What Is It?

So with the end of summer nearing, (and since these pics have been on my laptop since March) I figured I would share this summery looking post…

What Is It?

Well…I think it should be this:

I have had this for about a year now, and I think its a glorious addition to TTC.

I know you’re just chomping at the bit to hear the story. Do I even need to tell you where it takes place? Ok, I will, Homegoods, of course! It was at the very end of an unsuccessful trip. I saw this raggedy bag rolled up on the bottom shelf with some beautiful, WHITE beach pebbles peeking out. So, naturally, I had to investigate. I hefted that 25 pound bag onto the floor and unrolled the thing. The most beautiful, magical carpet of sorts was in front of my eyes, and I just knew it was coming home with me, I just didn’t know what to do with it, but for $30.00 I knew I could come up with something 🙂

I think maybe it could be a table runner? Later down the road, I plan on using it for just that, but for now, it fits p-e-r-f-e-c-t-l-y on the entertainment unit/bookshelf. Can’t you just imagine it on an old, rustic farmhouse table in the summer?

Original Image: Tria Giovan for Cottage Living

Its hard to see, but I did a little photoshop magic…blends right in!! Have you found anything interesting and made up a new use for it?


So, I hate on blogs, when people say, “I’ll add pics soon…” but they never do, so, to adhere to my own rules, I unfortunately must make this update…the “Hmmm” post, with the lights and the spray paint will never be a project on TTC…of course, I had planned to remove the light and spraypaint them black, but they are somehow permanently attached to the ceiling, and are impossible to move without potentially damaging the fixture and ceiling. I was/am SUPER disappointed, because they look kind of nautical, and I was really, really hoping that I could give them a new look, but it was not meant to be…

In other news, I have had a SUPER busy couple of weeks, like 12+ hours of work everyday, so things have been kind of slow around here…and I will be on vacation very soon, so I will try to do some mini-posts this week and give you some good reading before I go!

❤ Sarah

The New Doors!

Well, I know you have all been waiting for this post!!!! Believe me, so have I! I will start at the beginning, here are the befores:

Ewwwww, you can see how awful looking they are! You can see allllll of our stuff. Not.Pretty. This has been a problem for the last year, but we weren’t sure if we should invest a lot, since we’re only renting, But when Hunky J and I renewed the lease for another year, this was the FIRST thing on our “to do” list! Here are is the after!!!

Here is quick half and half below! What do you think?? Love it? Hate it?

It took a little bit longer than we anticipated, but thats because we were so excited, we didn’t have all of our supplies (and we had to buy some better hinges), but here are some during photos!

First, we measured our bookcase. Luckily for us, the openings were 2’x 4′, so the standard sized panels from Home depot were perfect without cutting! Next, we decided on a moulding that “wood” blend in with the rest of the existing trim in the apartment. Hunky J is very quick with numbers, so he speedily figured out the lengths we would need, based on the offset distance we chose (4″ away from the edges, which would allow enough space for our handle and hinges). We used the cutting station on-site to mitre-cut all of the moulding, bought some liquid nails (so we didn’t have to buy a nail gun and nails…not yet anyway), and got some hinges, and headed home.

***Hinges: We spent a loooooong time looking for something that would be appropriate for what we wanted. This was actually the longest step, and the main reason it took us a little longer to complete the project. Home Depot had some decorative hinges that were not going to work, because we needed a hidden hinge that would not be seen when the doors were closed. We ended up leaving the store with some standard ones that we though may be good, but once we got home, realized that they would be too close to the edge, and not offer enough support. What we really needed were hinges that were short on the side that would be attached to the existing 1″ wood border, and a longer piece that would attach to the door and add stability. Our local hardware store had just what we needed, so we got them.

Our wood was so thin and lightweight on purpose so that we didn’t damage the existing wood with added weight, however, this made it obvious that once the screws went in, they were going to stick out of the front and look silly, so we got some cap nuts to cover them up. And we spray painted them black to match the handles, which you can see evidence of in this photo:

Ok, so anyway, we got home and attached the moulding with liquid nails.

