Shopping small, No-Bake Brownies, and a Peek

 
We are joining in the Small Business Saturday movement over on our website. We are offering 20% off all Pom Pom at Home items including organic linen bedding, curtains, table linens, coverlets and throws, and accessories. Plus we offer free shipping, every day.

As an added courtesy, we are extending our sale through tomorrow!
Simply enter coupon code: LINEN

Here’s a little sample of what you’ll find on sale
on our website, all 20% off today and tomorrow only!
 
  
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Luka Pillow Sham-pom pom homePrague Linen Duvet-pom pom home

And if that isn’t enough to whet your appetite, feast your eyes on these no-bake brownies my family shamelessly devoured yesterday…     

     
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Super ooey-gooey goodness!     

   
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There are only 5 ingredients in these super moist brownies! 

       
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No dairy, no flour, no oil, and they’re gluten free…  

   
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No-Bake Brownies
       
8 servings
 
1/2 cup medjool dates (pits removed)
1/2 cup dried cherries
1/4 cup cacao powder (or cocoa powder or carob powder)
1 c walnuts
2 Tbsp pure maple syrup (or agave nectar )

Process all in blender (Vitamix works great) or in food processor until ingredients are well mixed and chopped. Press into a small square baking pan and freeze for 1 hour. Slice brownies into 8 pieces and store in your refrigerator and watch them disappear. 
          
    Enter Cottage of the Month

 
      By the way, you know what tomorrow is, right? December 1st = New Cottage of the Month!

I thought it would be fun to give you a first look at December’s new cottage, Laurie Blaswich from AntiqueLifestyle… 
       
       
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(To see the rest of December’s feature in its entirety, hop over to my website tomorrow on the 1st!)
 
   
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Previously known as Bella Inspirations, Laurie has an amazing Etsy shop, AntiqueLifestyle, which I find myself ordering from on a regular basis. 
      
     
To celebrate the event, Laurie is running a shop sale specially for The Old Painted Cottage blog readers! Take 15% off using coupon code: TOPC49. Sale ends on December 14.
 
Happy Weekending, friends!
 

     
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Cottage8: Another Flooring Project and My Favorite Rug

So we’ve been spending a lot of time in the bedroom lately. Wait, that didn’t come out right. Let me rephrase: We’ve been working on several projects in the bedroom lately. Namely the flooring.    

     

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Mind you, there was nothing terribly wrong with the white carpet we picked out five years ago. I was feeling ready for a change, and you know how I tend to get all antsy-pantsy if anything sits too long or begins to feels stagnant in a room.   


Here lies the old carpet, post furniture removal…    


 

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To prepare for our new flooring we tore all the carpet and padding, right down to the 50-year-old orange speckled mystery tile…      

 

 

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The flooring we picked out? You guessed it, Allure’s “Country Pine” vinyl plank flooring…    

 

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Once we have it all laid down and rolled out with the metal roller we will post it here!

In the meantime, if you would like to see a step-by-step tutorial on how we did the Allure flooring in our guest bedroom, click
here. I must say, we are very pleased with this flooring. We installed it 5 years ago in our living room, kitchen, dining room and hallway and we absolutely love it!

There’s a little something else I wanted to share with you…

 

 

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This gorgeous jute rug!

After buying our new Crate and Barrel Petrie sofa (you can read about our sofa adventure
here), it was time for a rug upgrade. We got ours from Cost Plus World Market.       


     

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 Not only is it soft on bare feet, which is highly important to both of us, as we have a ‘no shoes policy’ in our house, it also wears beautifully. It’s thicker than most jute rugs, and it’s the first non-scratchy/itchy jute rug I’ve seen. For cleaning, I use the hose attachment on our vacuum, and that works fine for us.     


   

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Best of all, this rug is on sale now, through Sunday night! Click here to check it out.       
      
*We are not compensated to endorse these products, we just love them and we love sharing good finds with friends : )

 

PS: Next weekend is the ‘new’ Vintage Market, now located at Pierce College! Maybe I’ll see you there. Maybe we can shop together. Just look for the curly-haired girl with the shopping cart full of goodies! 


     
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Road Trip Ready

You’ll have to excuse me. I’m feeling kind of like superwoman today.   
 
