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, October 31, 2017

Indulge Me This Nautical
Nautical feel, cottage vibes, industrial spaces, colorful BoHo..decorating styles for anyone. I seem to lean toward the nautical interior because, besides living surrounded by water, I like the crisp, fresh and relaxed attitude it portrays

Anchor Hooks
I sold the black wrought iron anchor hooks in the shop! Love the way they are used, here in the entry, hung individually instead of being mounted on a board. 

Nautical Decorations
Nautical decor is derived from the light off the water. There are so many blues reflected, from sandy blue to turquoise underlined in navy blue. White blue, light blue and sandy waves of blues! 

I like how you can see the entire print through the glass lamp. This works.
Water horizons are as wide as they are tall with the ever moving surf and waves. The colors are are soft and iridescent, natural hues and lots of clear glass. 

An anchor door knocker makes a great statement

Ha ha! Closed the door on that subject!!

None of these photos are from the same home and yet they all work together. Pulling the waterside theme from room to room. Amazing where our inspirations can involve from. 

Monday, October 23, 2017


Nice beachy look
Pat (AKA-Kim) Merchant
It is getting to be that time of year where my thoughts wander south. The inter-coastal tides and marshes along the Atlantic seaboard. Shore birds and Night Blooming Jasmine reflected on the wet sand in the evening light. 

This charming Greek Revival cottage is located in Warren County, North Carolina. Somehow these cottages keep finding me so I can share them...
Looking for a house that needs some work. A small structure with interesting architectural detail to play with. 

MY FAVORITE Peach Cobbler
Barb Webb
The fragrance of Peach Cobbler coming from the kitchen.

Coastal Home Accents
Coral on pedestals for decoration on the entry table. 

Как сшить чехол на стул - Лайн Декор

The sandy linen chair, in the middle, to place around the dinning table lit with long tapers in crystal hurricanes. 
Exclusive to One Kings Lane: A bamboo-inspired frame and chinoiserie-style upholstery give this chair its distinctive look. The cushion fill of down-wrapped foam ensures long-lasting comfort and...
One Kings Lane
A pair of these chairs at either end, of the table, for comfortable lounging, over coffee, after dinner. 

Another great find on #zulily! Blanched Blue Wooden 'Beach' Wall Sign #zulilyfinds
If you are going to have signage in the home using a Greek key boarder knocks it up a notch. 

Barrier Island territory along the South Carolina sea coast is calling my name. The light is beautiful this time of year. 

Monday morning musings. 

Friday, October 20, 2017

Not Crazy About My Photo Manager

Haven't figured out the cropping system. I do think that the graphics of the nautical signal flags are good! Love that Ben Zaricor.  

Mad Cap Cottage wallpaper swatches came into the shop this week. Still working on getting the fabric swatch book from Robert Allen. At this time the books are all sold out.

Taylor Linens dropped off deep ruffled shams and Shore Rose duvet today. Pretty feminine. 

Set this tree up and decorated it with humongous gold finials that sold in five minuets. Luckily I had some dried Hydrangeas that I nestled in between the branches. 

This picture editing is going to take more practice.

Have a great weekend in the Peninsula, the sun is shinning and the colors on the trees are beautiful.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Playing With The New Computer

Fall display in front of Anchor Cottage. The photo editing file is much different than the picture manager I was use to. 

Snuggs sixty second birthday today. Isn't he handsome.

Working on cropping, color and clarity. A customer helped me down load the wireless printer! All this advanced technology, to keep up with the times, is hard on this old lady!  

Monday, October 9, 2017

Behind The Blue Door

I love stripes.

Who am I today? That is a question I ask myself every morning when it is time to get dressed! Maybe next summer, to make it easier, I will buy all red, white and blue, plus some black stripped shirts, dresses and sweaters to wear. Then I will know who I am! The lady who decorates cottages on the big water. 

custom sofa in the living room is upholstered in a de Le Cuona fabric, the side table is by Henredon, the chest is a 19th-century ship’s cabinet and the French still life is from the 1930s.

Finding myself on pinterest. What do I like? Surprising myself when I choose decor that, personally, I do not have at home. 

Tour A Historic Long Island Farmhouse - Farmhouse Decor

Some day I would like a small, stand alone townhouse, to decorate for myself, on the eastern seaboard. 


As I scan through the pinterest pictures I find myself drawn to blues, cremes and little old lady decorating schemes!  

toile panels with short double pleat & velvet piping at top of header

Pretty and fresh and simple.

Roswell Cottage - Lisa Gabrielson Design

Soft and cushy

lisa fine
English floral, chintz and velvet.

Eastern Canada's best homes.

A waterside element, of course.

That is what I would love to have. 

Monday, October 2, 2017

The Will Hoge Show

Steve and I and my tiny little point and shoot camera headed down to Flint, Saturday, to listen to Will Hoge play. The venue was located in the middle of Buick Town, Flint MI. Lot of heavy metal and tats. 

We arrived in time to watch the tour manager conduct band set up to specifications. 

Hey, Machine Shop stage hands, can you move that wedge over there? And, we need that wedge on the drummers stage. Oh yea, and can you move that wedge over there? These wedges weigh a ton. 

What Brett Walker produced, tonight, was a perfect balance of sound output. Right on brother Brett. 

Interesting profile, this guy, couldn't take my eyes off of his beautiful nose and forehead. 

It may sound funny but when you are shooting faces you get addicted to the lines and creases. 

Thom Donovan plays his guitar as the extension of his heart and soul. 

Ha ha! this gentleman had the cat seat on the stage. 

Because of the stage set and lighting the camera had a hard time with the auto focusing and light exposure. Standing out in front of the stage the light appears as a soft surround but the camera couldn't make up it's mind on the f stops. 

Allen Jones on the drums, give him some! I was able to get some good photos of him in action. 

Oh yea baby, the song writer, story teller with an unique delivery. Can not really put my finger on his influences. I think he is an original.  

His voice reminds me of folk singers from the past. Telling their stories in song. He creates a melodic hook that draws you in and keeps you humming that last tune underneath your breath. 

Will Hoge, he is the "Reckoning". 

Off of center stage is my bass player. He got a scholarship to play guitar from Berklee College of Music. He left playing bass. 

Christopher has a serious soul, his passion is playing music. 

He has an innate sense of other performers and can hear what they need from him. He is a gifted player. 

The band, along with the band engineer perfectly showcased the music written by Will Hoge. 

They come from Mississippi, North Carolina, St Louis, Tennessee and Michigan to put together a "Middle Of America" sound. 

Maybe if that shooter in Vegas had had a choice, "Guitar Or A Gun" he could have chosen the guitar.

If you have a chance please take a listen to the "Anchors" cd along with "the wreckage" and "Small Town Dreams", you will hear the reflection of the times "Even If It Breaks Your Heart".

Thank you, men, for an outstanding two hours of music.  


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