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

Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Christmas Is Coming!!!

Christmas time is all about surprises! Like slipping on the ice and breaking your leg! My poor honey.

This surprise floored me! So elegant, just beautiful, will use them for my Christmas table on Saturday. 

What to do with outdated wallpaper books? Steve and I made chains for decorations! Gave a one to Jennifer in orange tones to hang on her orange, outsized chandelier and we made one for Jackie, the decorator, in all her muddy tones! A fun surprise!

If I had realized how gorgeous this shale colored sheepskin was I would have had it on the showroom floor a long time ago?
Pleasantly surprised.  

Very surprised that I did not fall off the driveway, backing down, in the icy, slushy, mix we had. 

It has been a tough two in a half weeks. But hubby is on the mend and I have all the presents wrapped! Now if I could invent a way to easily bring in wood for the stove...time for  a nap!

Merry Christmas!!


Tuesday, December 14, 2021

I'm Dreaming Of A New Bathroom

I am in love with shiny tiles! This bath is particularly interesting with the blue, quartz, I presume, counter top drawing your eye to the blue tiles in the shower area. I like the large white tiles on the floor, the mirrored wall behind the sink top, the window and the glass door!

Niches are good place to set shampoo and soap. A fun way to add an expensive tile, for accent, just like you would an expensive pillow, on your bed, for fun.

I have a clawfoot tub and a wide open shower space with a huge, round window to work with. Here I like the marble with the blue and white tiles. So fresh and clean!

There is a wall between the shower/bath tub area that I would like to make a half wall so the natural light from the window will come all the way through to the sinks and toilet area. I love natural light in a bathroom so I can see who I really am!

This is one of my favorites! I adore live plants in a bathroom. The simple, green tiles and the wood cabinetry brings the outdoors in. Who doesn't like a shower outdoors?

The niche as an accent. Circles and rectangles, orange and turquoise.

Husband likes the larger tiles. Accented niche in grey tiles.

The tiled floor will work in the room as a whole. Two shower heads make it a husband and wife affair!!

I have posted this bath in another blog. It is a very small bathroom, but with the window, wallpaper and live plant in the shower, it is a very inviting space to take a break. 

So, I gave up my Florida trip, this year, so my hubby could remake our bathroom. He fell down and broke his leg, so he's not going anywhere! Fudge!! No Florida or bathroom for me, just a long long icy driveway and the winter blues. 

Saturday, December 4, 2021

The Week I turned Sixty Six

I turned sixty six this week! Now I am the same age as my handsome husband! We are a pair of knuckleheads!

My chair, that one of my customers gave me, just came back from the upholsterer. I covered it in a Kate Spade fabric. 

Worked on this project for the Comfort Center, draping furniture in fabrics for a large order coming into the store. I can't wait, we ordered some great pieces from Kincaid Furniture.

Planted sixteen Amaryllis, six are new and ten are from the last few years. Not bad, most of them come back for several years in a row. 

I have sentimental feelings for this chair! It has been in my life for so many years! First it was in Anchor Cottage, the original cottage,  covered in a swimsuit proof vinyl, then my mother took it home and had it recovered in a trapunto, black and orange, vine and blossom print. It was pretty dramatic for it's time. I just had it recovered in a faux pile that I had in my studio.

This is Jackie the decorator, my mentor, in her living room that we are working on. Sporting a contemporary jute rug and a sheepskin on velvet ottoman. 

This is why I love my husband! He gets a kick out of wrapping my birthday presents in different papers that he finds in my stash! I got a great pair of "nocs" and a stud finder this year! Like I really needed a stud finder, I already have one! 

It took twenty nine pages of wallpaper swatches from discontinued wallpaper books to make this chain garland for the tree. Cute cute, now what to put with it?

And just when this week couldn't get any better my cousin showed up with this vintage, suede dress from Paris for my birthday present. It fits like it was made for me. I absolutely love it!!

Now that was a week to remember! The week I turned sixty six!

Happy Birthday!!!



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