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

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

A Work In Progress

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I have been working on the blog site settings. If things seem a little off I am on a learning curve!

Cutting my Hydrangeas

I cut my blue Hydrangeas but had to be careful because they had already set their buds for next year's flowers!

Monday, August 30, 2010

Good Harbor Beach

Looking north up the beach the umbrellas looked like colorful pinwheels stuck in the sand.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Delphinium Blue

This is one of my favorite pictures. The blue-pink shirt plays off the Delphinium Blue.

Friday, August 27, 2010

The Tin Men Are Coming

My husband is making tin men! He ordered antique enameled funnels for their hats and curved wrenches for the smile. Beer caps are the eyes and sardine cans are the feet. Look for these guys at Anchor Cottage in the spring.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

A Harvest Table

We are waiting for the cooler nights to frost our grapes so we then can harvest and enjoy the vino.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Nautical Corner

I have a nautical corner in the store with all sorts of decorative items for a cottage on the beach. A yellow arrow to point the way, basket weave lanterns for light on a stormy day, sailboats, take one or two and don't forget a sail bag for you!

Monday, August 23, 2010

New Sea Bags Came Floating In

The crisp red, white and blue of these sea bags make me think of a day on Lake Michigan with white caps frosting the navy blue waters. Sailed around the world, recycled in Maine.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Autumn Sunflowers

As we drove through the county yesterday there were sunflowers waving their heads in the wind everywhere.

Friday, August 13, 2010


Customers love to watch these boats sail around and around in the wind. The whirlyboats with the stripe sails are the most popular!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Love is on my bed.

The pillow cases and pillows came from Reverie-Daydream Boutique in California.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Grandma Land!

I was told that the reason my baby department is so popular is because I am in Grandma Land!

Monday, August 9, 2010

I Love The Colors

This pair of Parrot lamps on the dark wood table appeal to me. The contrast is so rich. Add the warm colors of late summer and the nesting starts. The sun sets lower in the sky everyday lighting up the fields of corn across the way.

Saturday, August 7, 2010


Sylvia brought her new puppy in. Look at the smile on her face! Total pride and delight.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Annechovie's Chairs

I need a collection of chairs in pretty colors and fabrics in my shop next spring. I just got in these inspirational prints by Annechovie, the artist w/the happy colors!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Branding Anchor Cottage

Yardsticks that say, "Anchor Cottage Freshwater Decor Suttons Bay MI, the pencils say Anchor Cottage in Red with Red anchors and the postcards have the red anchor. I also have postcard stamps behind the counter for sale:)

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Sitting In My Chair Thinking

Thinking about what to bring into the mix at Anchor Cottage for fall. Orange ribbons on the brooms, silk leaves lying about, gourds, pumpkins and Indian Corn. Wood bowls and runners, candles and wine accessories, these are a few of my favorite things!

Monday, August 2, 2010

How Can You Resist Just One?

This blog is for Sylvia who is going down to pick up her new little puppy later this week. Sylvia, has it been that long since you have had a two year old in your house that you can't remember what it is all about? Well, here is one way to deal with it!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Here Comes The Bride

I love this beautiful photo of the bride and her love. The dress is exquisite and the Mop-Head Hydrangeas are truly a sign of a harvest wedding made to sow the seeds of generations. Congratulations!


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