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, September 29, 2017

Autumn Days

Look up, Mary Ann, way up over your head. Spy the Peace Roses in the sky.

How many years have I had this rose bush? It may be it's fourth or fifth season. It smells as lush as it looks. 

The rose on the bottom is level with my head, just to give you a scale of height, I am five feet two inches. 

My baby Chocolate Kisses. 

Remember I told you that beach days were over? I lied about no more beach days until Florida. September gave us a handful of perfectly beautiful beach days. Except, this day. I had just finished painting in the passage when this black storm cloud appeared in the picture! I no longer had it painted in and the wind picked up causing white caps on the water and we had to duck behind our beach chairs because the sand was blowing so hard. We made it off the beach. I have never had a squall come through that quick in sixty one years!

Tomato soup, tomatoes and cottage cheese, tomato sandwiches, frozen tomatoes, tuna salad on tomatoes, tomatoes and mozzarella with basil, they just keeping showing up on the window sill.

Friday morning musings.
 Have a nice weekend.

Monday, September 25, 2017

An Anchor Cottage Saturday

The fall fluff arrived this week... took me all the way to Saturday to unpack, price and display....

...just a simple, small addition can change the face of the shop...

...soft and cozy... lamps...

...grey/blue and tarnished silver...

...creamy white...

...a new blue and white bowl to fill with, dried Hydrangeas, pumpkins or Poinsettas....

...a rooster lamp for your farmhouse...

...hang a wreath around his neck...

...sea glass blue...

...this pair of Parrots perched on shelves over the sink on either side of the mirror in the powder room....

...license plate art made in the USA...

...oriental blue, is there such a thing? I think so....

...packing this night shirt and heading south....

...outdoor rugs and outdoor pillows...

...sprucing up your entry on the porch...

...and that was a lot of work! unpacking, pricing and displaying, but it looks good, in here, at Anchor Cottage....

Have a great week!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Getting Cozy at Anchor Cottage

Cherri came into the shop and left behind her colorful creations.

Pumpkin hats and booties, the owl hats are to hoot for!

Sweet hand knits for the babies.

Snugly little sweaters.  

Who let the dog on the bed? 

He's cute, though.

Two girls from Cincinnati and their candle collection, Manitou.  

Brookshaw Melons, willow place mats and wool crewel work with chocolate candles create a fall tablescape. 

The jewel colors of the season. 

Blue and white corner.

Fun photo showing the underside of the shelf above. 

A Yard Of Roses. 

Baskets of rugs.

One last out door feast. 

For the love of nautical.

Worked on cleaning up the summer debris at Anchor Cottage all week. Making room for the fall fluff, lamps, rugs and pillows all coming in to make your home a little more cozy.  

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

This Morning's Distractions

Walked by this vintage or classic, how ever you categorize it, Waverly fabric and thought how pretty this combination is. 

So I unpacked my camera and checked the batteries. Good to shoot! September colors, summer into fall colors, an Autumn palette. 

Inspired by the bark, the lichens and the driftwood. 

Thankful for friends who bring me the tools to up my confidence with knowledge. 

And friends who are grateful for small gestures of kindness. Remember, giving, works both ways. 

Art is nature...

...and nature is art.

Inspired by this morning's distractions! If you are wondering why I am late for work!

Monday, September 4, 2017

Shorebird Studio

Chinoiserie Chic
Thinking of how to decorate the weekly rental. First, we had to name the little one room studio, to envision what it could look like. Thus, Shorebird, as I am hanging all of my framed bird prints, I have collected over the years, on one wall. 

Turner Pocock bedroom
Seven hundred square feet to put sleeping, eating and seating. 

Here is another home decorated by the super talented team of Bunny Turner and Emma Pocock of Tu...
Create some sort of dictated entry way. A space for flip flops and beach bags. Some where to set down your keys. 

Michelle Obama Stuns While Traveling in Mallorca

Not to change the subject, but this is the kind of confidence I want to exude when I walk onto a yacht! Love all three pieces, the wrap, top and basket. You rock Michelle Obama!
There are two plaid chairs, at a friends house, that need upholstering! Just saying.

A Labor Day in the rain gives me time to think and sort out the days priorities...clean the garage!!

Happy Labor Day!


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