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

Saturday, January 27, 2024

Work To Do


Yoo-hoo! Steve, where are you? 

There you are! See that bench over your left shoulder? I need to match a paint color to the new fabric, we are using to upholster the cushion, to paint the frame. 
You are good at matching paint colors, what do you suggest?

I have a whole basket of ideas! For upholstery and paint choices. Mostly all tried and true. I like large fabric swatches and equally large painted boards so I can show the customer what it will look like when applied. 

I also need to match a clear cedar and a maple island top. I heard you are the fellow to see! 

Looks like SRS painting is busy busy!! 

Steve and I have work to do! Anchor & Paint is what this team calls itself. It seems that Steve and I have progressed to a new level of decorating service! Repair, paint and upholster. 

Who has more fun than us!

Thursday, January 18, 2024

Wrapping Up A Week In January

This was a labor of love. The "shield" mirror we found at a salvage business in North Carolina. We bought the grates, in the windows, there and had them powder coated in Lake Ann. Steve made the sink top from a walnut table we found, in a salvage shop, in DeLand Florida many years ago. The fabric for the vanity skirt and shower curtain we discovered at World Market in South Carolina! Steve and I gathered the pieces and called the plumber and the tiler to pull it all together! Tim says, "Beautiful color palette, and not at all cookie cutter. Unique and classic". Tim can write my copy anytime! 

Blue and white seem to be on my color wheel.

Went back and bought this chandelier west of Cedar. It is freshly wired and awaiting paint in Steve's studio. Painting it black with gold leaf details for a customer's dining room. I love how "French" it is!

I have started a new painting. Fresh paints, brushes and paper.

How about the snow mushrooming over the Uwharrie Chairs!

Stained glass window, from our travels, hangs over my studio desk.

Meeting with customers on Friday. Then on to the weekend.

Stay cozy!


Thursday, January 11, 2024

A Touch Of Winter

Gently gently the snow has fallen.

Softly touching the surfaces of bark and seed heads.

Clinging, for the moment, in time and grace. 

Slight is the wind.

From the sky to the ground the snow landing soundlessly.

"Chick Chick Chickadee", says this tiny little snow bird.

The grayed light defining the most minuet structure.

Dancing in the garden.

The tools of summer hibernate under the eaves.

The soundless exhale of the winter time.



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