Then taped it down and left it overnight to dry…

At which point we decided that it probably needed a good sanding before priming and painting, which resulted in me breaking in my 25th birthday present!!! (Thanks Dad and Barbie xoxo)
Next, it was onto priming!
Don’t worry, there is a paper drop cloth underneath and we had the windows open for ventilation 🙂
Then we went on to paint. We contacted maintenance to tell us the color of the trim…Duron’s Princeton White, which is a really nice creamy white. Our hardware store had some similar colors, and in the end we went with this:
Hunky J helped out with this part and tried to get them to match the paint for us there, but somehow, all they were able to do was give us some ten swatches,which HJ taped up to the existing paint, so that I could choose before he got blamed for picking the wrong color-smart, right? We only had until 6pm before they closed, so I jumped off of the train after work, raced home, ran up to the apartment, looked at all of the swatches, decided, and then called to have them mix the paint while we were on our way. We got there at 5:58!! Thanks True Value!! The result is a little bit lighter than the existing color, but its pretty darn close!
We attached the hinges and utility handles, which were EXACTLY what I was looking for at a price that was even better…
and then F-I-N-A-L-L-Y hung them up!!!
So here they are again…
and now AFTER:
Hope you like them as much as we do!!

My Obsession with Lanterns

So there has been some bumps in the road with our building project I promised you by this weekend. By not to worry! I will post tomorrow! But here is the other post I promised…

I really love lanterns, but it’s hard to have too many, especially because Treetop Cottage is so small. So, for now, I have limited myself to three. But we’ll see what happens 🙂 Here they are!

The first one is a Dietz, and I found it glassless in my grandmother’s basement (which is where lots of my good finds come from!) The second one was a little Homegoods gem I found. It has a little electric flickering candle inside that I have yet to try out, even though I have had it for about a year. The last one is a common Ikea indulgence. You know how it is, you go in for one thing, and you end up with ten…oh well, I think she likes her new home!

Summer Mantle

Hello! I have had these pictures on my camera for a while now, and they have just been begging me to post them, so here they are! Our beautiful Summer Mantle!

 Meet Piper! He is our summer mascot! He enjoys sunsets, seashells, and of course, long walks on the beach 🙂

I hope it was everything you were expecting! Hunky J and I have been working on a fun project this weekend, which should be completed soon, so I should be able to post it by the end of the week, but don’t worry, I have some another summer post coming up in the meantime!

Happy Sunday!

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday To Me! I am about 2 weeks behind, but now I am a quarter of a century old! I had a wonderful dinner with my friends:

It was great to have a Girl’s Night! And as a present to myself, I bought these babies:

So, as always, there is a backstory to these perfect lamps 🙂 I first saw them a couple of months ago at HomeGoods, but they were 60 bucks each, and I wasn’t ready to spend that much. I decided to wait until the price dropped. Then a couple of days later, I saw this:

(The Lettered Cottage-Master Bedroom)

Oh Layla! As soon as I saw her post I freaked out! OMG! Those were almost the same lamps I was drooling over! It was then that I knew I HAD to have them. But, of course, I went back to HomeGoods, prepared to spend the $60 a pop, and no sign of them anywhere. I pined and pined (I seem to do that alot, about lamps and houses, and clothes, and furniture, and…and…everything!) so I almost gave up hope, but still vowed that if I found them again, I would snatch them up! So last weekend, before celebrating my birthday with my fam, I decided to stop into a HomeGoods near my hometown, and “just see” what they had. I started looking at mantle decorations (which will appear in a later post!), mirrors, and whatever else, until I finally milled around the lamp section. Then I spotted her-

Yeah, it was kinda like that…

I saw one, and I grabbed her, hoping that that she had a friend right around the corner. And she did! I pulled her mate off of the shelf and quickly shoved the both of them off under the line divider and behind some shelf displays.  I then hurried into the line, claiming my prize! They were still $60.00 each, but it was well worth it!

