Sunday, August 22, 2010


"Like topsy it grew"

The cottage renovation continues! Progress is slow, but steady. Things seem to be more by happen-chance, than by design. My extremely patient contractor just rolls with it, as I continue to come up with new ideas. 
Not unexpected, in an 80-year-old house, I had to have $8,000 of electrical work. Not fun, but if the house burned down...
I have new tile floors in the bathrooms and laundry room now and new french doors in the guestroom. (Forgot to take pictures---what a bad blogger!)
Plantation shutters have been ordered for the den, along with a Pottery Barn slip covered sofa. (dog-friendly!)
 Here's  picture of the new granite counter tops in the kitchen...
It's called Gold King, and is 3 cm with a double beveled edge and a 4'' back splash.
For years, I've been a fanatic about having a large, single bowl stainless sink,  in any of my kitchens.
 I had small recessed can lights put in the kitchen ceiling, and  found these pendants to hang over the sink. The ceilings are low in this old house (about 7-12 feet!)  Much to my disappointment, that pretty much rules out chandeliers. But, I'm happy with the look of the pendant lights. And, considering that my view, from the kitchen windows, is of the swimming pool and palm trees, I can't complain too much.

Tomorrow, the sea grass is being put down in the den, all three bedrooms and the two hallways. Here it is, but it's hard to tell what it looks like..
We've had it in the beach house for years, and it's another very dog-friendly material. 
(Do you see a theme here?) 
 Hopefully, by this time tomorrow, I'll have even more to show you!


  1. It all sounds lovely and is looking gorgeous. I can't wait to see all the pics. Hugs, Marty

  2. Your post was so exciting and fun to read! Can't wait to see all your photo's :)

  3. I can't say anything more than - wow, it's fun to see what you're doing with your new home, thanks for sharing:@)

  4. Looking must be having fun with it all ;D

  5. You're making great progress, Tracy. I need new countertops in the kitchen, but that is going to have to wait for a while.

    Have a Marvelous Monday! La

  6. beautiful!

    i have a couple of Qs because i'm considering a slipcovered sofa too. did you buy 2 slipcovers (one to keep on the sofa while the other one is being laundered?) do you have to take the slipcover to a professional dry cleaner or can each part be washed in your machine?

  7. Oh my, you are working on something that's going to be out of this world awesome! I am happy I found your blog, I love to watch things in progress!


  8. Love these details~ the sea grass & pendants...slip covered sofas are dog friendly! Speaking of dogs, what did you name your sweet pups?



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