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Over the past week, I’ve been battling a really bad cold, and it took a turn for the worse last night. I was on the phone with my mom, and she could hear my labored breathing and wheezing. She told me “Jennifer, you need to get to the doctor, now”. The last thing I wanted to do was crawl out of bed, since walking more than five steps was enough to leave me completely exasperated. But I knew she was right. Moms usually are. So at the pace of a 90 year old, I dragged myself into the ER late last night. Turns out it was bronchitis, and was told I was lucky it hadn’t turned into pneumonia. The doctor loaded me up with prescriptions and a steroid injection and sent me on my way. I took all my prescribed meds, hit the lights, and crumpled back into bed for a long nights rest…

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Then this morning something unexpected happened. When I woke up, my eyes popped wide open, and I could feel a new energy surging through me. I bounced out of bed feeling ready to take on the world. The dishes in the sink that I’d neglected all week, the laundry divided in piles all over the bedroom floor were no match for me and my renewed energetic spirit. My family keeps reminding me to slow down and take it easy, but I guess I’m just an all or nothing kinda girl, with ants in my pants ; ) 
This new found energy got me to thinking…when was the last time Adam and I packed our bags and went road trip junking? Too long ago to remember I think is the right answer.
During my clean-out-all-the-closets phase today, I came across this fabulous Union Jack suitcase I’d bought at Topanga Vintage Market last month, and was planning on reselling it at a future venue. But now it’s got me thinking: Junkin Road Trip!
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If that’s not enough power of suggestion, I received this “Junkin Tote” from my friend Kris, as an incredibly sweet token of appreciation for featuring her house for July’s Cottage of the Month and I’ve been dying to put it to use…
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Kris shared with me how she makes these junkin’ totes to put in the back of your car or trunk, equipped with everything you might possibly need while on the road when you’re out junkin!
Check out the amazing stash she tucked away in each those convenient little pockets…
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She explained to me the shower curtain is great for times you need to lay your treasures out on the ground or on the hood of your car, without worrying about getting your things dirty. Makes perfect sense!
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Last but not least, every road trip needs a playlist right? Here’s some of my favorite songs I listen to on repeat. Some newer, and some a little older…
Royals by Lorde
Sail by Awolnation
White Blank Page by Mumford and Sons
Maps by Yeah Yeah Yeahs
I love It by Icona Pop – Clean version here
Lose your soul by Dead Man’s Bones
Breaking Down by Florence + The Machine
Samson by Regina Spektor
The Story by Brandi Carlile
Followed the Waves by Melissa Auf Der Maur
Bang Bang by Nancy Sinatra
Glory Box by Portished
I think all I need now is my superwoman cape! And a junkin road trip destination!
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I’d love to know…where are your favorite places to go road trip junkin?

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Road Trip Ready

You’ll have to excuse me. I’m feeling kind of like superwoman today.   
 
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Over the past week, I’ve been battling a really bad cold, and it took a turn for the worse last night. I was on the phone with my mom, and she could hear my labored breathing and wheezing. She told me “Jennifer, you need to get to the doctor, now”. The last thing I wanted to do was crawl out of bed, since walking more than five steps was enough to leave me completely exasperated. But I knew she was right. Moms usually are. So at the pace of a 90 year old, I dragged myself into the ER late last night. Turns out it was bronchitis, and was told I was lucky it hadn’t turned into pneumonia. The doctor loaded me up with prescriptions and a steroid injection and sent me on my way. I took all my prescribed meds, hit the lights, and crumpled back into bed for a long nights rest…

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Then this morning something unexpected happened. When I woke up, my eyes popped wide open, and I could feel a new energy surging through me. I bounced out of bed feeling ready to take on the world. The dishes in the sink that I’d neglected all week, the laundry divided in piles all over the bedroom floor were no match for me and my renewed energetic spirit. My family keeps reminding me to slow down and take it easy, but I guess I’m just an all or nothing kinda girl, with ants in my pants ; ) 
This new found energy got me to thinking…when was the last time Adam and I packed our bags and went road trip junking? Too long ago to remember I think is the right answer.
During my clean-out-all-the-closets phase today, I came across this fabulous Union Jack suitcase I’d bought at Topanga Vintage Market last month, and was planning on reselling it at a future venue. But now it’s got me thinking: Junkin Road Trip!
The Old Painted Cottage  
If that’s not enough power of suggestion, I received this “Junkin Tote” from my friend Kris, as an incredibly sweet token of appreciation for featuring her house for July’s Cottage of the Month and I’ve been dying to put it to use…
The Old Painted Cottage4
Kris shared with me how she makes these junkin’ totes to put in the back of your car or trunk, equipped with everything you might possibly need while on the road when you’re out junkin!
Check out the amazing stash she tucked away in each those convenient little pockets…
The Old Painted Cottage6
She explained to me the shower curtain is great for times you need to lay your treasures out on the ground or on the hood of your car, without worrying about getting your things dirty. Makes perfect sense!
The Old Painted Cottage9
Last but not least, every road trip needs a playlist right? Here’s some of my favorite songs I listen to on repeat. Some newer, and some a little older…
Royals by Lorde
Sail by Awolnation
White Blank Page by Mumford and Sons
Maps by Yeah Yeah Yeahs
I love It by Icona Pop – Clean version here
Lose your soul by Dead Man’s Bones
Breaking Down by Florence + The Machine
Samson by Regina Spektor
The Story by Brandi Carlile
Followed the Waves by Melissa Auf Der Maur
Bang Bang by Nancy Sinatra
Glory Box by Portished
I think all I need now is my superwoman cape! And a junkin road trip destination!
The Old Painted Cottage3


