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Anchor Cottage Freshwater Decor Decorating Store

For absolutely everything "Freshwater Decor" head to Anchor Cottage. Located in Uptown Suttons Bay Michigan, Anchor Cottage carries Pine Cone Hill bedding, Dash & Albert rugs, Emma Bridgwater tabletop, Crabtree & Evelyn bubble bath. Gifts and antiques with a nautical flair. We do special orders and shipping all over the United States. E-mail us at shop@anchorcottage.net. Can't wait to hear from you!

Friday, October 13, 2017

Playing With The New Computer

Fall display in front of Anchor Cottage. The photo editing file is much different than the picture manager I was use to. 

Snuggs sixty second birthday today. Isn't he handsome.

Working on cropping, color and clarity. A customer helped me down load the wireless printer! All this advanced technology, to keep up with the times, is hard on this old lady!  

Monday, October 9, 2017

Behind The Blue Door

I love stripes.

Who am I today? That is a question I ask myself every morning when it is time to get dressed! Maybe next summer, to make it easier, I will buy all red, white and blue, plus some black stripped shirts, dresses and sweaters to wear. Then I will know who I am! The lady who decorates cottages on the big water. 

custom sofa in the living room is upholstered in a de Le Cuona fabric, the side table is by Henredon, the chest is a 19th-century ship’s cabinet and the French still life is from the 1930s.

Finding myself on pinterest. What do I like? Surprising myself when I choose decor that, personally, I do not have at home. 

Tour A Historic Long Island Farmhouse - Farmhouse Decor

Some day I would like a small, stand alone townhouse, to decorate for myself, on the eastern seaboard. 


As I scan through the pinterest pictures I find myself drawn to blues, cremes and little old lady decorating schemes!  

toile panels with short double pleat & velvet piping at top of header

Pretty and fresh and simple.

Roswell Cottage - Lisa Gabrielson Design

Soft and cushy

lisa fine
English floral, chintz and velvet.

Eastern Canada's best homes.

A waterside element, of course. 


That is what I would love to have. 

Monday, October 2, 2017

The Will Hoge Show

Steve and I and my tiny little point and shoot camera headed down to Flint, Saturday, to listen to Will Hoge play. The venue was located in the middle of Buick Town, Flint MI. Lot of heavy metal and tats. 

We arrived in time to watch the tour manager conduct band set up to specifications. 

Hey, Machine Shop stage hands, can you move that wedge over there? And, we need that wedge on the drummers stage. Oh yea, and can you move that wedge over there? These wedges weigh a ton. 

What Brett Walker produced, tonight, was a perfect balance of sound output. Right on brother Brett. 

Interesting profile, this guy, couldn't take my eyes off of his beautiful nose and forehead. 

It may sound funny but when you are shooting faces you get addicted to the lines and creases. 

Thom Donovan plays his guitar as the extension of his heart and soul. 

Ha ha! this gentleman had the cat seat on the stage. 

Because of the stage set and lighting the camera had a hard time with the auto focusing and light exposure. Standing out in front of the stage the light appears as a soft surround but the camera couldn't make up it's mind on the f stops. 

Allen Jones on the drums, give him some! I was able to get some good photos of him in action. 

Oh yea baby, the song writer, story teller with an unique delivery. Can not really put my finger on his influences. I think he is an original.  

His voice reminds me of folk singers from the past. Telling their stories in song. He creates a melodic hook that draws you in and keeps you humming that last tune underneath your breath. 

Will Hoge, he is the "Reckoning". 

Off of center stage is my bass player. He got a scholarship to play guitar from Berklee College of Music. He left playing bass. 

Christopher has a serious soul, his passion is playing music. 

He has an innate sense of other performers and can hear what they need from him. He is a gifted player. 

The band, along with the band engineer perfectly showcased the music written by Will Hoge. 

They come from Mississippi, North Carolina, St Louis, Tennessee and Michigan to put together a "Middle Of America" sound. 

Maybe if that shooter in Vegas had had a choice, "Guitar Or A Gun" he could have chosen the guitar.

If you have a chance please take a listen to the "Anchors" cd along with "the wreckage" and "Small Town Dreams", you will hear the reflection of the times "Even If It Breaks Your Heart".

Thank you, men, for an outstanding two hours of music.  

Friday, September 29, 2017

Autumn Days

Look up, Mary Ann, way up over your head. Spy the Peace Roses in the sky.

How many years have I had this rose bush? It may be it's fourth or fifth season. It smells as lush as it looks. 

The rose on the bottom is level with my head, just to give you a scale of height, I am five feet two inches. 

My baby Chocolate Kisses. 

Remember I told you that beach days were over? I lied about no more beach days until Florida. September gave us a handful of perfectly beautiful beach days. Except, this day. I had just finished painting in the passage when this black storm cloud appeared in the picture! I no longer had it painted in and the wind picked up causing white caps on the water and we had to duck behind our beach chairs because the sand was blowing so hard. We made it off the beach. I have never had a squall come through that quick in sixty one years!

Tomato soup, tomatoes and cottage cheese, tomato sandwiches, frozen tomatoes, tuna salad on tomatoes, tomatoes and mozzarella with basil, they just keeping showing up on the window sill.

Friday morning musings.
 Have a nice weekend.

Monday, September 25, 2017

An Anchor Cottage Saturday

The fall fluff arrived this week...

...it took me all the way to Saturday to unpack, price and display....

...just a simple, small addition can change the face of the shop...

...soft and cozy...

...new lamps...

...grey/blue and tarnished silver...

...creamy white...

...a new blue and white bowl to fill with, dried Hydrangeas, pumpkins or Poinsettas....

...a rooster lamp for your farmhouse...

...hang a wreath around his neck...

...sea glass blue...

...this pair of Parrots perched on shelves over the sink on either side of the mirror in the powder room....

...license plate art made in the USA...

...oriental blue, is there such a thing? I think so....

...packing this night shirt and heading south....

...outdoor rugs and outdoor pillows...

...sprucing up your entry on the porch...

...and that was a lot of work! unpacking, pricing and displaying, but it looks good, in here, at Anchor Cottage....

Have a great week!


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