PROVERBS 3:5-6

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, January 9, 2015

COTTAGE KITCHEN UPDATE

                                       Hi friends!  Is everyone staying warm?
Since it's soooo cold outside......I've been busy inside.  The kitchen is basically finished except a little trim around the baseboard.  I am looking to add a few vintage glass cake stands to my collection and it's always fun to change/add to the decor for the seasons.
I am very pleased how this tiny kitchen turned out (8x9) and my Ken did a wonderful job!  I am happy with the selections we made..as in the farmhouse sink, Martha Stewart cabinets and hardware, the IKEA butcher block, and the shelving I put together myself from Home Depot.  Note:  Martha's shelving/brackets were $1,200..no way!   This shelving and brackets cost around $200 (tax included)
I really like the vintage/retro style GE stove and the fridge fit perfect.



I am using a vintage lace tablecloth for the skirt sink but I will be looking for something else soon...
The lavender in the pitcher is from my garden at the farmhouse.....it still smells wonderful~~~





                                I love my sweet antique toaster light~~~



I do have a blank wall on this side next to the fridge.........I'm looking for that "something special" to go there



                                   Have a wonderful and Blessed weekend~~~Roxie


Wednesday, January 7, 2015

SNEAK PEEK UPDATE on BATHROOM

Hi friends!  I always seem to show you a "Work in Progress" but many have been asking how it's going with the renovations.....so....this is where we are at on the second bath.
Ken put the antique door up (because of company at Christmas) even though I needed to sand and paint the door before.  But that's ok....it gives me a great visual to decide a color.



I was looking for an old ladder with gray paint and found it a few weeks ago.  I haven't decided yet what to do for the window covering....right now I hung a burlap grain feed sack.  I lower it at night........One thing about me, I never get in a big hurry....



This is a crappy picture because I was focused on showing you the wall light and didn't move the dress form.  I am STILL searching for a mirror......a rustic mirror!
I do like the galvanized light and how it turned out for the look I was going for.......
The trough sink with modern pump faucet has worked out wonderful....Love it!

Yes, you are seeing a old galvanized chicken coop in the bathroom!  Some of my family says I'm crazy....BUT, this thing holds tons of storage (shampoo, wash, lotions, etc. plus we hang our towel on it after showering).  I needed to be creative because not much storage in a 1920's cottage! (note, this was thoroughly power washed by Hubby-lol!)
We did an old-fashioned white, octagon tile for both bathrooms


Of course, there is woodworking, framing etc. to be finished over the next weeks but it's coming along.  In case you are wondering........I do have an old-fashioned roll-up shade with pull that goes on that door window!

Hope you enjoyed the latest "update"......and the room you are seeing through the door is the family room.  That lamp is my hubbys pride and joy.....a vintage electric house meter turned into a lamp, and the meter turns when the light is on!  Not necessarily my taste but it is cool looking.



                           Our first snow for 2015.........Stay warm!

Blessings~~~Roxie

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

ROMANCE MEETS RUSTIC

Romantic....Rustic.....Cabin.....Cottage.....Whatever it is, this is the earliest I have EVER started decorating for Christmas.  I never start until the first week of December but since I seem to be getting slower and slower at what I'm doing.....better start now!

Here are a few pictures.......we have much "loose ends" to do before Christmas.  So many have been asking how is everything coming along?.........(response.......S*L*O*W)   Basically, we moved in and collapsed...

This picture is the front room or as I call it "The Keeping Room".  I don't know what that word means but I like the saying.  I'm not sure what the room is keeping except all of my JUNKING stuff~~~










I have been looking for a unique grate/andirons but haven't found what we want yet.   I purchased the cowhide at "Over the Moon Vintage Mkt" from Small Town Junk.  I have been looking for different pieces of furniture to create a new look....I bought the modern button wing back recently to the right of the pic.  I like!
Blessings to each and everyone of you and your families!~~~~~Roxie

Saturday, October 4, 2014

OUTSIDE THE COTTAGE~~~

It's a beautiful Autumn day here in SW Ohio~~~the leaves are changing color and falling right before our eyes!  There is a crisp feel in the air~~~
Do you notice a change in the front of the cottage?  The concrete slab piece in front of the diamond grid picture window is gone forever~~~and a small slab piece to the far right is no longer there.  Yeah!
The concrete that is left will be changed/or removed next Spring....Hubby and I are still working on a plan for that change.
We haven't decided if we are going too put any landscape out in front this Fall or wait till Spring....I believe we will wait.
Ken has started around the corner to the left replacing damaged cedar shakes before Winter sets in.  I can't wait to see that improvement.  Still a lot to do...some painting of trim and copper gutters but what an improvement!




                                                      ~~~Before~~~



                                     ~~~Work in progress~~~last Fall 2013~~~new roof.  Look at the 1929 board slabs on the roof...neat!





                                              ~~~You can see the changes~~~



Unfortunately, we lost the massive spruce on the right early in the year.  That was hard.




                              ~~~It's getting better everyday~~~


Have a wonderful blessed week~~~Roxie

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

GREAT GALVANIZED PIECE

I found this Awesome, BIG, Galvanized piece the other day at an antique mall.........I believe it's a piece from some type of feeder.  It has a great style......ruffled edges and the perfect rusty areas.  Only $10!!




Here is a better close-up~~~this can be displayed in so many great ways!  I would love to pile it full of real white pumpkins and gourds~~~maybe some vine/berries or nuts?  I do enjoy bringing nature inside for my decor~~~
Have you found a great or unique piece lately?
Have a wonderful and blessed week~~~Roxie

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Sunday, September 28, 2014

AUTUMN WELCOME

The leaves are starting to fall, crisp air in the morning and evenings............it has been a beautiful week in Ohio.
I set my antique gate by the light pole and put a few pansies in a vintage  "chick"  feeder.....



Work is continuing on the outside of the cottage before Old Man Winter sets in.  Ken hopes to get the cedar shake finished on this side......
I haven't shown the window box on the upstairs tiny window....the flowers and potato vine have grown so pretty!
Are you enjoying decorating for Fall?  I pray we have a long, gorgeous Autumn~~~WELCOME!~~~

Blessings for a beautiful week~~~Roxie

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

~~~COTTAGE DINING AREA~~~

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 fill.....it'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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Saturday, July 12, 2014

VINTAGE BARK CLOTH and POTTING SINK

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

~~~PILLOW TALK~~~

I came across this pillow the other day at T.J. Maxx and it spoke to me...........so 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!

Blessings~~~Roxie

Monday, May 19, 2014

COTTAGE UPDATE.......BATHROOM PEEK-A-BOO

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

Blessings~~~~~Roxie