Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Cottage Den Makeover

When we downsized and moved to our little cottage, we brought with us and used furniture that would fit in the house, and not look completely hideous.  Emphasis on completely.

This room got the 20 year old floral sofa, and the huge oversized chair and ottoman.   After living with the practically completely hideous set up for a year and a half, I was thrilled to find this white slip covered sofa at Rooms To Go.  And this small Italian leather chair.  The sofa even came with my choice of accent pillows.  I just couldn't pass on the grey leopard print!

I was determined to find a place to use my vintage lockers.

I painted the floor Annie Sloan Graphite. 

I'm a recovering rooster collector :)  But when I saw the red/blue color combo on this one at Home Goods, I knew it had to go in this room.

The rug came with me from the farmhouse.  It was currently inside my front door entrance.  Since we spend much of our down time in this room (with the TV), I was glad to use things in here that I enjoy seeing.

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Monday, January 16, 2017

The Cottage Kitchen

Just sharing a few photos of the cottage kitchen.  

We added new appliances.  The other changes made are those that can be accomplished with paint and a few accessories. 

The biggest change I'd love to make is this sink!  Unfortunately that will require changing the counter tops.  

Our little cottage was built in 1955 and we've lived here about a year and half.  

The hardwood floor was in fairly rough shape so I painted it with Annie Sloan French Linen paint.  It's been over a year and the paint has held up very well. 

I recently painted the den floor in Annie Sloan Graphite and hope to get some photos up soon.

I'm also on Instagram   @harding_cottage 

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Monday, December 19, 2016

Christmas And Cranberry Hootycreeks

Just a quick update to say I am posting frequently on Instagram @Harding_Cottage and also to share a delicious cranberry white chocolate pecan cookie recipe.

Christmas decorating has been minimal at my house.  We celebrated early as our family will be in different locations on Christmas day.

We made cookie mix in a jar gifts.  If you like a white chocolate and cranberry combination you need to try these Cranberry Hootycreek cookies.  Super yummy and and just the right amount of crunchy thanks to the oatmeal in these.

 Candy covered pretzels are always a tasty hit at our house.

Wishing everyone Merry Christmas and wonderful holidays!

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Dictionary Art For Thanksgiving

I just wanted to pop in quick to share the Give Thanks dictionary art I made.  I used a piece of cardstock in  a parchment like color.  I found a great variety pack of card stock at Walmart, which has grey and other neutral colors.

I first printed a dictionary page on a piece of card stock.  Then I put the printed paper back into the printer and printed over it with my image.  I usually print the image on a piece of plain paper first, and guestimate how it will line up on the dictionary print, making sure I have the image positioned where I want it.

The turkey image I found on Grapics Fairy HERE
I saved the image to a word document and then added the lettering.  I've found it works better to use dark and heavy print images on top of the dictionary print, as they show up more.  

The dictionary page I used was saved from an old link at Graphics Fairy, but no longer appears to be available.  However, I found several links to dictionary/book pages that Angie at Knick of Time posted HERE

This is a raven image I used for Halloween.

I hope everyone has a wonderful week!

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Sunday, October 25, 2015

Guest Room In Black and Orange

Since I already had white bedding for the twin beds at the old house, I decided to keep a neutral color pallet for my guest room, so I could supplement colors to coordinate with holiday decorating.

The room still needs more tweaking, but I wanted to get some pictures up in the appropriate time frame for my orange/black/grey color theme.

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Saturday, October 17, 2015

Cottage Makeover - Exterior


This is the photo from the real estate listing when we bought our house in May.  When we went to look at this house, we got there a few minutes before our realtor, and my husband wanted to to just go ahead and meet her at the next property on our list.  He didn't even want to go inside this house.  The back had a large concrete deck, that was literally falling apart.  After walking through the yard, my husband was at least willing to look inside.  The house was empty (having been a recent rental property) so we did a quick walk through with our realtor, and went to see other properties.


Because the real estate market in Nashville was on fire this summer, all the houses we liked in the on-line listings were already under contract before we could schedule a showing.   We had a contract on our farm, which was about 45 miles away, within 24 hours of the listing going online.  We finally resorted to making a list of houses that had been on the market only a few days, and went to see what was out there that met our list of needs. 

My favorite thing about this house was the location.  Seven miles from my job, five miles from my newly married daughter, and about 2 to 5 miles from some of the most popular shopping and dining in Nashville.  Our last house was 48 miles from my job, so this was a big change!

In the end, this house was one of the best locations, the closest to our jobs, and at the lower end of our price range.  And, after having lots of house and lots of land to care for over many years, we were very reluctant to commit on a large scale again.

We had the entire house painted in Picket Fence, which is a creamy white color in Home Depot's Behr Exterior paint line.   I LOVE the color.  The paint tied together the brick, stone and concrete block materials so the house has a more unified look.  We had the roof replaced, and my husband made the shutters and replaced the light fixtures.  We also had a flagstone sidewalk and landscaping added.

I'll get around to taking pictures of the back soon.  The first thing my husband did when we took possession of the house was have that concrete deck torn out.

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