Want to easily get the Cottage look in your bedroom?     My take on Cottage Style is a cozy, collected dwelling full of quirky pieces, a signature color pop, and rustic touches softened by some well-placed florals and ruffles….a kinda Rachel Ashwell meets Jojo Gaines vibe.     I love a mix of all things cottage and farmhouse….so when I stumbled upon the stonewashed linen bedding from Oscar and French I knew what direction I wanted to take the… Read more »

  There are just so many talented Makers out there. SO many. One of these amazeballs Makers is a friend who I met when I was painting furniture. She was a fellow flipper, and she’s now doing signs!  Take a look at THIS:     Aimee owns a shop on Etsy called The Wordsmith Studio (Instagram: @wordsmith.studio ), and I ADORE her metal signs as well as her painted wood signs! ADORE! I’ve been wanting a statement piece in this… Read more »

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 »

So we all love us some vintage aqua Ball jars, yeah?     Like seriously adore that perfect shade of aqua and their galvanized zinc lids.  I want to marry them.   I thought it might be interesting to share a bit of my history as it collided with those jars because, well, I have connections.

Sublime. Ineffable. Unique.   Maybe some of you Bright Lights remember my first blog ::cottage instincts::? I just can’t get that beloved nest out of my mind.  Other than being supremely beautiful and including all my favorite colors in nature (robin’s egg blue and earthy naturals), it represents so much of my decorating (and life) philosophy.

Ever since we moved into our new-build cottage bungalow, I wanted a real wood top on my island.     I pretty much decided we’d replace the wood-look formica within the first year. Yeah. Here’s an old iphone pic of the faker laminate.     That stayed in our kitchen for 2.5 years. *sigh* And if blog posts had sound enabled, you’d hear me squealing right here….     We had a master woodworker friend make it for us. And… Read more »

After stumbling upon the Instagram Decor Bubble, I found folks generally go for neutral farmhouse look. Thanks Jojo.     ‘Farmhouse’ is the buzz word, at least in the circles I move in. {watch for a soon-coming-post where I define for myself the difference between ‘farmhouse’, ‘cottage’ and ‘country’} And I’d say I love bits of rustic farmhouse, those vintage pieces that played a functional role in past times that now clutter up my mantel and sideboard.     Neutral… Read more »