I’d love to know…where are your favorite places to go road trip junkin?

greenapple        



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Cottage8: Finding Fall Home Tour

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Hi there! I’m excited to be one of the 16 bloggers participating in the
Finding Fall Home Tours.
 
To start the tour from the very beginning, just click here to visit first home on the tour…
 
 
 
And if you came from Gina’s, Jessica’s, or Karen’s blog, welcome!
 
For those of you who are here for the first time, allow me introduce myself. I’m Jennifer and I live in Southern California with my husband Adam. We bought our first home five years ago, which we refer to as Cottage8. This house was a complete disaster when we first bought it, and little by little we completely renovated our home, ripped out our kitchen and started from scratch, all pretty much on a shoestring budget! You can see our amazing before’s and after’s here.     

     
Now come on in and see how I decorate for the Fall season…
      
     
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I like to keep things pretty natural when it comes to my decorating style. Bringing nature indoors and keeping an organic feel throughout our home is what I strive for. My color palette is a blend of taupe, cream and black. I love the mood these colors lend to a space, especially this time of year… 
        
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Here’s a look at our dining room. Using simple materials such as old sheet music for placemats, rattan plate chargers, and velvet pumpkins in raffia nests makes for a really rustic yet elegant table… 
        
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On the left, that’s our fridge! It was one of my very first DIY projects before there were blogs. Find out how I turned this 1970’s avocado green monster into something custom and fabulous with no power tools, only a glue gun and a hand saw. Click here to get the details
         
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I think one of my favorite things about Fall is the abundance of vibrant autumn veggies! Adam and I are both vegan, and the pleasure we get from local, organic homemade farm to table meals is something we love to share with our family and friends… 
        
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purple artichoke
 
Just a short walk down our hallway leads to our master bedroom… 
        
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We styled our bedroom for Fall a couple years ago, and I still love how it turned out. The mirrors and branches were strictly for photographic purpose and came down immediately after the shoot… 
        
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I really hope you enjoyed this tour of our home! If you have any questions about anything you’ve seen here, please just leave us a comment below and we will reply right away. We love reading your comments, thanks so much!

I also wish to thank Laura from Finding Home. None of this would have been possible without all the hard work and time Laura has put into this project. We are incredibly flattered to share in the spotlight of some extremely talented bloggers. To visit the next home on the tour, please click here to visit Karen the Graphics Fairy.
 
 
 
You can also follow along on our Better Homes & Gardens Finding Fall Home Tours Pinterest board.

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Cottage8: Finding Fall Home Tour

findingfallhometoursfinal2 thumb Finding Fall Home Tour: 16 Fabulous Bloggers & BHG!!!

Hi there! I’m excited to be one of the 16 bloggers participating in the
Finding Fall Home Tours.
 
To start the tour from the very beginning, just click here to visit first home on the tour…
 
 
 
And if you came from Gina’s, Jessica’s, or Karen’s blog, welcome!
 
For those of you who are here for the first time, allow me introduce myself. I’m Jennifer and I live in Southern California with my husband Adam. We bought our first home five years ago, which we refer to as Cottage8. This house was a complete disaster when we first bought it, and little by little we completely renovated our home, ripped out our kitchen and started from scratch, all pretty much on a shoestring budget! You can see our amazing before’s and after’s here.     

