How to Stencil An Accent Wall

DIY Stenciled Accent Wall Tutorial- create an amazing focal point in just a few hours!

*This post is part of the #7daysofstencils series- 7 bloggers partnering with Porch and Royal Design Studio to bring you a week of fun stenciling projects! Have you ever thought about stenciling an accent wall? Since I have a major aversion to wall paper after having spent hours days weeks of my life removing hideous papers from various houses, […]

Blooming Spring Mantel

Blooming Spring Mantel with planted mason jars, garden art, and flowering branches.

So, I hadn’t really been inspired to change up my mantel for spring other than the flowering branches I added to my winter mercury glass. After the quince bloomed out, I exchanged them for Bridal Wreath spirea and then plum and pear branches after we pruned them. The blooms actually dried on the branches nicely, which […]

Easy Mason Jar Flower Arrangements with Live Plants

Mason jars and inexpensive live plants make great centerpieces that last weeks

So, after sharing my quick centerpiece in last Saturday’s Three Things I got all inspired about creating centerpieces and flower arrangements in mason jars with live plants. I think it’s just such a great look – maybe it’s the former preschool teacher in me that actually likes to see the roots? The fact that they’re […]

Simple Burlap Valentine Banner Wreath

Sweet and Simple Burlap Valentine Banner Wreath

Is this burlap Valentine banner wreath too simple? I’m not sure you can get too simple – sometimes I get the best inspiration for something in my own home from others simple projects. I’ve been seeing lots of Valentine wreath ideas on Pinterest over the last few weeks, but I’m not much of a pink, […]

Our Nativity Memory & Tradition

Holiday Nativity Memories- An Oregon Cottage

As you all know, I love sharing about home, family, and special traditions. Oh, I know it seems like just decorating, recipes and gardening around here, but all those things happen for one reason only: I want to love on my family. How I do that is by preparing them good, healthy food (some of which I […]

Cottage Christmas 2014

A Cottage Christmas Porch with vintage sled and greenery

Welcome to our little cottage Christmas 2014 “tour.” I’m using quotes because it’s not like the tours I’m seeing on other blogs – the living room, the kitchen, the bedroom, etc. – and it’s certainly not styled like a magazine shoot, either. In fact, I hesitated this year to post about our holiday decorations because […]

Christmas Decorating- Antique China Cabinet

Estate Sale Antique Christmas China Cabinet

Happy Friday! I’m SO excited to share with you our new-old china cabinet! I’ve been stalking Craigslist for more than two years (honest…and let me just say I was TIRED of looking – it had ceased to be fun anymore) for a cabinet to replace our old cabinet that we had used for storing dishes. […]

3-D Vintage Sheet Music Ornaments Tutorial

3-D Vintage Sheet Music Ornaments- a fun and easy Christmas decoration

One of our favorite day-after-Thanksgiving traditions is to make some new, easy Christmas ornaments and start our holiday decorating. When my kids were little, we made ornaments with glitter or paint, and they really got into it. As they grew older, my son lost interest but my daughter still likes to create and decorate. In the […]

Crate & Barrel Inspired Glittered Cork Ornaments

Glittered Cork Ornaments - An Oregon Cottage

Do you make Christmas ornaments? I have enjoyed making all kinds of ornaments since I was a kid, so to me making at least one or two new ornaments each year is a fun tradition that brings back lots of memories. I’ve shared some with you, like these knockoff Anthropologie ornaments, these rosette book page […]