Sunday, July 8, 2012

Balancing Life with Decorating

I haven't posted in a while. My bad. The kitchen reno is moving along fine, but way slower than I had anticipated. What's the hold up?

Well, there's another "house that A&W Collectables filled" and it's been sucking up some of my attention, so here it is! I've just completed a reno on our "Keswick Cottage" and I've been playing with the fun of renting it  through AirBnB. (A great site, btw, if you're looking for a neat place to crash while vacationing.)

Sooo, without further delay, I give you the OTHER "house that A&W Collectables Filled", the Keswick Cottage!

This is the cottage from the outside. It is actually situated quite close to our house in the same locale, (which is currently rented.) The urn on the well cap? You guessed it. A&W Collectables. There is another closer to the cottage. Not pictured here are twin metal outdoor chairs that are in the sitting area around back - also from A&W.

This is (one half) of the little kitchen. The black distressed stool and fold-down table attached to the wall are both from Ikea, as well as those cute little bucket utensil holders attached to the wall above the sink. The pewter-ware, (in the window - not quite visible,) is from... A&W - mom's booth!

The other side of the kitchen. Pot rack - A&W. Shelf brackets - A&W. Okay, honestly, those brackets were mine, but they were in my booth at A&W for several months. You had your chance to purchase them for a buck each, but when I realized a need for more shelf-space in the cottage, I re-appropriated those puppies and attached them here.

And this is my favorite view. It's a twin bed, built into a niche with a trundle bed below (we'll call that the guest quarters.) That lovely chest-of-drawers is from Richard and Annette's booth at A&W. The chair is a $4 thrift store find that I just painted and distressed to match everything else. Not shown, (because it arrived after this picture was taken, is a very cute, tiny, drop-leaf table, perfect dining for 2, that came from Lam Brother's Unfinished furniture on route 29 North near Madison, VA. Well worth the drive. The horsey drift wood sculpture in the window was a Marshall's find.

I decided to do an equestrian theme in the cottage, but do you know how difficult it is to find equestrian art? Sheesh. So the horse sculpture is it for now. Wait. I almost forgot. I did purchase a really neat, gnarly pair of riding boots from Robin's booth at A&W and I slipped them on the legs of the little table that's not shown. Guess I'll have to go get a picture of that at some point.

And last, but not least, I picked up this piece in the barn at A&W Collectables. It was pretty gray and gnarly when I found it, (weathered pine with a little bit of termite damage on one of the back legs,) but I soon put an end to that with my trusty black paint, an additional block of wood for support, and a distressed finish.

Voila! THIS is why I haven't posted pictures of the other "house that A&W Collectables filled." I've been busy. Now, it's time to rent this puppy and return to my other projects. What's next on the agenda?

Well, I just applied Venetian plaster to half of the kitchen, (at the house on Northfield Road in Charlottesville.) I'm finishing the edits on book 3 in my mystery series, STAR CROSSED, and Amazon just purchased Avalon Books, so my first novel, CYBER BRIDE will be re-released in the next year and I need to get hopping on those re-writes. But in-between, I'll be finishing up the kitchen in the next month, (hopefully,) by finishing the Venetian plaster, installing a new fume hood, and adding a new backsplash behind the stove. The counter tops are on hold for now until I figure out exactly what I want to do. Tile? Solid surface? Wood? Decisions, decisions, decisions...


  1. You're exhausting me, Sofie! It's adorable!

  2. As a retired Antique dealer I must say I'm impressed. You've turned it into something with great character.

    One question....when you open that wardrobe do you enter another mystical world? It intrigues me no end!