Thursday, August 02, 2007
simple sue
i had such a great time in the country. i checked off my whole list. except for the paddle boat thing - because at the last minute i was reminded of the last time i did that and my boat totally sank in the middle of the lake and i had to be rescued by the boat rental staff people who were NOT paying attention to my "helps!" for the the first twenty minutes. but everything else was a go and i am now in a soft ice cream detox program.

i spent much of my time decorating the cottage or shopping for it. i made my very first ever curtains and some more shams. and i have to confess i found a target. it took 45 minutes to get there, but it was so necessary (see pig chalkboard and papertowel holder).

my mom and grandmother had gotten the painting and flooring done and the new appliances installed before i arrived. they had the place a gleaming perfect slate. so i was in charge of accessorizing - my favorite!

my mom and dad had movers come get some unneeded furniture from here to use in the cottage. i added some ticking to this formal wingback to casual it up a bit. and maybe you recognize the couch?

i fell in love with an indoor flea market and went every day for something new (old?). i miss it so much. i got a lot of knick knacks, jars and dishes. the place was huge and full of treasures. cheap treasures, the best kind.

in a guest cottage like this, i think the key is to know when to stop. keep it clean and simple, cozy and relaxed. and add a lot of fun.

but i must give a little credit to my brother who added a beautiful new accessory to the garage. check out that spiffy new convertible. he has always been the smart one.

***updated for sweet lori-lu: here is the background information on the "cottage"
  posted at 1:01 PM  

At 3:10 PM, Blogger Lorilu said...

Looks great. I must have missed this Guest House at your Grandmothers house? Or somewhere else?

At 5:26 PM, Blogger Southern Sugar said...

nothin' like it to recharge your batteries. i'm goin' home for a week soon. back to the country that is my little hometown. can't wait! you've gotten me even more excited about it. the place looks great.

At 6:23 PM, Blogger sle said...

Glad to hear you enjoyed your visit and you ladies did a great job. It definitely has the CB touch. By the way, Happy first day at the new job!

At 10:59 PM, Blogger Jolene George said...

How've been busy!

At 5:23 AM, Blogger Sue said...

Wow, sounds like you were a busy girl. The project looks great. I love doing things like that too. Congrats on your new job. What an exciting creative outlet for you and your lucky students.

At 9:05 AM, Blogger hot potato said...

i love projects like that.

last time i was back at my folks house (1800 farm house) i retextured and painted the kitchen and bathroom. previous trips home i stripped wallpaper in the living room, dining room, kitchen. then i painted the living room, dining room, kitchen, bedroom, and mud room. i was constantly going to home depot but i had so much fun.

the best part is when the grunt work is finished and you get to "bling" it out! when i finished my folks bathroom i went and got them new towel bars, shower caddy, towels, and accessories for the sink.

next project when i go out in the fall is to paint the floor in my parent's bedroom. i can't wait.

sounds like you were in heaven.

At 10:21 AM, Blogger jilly said...

What a great job you have done, I LOVE the sweet charm!

At 4:21 AM, Blogger HeatherJ said...

How much fun to decorate a vacation cottage. It looks wonderful! Especially the pig.

At 5:35 PM, Blogger HomeIsWhereTheHeartIs - Kim said...

Wow, you've done an amazing job with the cottage! I love the Bedford's beautiful there...I just love the ride along Route 30.


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