In honor of the original Summers Cottage on Lake Erie, I decided to frame and display some of the best memories of my childhood. I printed out all these old pics, and framed each one individually in the great Ribba frames from IKEA. (How can you go wrong for under $15 each?)
I feel like the addition of this gallery wall of memories completed my dining room decorating, and gives the room a great feeling of nostalgia with a contemporary twist.
C’mon, how cute is that face?
You know that saying about never knowing how many friends you have until you have a beach house?
I am here to tell you – the same holds true for a lake house. In all my years of living north of the
Mason Dixon line, my guest room got used, hmmm, maybe a dozen times?
In the month of July, I had company 13 out of the 31 days in the month. Whew!
Don’t get me wrong, it is a good thing! I love having my friends come to visit. And I consider it the
ultimate compliment when they make themselves at home …
…especially in the kitchen! Continue reading
Everyone loves a good makeover, don’t they?
Well this is the story of a FREE dresser I managed to score when a friend moved and couldn’t take it with her.
I knew the wicker texture would be perfect for the Lakehouse, but couldn’t envision the existing color in my dreamy pale blue and white bedroom.
So, when all else fails – off to the paint store!
I wasn’t exactly sure how I was going to tackle the job. Should I spray it?
Ick – too messy…
I started with the traditional paintbrush, and it actually worked pretty well. I used Valspar Paint and Primer in one in basic white. There was a lot of back and forth, filling in all the little grooves, but
after 2 coats, it was good to go!
Next the fun part – New Knobs!
I found these beauties at World Market. They had just the “sea glass” look I was going for, and were a perfect complement to the paint color I had used in the room (SW Rainwashed).
Ta Da! The final product!
Isn’t she pretty?
The family was coming for Christmas, and it was time to get some rugs on the floor at the Lake House. So I headed to the local Rug and Home store to start the process.
I think I became the salesman’s worst nightmare.
I figured I’d start with the after, cause no one likes to REALLY see those “before” pics at the top, do they?
Ok, ok…. here is the before:
This is the family room the way it looked before. The previous owners used it as a study, a library, a TV room, and a litter box (I’m not kidding).
See that little cut-out next to the wastebasket? That is a kitty door.
Seriously? Continue reading