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

Monday, July 29, 2019

Summer Time Blues

Sorting through the swatches today. These pale linen puffs, from Pine Cone Hill, are soft and light weight.

The Annie Selke, Montebello Asiatic Blue, quilt is to die for! Will the sheets, quilt and duvet cover go with the curtains that are over my bed?  I am thinking they will!!

Then I opened the John Robshaw box of swatches and immediately thought of Lake Michigan blues!! Oh, to have a crisp blue and white bedroom with white voile curtains fluttering in the breeze.  

These chair pads came in, for a customer, and they look great with the large buffalo checked chair cushions. Very nautical in front of a stone fireplace at the cottage.  

Dash and Albert rug samples in pale blues. 

Mad Cap Cottage fabrics. Manor Born in Island Blue is darling with Wenona, the hand knotted wool rug shown below. 

Framework Sky sisal or the Beatrice Blue cotton rug for next to the new bedding has possibilities!

This blue and white bedding is knocking my socks off!

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Monday sure started off with a wish list!!


Tuesday, July 23, 2019

On Our Way To The Beach

Pulled over to buy Steve some Sweet Cherries at this darling farm stand out in the countryside. 

This little farmer left corporate to live the life she has imagined. 

She not only bakes the sweets but she is as sweet as the cinnamon rolls she bakes!!

She, also, was sweet enough to bring me a going away present when I was having my good bye sale at the shop. Thank you Andria. 

Of course we had to stop at Inspiration Point! Overlooking Big Glen and Little Glen lakes.

From this vista you can also see Lake Michigan and South Manitou Island. We were on our way to the Empire Bluffs to catch the views over the Sleeping Bear Dunes, but, it was single file to the top of Mount Empire!! (Mount Everest) How did everyone find out about the easy hike and the fabulous views?

So we drove a little further down the road and turned around at a small park on Little Glen Lake. 

Back in the sixty's my second cousin, Harold, owned a motel on the lake directly across from the sand dunes. He had a bunch of children and we had a blast riding the paddle boats, around the lake and sitting on a water ski, going through the grass down the slope of the dunes with our cousins. 

Sadly, the government came and took the property away to make the land part of the Sleeping Bear National Park. 

See the land masses that surround this jewel of a lake? 

I may come back for a picnic in the fall, the space was so tranquil. 

Steve knows that there is nothing I love better than a road trip! Even if it is just driving around the county seeing the sights. 

We finally made it to the beach. Of course we take the scenic hike, over the dune, down to the waters edge. 

Along the way are yellow beach flowers that light the path. 

Up, over the dune we march until we see the water. Pyramid Point pops up to the south.  

Whaleback and the Clay Cliffs to the north. 

Looks like he found us a sandy spot to put our chairs up and lay our towels out. 

Never know what you may find caught up in the driftwood and grass. Usually a fishing lure or sometimes a pop can. 

Amazing how blue the sky is over the big lake. 

Mesmerizing, like watching the flames in a fire pit. 

Slightly gravely at the shore so I wear my shoes in the water when I am swimming. 

Stopped for a gallon of milk on the way home. 

So we drove the long way to the beach, all the better to see the sights and enjoy the views of our beautiful peninsula.  

Saturday, July 13, 2019

A Beautiful Saturday Afternoon

Here we are, mid July already. Had a slow start to the season. Strawberries just came in and Cherries are about a month out! So much for Cherry Festival last week!

Husband takes the weekends off, these days, he use to work on Saturdays but now he putts around the Holler catching up on chores that use to get away from him during painting season. 

As I tool around the compound I am delighted by all the nooks and crannies that can be carved out of the landscape with the chain saw. There went half of the Forsythia! 

The silhouette of the Heron standing with the Cattail is eye catching, looking out of the kitchen window. 

As always Mother Nature lends a hand in the garden, planting Black Eyed Susan and Foxgloves. 

I planted the Queen Elizabeth Roses and Delphiniums in the garden, along with tomatoes and Basil. 

Our garden has three tiers, trailing down the slope, framed by rocks.  There really is no flat land in between the moraines that run east and west in our holler. 

It is a silent meditation, one experiences, as you walk around the yard. Listening to the birdsong and watching the birds wet their feathers in the birdbaths.  

Summer is coming along slow. Had one beach day, so far, black flies kept us from staying and swimming. Compared to other states I will take this cool summer time weather and chill!!!

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Knocking Out The Projects

Making the guest room ready for company.

Dropped the Murphy bed and put the sheets on, added a rug and a lamp to make it comfy and cozy for my fellers. 

If you wonder where I put everything that was in the guest room, careful opening up the back of the big, white truck!!

The new roof project was finished in four days. 

"Now what?", you ask. I spy a tailgate from a 1984 GMC! What is she going to do with that? 

The floor is ready for walls.

Building a shed for our "fuel tools". Call the "tool man", he needs one of these on his show. 

The landscape project is coming along, watering everyday. 

And that's a wrap!

Friday, July 5, 2019

Twenty Acres For Sale

I have twenty acres for sale, here in the Leelanau Peninsula.
Wooded with views of West Bay and beyond.

Asking price, drum roll, $129,000.

These photos were taken a couple of falls ago. But I am here to tell you that the sunrises are spectacular. The twenty acres is heavily wooded, mostly hardwood. Can be logged. Two dynamite building sites! Can be split into two ten acre parcels if you wanted to share!! Private, deep in the country,  located on county maintained road. Interested? Call 231-256-7937, or click on the link for more information.


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