Fall Mantel 2013: Burlap, Gold, White & Iron

2013 Fall Mantle-burlap-iron::AnOregonCottage

Okay, it’s officially fall now (!) so I’m embracing it and sharing with you our fall 2013 mantel – even though my flowers still look good, the weather has turned here (sigh…) and cozy, warm decorating is finally starting to appeal to me. My whole decorating right now is leaning towards a more industrial cottage […]

New Gazebo Furniture

Gazebo Patio Furniture

While we’re continuing to work on painting our trim and walls (the floors have cured and we get to move the furniture back today!), I thought I’d share a fun update to our gazebo. When I posted about our major backyard makeover last fall the gazebo looked like this: While I love our antique ice […]

How To Add Cottage Curb Appeal

How To Add Cottage Curb Appeal :: An Oregon Cottage

As you’ve no doubt gathered, I like a bit of cottage around here. To me a cottage isn’t necessarily a certain style, but more a mixture of a lot of styles – a place where everything you love lives together beautifully. It usually includes at least some classic, vintage, and time-honored decor and architecture. And […]

Fabulous Apothecary Jar Ideas

Apothecary Jar Clipboard

Do you guys remember this thrift store transformation of a ceramic apothecary jar? Or this Christmas sideboard? How about this mantel? Right – so you can probably tell that I’m a sucker for apothecary jars – I love their different shapes, sizes, and most of all – their potential! So I visited Hometalk to see […]

The Simplest Spring Porch Decor

Spring Porch Wreath

There’s a lot out there in blogland showing all kinds of handmade wreaths, painted pots full of faux bird’s nests and fanciful eggs, and lots of fun fabric decorations for spring porches. But what if you don’t have time for that? Or don’t want to invest the time or money (no matter how inexpensively it […]

Small Office Update

Office-workroom Update

Okay, admittedly this office update isn’t huge or spectacular, but sometimes it’s the small things that reap big rewards – and for very little effort – so you know I had to share about it! I mentioned in last week’s post on my thrifted Tiered Pie-Tin Stand that I moved around some things in my […]

Simple Early Spring Mantel

Early Spring Mantel

Do you remember how I went on and on about much I liked this canvas-word art-from-thrifted-painting I made? I think I mentioned that it had become the centerpiece for our early spring mantel, too, and I thought I’d take a minute to share with you how it all came together. I took cues from the canvas and limited […]

Ready For Spring Table


About the end of February, I’m past all the cozy-blanket-and-warming-fire thoughts and am ready for spring – enough with the cold and gray days! After creating my weird cute little pom pom flowers and the bright green runner, I thought it would be fun to use them for a simple early spring table setting. Since […]

Calm & Quiet Winter Decor

Quiet Winter Fireplace

Happy Friday! I’ve been wanting to share with you our winter decor – just some simple changes I made using what we had (which of course include thrift store finds – see if you can spot the items I’ve mentioned here in the past!). Here we are in the middle of January, a time each year […]