Anchor Cottage Freshwater Decor Decorating Store

We offer decorating services in the Leelanau Peninsula. Our studio has fabrics, bedding samples and rug swatches. We offer lamp repair, shades, harps and finials with access to over 1,000 lamps. Furniture painting and repair. Wall paper books are available. Reach out to us at

Friday, April 5, 2024

Easter Adventures

Getting ready to host Easter dinner. We heat with wood, all winter long. By this time of year the surfaces, in the the house, are coated with a fine layer of soot. So tradition is to vacuum the whole house from top to bottom. Shake out the rugs and wash the windows.

Gather all the pretty plates and glassware and wash them in hot soapy water, drying them by hand so everything sparkles.

Make sure to buy the grocery store tulips and arrange them in vases all around the house.

If a pot of Hyacinths jumps into the cart, buy them. They make the cabin smell so fragrant. 

Last but not least, bake the cake! Birthday cake for the girls. Always a lot of fun to have the prettiest smiles around my table. 

Who has more fun then us?

Spring is here and the Daffodils have poked their heads above the ground. Crocus here and there around the lawn. Robins, big and fat, making nests over the light fixtures and in the eves. 

Sunshine and warmer days are on their way!


Thursday, March 21, 2024

The Listening Room


I have never, that I can remember, attended a true "listening room" experience. A handful of listeners, counted seventy or more, seated in church pews. The performer standing in front of us singing his songs.

The one man show brought his drum, harmonicas, his guitars. The piano came with the venue. His twelve string ringing off the old wood floors. He did stop at Target to buy an equipment table.

Tenderhearted Boys by Will Hoge.

It was a fun date with my mate! He drove us down to "20 Front Street" to hear our favorite story teller and balladeer. 

Sunday, March 10, 2024

Stepped Outside

Sitting at the computer, this morning, looking at the photos on my camera download from this week. My sweet little Snowdrops in the corner of my garden.

Took a walk on a brisk early afternoon. Saw the North Manitou Shoal Light Station across the way. I looked up the proper name. We always call it "the lighthouse".

Turned around and there she was! Devils Elbow at the old Sugarloaf ski resort. I can't even tell you how many times I skied that run.

Around the corner is Pyramid Point.

So close to South Manitou Island.

The bluest, coldest, rockiest piece of shoreline in the county!
That's just my opinion.

On the way back to the Jeep. 

Today is a snow day, everything is covered in white. Turned my clocks ahead and now I'm late! Time for breakfast. If I ask my husband, really nice, if I can have pancakes this morning, what do you think he'll say?

"Do you want sausage?" "Yes I do!! Thank you!"


Sunday, March 3, 2024

Life Is Too Short To Miss A Beach Day

Look at all the stones under the water! Didn't have my waterproof boots on so I went looking for a piece of driftwood to help scoop them toward shore. 

You would think that there would be enough stones along the shoreline to search out some winners to put into my pockets!

I mean look at them all!!

Found a stick to wiggle that five pound hard head into shore. I put it in my hood of my jacket to carry it back down the beach.

Look up from the stones and you can see forever.

It was still, not a ripple on the surface of the water.

What a day! Walked up to the car fifteen pounds heavier!
A rock in each pocket and one in my hood!



Thursday, February 22, 2024

The Sun Is Out!

The sun is shinning today. Hooray!

My all time favorite lamp and fabric combo! The fabric, I found, in a resale shop. It was only eighteen inches wide and nine feet long. I was able to match the pattern and make these twenty two inch pillows for Steve's sofa. The, Dana Gibson, lamp I sold in my shop at one time. 

 The two Chinese pillows, that I made, are some of my favorites. When you only have three feet of trim and a quarter of a yard of your hoarded fabric this is how you do it!!

The bright sunlight makes everything perk up. 

If you are a "color" person and you like your color primary, give me a call. Nothing pleases me more than mixing it up. Patterns and colors galore!

It's all about the sunny day.



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