     
Now come on in and see how I decorate for the Fall season…
      
     
The Old Painted Cottage
 
I like to keep things pretty natural when it comes to my decorating style. Bringing nature indoors and keeping an organic feel throughout our home is what I strive for. My color palette is a blend of taupe, cream and black. I love the mood these colors lend to a space, especially this time of year… 
        
The Old Painted Cottage
The Old Painted Cottage
fall home tour 283
fall home tour 331
fall home tour 404
fall home tour 353
fall home tour 0093
fall home tour 0156
fall home tour 381
 
Here’s a look at our dining room. Using simple materials such as old sheet music for placemats, rattan plate chargers, and velvet pumpkins in raffia nests makes for a really rustic yet elegant table… 
        
fall home tour 332
fall home tour 351
fall home tour 219
fall home tour 359
fall home tour 277
fall home tour 150
fall home tour 0065
fall home tour 005
fall home tour 173
 
On the left, that’s our fridge! It was one of my very first DIY projects before there were blogs. Find out how I turned this 1970’s avocado green monster into something custom and fabulous with no power tools, only a glue gun and a hand saw. Click here to get the details
         
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fall home tour 0282
fall home tour 260
fall home tour 321
fall home tour 0134
 
I think one of my favorite things about Fall is the abundance of vibrant autumn veggies! Adam and I are both vegan, and the pleasure we get from local, organic homemade farm to table meals is something we love to share with our family and friends… 
        
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purple artichoke
 
Just a short walk down our hallway leads to our master bedroom… 
        
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We styled our bedroom for Fall a couple years ago, and I still love how it turned out. The mirrors and branches were strictly for photographic purpose and came down immediately after the shoot… 
        
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I really hope you enjoyed this tour of our home! If you have any questions about anything you’ve seen here, please just leave us a comment below and we will reply right away. We love reading your comments, thanks so much!

I also wish to thank Laura from Finding Home. None of this would have been possible without all the hard work and time Laura has put into this project. We are incredibly flattered to share in the spotlight of some extremely talented bloggers. To visit the next home on the tour, please click here to visit Karen the Graphics Fairy.
 
 
 
You can also follow along on our Better Homes & Gardens Finding Fall Home Tours Pinterest board.

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Cottage8: Our New Living Room Sofa

I’ve been itching to replace our white slipcovered sofa for quite some time. We got it shortly after we got married, and it’s followed us through all three of our homes. The flared arms and damask fabric was feeling a little too whimsical for me now, and I was ready for something with more vintage-modern appeal.
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Then I laid eyes on Crate and Barrel’s Petrie Sofa, and I was absolutely smitten. It was everything I wanted and more. However, at over $1600 it was clear out of our budget. That didn’t stop me from ogling and caressing every floor model we crossed paths with when strolling by a Crate and Barrel store.
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Remember my Craig’s List pea gravel score a little while back? I decided to try my luck searching for a Petrie couch on Craig’s List, and I searched every single day for 3 straight months. And one day, it happened…I found a listing from a lady in Newport Beach who was selling her Petrie Sofa for $200. But the kicker was she needed it to be picked up that night, because her home was being demolished down to the foundation the very next day. Yes, you read that correctly. We jumped in our truck and made the 2 hour drive down to Newport Beach, strapped the sofa in the back of our truck, and drove another 2 hours straight home, making it back home after midnight, with huge gleaming smiles across our faces.  


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It sounds funny, but I think this sofa looks like it belonged here in our home all along. We are beyond thrilled with our $200 score. Goes to show, patience and perseverance pays off in the end.

I’d love to know, what was your favorite Craig’s List score?

Oh, and I have fun news…



The Finding Fall Home Tour has begun, featuring 16 amazing bloggers homes, and we are one of them! We are featuring our Fall decorated home here on our blog tomorrow! #findingfall

You can begin the tour here, starting with Laura’s house:

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You can view the entire line up of all 16 participating bloggers here. Oh, and Better Homes & Gardens is sponsoring the tour! They created a special Pinterest board where you can find a ton of fall decorating inspiration!

See you back here again tomorrow!












