If I Were Decorating the Cottage

We're still working on the rugs.
We’re still working on the rugs.

Although my friend is moving into the Cottage I’m giving her my ideas according to her taste.

"Siamese Eyes" is the pervasive wall color in the Cottage.
“Siamese Eyes” is the pervasive wall color in the Cottage.

The Cottage interior is painted mostly “Siamese Eyes” by Martha Stewart.

Darcy Paisley fabric
Darcy Paisley fabric

My friend’s favorite color is red so I found a beautiful paisley at Pottery Barn that encompasses both colors.

Ikea Ektorp sofa in Nordvalla dark beige.
Ikea Ektorp sofa with a lounge seat in Nordvalla dark beige.

Her choice for a sofa is Ikea’s Ektorp in Nordvalla Dark Beige (which I also purchased here for a garage apartment).

Cranberry velvet pillow will work on the sofa or bed.
Cranberry velvet pillow will work on the sofa or bed.

I stopped at my favorite Model Home Décor Center and found a couple of pillows that would also tie together the cranberry red and turquoise.

This is a comfortable chair for $250.
This is a comfortable chair for $250.

And for good measure I took photos of a greige and turquoise chair which I’m not sure there’s room for but would go great.

Lucite coffee table at CB2.
Lucite coffee table at CB2.

An acrylic coffee table.

I feel a shopping trip coming on.
I feel a shopping trip coming on.

Check out the Pinterest page I’m working on.

Do you keep your Pinterest up to date?

The Wool Anniversary

This month Charlie and I celebrate our 7th wedding anniversary.

We were married right in front of the fireplace way before the renovation.
We were married right in front of the fireplace way before the renovation.

The seventh is represented by two different traditional gifts: copper and wool.

Copper teapot on the small navy cabinet adds a bit of warmth to the predominantly blue scheme.
Copper teapot on the small navy cabinet adds a bit of warmth to the predominantly blue scheme.

I couldn’t think of anything either of us would want made from copper although I might pull out our few copper décor items just for fun.

Sheepskins from Ikea.
Sheepskins from Ikea.

And Charlie doesn’t wear sweaters (even though people continue to gift him with them). So I decided to get us matching wool items from Ikea.

I plan to wiggle my toes every morning in the wooly rug.
I plan to wiggle my toes every morning in the wooly rug.

I bought 2 sheepskins (at $30 each), one for each side of our bed so we can jump out onto cozy rugs.

A penny from our wedding year.
A penny from our wedding year.

And I might give him a shiny copper penny.

What is your favorite anniversary gift?

Building a Table: The Top

Charlie and I started building a new kitchen table from old wood we’ve been saving from the house demolition.

Salvaged wood.
Salvaged wood.

Using the wood we salvaged from the old sheathing we made a table top.

This suitcase-style table is 2' by 5'.
This suitcase-style table is 2′ by 5′.

We have been using a 2′ by 5′ folding table which is a little too long and a little too narrow.

I am going for a rustic look from salvaged wood.
I am going for a rustic look from salvaged wood.

Because the lumber was 7-3/8 inches wide the full width was determined to be 29-1/2 inches, or 4 boards wide.

The mark on the face of the lumber lines up with a mark on the Kreg jig.
The mark on the face of the lumber lines up with a mark on the Kreg jig.

We used our Kreg pocket screw jig to attach the boards to each other.

The table top is held together with pocket screws.
The table top is held together with pocket screws.

The boards were cut to 41 inches then edged with boards on either end at right angles to the boards, breadboard construction.

The table top is constructed.
The table top is constructed.

The final length is 55-3/4 inches.

We're using the legs from this old table.
We’re using the legs from this old table.

Part two: make the base.

Do you have a favorite finish?

One Table Down

I wrote about my plan sell our dining room table.

Usually the dining room table is 72 inches long.
Usually the dining room table is 72 inches long.

I sold it with the help of Craigslist to a young mother of twins.

We marked the legs just in case they were not interchangeable.
We marked the legs just in case they were not interchangeable.

In addition to taking the leaves apart the legs were removed.

The table easily fit in the vehicle.
The table easily fit in the vehicle.

We packed it into her minivan.

Formerly the kitchen table.
Formerly the kitchen table.

I moved the kitchen table into the dining room.

I inserted two leaves to create an oval table.
I inserted two leaves to create an oval table.

So now we are without a kitchen table.

A rectangular table in the kitchen uses the space better.
A rectangular table in the kitchen uses the space better.

Just kidding. Temporarily we’ll be using a metal folding table to see if that style and size works in the kitchen bump-out.

Are you doing something brave?

Standing Lamps

We have 4 standing lamps.

Standing lamps are useful in dark corners.
Standing lamps are useful in dark corners.

I’m going to get rid of half of them even though it will be difficult to decide which ones.

