It’s deck staining time!

29 Jun 2015 0 Comments

Summertime is always a great time to stain your porch or deck! We talked about building a deck in our external renovation post but now, 9 years after we built it, it’s time for a re-haul. The flowers are pretty but look at how dark, grimy and mossy the deck is! YUCK! We built these wood
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Lake Placid Horse Shows

15 Jun 2015 0 Comments

The Lake Placid Horse Shows are coming up next week and we’re really excited! It’s one of our favorite events of the season and I am personally in-love with horses. They’re such strong, beautiful, graceful, and very intelligent animals and have been a personal favorite of mine ever since I was a little girl. I used
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Kayaking the Great Lake Placid!

01 Jun 2015 0 Comments

Summer is the best season to go kayaking and enjoy the fresh air, water and sunlight! I got obsessed with kayaking last summer, when I went for my first time ever on Mirror Lake.  Here’s a video of that experience! Mirror Lake is relatively small, so we soon ventured onto a much bigger body of water, the
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Introducing the new GO-Cottage shop at Great.ly

18 May 2015 0 Comments

The GO-Cottage shop at Great.ly is a fun new way to shop for your home! As a tastemaker on Great.ly, I get to curate GO-Cottage’s own shop of goods by individual makers. It’s a wonderful way to support artisans and get decorating inspiration. Discover new lines, accessories, artwork and more for your home!  

 

Boulders Rock! Geology and Landscaping in the Adirondacks

27 Apr 2015 0 Comments

I love the huge boulder we have in the front yard. It’s one of my favorite vocal points when you drive up to the Cottage It makes a cool statement and plays on the Adirondack‘s geological origins. The Adirondacks take up 6.1 million acres of upstate New York, forming a dome of peaks rather than
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Get Your Gardening Gloves On!

13 Apr 2015 0 Comments

One of my favorite spring activities is gardening! I love to plan herbs and vegetables: basil, parsley, cilantro, thyme, sage, rosemary, tomato, and even lettuce. It’s important to have enough sun in your garden before you decide to plant tomatoes. It’s so wonderful when you’re cooking to be able to just walk right out into
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‘Tis the rainy season. Yay!

30 Mar 2015 0 Comments

Thank goodness for rain! It brings double rainbows like this one. I just love this time of year because I get to work outside and do all the great outdoor tasks to prepare the yard for growth. Each year I can’t wait to mulch, fertilize, plant, rake, and paint! Getting out there and physically working
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Garage External Renovation

16 Mar 2015 0 Comments

This 250 square foot garage has been sitting un-finished since the 1920s, so we decided it was time to fix it up! Focusing on the exterior, we wanted to freshen it up by shingling the outside, putting on a new roof and repainting the doors and windows. We chose prefabricated cedar shingles. You can buy them
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