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, November 20, 2018

Something To Look Forward Too

Everything in the shop is half off! Come on down Friday and have at it. Even the fixtures must go. 

Monday, November 19, 2018

Treasures From The South

Anchor Cottage is changing location next month... the buying trip was skinny...

... I only had time to start one watercolor...

...but we did bring home 31 fabric samples and a box full of indoor/outdoor swatches that will knock your socks off...

...the "Found" items were select picks... honey has a new vintage sign for his collection... well as artwork with a specific message...

...picked up a book for Jackie the decorator...

Next buying trip will be for the new location! Can't wait to show you what I am doing with the new decorating shop!
I will keep you posted.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

The Atlantic Ocean As Seen By Me

Macro lens in motion! Couldn't get too close, to take the shot, the fragrance was distancing! 

Shadows on a walk, down the beach, to see what they could see. 

Whales tails, reflected, on the shore. 

A mirror of crystals and sand.

Chinese Double Happiness symbol.

A far sighted view of the ocean blue.

Captured the tune of the surf.

A shore bird caught in mid-stride. 

There he goes, melting into the seashore again! 

The photographer.

I'll retain the ocean blue, in my mind, all winter long.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Charleston's Plantings

Lush is the description I give to Charleston's plantings. 

Early November window boxes overflowing with foliage. 

The greenery loves the moist, steamy existence. 

Trees that survived the earthquake, fire and war, a foot print to walk around. 

Looking up into the window dressed in pretty vases and candlesticks. 

Ha ha! Surprise!

Up close and intricate. 

One room wide!

Ivy trimmed around this scroll work on a foundation. 

No doubt this tree's roots drink directly from the river. 

A full window box of color.

That wraps up my thirty two hours in Charleston. Steve tried to distract me by walking up King Street for all the clothing boutiques but my heart was on Meeting Street.

We ate at great restaurants, shopped darling boutiques, and took the carriage ride to hear all the historical stories of this elder city.
I would love to go back and explore some more!

This post is dedicated to my brother Morgan. Today would have been his 58th birthday. RIP Morgan Mathew O'Shaughnessy.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Iron Works And Courtyards

Thin, narrow, ribbons of iron allows the air to flow through and diffuse's the view of the private space. 

Gates and fences, blocking intrusion in an artful manner. 

Leaving something for the imagination to ponder, where does that path lead? 

The long, tall windows behind the lacy fretwork.

Won't find me straddling this enclosure. 

Cool brick and flagstone alleys behind scrolled gates. 

All different with similarities of who the artists were. 

Walking down Meeting St in Charleston South Carolina.

I would like to say Happy Birthday to my mother, she would have turned eighty four today. She traveled to Charleston in the mid seventies and I can remember how remarkable she thought the architecture was.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Palazzos & Plaques

Walking down Meeting St, in Charleston, South Carolina, staring at all the "old money" homes. Unlike anywhere I have been before! Beautifully constructed, private residences. 

Reading the historical plaques and marveling at the architecture. 

Through seiges, earthquakes and fires the city rebuilt, turnbuckeled and restored the historic homes to their former glory. 

With over twenty denominations, standing side by side, this early city was ahead of their time. The Declaration of Rights made no distinction based on race.

Halloween humor!

The dentil details are astounding. 

The palazzos hidden behind the large, wooden gates. 

Residents could air out their laundry, literally, on the porches to catch the afternoon breeze off the river. 

Siestas in your bloomers sipping sweet tea. 

Homes as early as 1721, land grants from the King of England 1682. Money moving into the city.

Their acceptance of human drama, the openness of their beliefs is the glue that hold this city together.

This was my first impression upon walking Meeting St. to the river's edge. 

Monday, November 5, 2018

"Here Comes The Sun"

Sunrise on the Atlantic Ocean. I took stills and put them together for a video, dedicated to my little family. Thank you for giving me the camera for my birthday. This sunrise is for you!

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Worth A Stop

The Rock House Antiques, Interiors and Market!
415 Mauldin Road, Greenville, South Carolina

Stopped in, stayed a while and purchased some select items.
And as usual, left some pieces behind. I'll be back in March ready to buy out the inventory! 


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