The Cottage

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Meet Val!  She’s the owner of The Cottage in Holly, MI.

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The Cottage is a perfect mix of old and new!  It’s shabby chic, cottage, rusty and WHITE.  It’s been open for 18 years.  Isn’t that awesome?  Also, it’s been WHITE for 16 of those 18 years.  Val sure knows how to catch my eye!  I’m SO happy I found this little GEM.

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The Cottage carries a paint line called, Vintage Market.

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Check out this selection of lights!  Industrial meets Shabby!  Beautiful!

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Want to create a fairy garden this spring?  Check out THESE adorable and rusty pieces.

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Let’s not forget about The Cottage Cat! (CC)   She calls The Cottage home and loves “working the floor” for some lovin’s!

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Here’s some items that I really adore.  You can never go wrong with old chippy architectural pieces.  The rusty mental end table with glass top is very unique!  There’s a three tier plant holder, PERFECTLY rusty!  Last, but not least, olive buckets.  Love love!

Here’s some more of  The Cottage’s current inventory!

Don’t Stress, Distress Shabby Chic Furniture

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Meet Ashley!  She’s the owner of Don’t Stress, Distress Shabby Chic Furniture in Holly, MI.

Guess what? Her store opens TODAY!  I have the inside scoop for you.   Ashley’s boutique is in her home and has some really great items.  Less than a year ago, she started painting.  Little did she know, she would be doing this FULL time and opening her own store!  Her work is quality and she has a great “distressing” style.  Ashley also does custom pieces, kitchen and bathroom cabinets.

The store hours today, 3/14/2015, are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

March, 15th, 2015 to April 1st: By appointment.

There will be an “Open House” on March 28, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Other Vendors will be joining Ashley!

Effective April 1st:

Tuesday – Friday: By Appointment

Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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The candles, wax melts and string art work are by Motor City Creations.  The candles smell fabulous!

Here’s Ashley’s current items:

Livingston Antique Outlet


image  Come on in, grab a hot coffee and enjoy!  There’s so much to look at and dig through at Livingston Antique Outlet.  Let’s just say, I don’t mind driving an hour to enjoy this little piece of heaven!

Livingston Antique Outlet is located in Howell, MI and is loaded with booths, over 200.  It’s been open for almost 13 years!  It has always stayed true it’s antique roots, but also has kept up with the changing fads!  There’s a variety of antiques, upcycled, shabby chic, French country and industrial items.   The staff is just as wonderful.  There’s always someone around to take things off your hands while you continue to stop!

Check out these booths!

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I, of course, picked up a few things ….


I’m excited about this vintage fan!  I didn’t purchase the picture BUT I did get that lovely mental basket!

Here’s some of their current inventory!  SO much to see, enjoy!

Shabby Love

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Meet Melissa!  She’s the owner of the Shabby Love booth at Collette’s Vintage Art & Antiques.

Melissa’s booth is ONE of a kind and it’s always my first stop when I head to Collette’s.  When you first walk in, her booth is directly to your right.  She always has unique pieces AND she has a fabulous blog.

Melissa enjoys having pieces of history around her home.  She said antiquing is “in her blood,” as she grew up doing it.  She loves hunting for new pieces!  Melissa has had her booth for 3 years, since Collette’s opened.  So, when you make your trip to Collette’s, don’t forget to peek in Shabby Love’s booth!

Current items:

 Some of my favorites include the small antique watering can and her yard stick stool!

Don’t forget to like her Facebook page for booth updates!

Who inspires you?

Have you ever watched the show, Fixer Upper, on HGTV?  Well, you should.  Go set the DVR now!  It’s currently hands down my favorite show on HGTV.  It’s about a couple (Chip & Joanna Gaines) from Waco, Texas, who fix up the ugliest house on the best block.  Their chemistry on the show is awesome!  Chip cracks me up and Joanna just loves him to death.  They are real and the show isn’t all “drama-ish.” So, who inspires me?  Joanna Gaines!

Check out some of my favorite spaces from their home and homes on their show.


First, lemme clear this up.  I’m a SUCKER for old architectural pieces.  I mean, look at this table.  Those arches used for legs!  Brilliant!


Can we say, open floor plan!  No need to say more …..


I’m slightly in love with old chippy corbels.  THIS will happen in our new kitchen.  Just need to find the perfect one!


Where do I start with this picture?  Hello, I want that coffee table.  It reminds me of something I would find at a beach house.  The buffet is adorable.  I’m searching for one of them as well.  The dark top is a nice contrast with the white body, perfecto!  And finally, the gate on the wall.  Such a great piece.  Well done Joanna!


Ohhhhh her kitchens…. please come do our kitchen Joanna!  I’m begging you!  See those light counter tops?  I wanted them.  Only option is marble (Not durable enough for a kitchen in MY opinion) or quartz.  Sooo we searched high and low for a lighter granite, and found one.  I chose this picture primarily for the hanging pendants above the island.  To me, this screams industrial chic.  My kind of stuff!


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Subway title, let’s get married!  Yes, this is coming into our kitchen!  It’s so classic and timeless.  Using gray grout with those counter tops is fantastic ….  I wish I had gray to pull from in our new granite to do the same!  Also, that farm sink.  Who doesn’t love a big ol’ white farm sink?!


This beauty ….. this picture right here had me on a hunt for months!  I wanted a mantle so bad but wasn’t willing to spend $500.  I finally found one late last year.  It was perfect for Christmas decorating.  There’s so much you can do with a piece like this.  It easily adds that country/rustic feel to any kind of home!


And finally, her store.  I WILL go there one day.  It’s in Waco, Texas.  The hubs passes through there a lot due to work.  I’m trying to get him to stop and FaceTime me / shop.  I’ll take it any way I can!!!!

Any of these catch your eye like they did mine?