How to Make Better Foam on a Home Cappuccino Machine

How to Make Better Foam on a Home Cappuccino Machine - An Oregon Cottage

This is a guest post from my beloved, Brian, who has gifted me with chocolate-topped cappuccinos every morning for more than 18 years. So, yeah, he has a bit of experience with foam, a-hem. Nearly every morning since our daughter was born, I’ve been making cappuccinos on a little home espresso machine. Well, to be […]


DIY Salvaged Chair French Bench: Video & Old House Journal Feature!

Video Tutorial on How to Make a DIY Salvaged Chair French Bench - An Oregon Cottage

I am beyond excited today to announce two things surrounding our popular tutorial about making a French-style bench from salvaged chairs that has been featured on sites like Apartment Therapy and Knock-Off Decor: First, you can see our DIY salvaged chair bench in the current August edition of Old House Journal!! I know, can you […]


Dollar Store Chalkboard Pots

Dollar Store Chalkboard Pots - An Oregon Cottage

When I was planning our chalkboard theme double graduation party I found pictures on Pinterest that coordinated with our chalkboard theme of painted terra cotta pots, which I thought planted with flowers in the kids school colors would make great centerpieces. The problem was I needed 10 and didn’t really want 10 small terra cotta […]


Chalkboard Theme Graduation Party

Chalkboard Grad Party - An Oregon Cottage

We had a special, once-in-a-lifetime event last weekend – a double graduation party! Our daughter graduated from high school and our son graduated with his bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon. We hosted 60 family and friends for a backyard bbq to celebrate their accomplishments and I had some fun using ideas from Pinterest […]


DIY Tufted French Mattress Cushion {Ballard Catalog Knockoff}

DIY Tufted French Mattress Cushion and Salvaged Bench - An Oregon Cottage

I’m SO excited to finally be able to share this tufted French mattress cushion I made with you, because it’s been 2 years in the making. Yes, really. It was in the plan back when we completed our French-style bench out of a pair of broken chairs (because that was inspired by this Ballard Designs bench […]


Updated Spring Decor {& Simple 10-Minute Terrarium!}

10-Minute Terrarium at 1 day and 6 weeks - An Oregon Cottage

Now that Easter is over I really couldn’t wait to put away the egg-themed pastel things I experimented with and update our spring decor. It’s okay for awhile – I just don’t want too much of it, you know? I enjoy pastels when they come in the form of flowers, otherwise I’m pretty much a […]


Easy Upholstery Webbing Spring Banner

How to Make an Easy Upholstery Webbing Spring Banner - An Oregon Cottage

Are you ready to make a super easy spring banner (or garland – have any idea what the difference is?) from upholstery webbing and chipboard letters like I promised after sharing our spring mantel last week? Seriously, if I were to have a specialty here on the blog, it would be quick & painless crafts […]


Add Old-House Character with Easy DIY Door Trim

Add Character to a Doorframe with Molding - An Oregon Cottage

One of the simplest ways to add old-house character to a newer house is to add moldings to interior windows and doors that are only painted sheetrock. Well, duh – I’m certainly not giving you any new information there, am I? Why write this, then? To give you the permission freedom to go ahead with […]


Announcing An Oregon Cottage’s Home Tour Page!

House Tour on An Oregon Cottage

It’s finally here! I finished creating a page all about our cottage where you can see our home in a ‘tour’ format: a photo of a room or area with a brief introduction with links to more detailed posts for further reading. You can NOT know what a relief this is to have done and […]


Vintage Valentine Mantel: Quick Decor

Vintage Valentine Mantel Update with Sheet Music & Printables - An Oregon Cottage

I’m actually not someone who likes to decorate for every holiday – does that make me a bad blogger? I like to make seasonal updates – adding leaves in the fall, evergreens in the winter, flowers in the spring, and seashells in the summer – more than any specific holiday decoration. The notable exception being […]


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