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 25, 2021

A Chilly Sunday In April


permanent magenta

I love this image. Pink roses, Nasturtiums and purple Delphiniums in a blue and white canister. Blue and white curtain panel and green and white table topper. Come on May Flowers, we need you!

Drama, pure drama! Duchess Kate, understated elegance.

I am looking at navy linen, high waisted chinos in the Frank & Eileen catalog. They have a button down shirt, in Cotton Candy pink, that I want to wear with them. I may have to get the card out and take the plunge! 

Melissa Ervin Interior Design

This was an interesting find! I have two blue and white, square based lamps in the studio with square shades. I have never cared for the shades on these lamps. So yesterday I was switching the shades out for a round, English pleated shade in silk. I liked them so much that I placed an order, for a correct fit,  with my lamp company! And here they are on pinterest! What a coincidence! Right down to the sizing! These are just a little short in length and either a shorter harp or a longer shade would make them perfect! 


I have a stack of old quilts, in the showroom, that I want to make into pillows. This collection of quilts is inspiring! They appear to be contemporary, judging by the quilting. 

We didn't have a hard winter this year! But we are having a long, grey and chilly spring. I miss the Florida sunshine. 

Shoot me an e-mail if you need a spring refresh in your home.

Sunday, April 18, 2021

Phonetos Of The Week

There seems to be so much color in my life! The fuchsia of the velvet silk jewelry box and the opalescence of the Tiffany vase. The green jade earrings. White glass, daisy set!

Red, white and blue! In the process of moving my bedroom around and making new curtains! I had the bed painted white. 

My green thumb friends! Jackie brought a baby spider plant over in a baggie! Before I could say, "thank you" Steve had it planted in a pot with a saucer underneath! 

The way the angora takes the dye. The sweater shimmers in the light over top of a Liberty Of London, voile blouse.

Grocery store flowers to celebrate kinship! The kin made me go out and cut some Forsythia to stick in the arrangement!

But really, this much intense color in twenty four hours? 


Sunday, April 11, 2021

A Watercolor Sketch

Looking north out my front porch. 

Opened a thrift store, landscape painting kit, that I had stashed away for a rainy day! It has seven colors and no white or black paints with a book on how to paint landscapes and mix colors.

 Glanced at the "mix colors" part of the book and learned how to make pastel colors as well as deep gray. Looked at why to do a wash, on the paper, first. Not that I followed directions.

So, with just a few lines sketched I went out on my own and drew the painting with paints! 

It takes me forever to sketch out a scene to paint so I thought I would give drawing the scene with a paint brush a try.

For some reason, only my mind understands, I found it easier to paint the landscape with a small, pointed brush. Filling in with tiny little dots of colors as they rambled through the terrain.

The moral of the story is, make some time to do something you wish you could do. You never know what you are capable of. The confidence you ensue is vital for brain growth. 

My Sunday sermon on aging!

Have a good one!


Monday, April 5, 2021

Easter In The Holler

How do you like my whiskey barrel chairs? All the way from Tennessee! What a great surprise! My daughter-in-law said to my son, "shouldn't you call your mom to see if she even wants them?" Chris replied, "no, she wouldn't call me!" So true, so true, surprises are the spice of life. I love these chairs!!

This game, this game!! Stayed up until three o'clock in the morning playing! Party in a box, for sure! Highly recommend to break the ice, lol. We had a ball.

My darling little cousin recommend a pillow in my chair and as far as I'm concerned, she has a great eye. 

What would an out-of-state, family visit be like without Happy Hour Chicken! Monday morning snack!

My son was here with bells on! Everyone was so glad to see him!

Her smile is everything, so charming and funny and pretty. I adore her and her southern, feminine sensibility! 

This guy showed up! Too bad he didn't drive the "Stump Bump"! And he also didn't break the sound barrier! Long story!! 

For me it is a labor of love to set a pretty table and prepare a feast for all the guests. I am so happy, this was a long time coming. Four out of six were vaccinated! We hugged and didn't social distance. We had a great time sitting around the table. 

I always feel sad to put away the party dishes! Until next time!

Thank you for coming to my party! I love you all!



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