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Cottage8: Our New Living Room Sofa

I’ve been itching to replace our white slipcovered sofa for quite some time. We got it shortly after we got married, and it’s followed us through all three of our homes. The flared arms and damask fabric was feeling a little too whimsical for me now, and I was ready for something with more vintage-modern appeal.
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Then I laid eyes on Crate and Barrel’s Petrie Sofa, and I was absolutely smitten. It was everything I wanted and more. However, at over $1600 it was clear out of our budget. That didn’t stop me from ogling and caressing every floor model we crossed paths with when strolling by a Crate and Barrel store.
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Remember my Craig’s List pea gravel score a little while back? I decided to try my luck searching for a Petrie couch on Craig’s List, and I searched every single day for 3 straight months. And one day, it happened…I found a listing from a lady in Newport Beach who was selling her Petrie Sofa for $200. But the kicker was she needed it to be picked up that night, because her home was being demolished down to the foundation the very next day. Yes, you read that correctly. We jumped in our truck and made the 2 hour drive down to Newport Beach, strapped the sofa in the back of our truck, and drove another 2 hours straight home, making it back home after midnight, with huge gleaming smiles across our faces.  


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It sounds funny, but I think this sofa looks like it belonged here in our home all along. We are beyond thrilled with our $200 score. Goes to show, patience and perseverance pays off in the end.

I’d love to know, what was your favorite Craig’s List score?

Oh, and I have fun news…



The Finding Fall Home Tour has begun, featuring 16 amazing bloggers homes, and we are one of them! We are featuring our Fall decorated home here on our blog tomorrow! #findingfall

You can begin the tour here, starting with Laura’s house:

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You can view the entire line up of all 16 participating bloggers here. Oh, and Better Homes & Gardens is sponsoring the tour! They created a special Pinterest board where you can find a ton of fall decorating inspiration!

See you back here again tomorrow!












greenapple


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Cottage of the Month, and a Recap

Happy September! We are getting closer to Fall, and I’m counting down the days. I am so ready for the magic in the air that comes with this glorious upcoming season.

Want to know what else makes me super happy? This cheery home…

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For September’s Cottage of the Month, I’ve featured Stacey from Cottage Industry

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Guess what, this was just a teaser sampler! But you can check out the rest of Stacey’s home over here.

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Speaking of COTM, here’s a recap of the homes I’ve featured over the past several months…

In August, I featured Rhoda from Southern Hospitality

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In July, I featured Kris from Junk Chic Cottage

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And for the month of June, I featured Susan from Must Love Junk






Whew! That was a fun look back!

I usually NEVER do this, but how would you like a sneak peek at the upcoming October Cottage of the Month? This person doesn’t have a blog, so there is a chance some of you may not recognize her home…

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I am madly in love with her unique home and I can hardly wait to share it with you!

Is it October yet? Hee-hee!

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Cottage of the Month, and a Recap

Happy September! We are getting closer to Fall, and I’m counting down the days. I am so ready for the magic in the air that comes with this glorious upcoming season.

Want to know what else makes me super happy? This cheery home…

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For September’s Cottage of the Month, I’ve featured Stacey from Cottage Industry

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Guess what, this was just a teaser sampler! But you can check out the rest of Stacey’s home over here.

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Speaking of COTM, here’s a recap of the homes I’ve featured over the past several months…

In August, I featured Rhoda from Southern Hospitality

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In July, I featured Kris from Junk Chic Cottage

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And for the month of June, I featured Susan from Must Love Junk






Whew! That was a fun look back!

I usually NEVER do this, but how would you like a sneak peek at the upcoming October Cottage of the Month? This person doesn’t have a blog, so there is a chance some of you may not recognize her home…

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I am madly in love with her unique home and I can hardly wait to share it with you!

Is it October yet? Hee-hee!

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Cottage8: Interior Black Door Makeover

We’re on a DIY roll you guys! Maybe it’s the unusually cool August weather here in SoCal that’s got me super motivated, but I’m crossing projects off my To Do list like a frantic homeowner on a 30-minute HGTV makeover show.

Remember
the dilemma I had a while back, finding the perfect shade of black for our interior doors?

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I’m happy to report Ralph and I are getting along famously. I am totally smitten with his Black Truffle paint. It’s smoky and dark, without that “it looks like it’s midnight, but it’s actually three o’clock in the afternoon” feeling in our tiny hallway. It actually feels brighter to me now, how does that happen!  
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When I shared I wanted to paint every single one of our interior doors black, there were some folks that were less than favorable towards the idea. But I stuck to my guns and did it anyway. Rebellious much?

After seeing the results I think you too might agree, everything just looks better painted black…

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Happy fact: While we did replace all the door handles, we decided not to replace the doors. These are the original (circa 1962) builder grade hollow core doors that came with the house. But they look so classic and elegant now, all dressed in black.

