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

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Sunny Sunday Morning

What a luscious place to cultivate your greens and then sit back and relish in your hard work ...
Aluminium and Wooden
Inspiration everywhere I look today! Must have woken up with the "eye"! I have an area in the main floor of my home, similar to the one pictured up top, that would benefit by painting the exposed support this green. It has radiant floor heat and these tiles would look very tidy. 

Jenny Steffens Hobick
Jenny Steffens Hobick
I stayed in an Airbnb, Murfreesboro TN, and she had slipped-covered all the "large" furniture pieces in creamy canvas. It is a great look for the warmer season. I like the chunk of lamp, at the end of the sofa.

Light blue tiled bathroom.
Mercury Mosaics
This blue and white tile work with brass plumbing is making me sing the blues!! The color of the blue and that it goes all the way up the wall, to the ceiling, in this small bathroom, is very refreshing.

This post is, because, my little DIL remarked that she would like an island, in her kitchen, at her new town house. I think that taking down the wall between the kitchen and living room, and exposing the whole length of the area. All the way out french doors onto a patio in the yard is an option! It seems that her decorating project inspires me as I follow the decorating ideas on line. 
Great Tip >> Plant lemongrass and rosemary together to have a mosquito free summer!
Gardening Steps
Learning something new! Rosemary and Lemongrass, planted together, keeps Mosquitoes away. This is something that you can bring into your home, to winter over, and enjoy the fragrance.

Sarah Jane Laursen
I may do the slip covers on my furniture this summer. I like it that much! Comfortable, clean and relaxed. 

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Regina Célia
The combination of navy and white stripe shirt and pencil midi skirt with pumps, looks appealingly professional and comfortable at the same time. The look could become an uniform for this summer, adding dark wash jeans, navy linen slacks, French boat neck sweaters and a pair of SeaVees should do it! 

Inspired today!

Friday, April 20, 2018

What Can I Say?

Ravelry: KathyInIowa's Violet
Ravelry: KathyInIowa's Violet

After a major weather set back, Anchor Cottage is now open for the season! We were hit with thirty three inches of heavy, wet, icy snow for three days in a row. We are still digging out what we can stick our plastic snow shovel in (frozen, compacted slush) and move over to the side so the customers can make it up the sidewalk and into the front door! 

The sun is out, so come on down to Anchor Cottage, today and Saturday, we have a store full of interesting accessories for your home decor! 

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Putting A Bright Spin On The Weekend!

Tuinblog: tips en inspiratie voor de indeling van de tuin of balkon. Foto: mooiwatplantendoen, blog Maison Belle. #tuininspiratie #tuintips #tuinblog #maisonbelle
Maison Belle
Chinoiserie Chic
Chinoiserie Chic
Forget Me Nots…♥
Forget Me Nots…♥
Birdsong Quilt
Birdsong Quilt

Pretty and happy is what I found on Pinterest this snowy morning in April. Hit with an icy, snowy mix, starting last night. More of the same, maybe some ice pellets too, Saturday night, all of Sunday and into Monday! Hey, April showers bring May Flowers! But what do May Flowers bring? Pilgrims! 

Anchor Cottage is closed for the weekend. I will be open Tuesday through Saturday, ten until five starting April 17th. Enjoy the snow day! I have plenty of housework I'll be doing:-)

Monday, April 9, 2018

First Day At The Shop This Year!

Press on link,, to listen to Will Hoge and his band rock Valencia, Spain, while viewing this post! 

Spent the last week moving the props around and cleaning up the scuffs and dings from last season. 

Had Will Hoge playing on  the Bose, singing and dusting and dancing from display to display. 

Bringing my hand made pillows in a few at a time. 

With all the marble being used, these days, a cut crystal biscuit jar adds a nice touch on the counter for dog treats!

The herd from Renwick WV are here in the shop. 

Prettiest bed I have made in a while! 

Are you listening to the live show? 

The baby corner is back...not sure where to go with it this year. 

There are plenty of License Plate Art pieces available. 

We are still keeping it nautical. 

Laid out a fifty percent off table until the end of April making room for all the new product coming into the store. 

This table is set on "ocean time".

The Sarah Richardson fabric, Decowaves, makes a great table cloth for the nautical dishes and accessories! 

There she is!

New lotion and potion line coming in, along with, Emma Bridgewater, totes and espadrilles, Sir & Madame cutting boards and dish towels. Dash & Albert rugs, Pine Cone Hill bedding and "Found" items trickling, in through the door, all of May. I'll keep you posted.

Did you enjoy the Will Hoge show from Valencia Spain?

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Opening Saturday April Seven

A "salt water watercolor". 

Anchor Cottage will be open for the season starting Saturday, April 7!

Pastel Cottages On The Beach

Three magnificent days ocean side. 

Carved into the dunes, Quail Hollow, on the Atlantic Ocean. 

The world was our castle...

We had it all to ourselves.

Sunrise walks...

...around the pool...

...up the stairs to the beach.

Very quiet.

Evening walks...

...evening sunsets...

...we stayed in the lower corner unit...

....never left the compound..., mint, pale blue and yellow...

...inspired to make "Jungle Juice", coconut rum, spiced rum, pineapple rum and lemonade/pineapple juice mixer...

....dinner was across the street at the "Elk House"...

We walked the beach and drank the rum and made a pac that we'll be back! 

Monday, April 2, 2018

Just In From The South

Had to unload the Jeep so I could drive to Anchor Cottage, we were so packed full! 

When "Money's" is the last stop, on the buying excursion, the goods tend to lie gently on top of everything else that is packed into the car.  

I am at the shop, making room for the new merchandise, figuring out where to display all these happy pieces! 

Cats and dogs, foxes and bears!

The corbels were at the bottom of the stack. They were unloaded last. Setting outside on the porch until their display area is ready for them. 

Athens Ohio, Charlottesville Virginia, St Augustine Florida, Clayton Georgia, Murfreesboro Tennessee and East Bernstadt Kentucky were all the stops on this trip. 

Bought a little bit of merchandise in each spot and boy does it add up! Making room so I can open soon!


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