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

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Making A Pretty Bed

To make a pretty bed one must use layers of comfort; a good cotton mattress pad, soft sheets, light weight down comforter a quilt, 4 down pillows on top of a semi-firm mattress. Add decorative pillows and colorful throw and jump in and enjoy!

Friday, July 30, 2010

Dinner In Tonight

I love setting a pretty table. This table and chairs are from Mike and Sue at the Red Ladder. Even the Snowdrops are theirs!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

The Hall Closet

Look what my husband made! It's our hall closet where we keep stuff out of sight:) And just so you know Steve is the catch in this picture. Have a great day.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Sea Bags

Sea Bags are made out of recycled sails by two gals in Maine.Their motto is, "Sailed arond the World-Recycled in Maine. They got a break when they were featured by Opra!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Nautical Decor

Nautical signal flags can be hung outdoors, collect your initials or spell your name! The racks with hooks are nameboards off of salvaged boats, you can hang your towels, sweatshirts and totes off one of these babies. The wine bag is made from recycled sails. Add a sailboat mirror and a sailboat, a piece of regional art of the Suttons Bay Harbor and you have "Freshwater Decor".

Saturday, July 24, 2010

A Beachside Kitchen Table

Sandy beaches and water everywhere. The kitchen table is for a quick snack before heading out the door for an afternoon swim. Shorebirds and sailbags, waves and beach stones that's what Lake Michigan is all about here in the Leelanau Peninsula!

Friday, July 23, 2010

Harvest Time In The Leelanau Peninsula

We are having an early harvest this year on the peninsula. We had a warm spring. The sunflowers are up and blooming, we have apricots overlapping black cherries. I'll bet the pumpkins will be around the corner. It's nice living in an agricultural area.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Men's PJs

I brought men's PJs into the mix for my tall, statuesque girls. They are made of the softest cotton. I have medium, large and extra-large. Good for men as well, you can even share, he gets the bottoms and you can wear the top!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

I love this room in my shop:)

This room has all my favorite things. Men's PJs, Crabtree & Evelyn soaps and bubble bath, Anne Harwell prints and Jon Robshaw rugs and bedding. It's a happy room. Click on the picture to see the details.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Emma Bridgewater

Just received a new order of Emma Bridgewater Pottery direct from England. Sold 9 Bird mugs in 2 days!

Friday, July 16, 2010

Nancy and Cheryl

These two girls are beaming brightly, I had to retake the shot 4 times because the flash wouldn't go off! Say, "cheese". Can you tell that they are sisters?

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Northport Women's Club Home Tour 2010

The tour was lovely. We saw a home that functioned off the grid! A home with pitchforks recycled as porch railings. A beautiful full log home with his and her offices.
The house with the view had a great sense of humor. The turn of the last century house was full of the primitive furnishings from the 1800s. A fine showing indeed.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Rug World

Anchor Cottage sells a lot of rugs. Seagrass, woven wool, rag rugs from Kentucky, hooked rugs, cotton stripes in every color, indoor/outdoor and braided rugs. Also, coir, rubber and sailor knot door mats. My favorite are the hand painted rugs from Jon Robshaw.

Monday, July 12, 2010

This Is A "Summer Time" Table

Sunflower yellow, little chicks running around, polkadot dishes from England on a yellow ticking stripe fabric looks like summer in July to me!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Bay City Art Teacher

The gentleman I bought this painting from said he had gotten it from his art teacher when he was in high school back in the early 60's. The Queen Ann's Lace is done perfectly. It would be beautiful on someones 3 season porch. White wicker with blue and green and white cushions.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Look Who Flew In!

Found these folk art eagles in St Augustine they were from a collection out of Maine. All three would look neat on the fireplace mantel.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Horses Horses

Lonnie and Twyla Money folk art. The horse table is very cool. Just another original from the Money's.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

The Sweets Are Sailing In

From the East coast comes chocolate sailboats and lighthouses. These candies make good hostess gifts. I found them in St Augustine!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Children love these ducks.

A new baby. Lets decorate the nursery. I love these colors for a boy or a little girl.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Jon Robshaw Bedding

I couldn't decide which pillow to put on the bed so I put all of them on! I love the Jon Robshaw look for the "Freshwater Cottage", the look lends itself to sandy beaches and Lake Michigan waters. His hand painted Dhurries are really graphic in design.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Anchor Cottage is stocked!

Everything has to be on the floor as of July first. Then you have 6 weeks to make all of your money. On your mark, get set, go. Sell alot of stuff!

Happy 4th of July from Anchor Cottage

My mother always dressed me in red, white and blue! Have a happy and safe holiday. Mary Ann @ Anchor Cottage

Friday, July 2, 2010

She Layers Well!

This is my good friend Sylvia. She has a great sense of style. She also has a sense of humor limed w/great wisdom. I love her, she's timeless. If you look you will see I captured the twinkle in her eye:)

Thursday, July 1, 2010

July Flowers

If I had a cottage I would have gardens all the way around. Window boxes, birdbaths and stone walks. A Birch tree with a sundial at it's feet.


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