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

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Nothing Like A Fresh Water Swim

Good Morning. Time for a rant. Who is going to accept all those Houston refugees? How bout this summer weather? Shortest summer with limited swim days and now I have to put a sweater on it because it is sixty two degrees on the last day of August!! Yesterday, by some fluke, the temperature hit seventy nine and all I could think of was a long walk on the beach and a swim before the storm came in. By the time we got to the beach the sky was dark with lightning in the west. As we packed it in it started to rain and the temps had dropped to sixty six.  Three months out until Florida and another chance at beach weather. 

Monday, August 28, 2017

Cozy Ole' Fall Coming Around The Corner

Turning on the lights, Sunday morning, at the shop. Forgot to turn the string of lights off around the sail boat yesterday. It looked pretty good in the dim lighting. 

I think a row of these boats, trimmed in lights, down the middle of the table will make a sweet holiday vignette. 

Ornaments reflected in the mirror. 

You will have to laugh because I thought I was going to display the large gold and white finials on the tree!

Not perfect but makes me want to jump in and snuggle. 

Having fun with the new bedding product in the shop. Love the big silky quilt and the lumbar pillow for napping on a crisp fall afternoon. 

Large blue and white ginger jars are perfect for a striking, seasonal arrangement on your foyer table.

Moving into fall colors.

All week long people have been coming into the shop to ask me what kind of tree was outside. 

So I thought I had better go and take a look at what all the commotion was about!

Wow! This Mountain Ash is killing it!

That's what is happening in my neck of the woods! 

Monday, August 21, 2017

August 21st, 2017

Hello Lovely
The resort season is winding down around here. Less traffic, quiet beaches and more time to reflect on how the summer got away from you!
The company has gone and you have the cottage to yourself! You are in that relaxed state of mind.

Model ships and other nautical accent pieces complement the ocean palette that Jinny McMillan has cultivated in her seaside New Harbor home. See more pictures of this cottage on our website. Photographed by @photocait. #Mainelife #cottage #ocean

Time for your own little, laid back vacation. 

Love the comfortable, easy living vibes that these cottage pictures make me feel. 

Off to the shop!

Saturday, August 12, 2017

What A Week

Marcus Garvey

The fellow Virginians were visiting this week. They had great Lake Michigan beach weather. They left this morning all sun kissed and relaxed from being in the big whirlpool everyday! I worry about the white supremacy protests. Why the hatred

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Jamie Meares
Thinking about this shed/studio building and how I can make it work for an office/shop storage outside the backdoor, under the Maples, at Anchor Cottage.  

Let's talk about how to start a design business that will pay our bills! Quit your day job. Open up a shop!
Creative Market

Transitioning into a new career within the retail business. In other words, branching out!! 

Anchors by Will Hoge
Will Hoge released his new cd, Anchors, this week. Which means we listened to his bass player on the Grand Ole Opry!!

Paper & Thread Garland: Peachy Holiday Mix

Sidewalk sale days in Suttons Bay, between raindrops and sunny skies. Fluffing the shop inventory for fall. Dreaming of traveling south for a few days.

A very busy week has left me with quite a few new inspirations to sort through during the fall season. Never too soon to plan for next year in the retail business. 

Enjoy your weekend.  

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Going Strictly Anchor Cottage Today

Chanel marker, net float and a Chris-Craft poster....

Tony Seagull with blue on blue rugs and humongous cushion...

Blue on blue pillows for the outside furniture....

Napkins and plates....

Bar glasses for beverages....

Cozy, made in Minnesota, throws and pillows....

Blankets and scarfs....

Sign of the times...

Seagulls in the shop....

Liberty Of London shams for your bed....

Pine Cone Hill sheets and quilts....

Mapage to explain where you are....

Sitting on the fireplace mantel....

Or on your husband's desk...

And this Guppie says, "that is all she wrote"!

We are in the depths of cottage season...Anchor Cottage has all the stuff to decorate your place on the lakes....come on down to the Art Fair today and tomorrow, in Suttons Bay, and poke your head into the shop while you're there.


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