It’s amazing what a couple coats of paint can do, and a little rebellion…

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Better after, don’t you think? We are super excited with how it turned out, and I’m so glad I trusted my instincts and just went for it!

In my next post I’m sharing how we did our photo gallery wall, stay tuned!

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To see our hallway makeover from start to finish, click here!

And to read about our chalkboard painted linen closet project click here!
 


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Cottage8: Interior Black Door Makeover

We’re on a DIY roll you guys! Maybe it’s the unusually cool August weather here in SoCal that’s got me super motivated, but I’m crossing projects off my To Do list like a frantic homeowner on a 30-minute HGTV makeover show.

Remember
the dilemma I had a while back, finding the perfect shade of black for our interior doors?

15 4


I’m happy to report Ralph and I are getting along famously. I am totally smitten with his Black Truffle paint. It’s smoky and dark, without that “it looks like it’s midnight, but it’s actually three o’clock in the afternoon” feeling in our tiny hallway. It actually feels brighter to me now, how does that happen!  
ba3

When I shared I wanted to paint every single one of our interior doors black, there were some folks that were less than favorable towards the idea. But I stuck to my guns and did it anyway. Rebellious much?

After seeing the results I think you too might agree, everything just looks better painted black…

1 


2 


3 

Happy fact: While we did replace all the door handles, we decided not to replace the doors. These are the original (circa 1962) builder grade hollow core doors that came with the house. But they look so classic and elegant now, all dressed in black.

It’s amazing what a couple coats of paint can do, and a little rebellion…

ba2 


ba5  


ba4

ba1

Better after, don’t you think? We are super excited with how it turned out, and I’m so glad I trusted my instincts and just went for it!

In my next post I’m sharing how we did our photo gallery wall, stay tuned!

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To see our hallway makeover from start to finish, click here!

And to read about our chalkboard painted linen closet project click here!
 


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Cottage8: Chalkboard Linen Closet Project

Hello day makers! Thanks for your encouraging words on our recent hallway makeover project. In the comments section of that post we got several questions from curious readers, and I just finished responding to each comment left there (in case you want to head over to find out more).

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As promised, in todays post we’re going to discuss our chalkboard linen cabinet doors, one of the easiest DIY projects yet.


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When we first bought this place, these cabinet doors were nothing but plain jaines. Just tall, narrow doors that were totally flat with no visual appeal. They were knob-less too.

We framed each door panel with chunky narrow wood strips to give them some dimension…

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And then added some sleek looking knobs from IKEA


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The next step was super easy. I just picked up a can of my favorite chalkboard paint and painted our linen closet doors.


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Next it was linen closet organization time. I matched up all our sheet sets, separated our winter from spring bedding, and removed a ton of stuff that we actually didn’t even need.


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This has made our lives so much easier. Everything is clearly labeled and grouped, so now we know exactly where everything is. This will be especially helpful when we have house guests over.


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Some Useful Tips for Applying Chalkboard Paint
:

– Allow your paint to dry for at least 2 or 3 days before writing on it. Yes, this might be the longest 2 to 3 days of your life.

– Once sufficient time has passed, DO NOT write on your chalkboard painted surface. The entire area must be treated first. Otherwise, anything you write or draw will never fully erase from your painted surface.

How To Treat Your Newly Painted Chalkboard Surface:

– Take a brand new stick of chalk and lay it down, pressed against your painted surface. You are going to rub your chalk stick over the entire painted surface, creating a “white-out” effect by the time you are done. (I highly recommend using dust-less chalk for this step).

– Once the entire chalkboard painted surface is whited-out in chalk, take an eraser and simply erase all of the chalk rubbing. This will create a very cool smoky, hazy effect = Bonus!

How To Clean Your Chalkboard Surface:

– Simply take a lightly damp rag and wipe. Wait until surface is fully dry before writing or drawing.

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And then stand back, and enjoy!

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Be sure to stay tuned for our next post. We are going to share the final results of our much anticipated black door project. Here’s a sneak peek:

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How about you, have you painted any unusual surfaces with chalkboard paint? Let me know in the comments below : ) 



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Cottage8: Chalkboard Linen Closet Project

Hello day makers! Thanks for your encouraging words on our recent hallway makeover project. In the comments section of that post we got several questions from curious readers, and I just finished responding to each comment left there (in case you want to head over to find out more).

