Rug Switcheroo in The Cottage

The Cottage has been inhabited for about 4 months.

The Cottage in fall.
The Cottage in fall.

There have been lots of changes in that short time and more are planned.

In the beginning there was only a remnant of carpet in The Cottage.
In the beginning there was only a remnant of carpet in The Cottage.

We went shopping for rugs back in October and found the ones in this post.

The bright aqua rug needed to be replaced.
The bright aqua rug needed to be replaced.

Unfortunately on that buying trip we didn’t look at a runner to replace the old remnant that was covering the floor between the bedroom area and the living room area.

The runner was added to span the "hall" between the bed area and sofa area.
The runner was added to span the “hall” between the bed area and sofa area.

The tenant finally decided to get a runner that matched the denim-colored rug to cover the space.

The aqua rug has been relegated to the back of The Cottage near the bathroom/laundry area.
The aqua rug has been relegated to the back of The Cottage near the bathroom/laundry area.

The aqua remnant was repositioned back near the floating wall.

Do you have vintage rugs?

Attic Steps Project

The steps to the Cottage attic are difficult to maneuver.

The ladder/stairs to the attic in the Cottage.
The ladder/stairs to the attic in the Cottage.

They’re perfectly stable when down but they’re a bear to pull down.

This permanent ladder leads to the cottage attic and tucks up near the ceiling.
This permanent ladder leads to the cottage attic and tucks up near the ceiling.

And even more difficult to put back up again.

Our pull-down steps may have to be custom made to maintain a maximum opening in the ceiling.
Our pull-down steps may have to be custom made to maintain a maximum opening in the ceiling.

So in addition to the Cottage improvements I mentioned yesterday, we’re having a standard set of pull-down attic steps installed into the hole in the ceiling.

The attic is a great place to keep all sorts of great stuff.
The attic is a great place to keep all sorts of great stuff.

This should make it easier to use the attic for storage and might allow us to hang a divider in front of the bed to block it off from the front door.

Do you have a practical improvement you’d like to make in your house which would be impossible for you to DIY?

Little Red Chair

The Cottage tenant decided she wanted an area for reading .

A comfortable red chair.
A comfortable red chair.

She had seen and tested a chair at Ikea the last time we were there which was comfortable and RED! (For $30 extra she also purchased a white slipcover.)

It was a tight fit in the car, so much so that she had to unbox it at the store and still maneuver it into the car.

The white cabinet will conveniently fit lots of places in the Cottage.
The white cabinet will conveniently fit lots of places in the Cottage.

The cabinet that had been purchased at Ikea which was on the front wall of the Cottage was moved nearer the bed to make space for the LRC (little red chair).

The chair fits in the corner between the front door and side-wall window.
The chair fits in the corner between the front door and side-wall window.

I received a text later with a photo of the chair all set up and the glass and red metal sofa table near it. (The table is very portable so it’s now across the room.)

The pet under the window is my air compressor which my friend is temporarily storing for me.
The pet under the window is my air compressor which my friend is temporarily storing for me.

Everything is really getting Cottage cozy.

Do you like to rearrange your furniture?

Tile Quote for 3 Backsplashes

When our tile setter came to quote the work to install 3 tile backsplashes we actually presented him with 4 projects.

The kitchen backsplash tile -- Sealed Royal Grey Honed Limestone.
The kitchen backsplash tile — Sealed Royal Grey Honed Limestone.

I’ll start with the extra project first.   We were thinking of using the leftover tile from the kitchen backsplash to also tile the front of the fireplace.

The dark area inside the mantelpiece is brick painted Benjamin Moore's "Swallow".
The dark area inside the mantelpiece is brick painted Benjamin Moore’s “Swallow”.

Now it is painted brick.  We thought this Royal Grey limestone might look good in a herringbone pattern.

Item #3: Fireplace surround $960.
Item #3: Fireplace surround — $960.

However when the proposal for the small fireplace surround came in it was $960!  Way too much.  We’ll just keep the painted brick.

The conservatory sink will get a backsplash that matches the shower tile.
The conservatory sink will get a backsplash that matches the shower tile.

The conservatory bathroom is the first item: First floor bath — $517.

The space above the vanity could use a backsplash.
The space above the vanity could use a backsplash.

The second item: Second floor bath (master bathroom) — $677.

