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 already flaunted my aqua and red kitchen in front of God and everyone.     It’s time to let my dining room in on the action. She gets kinda whiney when my aqua cabinets get all the glory.     Again, I’m working the red and aqua with some pretty gutsy green thrown in there.     Because I have six kiddos and 4 grandlittles, I did myself a favor and got some new stockings in miniature size from… Read more »

Welcome to Christmas in my cottage kitchen! Did you know aqua goes with every ding dang color?     I took a risk when I painted my kitchen cabinets Weathered Aqua by Porter Paints.     Our builder warned us against it. Friends raised eyebrows.     But my heart must be obeyed.     And Guys.  I’m so glad I did it’s bidding. I went with a candy cane theme this year. Because red and aqua are my jam… Read more »

After many years of wrestling a tangled web of teeny lights onto a real tree, I got all trendy and bought a 7.5ft flocked tree from Mendards.     You may know I have this love/hate relationship with trends. Well, I had a love connection with flocked trees this year.     Please realize it’s purely a rebound relationship after the years of tenacious arguments with falling needles, dried out branches, sticky sap, and the aforementioned light-fights.     I’m… Read more »

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Except for spring, my birthday, Disney Cruise time, and fall. But this time is pretty good. I decorated my porch when it was still warmish outside and here’s how it shaped up. Because I appreciate you, I’ve added some tips and tricks that every porch-savvy decorator should keep in their arsenal.     Adding an ornament and a bow to a purchased wreath rAAAWWWks my world. It also distracts from the filth… Read more »

  So now that you know that I kinda go overboard in my harvest-time decor, let me introduce my fireplace hearth and mantel…     It started coming together nicely on the hearth and mantel, then I got stumped by the area over the mantel where the ginormous pallet resides…then inspiration struck. A week later.

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.