And if you love these lamps as much as I do, then here is the tag with the website:
Its http://www.tlclighting.com if you can’t read it. I just checked now, and it says the lamps are on sale for $49.99 (womp womp) BUT then when you click on it, it says $69.99, and then SOLD OUT…but if you are persistant, you can get anything you want! I am proof! 🙂 Stay tuned for my next post about my summer mantle! Its really spectacular, if I do say so myself…

Home, Home on the Range

Hello! I know, it has been a long time, but I have been gathering material to share 🙂 So first, I am going to do a post about another house that I am totally in love with. I know, I know, you thought I was obsessed with that little gem with the window boxes, well I am, but I love this one too, for an entirely different reason.

Hunky J grew up in this beauty! His grandparents owned this house, and his mom grew up here too. It has 5 bedrooms and lots of charm 🙂 When it got too much to take care of, his parents sold it, but the new owner never re-did it, so now it sits…and waits…for us to buy it! It looks a little run down, but its been vacant for 10+ years. Hunky J’s parents even got married here, it’s so picturesque. Just look at the grounds!

Isn’t it paradise?! Now I have to add some of us so you know I’m not kidding 🙂

And now the rest of the tour!

See, all she needs is some love and care! How do you like her?!


Happy Spring!

Happy Spring! So….because it is the season for “Spring Cleaning” and all of that good stuff, I have decided to apply that to my spring mantle! I am not totally in love with it, but I have been spending WAAAAAY too much money on other things lately, so I had to go with the things I already had (side note: part of my spending is due to the fact that I binged out on summertime goodies, so hopefully that mantle will be better!) anyway, I thought I would post some of my free springtime art!

So there she is in all of her glory! I tried to keep it simpler than I have before, but I just can’t bear to remove the sign my brother gave me-although it’s not too springy, is it? Well, summer will be here before you know it! Back to the topic-free art!! So I have seen similar things like this on other blogs, so I decided to make my own. Here it is up close!

It was pretty easy to make. I just used my trusty Photoshop for the job. I made the image size 5 X 7, then Hunky J and I came up with words that make us think of spring! I tried out a couple of different fonts, but tried to keep it to 5, so it would look consistent. It was so much fun, I think I might make one for every season!

I had a little bit of space left over, so I snuck in a little green friend! To create his shadow,and his coordinating friends below, I did an image search of bird silhouettes. Once I found ones that I liked, I brought them into Photoshop and changed them to a sunny green. Before I printed them, I made a light grey outline around the perimeter of my document, so that when I printed them out on regular sized paper , I would have a 5 x 7 guide. And there you have it!

Welcome to Treetop Cottage!

ok, so i know it has been a long time, howeverrrrrr, i have been nesting in this treetop cottage of mine and have been cooking up (no, not food) some delicious style. now, remember, this is a work in progress, so you will be able to share this process with me! i would say “us”, but hunky j lets me have my way with this place-although he does participate in the hanging and assembling 🙂 so here are some “befores” and “afters”. so the befores are sort of a cheat, because they were taken in another unit very similar to ours when we were looking at new places (the leasing agent told us to take as many pictures as we wanted, as the new tenant wouldn’t be moving in until the next week. so while im in the bedroom taking pictures…dont you know the guy comes walking in with this huge mattress, like, what are you doing in my room, crazy!! hmm, not one of my best moments, i must admit-but it was totally not my fault!)

disclaimer: i am VERY new at this blogging thing, so it may seem a bit more primitive than you are used to, but bear with me 🙂

before: cold entryway

before: frigid fireplace

before: wonderless window

before: hollow hall

and now…the afters! they are not exact afters, but you can get the idea of warmth we breathed into this little gem!

after: welcome autumn!

cozy, cozy, cozy

original vintage hanger from the 'shire

after: organized closet

believe it or not, we had LESS storage than this!

a bedroom made for fall snuggling!

ok, well about 3 hours later, you now have a post to read!