Friday, June 15, 2012

Little Cottage in the Woods

I wanted to share a sneak peak of my family's cottage in NH that's been in the works for the past year and a half. My dad bought a small run down cottage in New Hampshire on Lake Winnipesaukee back in the fall of 2010 and since then it's been demolished and rebuilt. My dad is a handy guy so he did a lot of the finishing work himself after having it framed and the roof put on. I of course have been putting my two cents in along the way and am excited to decorate the cottage with my mom for this first summer season!

The original cottage - Before Demo

My dad and the cottage during demo

The new and improved cottage. It's not painted yet!! Dont' worry we're not planning on keeping the camo look. Although, some people have told us they like it!!

View of the water to the left of the cottage. We also have a small waterfall that runs down the hill behind the cottage into the lake. The sound is really nice.


I'll skip most of the "under construction" pictures because they're boring, but here's one semi-underconstruction picture. Really most of the work was done at this point.

Looking in from the front door. There are two bedroom in the back and the stairs to go down to the walk-out basement. We need to do something really interesting with the wall above the stairs. It's somewhat of a focal point in the room. All the trim in the cottage is white but we painted the doors and railing gray for some added interest. I'll share paint colors in a later post if anyone is interested

The view looking up the stairs from the basement. I don't have pictures of the basement yet but I will share those later also.

My tiny bedroom! Don't worry a double size matress will fit for me and the hubby. I actually chose this little room because I thought it would be really fun to decorate a small space and I liked the cozy feel.

The other "bedroom". This is also considered a sleeping porch.

My dad built the table out of an old oak door and he also made the bench. I am having cushions sewn right now for the benches and we will also have pillows made. We built these benches extra deep so they would be comfortable for extra seating even when we are not eating. Someone could also sleep here if necessary.

I'll be sharing more pictures as we make progress!

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Monday, June 11, 2012

Visiting Charleston, SC

I took a trip to South Carolina to visit friends over the weekend and spent Saturday in Charleston, SC. I'd never visited before and it was definitely worth the trip! I loved seeing the architecture of the homes and all the gardens and details on the homes exteriors. The city is beautiful and really nice for walking with plenty of restaurants and shopping too. I took a lot of pictures but I'll just share some of the highlights.

Beautiful gates and greenery everywhere!

Loved the window boxes on the houses and in the shop windows

Charleston is right on the water and the scenery is very pretty when you're walking the streets

There were beautiful doors and entries on every house!

Love the color of this real estate signage






"Please do not allow your dog to stop here" -There were a row of these down one side street


Many of the lamps on the buildings and houses were gas lit. They go all day and night and add so much character to the streets!

Love this gray exterior and orange door combo

Outside of Charleston we made a stop in a French design store. This chest was beautiful at the bargain price of $18,000

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