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

Friday, September 23, 2022

Autumn Musings

Hmm? What's this?

A fresh, new Monarch in my driveway!

The color was so intense, like a stained glass window.

Stretching her wings out to dry. She must be newly hatched. 

Lucky to have my camera hanging from my neck.

Up she flies to have a bit of nectar from the Verbena in my garden.

Oops! Almost stepped on these mushrooms.

The universe works in mysterious ways. 

Looking down from my balcony I spotted my, Queen Elizabeth, rose bush in bloom. She never has flowers this late in the season! 

But there she was. One main blossom and four smaller buds surrounding it. It was like she grew overnight. One moment she was dormant and the next thing I see is a stalk about 24" tall with all these pink flowers!! 

Rest in peace Your Majesty.


Thursday, September 8, 2022

Haven't Been Swimming All Week!

Last summer I opened an account at Thibaut never thinking of where I would feature all the fabric and wallpaper books. After getting tired of stepping over the stacks, I came up with this system. I bought, lucky me, two walnut cornices, at the local antique barn and my painter put the hooks on and bolted them to the wall.

Ta Da! These are just the fabric books that are hanging on the hooks. The wallpaper books are stacked neatly in the cart next to them. As you can see I had a lot of trip hazards in the shop, it is nice to have them off the floor.

I took the display bed off the floor, to create more space, in this small showroom. Now the basket tables, that I designed, can be featured so they can be seen! 

I brought the bench in as a display piece. I am the fourth generation owner of this bench. My great grandpa, Simon B Schaub, built it for in front of his mercantile, in Lake Leelanau, back in the day.

Now we are able to walk, to and fro, the full length of the studio.
Nice being able to open the back door to catch a little breeze.

I have many many rug swatches!

Lot's of blue, my favorite color! I order rugs from 2x3 up to 9x12. I can get larger but don't have a good way to receive them, down here in the Holler. The Annie Selke/Dash & Albert rug company is the best! Best selection, quality and customer service. Their turn around time, if in stock, is quick quick!

Did I mention that I love blue? Well, I do. I hope this customer likes what I picked out.

I may have to wallpaper my bedroom in this stripe from Madcap Cottage. With woven embroidered linen panels for my windows.

Ole' Jackie the decorator had her fabricator make up some sofa cushions. She decided they needed a little something so she had me order the fringe. We'll see!!

So that is what a girl can get done when she is not distracted by big blue waving, did I say waving? Swimming in the waves is what I meant to say. 

As I finished writing this post I learned that Queen Elizabeth has died. Long live the Queen may she rest in peace.



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