5


As promised, in todays post we’re going to discuss our chalkboard linen cabinet doors, one of the easiest DIY projects yet.


7

When we first bought this place, these cabinet doors were nothing but plain jaines. Just tall, narrow doors that were totally flat with no visual appeal. They were knob-less too.

We framed each door panel with chunky narrow wood strips to give them some dimension…

abc 2123


And then added some sleek looking knobs from IKEA


100_0605


The next step was super easy. I just picked up a can of my favorite chalkboard paint and painted our linen closet doors.


8


Next it was linen closet organization time. I matched up all our sheet sets, separated our winter from spring bedding, and removed a ton of stuff that we actually didn’t even need.


1


This has made our lives so much easier. Everything is clearly labeled and grouped, so now we know exactly where everything is. This will be especially helpful when we have house guests over.


2


Some Useful Tips for Applying Chalkboard Paint
:

– Allow your paint to dry for at least 2 or 3 days before writing on it. Yes, this might be the longest 2 to 3 days of your life.

– Once sufficient time has passed, DO NOT write on your chalkboard painted surface. The entire area must be treated first. Otherwise, anything you write or draw will never fully erase from your painted surface.

How To Treat Your Newly Painted Chalkboard Surface:

– Take a brand new stick of chalk and lay it down, pressed against your painted surface. You are going to rub your chalk stick over the entire painted surface, creating a “white-out” effect by the time you are done. (I highly recommend using dust-less chalk for this step).

– Once the entire chalkboard painted surface is whited-out in chalk, take an eraser and simply erase all of the chalk rubbing. This will create a very cool smoky, hazy effect = Bonus!

How To Clean Your Chalkboard Surface:

– Simply take a lightly damp rag and wipe. Wait until surface is fully dry before writing or drawing.

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And then stand back, and enjoy!

3


Be sure to stay tuned for our next post. We are going to share the final results of our much anticipated black door project. Here’s a sneak peek:

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How about you, have you painted any unusual surfaces with chalkboard paint? Let me know in the comments below : ) 



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Cottage8: Hallway Makeover

Hi friends! We just finished putting the final touches on our hallway makeover project. And we are happy to be putting a big check mark next to the word “hallway” on our To Do list. We started this project two summers ago, and it’s been shoved to the back of the DIY line more times than I care to count.

When it comes to house projects, I have a rare tendency to butt heads with reality and logic:

– How long I think the project will take: 10 minutes, possibly less

– How long the project actually takes: 2 weeks. Oh how I wish I was kidding.

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It’s always fun to look back and remember where it all began. Yes, it’s a little strange, and bewildering, but this is how our hallway looked the very day we bought this place:

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We painted and pulled out the carpet…

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We put in Allure flooring, framed the linen cabinet doors with moulding, and papered the hallway walls with rolls of vinyl beadboard wallpaper, from my friend Rhoda’s shop.

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And with each little project over the past two years, our hallway went from THIS:

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To THIS:

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This pendant light was a huge flea market score. The vintage frosted glass shade is from the 1950’s and the hardware and wiring is all brand new. It was once used as a movie prop, and this sucker is huge!

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Our small hallway is much like a busy train station, the two of us coming and going through this tiny place. But it makes me smile every I’m greeted with this space.

Totally worth the 2+ years it took to finish this project.

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Next time I’ll share with you my chalkboard linen closet project, and how I think I’m more organized now than I’ve ever been in my entire life.

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Cottage8: Hallway Makeover

Hi friends! We just finished putting the final touches on our hallway makeover project. And we are happy to be putting a big check mark next to the word “hallway” on our To Do list. We started this project two summers ago, and it’s been shoved to the back of the DIY line more times than I care to count.

When it comes to house projects, I have a rare tendency to butt heads with reality and logic:

– How long I think the project will take: 10 minutes, possibly less

– How long the project actually takes: 2 weeks. Oh how I wish I was kidding.

o-o-o

It’s always fun to look back and remember where it all began. Yes, it’s a little strange, and bewildering, but this is how our hallway looked the very day we bought this place:

albu2

We painted and pulled out the carpet…

albu31

We put in Allure flooring, framed the linen cabinet doors with moulding, and papered the hallway walls with rolls of vinyl beadboard wallpaper, from my friend Rhoda’s shop.

abc 2076

abc 2109

And with each little project over the past two years, our hallway went from THIS:

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To THIS:

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3

This pendant light was a huge flea market score. The vintage frosted glass shade is from the 1950’s and the hardware and wiring is all brand new. It was once used as a movie prop, and this sucker is huge!

