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10 shots of lovely {michigan cottage}

01 August 2015

BunkBed Room. Bunkbed room Ideas. Paint Color here is Benjamin Moore White Dove. #BunkBedRoom #BunkRoom #BunkBedDesign #BMWhiteDove
Architect: J. Visser

Stepping away from my growing collection of 'before' pics
of our fixer upper cottage, it's time to see some
cottage inspiration from a place not terribly far away.

This Holland, Michigan home provides all sorts of
ideas for those of us coastal lovin' design freaks
and comes courtesy of Homebunch...
merci for sharing these on your site, Luciane!

Benjamin Moore Paint Color. Home Exterior Paint Color Ideas. "Benjamin Moore Gray Pinstripe 1588". #BenjaminMoore #GrayPinstripe 1588
all photos via Homebunch

Um. I can honestly say, our humble abode will
not resemble this one beyond the white window trim.

Kitchen. Small Kitchen Ideas. Small Kitchen Design. Small kitchen with pale gray cabinets. The pendants above island are the Ralph Lauren Andover Pendant. #KItchen #GrayKitchen #PaleGray #SmallKitchenIdeas SmallKitchenDesign


Spare and classic.

Kitchen. Gray Kitchen Ideas. Small Kitchen with Gray Cabinets. The pendants above island are the "Ralph Lauren Andover Pendant". #KItchen #SmallKitchen #GrayKitchen #GrayKitchenDesign

Powder Room. Small Powder Room Desgn. Great small powder room ideas. "Sconces are the Bryant Sconce by Thomas O'Brien". #PowderRoom #PowderRoomIdeas #PowderRoomDesign #SmallPowderRoom

This is probably the faucet I am using in the master.

Sherwin Williams SW6204 Sea Salt. "Sherwin Williams SW6204 Sea Salt".  #SherwinWilliams #SW6204 #SeaSalt

Coastal Interiors. Coastal Decor. Beautiful home with coastal interiors and subtle coastal decor. #CoastalInteriors #CoastalHomes #CoastalHomes #EasyCoastalDecorIdeas

What a cozy nook!

Family Room. Family Room Design Ideas Basement Family Room with cozy and comfortable furniture. Paint Color is Benjamin Moore White Dove. #FamilyRoom #FamilyRoomDesign

Basement. Basement Design Ideas. Comfortable basement family room with stylish furniture. The chair is from Lee Industries. #Basement #basementIdeas #BasementDesign

Mudroom. Mudroom Ideas. Mudroom Storage Ideas. Small Mudroom with Practical Storage Built-ins. #Mudroom #MudroomIdeas #MudroomDesign #SmallMudroom


Hope you enjoyed this tour.

Stay tuned for updates of our cottage makeover...
we are finishing up the main bath this weekend
and starting demo on the kitchen next week.



hello lovely fixer upper {week 4}

28 July 2015


Have you seen me?

Yep, that was me in week 4,
staggering down the cereal aisle with
deep purple undereye circles, roots overdue
for their touch-up, wearing paint splattered clothes
I wore yesterday (after sleeping in them).

I'm not overworked at the cottage, I just remain sleep deprived
and concerned about bears...more 'bout that in a sec.


*Side note regarding blogging about the fixer upper:
I have had moments I felt I should perhaps
simply post some appalling 'before' images,
all of them captioned with OY, and call it a day
since I seem to complain here about all the
work, expense, and surprises.
However. OY.
I don't want that to be my ungrateful jam.

My jam is this:
WE ARE JUST MUDDLING THROUGH
WITH A SENSE OF HUMOR, CREATIVITY,
AND A WHOLE LOTTA LOVE.

scaffolding needed to paint near the ceiling in here

It has been just one month since we took possession of
the one-and-a-half-story we intend to love back to life.

In week 4, the most exciting development was:

this is my best bud who moved away & keeps asking of the fixer upper
IS IT PAST THE 'LOOKING WORSE
THAN WHEN YOU STARTED' STAGE YET? Hmmmmm.

So so exciting in 90 degree weather
to be able to close the windows
and cease duct taping those jacked up screens!


In week 4, we mostly took a break.


I took a few days to dream about decor and finishes,
but insomnia wrecked me since my family went camping
in the Boundary Waters and I was home alone 
(obsessing about their being attacked by bears and also
about possible bears or intruders in the corn 
outside the rental who may or may not know
how to negotiate a sliding patio door).


While they rowed away from civilization, I shopped
for inspiration online and at local shops
even though we are far from the decorating phase.


It may not be realistic, and I could be tired-high-insane,
but I am in love with the idea of
incorporating vintage doors and lighting, reclaimed wood,
and furniture pieces that tell a story with their age
and have become living art.




Who knows? Maybe all of  the above will come home with me.


This week I got more painting done of the staircase,
and in a fit of I CAN'T TAKE THIS UGLY PENDANT
ANOTHER SECOND, I ripped the dirty globe and iron
leaves off a kitchen light fixture (above).


