Area rugs can be tricky, amiright? They have to play nice with the other colors you have, as well as any color you add later.     Neutrals certainly have their place…but for a soft color lover like myself I like using something other than jute or non-descript beiges in every room.     I’d always heard oriental or persian rugs are so great because they pick up all the other colors in a space an just become a… Read more »

My guest room makeover has been a LONG time coming.  For the last 3 years it’s mostly been used as a collection area for ALL THE THINGS. When I decided to really give the space a good makeover, a real identity, we realized we were going to have to start from the bottom up. Literally. Our old queen metal bedframe was in sad shape.  As in squeaky, old, and propped precariously on risers. Not a good sitch for the grandkids… Read more »

When I used to blog at ::cottage instincts:: some of my favorite posts to write were about my mantel and fireplace decor as the seasons changed.     In our current home, the fireplace and mantel are center stage, soaring 2 stories and viewed the moment you walk in my front door.     {Hi Bogart!} I decided to keep things simple this year. Well, as simple as I get.     I crafted the burlap sign…it had been a… Read more »

I’m no brain surgeon, but I’m kinda assuming that the bright orange color associated with fall comes primarily from the plentiful harvest of the pumpkin patch.     And yet, there are a plethora of other fall colors {and shades of orange for that matter} that actually sing to my heart on a less pitchy note.

Going thru old blog posts on ::cottage instincts:: has been super interesting as well as super weird.     Like reading an old diary.  Part “hey, I’m a pretty good writer/decorator/photographer” and part “oh hell no.” Anyway, I’m kickin’ it back Old School and rehashing a few posts I thought would be fun to revisit over here.  Like the time I was contacted by Better Homes and Gardens.   And I thought it was spam and almost deleted it. They… Read more »