The Beauty of Fences

 

HometoCottage.com The Beauty of FencesI love a good fence. (even a so-so fence can appeal to me) New England has so wonderful examples of great fences that I just have to share some with you. Instead of filling this post up with my words, I’d thought I’d mix it up a bit, so along with the pictures I took showing you the beauty of fences, (mostly from the Kennebunks) I’m including quotes about ‘fences’ from some well known folks…

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How to Fix a Quilt that is Too Small

HometoCottage.com How to Fix a Quilt that is too SmallI had a problem. I had this quilt that I really liked, however it was just a wee bit too small for the bed. Ah, but then I had an idea to address that problem! Here’s just what that plan was, and how with some simple sewing techniques the problem was resolved. So, here’s my idea of how to fix a quilt that is too small…

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DIY Table with a Coastal Design

 

I found a pair of 1980’s tables at a yard sale for around $15 each, they were the perfect size for what I needed, and super solid and sturdy, but… oh that oak finish… not my favorite. Time to get out the paint brush and see what I could come up with… After a little bit of sketching, and painting here’s how I created a DIY table with a coastal design… (well actually 2 tables) and the steps to get there are super simple!

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Landlubber Experiences Portland’s Tall Ship Parade

HometoCottage.com Landlubber experiences Portland's Tall Ship Parade

That’s what they call ‘us’ out here… ‘landlubbers’! ‘They’ are the people that know the sea and we landlubbers are the ones that don’t. It’s true… I don’t know much about the sea and sailing it at all, but I am fascinated by it. I had the fortunate experience last week to be in Portland, Maine when the tall ships gathered. I’ve got to be honest, until last week, I had never even heard the expression ‘tall ship’! But now I can proudly say this landlubber has experienced Portland’s tall ship parade and more!

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Barns & Carriage Houses KPT

www.HometoCottage.com Barns and Carriage Houses KPTThe barns and carriage houses are a noticeable and beautiful feature of New England. We’ve done several road trips through Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusettes on our way to Maine. Through all those states, one of my favorite features is the gorgeous barns and carriage houses. But there is a very noteworthy aspect of many of these historical outbuildings, including the ones in the Kennebunkport (KPT) area…

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Directional Arrows Sign

HometoCottage.com DIY Directional Arrows Sign

Don’t you just have an affinity for those colorful directional arrows signs you see around cabins and cottages? You know the ones pointing the way and how far to get to an inn, or the ice cream store (the “dairy” as they call them in Maine) or marina or some fun little store, in the colors and fonts known for that particular place? Taking inspiration from the ones in Kennebunkport, ME, (KPT) I came up with a little bit different message on one for the Maine cottage. Here’s what I did and what it looks like…

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Day Trip to Stonewall Kitchen

HometoCottage.com Day Trip to Stonewall Kitchen

Here’s a perfect activity for a rainy, non-beach day when your travels take you to southern Maine… Perfect day to do something else besides the beach. Stonewall Kitchen company store is located in York, Maine, and is one of my favorite rainy day stops! Here’s what to expect if you ever find yourself on a day trip to Stonewall Kitchen…

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Coastal Cottage Style Table

HometoCottage.com Coastal Cottage Style Table

Here’s a super simple DIY project… haha… I notice that as I’m getting older and older, my DIY projects are getting easier and easier. But this one was a really fun re-do of a sturdy but ugly little kitchen table to create a coastal cottage style table. Here’s what I did:

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The Benefit of Power Flushing

(This is a collaborative post)

If you are looking for a way to save money and prolong the life of your central heating system power flushing is a good idea. Here we explain how it works and tell you a bit more about the potential benefits.
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Built-In Buffet Details

 

HometoCottage.com Built-in Buffet DetailsWe were so fortunate that when we bought our 100 year old home, a couple years ago now, (boy, it’s hard to believe it’s been that long already!) even though prior to our purchasing it, the property had gone through several owners in the past 15 years, and even back to the bank once or twice, but with all that, still, pretty much all of the original trim and details had been maintained very well. (except the kitchen and bathroom which had been ‘updated’ in the 70’s) The built-in in the dining room is original to the house, but needed some detailing, so here is what I did with the built-in buffet details…

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Inspiration for Colors

HometoCottage.com Inspiration for ColorsThe kitchen in our 100 year old house is mostly white with gray and pale yellow with aged maple floors. That’s why when I found some vintage oak stools, they just weren’t doing the trick. I needed to find some inspiration for colors from something and here’s what it was…

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Vintage Wicker Easy Sew Cushions Tutorial

HometoCottage.com Vintage Wicker and Step by Step for Easy Sew Cushions

We have a wonderful porch on our 100 year old house that after my 1st failed attempt in placing furniture on it, I realized it needed vintage wicker. Once I found the right wicker furniture I then realized the cushions needed a bit of tweaking… Here I share with you the step by step, vintage wicker easy sew cushions tutorial… Sewing new cushions may not be as difficult as you think. Here are a few tips and shortcuts to make it as quick and easy as possible.

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