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Cottage of the Month February 2014

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Happy February, friends! Welcome to Tricia's delightful home in Texas...

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Where is your home located, and how long have you lived there?

We live on the Texas coast in a little town called League City, about half way between Houston and Galveston. We have lived here 3 1/2 years.

What is your favorite decorating style?

I love anything that is rustic, relaxed, neutral with a mix of industrial and cottage. I've done the French Country thing, the coastal thing and finally settled into my current style. I think no matter how I have decorated in the past it has always felt like "home" to me, and ultimately anything that feels like home is my favorite decorating style!

Where do you get your decorating influence from the most?

Blogs and decorating books for sure, but also just being out and seeing how the spaces around me make me feel. I get a lot of inspiration from friend's homes and shops I love to visit. Retail catalogs, such as Pottery Barn, can also give lovely examples of styling tips and tricks!

In 5 words or less, your home is?

comfortable, relaxed, evolved, collected, authentic

What is your favorite store or flea market to shop at?

I have a few shops little junk shops around town that I love, Adkins Architectural Supply in Houston, and of course Round top Antiques in Round top, Texas.

Share one of your favorite decorating tricks or ideas:

I always try to add architectural salvage to each room. Our home is a builder grade track home, so adding some vintage pieces to the structure makes if feel more like an old farmhouse. Also, painted doors for a little pop of color in your rooms.

Your favorite paint color, name and brand:

Sherwin Williams 7024 Functional Grey is my favorite right now. We used it in our library and it is just dark and moody enough without feeling cave-like.

What are your favorite things to collect right now?

Old books are my favorite thing to collect. I love reading the margins to see where people made notes or left their names and important dates on the inside covers. Vintage medical books, medicine bottles, rolling pins, ironstone dishes, vintage silver sugar bowls, and anything with typography.

What is your favorite room in your house, and why?

That is a tough one, but I would have to say the kitchen. I love it when the cottage is full of family and friends (like on our Dead & Dinner nights!) good food, and laughter. Nothing says "home" to me like that does.

Your next project is:

Our bathroom vanities. We want to tear out the builder grade cabinets and countertops and build our own chunky, taller version using some architectural salvage and open shelving. The library build was a ten month project, so I am thinking we may be ready by this summer to tackle the bathroom. Pacing is everything!

If you sell online, please provide the url so that my viewers can check it out:

I do have an Etsy shop, but I have not actually listed anything yet. Currently, I am focusing on furniture painting with our daughter, Sara. She will be aging out of the school system this year and has taken an interest in working alongside me in the workshop. (All photographs courtesy of homeowner)

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