The Cottage Journal feature

I am so honored and thrilled one of my favorite e-projects was just featured in the Winter issue of The Cottage Journal.

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I know many of you enjoy that magazine and I was so happy when they inquired about Willow Wisp Cottage.  The homeowner Andrea’s style and look goes with their publication so well and it was a perfect fit!  Andrea is in CANADA and The Cottage Journal and I are both in the South…yet via the good ol’ internet we were able to work together AND get this published without any of us traveling.  It doesn’t hurt that Andrea is a great photographer and home enthusiast..She has such a good eye and ability to execute..all she needed was  a few sources and ideas and she was off and running!

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This was before

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And from the family room..the flow with the wainscot in the hallway is so nice!

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These lights over bar are placeholders..we had brass lights there but they are going to her new home..you can see the brass pendants in the photo below.

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We used oil rubbed bronze dark cup pulls and knobs on the outer cabinets and brass on the island hardware to tie back to the brass pendants.

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I love the good ol PB Bolton Lantern over the island…and that countertop on island..she had such amazing local craftsmen doing work like that..i love how their home has some stained woodwork and cozy feel but white cabinets too..such a great combo and it really illustrates how you can  have both..the little craftsmen cabinet doors at top ties it together i think! It’s like those pages in magazine where they say “what is different” well its the lights over the bar..both look good actually!  Which are your fave?

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I love her  coffee bar!

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And the counters…oh wow her counters.  Its Danby marble from Vermont  oh yes it is!

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Just at the contrast with the island top!

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View  into her family room..all we did was add the bird prints and slipcovers and a few fabrics…Andrea already had the rug.

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And her dining room…I had my signature buffalo check drapes sewn here in Texas and shipped to Andrea!

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She bought the table locally in Canada and the chairs are from Ballard…woohoo Ballard Designs for shipping to Canada!  The light is Pottery Barns anouk which i have used a lot like the Bolton they work well together!  This home is so pretty with so many great bones…the floors, the coffered ceilings the woodwork so it was a joy to work on and with Andrea..as you can see she is an awesome stylist and photographer…thank you for letting be involved Andrea!

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You can read all of the details about the renovation on Andrea’s blog here and here! In many ways the elements are simple and on trend (but classic I do believe), subway tile, white cabinets, marble mixed with wood counters and touches of brass, but each kitchen has its own soul and Andrea’s home certain has soul and warmth! And I think you can find the issue still on stands! Thank you again to The Cottage Journal!

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I am going to show you some updates/peeks of the new old kitchen… Started months ago when we first put the house under contact with this idea board. From the beginning I knew this needed to be operation “lipstick on a pig”…in other words cute but on a budget using fabrics and elements I already had, no gut job, nothing major…so here we go!

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I am thinking there will be a more in-depth kitchen post later with sources and before and afters.  It’s not totally complete, nothing hung on walls and no drapes and shelves still not totally styled…but for now here it is! What did we mainly do…lots and lots of white paint….SW Pure White to be exact. I know its cliche but it really is amazing what a coat of paint can do to a space! I honestly didn’t intend to take uppers on sink side down but it just happened.  I DID want to do new shaker doors on cabinets but ended up NOT doing that…funny how projects evolve!

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Yep see what I mean the toaster and coffeemaker are out so this not STYLED (we decorators have to make those disclaimers;;) and I need to scrub paint off of the stool but Daddy got the blind up and the light over sink finally works!

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I will be doing another post about the counters, they are Old Williamsburg butcher block from Lumbar Liq..I am not a huge fan I think because I am coming off of marble. Honestly I hate to whine about the counters with all that is going on in the world and I want to loveeee them but I miss the marble.  The waterlox made them orange I think. I don’t love the waterlox.  I have sanded and sanded and I think sanding with steal wool and mineral oil is the best bet with wood counters

I DO love the subway and shelves..I wish I had gone darker with grout but it’s still all good.

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Love that we did tile over the door…need a longer runner.  Floor was this gray vinyl when we moved as are cabinets we just painted them…. or I should say the world’s most patient and talented carpenter did it all…Kevin Gilmore of Oaks Construction…he  pulled out old uppers and did tile and shelves! I knew I could live with the floors and that saved a bundle.

BEFORE with the upper cabinets! Of course the sink came back in…so thankful to the previous owners for refurbishing it (new enamel)..the sink is original to the home as far as I know. It is shallow but the extra sides make it nice with wood counters.

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and AFTER with subway and shelving and stainless table from Amazon.

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Yes I know it looks like my old kitchen and others I have done . . . it’s because I like white and red and subway tile and schoolhouse lights and bamboo blinds.  I won’t apologize for that…I do what I love and I am grateful I was able to translate that look here without having to change too much! I just like what I like!

Okay so old houses are quirky and this kitchen’s quirk is that it was originally half the size and then later I think the breakfast eating area and laundry room were added on probably from an old porch….well the floor SLOPES ever so gradually as you walk to that side of the room. Yep you don’t want to drink a glass of wine while touring my kitchen.  We left the slope thinking we will tear this all out in a few years and level it out and do new cabinets and wood floors then. It doesn’t bother me but I think it makes the hubs a bit vertigo-ish. So less you think things around here are too perfect,..they aren’t even level!  ha ha. But hey we’ve got a cool faucet and subway tile! lol..LAUGH WITH ME PLEASE.  I think in old houses you have to just prioritize, what is feasible to do asap before you need to move in, what you can spend on NOW and what has to wait. That is what we tried to do . . .wise choices and some lipstick/paint where needed.

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SO as we roll our marbles toward the laundry room you see our breakfast area.  Complete with IKEA dockets table and red Crate and Barrel chairs.  I love me some red oh yes I do.  My colorful dining drapes are going to go over the sliding glass door next to this area! The gray $29 foto pendant from IKEA got a coat of black spray paint because it was the same color as the floor.  The barn door and track are from good ol Home Depot.  Kevin had to retrofit it all.

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 I am so thankful I now have a washer and dryer INDOORS.  Y’all that cute charming screened porch I used to have.  I may miss it but won’t miss the laundry room at the end of it! This is so much better! That and large capacity have changed me!

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Open and close…so smooth and easy and takes no space.  I thought Henry would be obsessed with sliding it back and forth but so far he hasn’t been too intrigued (knock on wood) . . .Oh and can you tell I found my good camera and I am relearning the settings….I might start posting more than iPhone pics again;

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And this is where the magic happens (not!) Seriously I do miss our stove from other house but this is fine; And who are we kidding I am not a fancy cook. The fresh paint and subway makes it all so nice. So grateful.  Hardware is from polished nickel Gilmore from RH.

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Amazing how a simlpe basket and Amazon work table can make it feel more like home.  I love all of the white but the little painting from  Etsy and chair and rugs give the color I crave..I tell you I can’t wait to get those drapes up!

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 Brackets from Home depot…the shelves are stair treads.

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So there ya go..thanks for looking at our new old home..back to packing/unpacking/organizing/purging!

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