Before he left for da bears, my husband installed
the toilet in the main bath, and I painted the beadboard walls.
When painting walls bored me, I mixed up some chalk paint
and took my brush to some shabby furniture I may or may not
use at the cottage...doesn't everyone paint on their painting break?


These shots are just me having fun with the light,
my iphone, and a few objects I had laying around.





Lessons learned in Week 4:

*3 layers of undereye concealer + foundation + pressed powder
still FAILS to sufficiently hide the truth you are a
pathetically groomed neurotic menopausal DIY insomniac
terrified of bears in the cornfield and elsewhere.

*Getting away from drywall dust and lists of infinite tasks
is always a good idea, but if you don't catch up on
ya rest? Mercy, child, you are totes screwdini.

*Indeed it IS humanly possible to obsess about kitchen
pendant lighting for a breakfast bar 24-7 in week 4,
only to then consider...hey, maybe the design police
won't arrest us for not incorporating pendants.

*Since this project is a whirlwind one and
I love so many different design styles,
the plan is a little loose and evolving...
my objectives at this juncture are to
(1) slow down and (2) listen closely to the house
to see what it wants. So far, whisperings reveal:
SPARE, NATURAL, AND SOULFUL.

Previous fixer upper posts:
week 1 - reflections
week 1 - update
week 2
how we got here
week 3

Coming soon:
CHOOSING FLOORING
KITCHEN DEMO

Peace to you right where you are.

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hello lovely fixer upper {week 3}

22 July 2015




Tons of progress made this week!

T H E  B O Z E M A N  C R E W
(aka Gramma and Grampa from Montana)
arrived with their usual determination and energy
to get down, get dirty, and make it all look so easy.

Yep. They traded this:




For this:



remember the exponentially growing subfloor problem in the living room?


No more worries, uneven floors, or shih-tzus tumbling
into the basement thanks to the husband
and his nimble, pose-striking daddy-o.



Meanwhile, Gramma was often high.
On ladders, kids!
White-i-fy-ing walls with paint.

remember the basement's 'galactic eye cabbage?'


She wasn't havin' it. Get down, Gramma, get down,
after all, how much more gratifying is covering
basement eye cabbage than cycling in paradise at home:


Gram proceeded to transform, I think, absolutely every
room in the whole cottage by cleaning up messes,
hauling out trash, smashing up tile, extracting nails,
and the list goes on and on...you wouldn't believe
this reno-ssance lady's talents (she also sings and dances)!

Remember the main bath demo halted by subfloor drama?


Game on, baby.



The cast iron tub went in and cement board went up.
Keep in mind, there is still no air conditioning,
and temps were in the 90's this week...


Despite the heat,
the guys installed subway tile (4 x 12s).



the tile team drenched in sweat and mortar


Then they installed hexagon marble flooring and...


oak beadboard on the walls.



While my husband saved the world at work, 
OUR BITCHEN BOZEMAN CREW
outdid themselves destroying awful barf-hued entry tile
with sledgehammer, saw, and muscle.


Wow! Here it is now in particle board glory.


They found tile demo so enjoyable, they moved
on to our wee laundry room and tore up
that evil floor too.

I painted walls, sanded/primed/
dreamed up a cost effective facelift for the staircase,
met with the hardwood flooring guy, and spent
a ton of money on appliances, vanities,
sinks, faucets, tile...


We occasionally allowed our guests to eat and view the
Tour de France, and Gram and I even
strolled in the rain through one of my favorite gardens:


 Anderson Gardens

Beautiful Japanese gardens offer everything the
work site is missing...


peace, fresh air, and beauty.

However, thanks to the great help, we are
well on our way to capturing those qualities
at the cottage...we can never thank you enough,
Grampa and Gramma.


Before they fled crazycottage town, the in-laws managed
to remove and salvage half of the wood floor in the kitchen
(hated to lose this beautiful maple but water damage
and design plans required it) and rip out the whirlpool
and platform shown above...woo hoo!

Lessons learned in Week 3:

*I am gay for white paint. Love buckets of latex joy just rule.

*You're the one in charge of design decisions
and not everyone grasps the vision?
Be strong and poised for the B-word (not that it gets
uttered, but you see it in their eyes at times).

*Citizens of Montana possess superhuman endurance.

*Sticking to a tight budget?
Helps to keep design plans loose to take advantage of
clearance sales and incentives...I scored the oak beadboard
for 75% off and ordered appliances offering a 10% rebate.
Alternatively, forget budget and snag a second job via Craigslist
(there are folks seeking a "beard mentor," "Jedi labor inducer"
and "someone who will velcro me to their body
and jog because I despise exercise.")

Previous fixer upper posts:
week 1 - reflections
week 1 - update
week 2
how we got here

Coming soon:

Kitchen and master bath demo,
choosing wood flooring,
and HELLO CENTRAL AIR!

Thanks for indulging us on our nutty adventure,
and peace to you right where you are.



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