1. Traditional standing lamp which I have painted silver.

The lamp just after it was painted satin nickel.
The lamp just after it was painted satin nickel.

It used to be brass.

The standing lamp with French script lamp shade.
The standing lamp with French script lamp shade.

I really started appreciating if after I added the Paris lampshade.

2. Inherited standing lamp with vellum shade.

I think this lamp has been painted gold. I would change the color to a darker metallic.
I think this lamp has been painted gold. I would change the color to a darker metallic.

3. Brass shell lamp.

I'm sure I'll keep this lamp but I want to change its brass color.
I’m sure I’ll keep this lamp but I want to change its brass color.

4.  My beloved drafting lamp. I’ve had it since college.

The drafting lamp has a heavy base and works well.
The drafting lamp has a heavy base and works well.

I’m going to part with it but first I’m going to sing its praises.

The drafting lamp has 2 types of lighting.
The drafting lamp has 2 types of lighting.

The lamp has both a round fluorescent tube and a traditional incandescent screw-in bulb. The tube minimizes shadows while the bulb warms the tone. And, if both types of bulbs are installed, the head of the lamp is counterweighted so it can be stationary in any position.

Have you saved any items since college?

Preparing for a Shopping Spree

Our new tenant is taking a day off from work to buy furniture and appliances for Glade Cottage.

Glade Cottage
Glade Cottage

I have taken the liberty of photographing the walls as straight on as possible considering all the clutter still in there.

The ladder/stairs to the attic in the Cottage have been folded up to the ceiling. (See last photo in the post.)
The ladder/stairs to the attic in the Cottage have been folded up to the ceiling. (See last photo in the post.)

Then I measured the various areas and marked the photos so when we are shopping (yes, I’m going, too) we’ll have an idea if a piece of furniture will fit or not.

When the front window is not blocked there is a beautiful view.
When the front window is not blocked there is a beautiful view.
This window has a stunning view.
This window has a stunning view.

The front wall is definitely a focal point with a triptych picture window.

I don't have a clear vision for the kitchen but we'll also be shopping for cabinets.
I don’t have a clear vision for the kitchen but we’ll also be shopping for cabinets.

The back wall is more zigzaggy since the bathroom is set at the back of the Cottage on the right-hand side. The bathroom is behind the kitchen wall.

This area is plumbed and vented for a washer/dryer. A water heater is in the closet on the right.
This area is plumbed and vented for a washer/dryer. A water heater is in the closet on the right.

The rest of the back wall is the laundry and storage.

The floating wall is not yet in position and so hides the 2nd window.
The floating wall is not yet in position and so hides the 2nd window.

The left side wall is broken up with 2 windows and a propane furnace mounted on the wall.

This wall is the only long unbroken wall in the Cottage.
This wall is the only long unbroken wall in the Cottage.

And the right wall, which will form the living room and kitchen, has only one window and so can take a long piece of furniture.

The fire safe is extremely heavy but worth keeping to preserve important papers.
The fire safe is extremely heavy but worth keeping to preserve important papers.
The safe is moved and I was not much help.
The safe is moved and I was not much help. (Note the steps to the attic in it storage position on the ceiling.)

Over the weekend we did move the extremely heavy fire safe out of the middle of the left wall.

Do you go on shopping sprees or shop a little at a time?

Ikea Greige

The garage apartment is directly behind the large truck built above a 5 bay garage.
The garage apartment is directly behind the large truck built above a 5 bay garage.

In addition to upgrading the kitchen and painting a garage apartment it needed to be partially furnished.

The bedroom is spacious.
The bedroom is spacious.

I ordered a queen-sized bed which was delivered and set up in the large bedroom after the painting was complete.

There is a pair of these lounge chairs which tilt back to expose a footrest.
There is a pair of these lounge chairs which tilt back to expose a footrest.

We already had two upholstered loungers which had been in the apartment previously. I needed to get a sofa that would complement both the new wall color and the old chairs.

Ikea Ektorp sofa in Nordvalla dark beige.
Ikea Ektorp sofa in Nordvalla dark beige.

Fortunately Ikea’s Ektorpe sofa comes in a color called Nordvalla dark beige which I would characterize as greige.

Harmonious colors.
Harmonious colors.

It goes very well with “Revere Pewter” which is the trim and door color.  I might have to buy the same color for my living room Ektorp since my room is painted “Revere Pewter”.

A large rug is available for this room.
A large rug is available for this room.
The very large rug will fill almost the entire great room in the apartment.
The very large rug will fill almost the entire great room in the apartment.

I also ordered a new rug pad for the 11′-6″ by 17′-0″ rug which needs to be shampooed.

The louvered doors and the regular doors are painted "Revere Pewter".
The louvered doors and the regular doors are painted “Revere Pewter”.

Things are progressing.

Are your projects progressing?