family room corner.  I am using some color in this room.....
I love the green vintage lockers (3 over 3), I bought from Over the Moon Vintage Mkt. last Spring.  I know they are a little more rough (chippy green paint) than I would normally purchase but no dents and great storage plus a great industrial look sold me on them.  Kens favorite color is green also~~~

Also, Ken and I returned from a relaxing trip to Kelleys Island.  The view of  Lake Erie is behind us and we so enjoyed our few days there.  We usually stay at a B&B but this time we stayed at Kelleys Island Venture Inn.  It was beautiful!
Blessings for a wonderful week~~~Roxie

Monday, September 8, 2014


It's been one week since moving into the cottage.  A "work in progress" continues but it feels great!
Both Vintage chandys are now up in what I call the middle room.  Whoo-Hoo!!  Ken has been working hard to get a few, small projects complete.
I usually start decorating for Autumn mid-late September but I did arrange a few white sweater pumpkins on the dining table.
I'm not a brass fan (after living with it for years) but I do love the look of  Antique Brass.  I feel it blends so well with creamy white walls and wood.  I do enjoy a French touch.......

                     The newest vintage chandy~~~

There are many "things" yet to be hung or put in its proper place.  A little more trim has to be painted too.....but this is the progress so far.  It is what it is and I'm not afraid to show it.........

I can honestly say after almost a year of renovating this cottage, it feels like home.  After all the hard work, long hours, we have been blessed to call this little place " Our Cottage Home"~~~Roxie

Wednesday, September 3, 2014


       I thought I would show a fabulous find for $22~~~An Antique Wicker Chase, all original.  I will need to make a cushion.........

                             I think I'm going to put it here...........mmmm.....

There has been so much going on.  Boxes everywhere!!  Just tryin' to place some things but I know those things will be moved over and over.
My postings will be limited until I become more settled....but I will be enjoying yours!  Blessings~~~Roxie

Wednesday, August 27, 2014


Hi friends!  I thought I would share with you my new "French Bakery" sign.  I spotted this at an Antique Mall recently....passed it up and decided to go back and buy it.  Thank Goodness it was still there.  I think it's adorable!  I'm still looking for that special place to put it in the cottage kitchen

As you can see, the family room is almost finished.  We have brought a few items in and will bring the rest over the weekend.  Kens tools and some work stuff is there but will be gone by Friday.
So many have asked to see more....sorry it has taken a while.  I will post the room put together in the next weeks to come.  It is a large room...around a 22 x 22.

This side of the room walks out to another deck....this is more of a private area.  I have lots of plans for it.

Finally, here are a few pics of the other bathroom.  I LOVE the trough sink I chose!  This bathroom is good in size....I have a full wall (standing against it taking pic), which I plan on putting an antique furniture piece for storage.  I went a touch of modern farmhouse with a vintage, industrial  twist.  I am putting up a galvanized light over the sink......

                                               We went with a walk-in shower only

We still have a little trim painting to do.......hang a mirror and the light.  Again, when I get this room together, I will show pics!  This bathroom will mainly be Hubbys!

We will be moved in this's been a HOT week for moving.  We really could have used one more month of work inside before moving in but decided against it.  What's left to do will be easy to work around.
Stay cool....this has been our hottest week of the summer here in southern Ohio.
Have a wonderful and blessed week~~~Roxie

Wednesday, August 20, 2014


I've been bringing a few items in for the dining area of the cottage.  The "original" plan to put the dining table in another room, was changed.  This is plan B....I like it better!

This is a basic, simple look ..... I have a few wall areas I need to's good for now!

I'm still not sure about the lace curtains.....I do love them but I may change it up later on.  There is sooo much going on right now, I am using what I have.  I am going to try soft, long panels to frame the windows...that may look better.
I want to add a little industrial, rustic look in places too!  Once we get officially moved...then the decorating fun begins!