A tile backsplash in the Cottage would be nice.
A tile backsplash in the Cottage would be nice.

Finally, the fourth item: Kitchen backsplash in the Cottage — $832.

We're hoping there's enough frosted glass tile in our stash to complete this project.
We’re hoping there’s enough frosted glass tile in our stash to complete this project.

We were hoping to use subway tile set in a herringbone pattern thus the extra charge.

Frankly we were surprised at these prices as they were more than expected.

Do you negotiate proposed prices?

Cottage Curb Appeal

The Cottage resident had the idea that she would like the hodgepodge of leaky windows in the Cottage replaced with more energy efficient ones.

The Cottage windows are charming but drafty.
The Cottage windows are charming but drafty.

That’s OK with me.

A little roof over the doorway would be both attractive and practical.
A little roof over the doorway would be both attractive and practical.

While her contractor was by I made the suggestion of putting a little roof over her doorway to tie the look of the Cottage entrance to the house.

The front of our house has a gabled porch roof.
The front of our house has a gabled porch roof.
There is also a similar shaped dormer over the French doors leading from the master bedroom to the roof deck.
There is also a similarly shaped dormer over the French doors leading from the master bedroom to the roof deck.

The house has gable-ended roofs so I suggested the same for the Cottage because I think repeating shapes helps the overall design.

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A small roof over an exterior door provides shelter while finding one’s keys.
This roof with a closed front seems more substantial.
This roof with a closed front seems more substantial.

I found some inspiration photos.

This is a sweet cottage-style entrance.
This is a sweet cottage-style entrance.

After looking at them the Cottage dweller decided she likes an open front.

A quick mock-up of a roof over the Cottage door.
A quick mock-up of a roof over the Cottage door.

I discussed with the carpenter about having the roofline of the new entry cover parallel the Cottage roof.

View from the 2nd story of the house.
View from the 2nd story of the house.

From the master bedroom deck the Cottage would look nice with a little roof over the front door.

Are you planning an exterior beautification project?

Perfect Little Sofa Table

I spotted the Vittsjö laptop table on the Ikea website to be used in the Cottage.

The Vittsjo table is less than $30.
The Vittsjo table is less than $30.

The real selling point was that is comes in red. (Also comes in white and black-brown.)

Glass and metal table.
Glass and metal table.

We checked it out at the store and it looked as good as we thought it would.

The Vittsjo table is sturdy and useful.
The Vittsjo table is sturdy and useful.

We were home about half an hour when I got a text with the picture above.

A convenient place to put one's feet up and have a cup of coffee.
A convenient place to put up one’s feet and have a cup of coffee.

The Cottage tenant had already put it together and and put it to use.

Do you have a favorite nesting spot?

Three Backsplashes

I’m almost ready to hire our tile setter to finish up three backsplashes:  the conservatory bath, the Cottage kitchen, the master bath.

Piles of leftover tile.
Piles of leftover tile.

We’ve been storing the leftover tile in the basement and now Charlie has brought it all up to the living room.  So much for a neat living room after removing the holiday flourishes.

Conservatory glass tile.
Conservatory glass tile.
The conservatory sink will get a backsplash that matches the shower tile.
The conservatory sink will get a backsplash that matches the shower tile.

We have saved enough glass tile for the space behind the conservatory sink.

The kitchen backsplash tile in the house.
The kitchen backsplash tile in the house.
We're going to try a backsplash above the Cottage's kitchen sink.
We’re going to try a backsplash above the Cottage’s kitchen sink.

And the Cottage can use either the left over white tile from the master bathroom or the leftover grey stone from the kitchen.

The space above the vanity could use a backsplash.
The space above the vanity could use a backsplash.

Finally I need to purchase tile for the master bathroom backsplash.  I considered my choices here.

Carrara
Carrera 2″ by 4″ subway tiles

I have chosen Hampton Carrera Polished Amalfi 2″ by 4″ subway tiles for the master.

Hoping to get these same guys back to tile the backsplashes.
Hoping to get these same guys back to tile the backsplashes.

One of the most difficult parts of getting our bathrooms tiled — actually getting someone to do it. So I’m going to try to get on our tile setter’s calendar before the end of the month which is moving more quickly than I can  believe.

Are your backsplashes tiled? If not, what else have you used?