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can we talk about this kate spade plaid outfit? on the one actual fall day so far this year (at least it feels like that) i got to bust out my new fall get up. it’s supposed to be 70 degrees again today on the first day of november! usually there is at least one […]

kate spade plaid


last week i finally took down all of my summer items. well, because it wasn’t summer anymore but mostly because i let all the plants under the porch dry up and die. it was time for them to be replaced. plus i was ready for pumpkins with all of the adorable stuff making it’s way […]

early fall porch decor


my garden is so confused as to what it’s supposed to be doing right now. usually we are averaging low to mid 70’s and it cools down to the 50’s at night. lately it’s been mid to upper 80’s and the night temperature is 60 degrees. needless to say the garden is going crazy still. […]

early fall garden


i love plants. i’m a perennial plant hoarder to the extreme. my last house… i went crazy. i just bought plants left and right at random greenhouses, farmers markets and road side stands not really even paying attention to if they were the right fit for my sun allowance, soil type etc. i ended up […]

farmhouse landscaping


the garden is in full late summer (cry) functioning mode. the veggies are out of control (so are the weeds) the flowers are waist high, and i find something ripe for the picking every time. while i’m sad to see summer on her way out ( our what is supposed to be, it’s going to […]

garden update


you know what the least expensive update to any room is (in my opinion) ? pillows. i love pillows. i love pillows on my bed, on the floor, on the couch… i love pillows. i also love the concept of inserts and interchangeable covers. that way you can change them out seasonably/ mood wise and […]

bedroom updates


my friend julie brought me  a slice of this casserole at work a few weeks ago. she had found the quick and easy recipe on pinterest but let me tell you, it tasted like she slaved away in the kitchen all morning. i practically inhaled the biscuits and gravy and demanded the recipe for myself. […]

biscuits and gravy breakfast casserole

In The Kitchen

this is a post i never wanted to write. in fact i’ve written in and deleted it at least 20 times. i  have even written and deleted this sentence a number of times. i am sharing this with you today because i have felt a calling to share my life with people. and it’s not […]

our miscarriage story.


after weeks of waiting for the weather to clear and warm up in early may i could finally safely start putting plants out on the front porch. usually i would have my porch decorated by the first weekend in may but those few last surprise snowfalls and random 20 degree weather kind of put a […]

spring porch decor


i am always skeptical about ordering from sites i’ve never heard of. i knew that when we put the dark siding i wanted something shining for the lighting to really pop against that gunmetal gray. i googled “outdoor copper lighting” and about halfway down the google page i found the lights i needed. like needed. […]

cottage copper lighting


i like to think that i have a green thumb. however keeping plants alive indoors is a different thing. i suck at it. i forget to water them. mother nature helps me out with that when plants are outdoors. regardless of the numerous plant murders i have committed over the years i still buy obsessive […]

how to keep indoor topiaries alive


i absolutely love working weekends at The Found Cottage. LOVE IT. i get to see all of our lovely regulars but i also get to meet the people who drove from hours away just to come visit us! i cannot tell you how honored that makes me feel when you walk through the door and […]

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