Pottery barn teen finds for preteen…..

Updating our 10 year old son’s bedroom. Cannot believe my baby, Eric, is really a preteen……

Here’s a few fun additions that have met his approval….:)

A wall mural for my future Mizzou football lineman…..well Florida Gator would work too (for me….hehe).

A cool United States chalkboard wall light map……

Picture frames shaped like old Polaroid pictures to use in a unique way…..

Aren’t these sweet?

Waiting on these to arrive, then will post pics of his new tween boy’s room.

Oh and love this bed on caster wheels. I have a feeling hubs will be making one of these someday…..:)


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No, not a Dora lamp

I have been searching and searching for a modern version of an antler lamp for weeks to finish off our foyer table. But I knew if I just held off long enough I could flea/gw something…….

Eventually……ummm, like today! …. I did……..

No, not the Dora lamp, it is for my sweet Courtney, granddaughter, who is so in love with her now.

And there’s that rather ugly antler lamp laying on the right. Pic taken with them in the back of the truck just after I had bought them. Don’t mind the mud.

Both lamps combined, less than $5…..can you say ….yeah!!!!!!

After a bit of spray paint, and adding one of the shades from my personal private basement collection, this is how the lamp looked……

Love it. Total cost out of pocket…..2.49.

Also found these cool glass candle holders. Human backhoe…aka, hubby….think they look like a phallic symbol……men!…whatevah!

My ultimate weakness is always silver candlesticks……here’s a few more for my collection…..:)

The backdrop in the foyer is our recently stenciled walls. Love this gray/blue paint color. It’s Martha Stewart eggshell in Opal from home depot. This is my favorite color at this moment in time.

Here’s the new look elevated on an old pepsi crate, that was already painted black when I found it.

Sweet simple foyer for our sweetwater cottage log home.

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kitchen decor compromise

We are soon to start really renovating our little log cottage kitchen. I love how the pioneer woman used one these to place in her kitchen redo a few years ago. These were also used in a hgtv dream home giveaway a few years ago. They are hand carved wood and available through urbanmaterials.com.

They are priced at $375. Not really too bad, but we have a lot of cash already committed to our little redo. Then I found this acrylic resin molded baby…..

$49 from zgallerie.com. I bit of a compromise, but should work for the overall feel of the planned kitchen. He will have a special place above the cooktop on the cabinetry mounted hood.

Here’s an idea of how our kitchen hood will look, although we have hand-made pine cabinets. Our cabinets were built by my son’s shop teacher at our high school. Actually our whole log cottage was built by him 20 years ago.

While checking out the deer head, found these adorable chocolate colored salad plates on sale for $1.99 each. Love the chocolate colored bunny plate, so I ordered 10…..:), as you can order individually and not as a set.

Soooooo ready to move on to our all out kitchen assault, now that the loft is done.

Tomorrow…..road trip to Stl to visit THE girls. Hoping to stop at a couple Homegoods to shop for new lamps in the entry foyer.

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Log cottage loft remodel

I always hesitate in which order to post redos, remodels, etc. Do I post the final product, which makes everything look so easy and effortless? Or do I show the uglies and hard work first?

First off this has been an off and on remodel process over the last 15 months. When we bought our log cottage we knew we wanted to open up this hallway to make another living space.

But we knew we would have to sacrifice this atrocity.

An underused storage room, with absolutely no natural light. So dark and gloomy. We really do have plenty of storage in our log cottage…..bye, bye , good riddance.

Now this is a start in the right direction…..:)

Two walls gone and new load bearing header being made. Check it out on the sawhorse. Gotta love our teenage son’s room Xmas decor in the background.

Header up, 2×4’s gone. Really can get a feel for the space of the new loft area.

But still lots to do:
Scrape ugly swirly ceiling
Paint and stain
Built-ins under eaves
Insulation under eaves
Install hand whitewashed pine flooring
New light fixtures and wiring
Shop for decor appropriate to space, especially a long narrow sofa

And a few months and tears later…..

Loft complete…..now that’s a real ahhhhhhhh…….

Couple of baseboards to place and let the decorating begin…..

Bright , simple space where there used to be a wasted dark storage room. Sofa….goodwill purchase….perfect and $60. Did I say perfect?

Favorite find for room. Overstock.com rug. Love it!

Here’s a few more sweet things.

Upstairs log cottage……complete.

Thanks hubs!

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Cottage chair transformation

Lovin this craigslist’s find:

Not bad. Good shape. Like the velvet.

But not very cottageeeeee…..


A little white paint.
A cute little ruffle…………

A bit o’ scuffin.

And a new little cottageeeeeeee chair is finito.

Destination guest bedroom of our little log cottage.

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