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, February 24, 2019

Wish I Had Been There!!

Kelly Dorsett-Rizzo

Will Hoge and his band played the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville Tennessee last night, opening for Blackberry Smoke.

If you have some time, on this blustery Sunday afternoon, look up Will Hoge and "My American Dream" cd and take a listen.

My son, Christopher Griffiths, is the bassist. The drummer, Allen Jones and the lead guitar is Thom Donovan.

A few of you will remember me playing the "Anchors" cd during the summer of 2017, in the shop. Sold quite a few of them! Also, "Small Town Dreams" and "The Wreckage".

A great rock and roll jam band! 

Friday, February 22, 2019

What A Fun Week!

This vintage, Nordic sweater is my February find! And, I didn't find it. My girl friend, who has been in the clothing retail business forever, saw it first, across the booths and hollered out, "I found a sweater for you!" As I came around the corner I hollered back "yes you did!" This sweater is so good that this morning when I was washing it, in icy cold water and Woolite, the lanolin oozed to the surface of the fibers. This sweater will be perfect to wear in the studio on the days it is cold and windy!  

Skimming the cream off the top, I always say! Didn't bring much back from this outing, but what I found was really good! Spring has sprung! The colors are so pretty.

Sweetness in a small child's dress. Adding to the quilt collection. The two crocks are from England to feed your dogs from or set your Primroses in on your kitchen windowsill. 

The sun is out. Hurts my eyes at first glimpse! Had lunch out twice this week with some pretty cool ladies! The food was so delicious, it was such a great treat in the middle of winter season. 

I walked the track with another great gal I hang with, we do two or more miles three days a week and talk the whole time (keeping our heart rate up)! When your Endorphins are flowing everything looks a little brighter. 

My man loves flowers on his kitchen windowsill and brought home Daffodils and Orchids! I so appreciate him. 

Coming right on the heels of Valentine's Day is our wedding anniversary. I thought this card speaks volumes about our relationship as we gently age into the best years of our lives!

 The above pieces will be available in the barn sales this summer or by appointment. I can ship or deliver, if you live close by. E-mail me at, if you would like more information on the items.

 Have a great weekend!

Friday, February 15, 2019

Nine Years Of Anchor Cottage Freshwater Decor
I started writing this blog in 2010, around the time when we had found a Florida house that we fell in love with. 

Life is Short...Buy the Beach House (Part 2): Live with No Regrets
We sold the little St. Augustine house last year.

Chinoiserie Chic
Now we are in the middle of deep winter and am longing to get away to sunnier climes.

Today, I'm sharing our kitchen reno at the beach cottage. The before kitchen was obviously not the original 1955's kitchen and it w... #Beachcottagestyle
I love the old Florida vibe, easy living outside your door, the casual beat of the ocean surf in your ears. 

Beach house lighting...House of Turquoise: Chair 5 Beach Bistro and Bar | Digs Design Company
I am looking for a little house on a small lot with plenty of tropical foliage and a tiled courtyard.

10 Colorful Beach House Decorating Ideas - Martha Vineyard's Beachside House Tour
I would like to make it a more permanent home, not just a get away, but somewhere that we can live seven months out of the year.
A space for all my books and a corner to write down all my thoughts and inspirations.

A screened lanai to sit outside and sip sweet tea in the heat of the day under a palm leaf fan. 

So the cycle starts again. Finding a place to call home in Northeast Florida on the Atlantic ocean. A little rustic, a lot laid back and colorful, but light and bright too! 

Here's to nine more years of blogging! Nine more years of sunshine in the winter months! Nine more years of decorating new spaces in my life! 

Friday, February 8, 2019

Working In The Studio Today

We have been living with some bone chilling weather this first week of February. Have not been out in the studio at all. Finally I stuffed some fabric display pillows to shore up the drafts, coming in from the window, over my desk. 

Sorting and culling through all the fabric swatches to make sure they are currently available and priced correctly. 

Adding to the garden theme of my little space are french bicycle baskets stuffed with silk Geraniums on my window sill. Looks perky and fun. 

Need to design new calling cards as the old ones have the shop address on them. I like the header I have for the blog as a business card. The blue flowers and green foliage against the blue sky would make a nice backdrop for the contact information on the card. Maybe using white lettering.  

The space is filling up! Might have to start referring to it as "textile hall"!

Hung my last curtain panel over the door to keep the cold wind out. Of course I have my Benny to keep me warm, he is a snuggler. 

A garden room studio! 

Working with what I have gives the room an interesting look. Sort of a studied, eclectic feel. 

Sure is icy gray outside. Stay warm and soon I will show you some ideas for a Florida house, coming down the pike!!!


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