1

Our small hallway is much like a busy train station, the two of us coming and going through this tiny place. But it makes me smile every I’m greeted with this space.

Totally worth the 2+ years it took to finish this project.

4

Next time I’ll share with you my chalkboard linen closet project, and how I think I’m more organized now than I’ve ever been in my entire life.

2

 


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Date Mix-Up

Sorry for barging in on your Saturday evening. Just wanted to let you know I gave you the wrong date for the Topanga Vintage Market. The show is tomorrow!

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For more info on the show or to read my last post, click here.

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Sorry for any confusion friends. Hope to see you there!

 


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Date Mix-Up

Sorry for barging in on your Saturday evening. Just wanted to let you know I gave you the wrong date for the Topanga Vintage Market. The show is tomorrow!

TVM june show

For more info on the show or to read my last post, click here.

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Sorry for any confusion friends. Hope to see you there!

 


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Come Shop With Me!

Feeling spontaneous? I’m not sure what your plans are for this weekend, but this Sunday I’m shopping at the Topanga Vintage Market and I thought it would be fun to do a “shop together”. It’s always fun to see familiar faces and meet new ones.

Wanna come out and shop for with me for treasures?       


     
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Edited to add: the market date is Sunday, June 23rd! Sorry for any confusion.

Topanga Vintage Market in Woodland Hills is one of my favorite markets. With over 160 vendors, it’s a fun market with a hip vibe, full of unique treasures and friendly folks. Some shows, my truck is filled to the brim with stuff (I’ve even had to hold things on my lap for the drive home!)

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Some of you might remember when I was a regular vendor at this market, but I’ve decided it’s more fun to shop! One of my favorite finds to date…a pair of iron stools that came out of an old train station in Los Angeles, circa 1930. It was raining that day and I got totally soaked afterwards, but that didn’t stop me or any of the other shoppers. Die hards!      

     
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Located in the parking lot at Westfield Promenade, just a few blocks north of the 101 Freeway at 6100 Topanga Canyon Blvd. in Woodland Hills, CA 91367

Topanga Canyon Blvd. and Oxnard St. in Woodland Hills, CA       
      

TVM Map

Let’s me up at 9:00 am, in front of P.F. Chang’s Restaurant, in the same parking lot as the flea market. I hope to see you there. This should be fun!

Reminder – Please leave your furry friends at home. Dogs are not allowed in the market.

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Don’t live in SoCal? Don’t feel left out! I’d love to know where your favorite flea markets are, US and abroad!


Till next time, click and keep up with us on our favorite sites…
  

       
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Come Shop With Me!

Feeling spontaneous? I’m not sure what your plans are for this weekend, but this Sunday I’m shopping at the Topanga Vintage Market and I thought it would be fun to do a “shop together”. It’s always fun to see familiar faces and meet new ones.

Wanna come out and shop for with me for treasures?       


     
TVM may show

Edited to add: the market date is Sunday, June 23rd! Sorry for any confusion.

Topanga Vintage Market in Woodland Hills is one of my favorite markets. With over 160 vendors, it’s a fun market with a hip vibe, full of unique treasures and friendly folks. Some shows, my truck is filled to the brim with stuff (I’ve even had to hold things on my lap for the drive home!)

tvm tvm2

Some of you might remember when I was a regular vendor at this market, but I’ve decided it’s more fun to shop! One of my favorite finds to date…a pair of iron stools that came out of an old train station in Los Angeles, circa 1930. It was raining that day and I got totally soaked afterwards, but that didn’t stop me or any of the other shoppers. Die hards!      

     
new iphone pics 241
 

Located in the parking lot at Westfield Promenade, just a few blocks north of the 101 Freeway at 6100 Topanga Canyon Blvd. in Woodland Hills, CA 91367

Topanga Canyon Blvd. and Oxnard St. in Woodland Hills, CA       
      

TVM Map

Let’s me up at 9:00 am, in front of P.F. Chang’s Restaurant, in the same parking lot as the flea market. I hope to see you there. This should be fun!

Reminder – Please leave your furry friends at home. Dogs are not allowed in the market.

new iphone pics 248


greenapple 

Don’t live in SoCal? Don’t feel left out! I’d love to know where your favorite flea markets are, US and abroad!


Till next time, click and keep up with us on our favorite sites…
  

       
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