How do you know when to quit?

For a while now, I have put the brakes on decorating and redecorating the cottage. Like  most decorators, I am of the mindset ….. it’s never done. I could continue with the process of making changes regularly or I could say “that’s it”.

I chose “that’s it!”     I’m going to say it’s done and focus time,  energy, and money  on other things.


(new paint color for front door. The boring white is gone.)


Before below…Yikes…

Since this picture…..replacement windows have been installed,(thanks to window world) shutters fixed and painted (thanks to the Mr.) new light fixture installed ( again thanks to the Mr.) ….mail box and railing  painted black (thanks to me) and front door painted (thanks to me also) What an improvement!!!Didn’t realize how bad is was  until I revisited this  old before picture.

Let’s go inside.

So when to you know when to quit? Let’s do a checklist

  1. Paint was a must. The inside of the cottage  had not been painted in years….I mean many years. You could see the imprint of pictures that use to hang on the wall.
  2. Furniture. We furnished 2 bedrooms, a dining room, living room, TV room and kitchen. Sounds like a lot of furniture. Some of the furniture was bought at yard sales, thrift shops and consignment shops. The two beds are new. Have you ever shopped Big Lots for furniture? Great prices on Sealy Mattresses. There’s my tip of the day. I also ordered a few sale items from Wayfair. These items will be used at the other house when we move back. My plan is to sell other pieces with the cottage or have a yard sale. We have a year to decide.
  3. Rugs. Rugs were needed to cover the old hardwood floors.  These 4 rugs were not expensive at all. They are neutral colors. I will be selling these at the end of the adventure.
  4. Window treatments. I resisted the urge to show off the new replacement windows and keep the windows uncovered. Privacy issues and keeping the heat out in the summer and cold in the winter made window treatments a necessity. All the windows needed 95 inch drapes.  As you know that can bankrupt a budget. The bedrooms had to have blinds and drapes. I used drapes I had in the TV room (3 windows), master bedroom (1 window)  and Dining room (2 windows). I caught a sale at Hobby Lobby to cover the 3 windows in the living room.  The guest bedroom has 3 windows and I found drapes at TJ Maxx that were the right color and price.
  5. Wall décor and accessories. This is where it gets tricky.  You have to know when to stop. These are the things that bring the personality , but it can be overdone.


When you think the room needs one more thing….it really doesn’t. When a room isn’t coming together and we can’t figure out  why…….. don’t think adding one more thing will pull it together. Sometimes it’s taking away that solves the problem.

Don’t overcrowd a room with too much furniture or accessories.


I was bringing house accessories to the cottage and taking them back the next week until I was second guessing myself on everything .  

Some of the things I was using just needed to be donated to charity. I wasted so much time trying to make it work and knowing it never would. I’m stubborn and cheap that way.


Do I love everything about the cottage now? Emphatically NO.

There are some things I would like to change, but know I won’t or can’t.  I am at a decorating place where it feels like home. The cottage will be our weekday home for another year. And I’m OK with how it looks and feels.





I will be doing holiday decorating, and other than that……it’s done!!



A quietly observed Memorial Day weekend

Memorial Day observances come in many different packages. There are parades with bands playing patriotic songs. Some will visit cemeteries and place flags on the graves of veterans.

 There are swimming pool parties and backyard BBQ’s as Memorial day usually marks the beginning of summer.. Any holiday comes with  traditional  food.

 In the south, hash seems to be the choice for all patriotic holidays; Around Memorial Day and Fourth of July, it’s not uncommon for lodges, churches etc. to prepare hash and sell it as a fundraiser. You know you’re patriotic when hash eating is part of the holiday festivities.


It is a quiet observation for us this year. We solemnly say thank you to those who paid the ultimate price for our freedom. We will be travelling on Memorial  day, back to the cottage, after an appreciated extra day at the main house.


The mister got in a few hours of golfing and I got to do some shopping. We both enjoyed our Saturday. And later on in the evening, we had a relaxing dinner with friends.

Its was a wonderful home cooked meal of Pot Roast, potatoes, and carrots. Desert was Chocolate cake. And I wasn’t doing the cooking. Thanks, Linda! 

Sunday while the hubby was watching the little race  ( Indy 500) I caught up on a few chores.


Every day we enjoy the blessings of living in

our great country. Those blessings came to us at a high cost.

Today we stop and spend some quality time in solemn remembrance

for the men and women who gave everything so that we could be free.





Another guest bedroom redo

Don’t we all have that one room……the one that we feel  isn’t picture perfect and therefore there are no pictures.

I looked  for before pictures of the one guest bedroom that has a connecting bath. It’s the room we use most often when there are guests.

The other two are for the overflow when we have more guests.

This main guest room is smaller and has three doors….entrance door, closet door and bathroom door. It makes decorating a challenge.


Since there are no before pictures, take my word for it…..It wasn’t very inviting and I knew it could be better.

My determination was to  take what I had to work with…..,  a bed, beige carpet and beige walls, one window and three doors…, and come up with a comfortable room with a big dash of pretty.

After two and a half years, I now have pictures of the downstairs guest bedroom.  I would like to take up the beige carpet and replace with hardwood and paint the beige walls………..but not going to happen anytime soon.


Every guest room needs a comfy chair.

Wall art adds a pop of color to liven up an otherwise neutral room.


Two night stands that double as storage  for linens and towels.

Every guest room needs a clock. This one makes a big statement.



A mirror is a must for a guest bedroom.  Can you image going to a hotel and not having a mirror?


In a small room, comfort and space are more soothing than a clutter of décor items.

Keeping them to a minimum leaves space for the guests personal items.

Making a guest feel welcome starts with the feel of the bedroom they will be staying in.

Stay a night in your own guest bedroom and it will give you an idea of the changes you need to make to create a room that says