Anchor Cottage Freshwater Decor Decorating Store

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Sunday, March 28, 2021

Sunday's Phonetos

You never know what the furniture Gods have in store for you! For the last twenty one days, Steve and I, have been on the search for a new mattress and box spring. Five furniture stores later...

...out of the corner of my eye, I spied a blue, leather sofa! Steve's eyebrows flew off his head! So I settled for a new perch. To think that the salesman, five stores back, at the Comfort Center on Division Street, told me I would find what I was looking for at the other Comfort Center on Garfield! I was pleasantly surprised. There were four or five pieces I could have worked with, on the floor. To think I had never been in there before!

March came in pretty quiet, like a lamb! Feels like March may have got his Lion on! Snowing and blowing pretty good this morning. 

Of course we had to change the living room around.

Look what Steve put together, this week! A customer had hand carried these tiles home from Italy and wanted to have a tray made. 
Steve is a man of many, many talents!!

Snow day in the Holler. I'm not sure where winter ends and spring begins! March in Michigan.

I have a thing for pencils with big, pink erasers! I have been known to give them as presents, all sharpened, bundled and tied with a bow. 

Sunday's thoughts!


Saturday, March 20, 2021

First Day Of Spring

Looking down from Inspiration Point. The Sleeping Bear Dunes and the bridge through the narrows of Little Glen-Big Glen Lakes.

We are so far up that we are looking across the tops of the trees!

Looking across the water and over the town of Glen Arbor and out to the big lake, Pyramid Point and Whale Back! 

The color of the water was as blue as the heavens above.

Not a cloud formation to be seen. 

The reason for this spring road trip, around the county, is Steve got a tip that there were fresh Birch Trees that had just been taken down in a road right-a-way. We may have gotten there a little late because they had already shredded the tops. 

These are for a customer who would like Birch Logs in her Florida fireplace for show and tell. 

It was thirsty work as the logs were on the other side of the creek and we had to toss them over the water, to the roadside, and put them in the truck. So we called in an order to Art's Friendly Tavern for Chicken Wings and beer. Picked up some killer brownies, for desert, at the Red Gate farm stand on the way. 

A picnic on the beach!

Skipping stones and humming along to the music of the waves lapping at our boots. 

It was a crystal blue of a day.


Monday, March 15, 2021

Last Week's Phonetos

So many pretty spring fancies! Flutter, by Annie Selke, pillow cases are so sweet. Should I order a set for the showroom bed? 

That mirror is really good. I may have to go back and buy it. What's in the bag, you're asking? Two yards of fabric that struck my fancy! 

This Orchid is exceptional! She is four years old and just gave me twelve blossoms! The blooms last quite awhile. 

What's on your windowsill? Spring is right around the corner and I can't wait. The greening of Northern Michigan!!

My little Irish Snow Drops are the first brave flowers of the season! 

Sunday morning, in the Holler. The sun is shinning and all I want to do is go outside and play. Still too early to disturb the gardens as we are only in the mid thirties and could still see snow and freezing temperatures before Mother's Day. 

Almost eight years have passed and Steve still looks as handsome as ever! Boy, that was a fun wedding party. We had a great time in Nashville. All my favorite fellows were there. 

Daylight Saving Time, taxes and the first day of spring are what's on my calendar! Oh, and the second Covid shot, I almost forgot! 

Mask up, wash your hands and stay safe.


Sunday, March 7, 2021

What A Fun Week

New sheet swatches came into the showroom this week. Pretty, pretty. The coral and oxford blue have nice weight and are soft, soft! I just want to mix them all up on someone's bed!

I ordered fabric swatches and they arrived on Friday. I order one yard per fabric so we have enough repeat to see what it will really look like once it is cut and sewn! 

This combination is blue on blue on blue and it works. We have the front door paint color and the kitchen island paint color. A patterned print for cushions and the linen, in two different blues, for welting and decorative pillows. 

This is my favorite fabric, that floated into the studio, this week. I want to upholster a French Bergere chair and set it on top of the striped rugs. Clear, crystal lamps on bamboo side tables. Large, blue and white, fish bowl planters, with Lemon Trees, on either side of the French doors. Oh la la! 

Caspari, for spring! Setting a pretty Easter table in the soft pinky/orange hues with a large bouquet of Daffodils in the middle.

You have to love a customer that has a vision. I am so happy to see her Grenadine rockers all in a row! The little faux, bamboo tables with the leather tops, are fresh and clean. I polished the tops with shoe polish to help bring the leather back to life

This corner cabinet has a door at the bottom. I like the scalloped edge on the top and on either side of the shelves. Gives it a little oomph! 

Worked on giving the water rings some patina. To replace the embossed leather was very pricey! The shoe polish revived the dried out leather and took the edge off the rings. They are acceptable! 

There is snow, there is ice and the sunshine makes it twice as nice!
Pretty as it appears, the temperature was twenty six degrees and the shutter on my camera was on slow motion. 

Now that was a fun week, in the show room, at Anchor Cottage!



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