One week ago we loaded up a uhaul with things for the cottage and headed North. Most importantly, THE COUCH made the trip. I say that with emphasis because I fell in love with this couch the first time I saw it, I knew it would be perfect for the cottage. We purchased it through a warehouse sale at Lazy Boy, it took about 6 weeks to arrive, and has been sitting at our local store for about 6 weeks because we had nowhere to put it. Mark picked up the trailer then the couch. I was unreasonably excited to finally have it in our possession. I know, it is just a couch, but did I mention that its perfect? Then we packed in some other furniture, accessories, etc. that I had been accumulating in our spare room over the last several months…luckily everything fit perfectly!
We made the trip Michigan without incident, unloaded everything and still had enough time to enjoy dinner out with Mom & Dad….AND made it to Lowe’s to pick up appliances, butcher block for the countertops and a kitchen sink…it was quite the productive day.
Friday was mostly assembly day. The main project Mark & Dad worked on was our wardrobe for the bedroom. It came in approximately 374 pieces, I mostly supervised. However, I did manage to put together the lamp for the living room and help with the dining table. Once the wardrobe was assembled, I was able to configure the bedroom. I can measure a space 20 times and try to visualize, but I needed to lay it out in person.
Above are a few sneak peeks. It was so exciting to see “our stuff” inside the cottage instead of just tools & building materials. There were several times Mark & I caught ourselves looking around in awe of how far the cottage has come and how good everything has turned out.
Just for fun, below are a couple of scenic pictures from the weekend and one of our current deck furniture. This little set up may end up being temporary, but it certainly brightens up the front of the cottage and only cost about $20…can’t beat that!
Today is the first day of fall and it is 90 degrees…IN INDIANA. This is nonsense. I am attempting to console myself by focusing on the fact the cooler weather will be here in no time…right? The changing of the seasons usually entails some sort of “to-do” list for me, fall being no exception. Even though it doesn’t feel like fall today, here are a few things I intend to do in the near future to welcome my favorite season:
Lastly, and most importantly…
What’s going on at your house this fall? What are your favorite fall activities?
It’s time to share the love! In addition to my regular topics, I will be posting a series that will showcase the interests, ideas and projects of my family and friends. Do you remember this post from my Mom? There will be more to come from her and others. I’m fortunate to know so many creative and talented people.
Keep an eye out for these over the next few months!
We passed our final electrical inspection! Not that there were any doubts but it is still nice to have out of the way.Mom & Pop have been keeping things moving since our vacation. The cabinets arrived about a week behind schedule so they didn’t make it in before we left town, but we knew that was a possibility…better late than never right? They still need to be permanently mounted but just seeing them in place makes a big difference.
We have light! The electrician came last week before the final inspection to install all of the light fixtures. It is amazing (and incredibly exciting) how quickly things are coming together. When selecting the lights I had three things in mind: Simple, clean & modern. All of the natural pine makes for a rustic look and I wanted the lights to help balance that out.
That is all for now…short & sweet.
Thanks for stopping by!
Earlier this week I mentioned that when we were in Michigan for our vacation, we took a break from working on the cottage to visit Traverse City. for a few days It was somewhat of a do-over for us because the last time we went to Traverse City (first time for Mark) was a few years ago and it wasn’t great. It had nothing to do with TC per se, but it was cold and rainy for the duration of our stay, we were about 2 weeks too early for the fall color, and our beloved pup Emma was in the early states of kidney failure.
Needless to say we were ready to try again and we were not disappointed in the least. It was warm, but not humid, with clear blue skies and sunshine (PERFECT). Also, since the National Cherry Festival was the week before, and we visited during the week, it wasn’t overly crowded (ALSO PERFECT). We walked through downtown, visited a few wineries, found some neat antique shops, and ate EVERYTHING. We had no set schedule or timeline. It was glorious.
Here are a few favorite pics from our mini vacay
Now back to the shopping…we are always on the lookout for antiques or other items both for our house and/or the cottage. And we lucked out with a few unique finds…
What I love the most is that these items all have the memory of our trip to TC tied to them. So many cool places, and plenty more to check out next time.
Our favorite stops:
Wilson Antique Stores (2 TC locations)
Milk & Honey (so good we had to stop here twice)
Can we go back now?
Have a great weekend!