Have a blessed and wonderful week~~~from one sweetie to another~~~Roxie

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Friday, August 15, 2014


I've begun to add a few accessories to the kitchen.  Hubby has been busy in other rooms, there are a few lingering things to finish in the kitchen....mainly the hardware.
I did purchase a genuine antique toaster turned into a light.  I have it hanging at the opening...I love it!  Ken loves antique toasters, so I thought of him when I saw it.
We brought the English pine open hutch in (left of the pic) and it does make a statement!  It barely fit...we had less than 2 inches from it being too tall.  Whew!
(sorry this pic is crooked, I must get a better camera)

                                       Antique toaster made into a pendant light

                                    A sweet,  little French frame I made into a chalkboard

Everyone have a wonderful and Blessed weekend! The weather has been beautiful here in Southern Ohio!   ~~~Roxie

Saturday, July 12, 2014


Hi friends!  A lot has been going on with this cottage these last few weeks and more in the coming month.
I was "ran" out of the house.....(I guess I'm in their way).... the kitchen is being put together.  In the meantime..........Hubby and I found this cast iron sink over 5 yrs ago at a place called Kellys Island in northern Oh.  It was the islands treasure day.  A $3.00 bargain.
   Since I've had it, Ken built this simple base for it.  As you can see after 5 years in the weather, it needs some new paint and cleaning up. I had an old faucet but sold it???! Ugh, why did i do that?  So I am in the hunt for another one!
I purchased this vintage bark cloth a few weeks back.  It is actually a valance.  It replaces the other valance skirt that was on the potting sink.  I think the fabric is adorable.
   This area you are seeing is at the cottage.  It is under the deck.  This is a walk-out area with old stone walls.....perfect for my "Potting nook area".  I planted a few flowers and hung some hanging baskets.  I have huge plans for this quaint little area!
The SWEET vintage green watering can was found on the property back in the woods.  Hubby found it....He knows what I like!
My plan on the next posting is to show you how the tiny kitchen is coming along.  We are in a time crunch because we plan on moving in (whatever the situation is) last of August.  Whoo-Hoo! But of course, the work will continue~~~Blessings~~~Roxie

Tuesday, May 27, 2014


I came across this pillow the other day at T.J. Maxx and it spoke to much, I had to have it.   I  like birds, I enjoy birds.....they are very sweet,  pleasant to hear and watch but I never thought I would enjoy a bird fabric pattern in my cottage.  I LOVE the muted colors and I love natural (nature) things.  The cottage speaks that to me......even the shingle roof I chose (not intending) is from the woodland nature collection.

Here is a textured pillow I picked up to go with the bird pillow.  It's hard to tell from the pic but the button is brown, not black.   Or.......

here is the textured pillow in the soft lime-green.  They both are so nice.  I believe this bird pillow is going to set my accent color for the cottage.  Overall, these are "earthy" colors in the pillow....warm soft brown, muted soft gray and muted soft blue and limey green.

Although, the cottage will be very neutral, I am in love with this print.....  And I also give myself permission to change my mind, if I choose!

As my Grandmother use to say........Birds of a feather, flock together!  In this case, it's for decorating!


Monday, May 19, 2014


Turning the corner, coming together!  Here is a peek-a-boo look at the first room almost complete!  It's the small (5 x 8) bathroom.....yeah!
The new cast iron claw tub is perfect for my "soakings" by candle-light!  The tub is only 54" long but feels great! The hand held shower head has to be put on the faucet ensemble yet.

This is the Martha Stewart vanity we purchased.  The vanity color is "sharkey gray" and I painted the bead board "picket fence".  These are Martha Stewart colors.
As you can see, the hardware isn't finished being put on the vanity and the electrical covers have to go on too.  The toilet or should I say "commode" is being installed tomorrow as well as the wall light.
The tile floor is a small octagon style and is white.  I love it's vintage look!

This bathroom is coming together nicely.  I will show another reveal when it's all together with decorating!  It's a very hard room to photograph because it's so small.
We were hoping to move in June but looks like it will be July or maybe later.  We have so much yet to do on the outside but aren't worried about that right now.

I wish I had more to show you...."finished".  There has been so much small unseen work that takes time.
The outside cedar shakes have been oil stained and did you notice the original wavy cedar wood over the large front window?  It has been stained brown.  We are currently working on the front door and new white trim will go up and be painted over the next month.  The concrete WILL BE REMOVED very soon~~YES!
Hopefully, in about 2-4 weeks, I can show another room(s) coming together.
We are having beautiful weather this week and I thank the Lord for that and I welcome it with open arms!

But for you who fear my name, the Sun of Righteousness will rise with healing in his wings, And you will go free, leaping with joy like calves let out to pasture.    Malachi 4:2