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.

I have a history of going overboard in my fall decorating.     Actually, that isn’t entirely true. That history really only started when I discovered the world of decor blogs ’round about 2009.

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.

Since I’ve already established that I like change, you can imagine how impatient I get to change up decor for the seasons.     By end of August, I’m all like “bring on the punkins” {in aqua}.       Happy greens are my go-to pop of color for warmer months, ’cause they’re delicious and play so nicely with my washed aqua blues.       Curtain panels with some pattern and color are a nice change-up too. Especially when… Read more »

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 »

Serendipity often strikes in the form of forlorn furniture pieces that cross my path. This bench was one of those.     It was in a junk store back room, lamenting over the bright blue, orange and yellow chipping paint job she wore. I told her “Oh Girl. I got you.  I got you real good. Don’t you fret yourself.”       Did a little double layer dry brushing with left over master bedroom paint. And she did a… Read more »