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Sunday, May 28, 2017

Saturday Evening

Honey, I'm home!

A little red, white and blue on this holiday weekend!

Happy Memorial Day

Friday, May 26, 2017

Could Use A Little English Daisy


Loved how the decorator balanced the extreme vertical with the drapes in a horizontal stripe. 

House Tour: Naples, Florida Vacation Home:

Design Chic

Faux Bois and roman shades are ruling the roosts these days!

We tackled NYC's hotels so you don't have to.:

This would be an interesting hotel room to stay over in.

Butter Wakefield Garden Design - House & Garden, The List:

House & Garden Magazine UK

There is so much color in this black, white and natural kitchen.

All of the warmth and vibrant colors of summer are captured in one stylish hue with BEHR’s Color of the Month: English Daisy. This rich golden yellow works great as a bright accent color when paired with neutral grays and whites or deep greens. Click here to learn more about how you can use this trendy hue in your home.:

BEHR Paint

I now understand this color and why they use it in drawing rooms in England. We have had a cool and rainy spring and I could use a good dose of sunshine.

And that is what caught my eye, on Pinterest, this week.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Paused In Thought!

Benny and I barreling through the days toward Memorial Day Weekend! Where did May go so fast? 

Friday, May 19, 2017

Thirty Eight Degrees And The Sun Is Out

Tulips love Northern Michigan's weather.

The crisp mornings are the equivalent of a florists' reach in. 

The coolness keeps them in full color for up to three weeks!

Their unique colors are like stained glass.

When the sun shines the blooms open up and just glow.

Every fall I just plant a dozen more here and there.

Among the Woodruff and the Ferns they raise their pretty heads. 

Catching your eye from across the lawn.

Can't help it. I love spring in the woods. Every morning a new plant grows up from the thick bed of fall leaves.  The greens, yellows and reds so vibrant against the brown. Makes you kinda forget that it is darn chilly out!!

Have a fun weekend!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

A Spring Wedding

Coming back from taking the garbage up to the can...

...I was struck by the beauty of this path of woodland flowers, never know when you will be inspired....

....To be a spring bride....

...Walking down this path of loveliness  in your wedding gown...

....Cowslip for something blue slipped in your crown or in your shoe...

....Flocks and Violets are your flower girls....

.... Trillium bearing witness to our love....

....Sweet Woodruff, close to the ground, your little men in waiting...

 ...Kneeling down on dew kissed ground...

...My love and I would exchange our vows...

So if you are driving by and spy a lady in a blue bathrobe taking pictures of her woods...know that she is inspired by the beauty that surrounds her and loves to share the sentiment in her stories.


Saturday, May 13, 2017

Set A Pretty Table Make A Pretty Bed

So I got right down to business when I suddenly realized that Mother's Day weekend was upon us! 

Looked through all my tabletop items to see what I had to create a table for that special brunch on Sunday. 

Pink Peony placements and fuchsia candles on a white tablecloth embroidered with a trellis design brings us into the garden mode. 

Cranberry glass berry bowels, lettuce head place cards and green water goblets make the scene so fresh and pretty.

Raspberries eaten with a silver spoon.

The place of honor.

A pretty table set for a Mother's Day brunch. 

Thank you Caspari paper products for the colorful plates and napkins for the celebration. 

Make your mothers bed! 

All soft, cushy and feminine. 

With a pretty, cotton voile, nightgown to sleep in.

Isn't it pretty?

Thank you Pine Cone Hill for the pretty bedding.

Happy Mother's Day! 

Thursday, May 11, 2017

This Week Over At Anchor Cottage

Working at the shop. Putting together wallpaper, window treatments and bedding. Spring nesting, is what I call it. 

Sometimes the man of the house comes in and says, "this is what I would like my space to look like." Area rug, stripe sofa and chair plus ottoman for him. 

Happy that I have this hand picked selection of fabrics, to pull from, for different projects that come through my door. 

Amber glass is a weakness for me. These large goblets are prefect for Bloody Marys or G & Ts this summer.  

Outside the Tulips are in bloom and grass needs cutting. It happened overnight, I swear! 

We are a happy bunch at Anchor Cottage. It is a fine mix of work and play that we enjoy. Money's Folk Art makes us smile...looking at hen with chicks reminds me that Mother's Day is right around the corner! Better set the table pretty and surprise her with a delicious brunch on Sunday.  

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

On My Radar This Week

Chinoiserie Chic:

Aesthetic Oiseau: Chinoiserie Lamps:

55.6k Followers, 1,771 Following, 1,635 Posts - See Instagram photos and videos from Anna Spiro (@annaspiro):
Anna Spiro
Small Moments: Decorating Inspirations: Pink Bedrooms:

Carson & Company delightful decoupage:

Schumacher ~ Louis XV Dining Chair by @toddaromano covered in our signature fabrics (like this iconic Citrus Garden print by #JosefFrank):
Schumacher ~ Louis XV Dining Chair
Citrus Garden I An archival print designed for Schumacher I 1947 I Josef Frank:

Looking to step up your lighting game? These silk ikat lampshades by Melodi Horne have me longing for a more colorful abode. Based out of London’s Notting Hill, the company sources their ikat…:

Willow Rose:

A kaleidoscope of design out there on Pinterest! I am loving every layer, mix, pattern and color this morning. And the sun is out! Go figure, the sun being out makes a huge difference in Northern Michigan. My customers pop their heads in with a smile and a wave. "I want a new front door mat and a fun rug for in front of my kitchen sink", they say. Time to roll out the 2 x 3's!

Happy Hump Day!


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