How to Create a Sleep-Inducing Bedroom Environment

How to Create a Sleep-Inducing Bedroom Environment

19 Sep 2017 0 Comments

How to Create a Sleep-Inducing Bedroom Environment For many homeowners, decorating the bedroom is a matter of aesthetics, with bedding carefully chosen to match the furnishings. While this is certainly important, what some neglect to pay enough attention to is the level of comfort of the bedroom, along with its capacity to help provide the
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Paint! Great For Freshening Up Your Kitchen

17 Apr 2017 0 Comments

There’s nothing I love more than a fresh coat of white paint! The 2-bedroom cottage’s kitchen really needed a freshening up. After years of bacon grease and other stuff, the wall behind the oven was looking pretty gross! So being a clean freak, I couldn’t take it any longer and was determined to make it
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How to Make Handmade Flower Boxes

16 May 2016 0 Comments

As a celebration for buying GO-Cottage many years ago, we decided it was time to remove our old, broken down flower boxes and build new handmade ones. After 80 years or more, the boxes were literally falling off the cottage! There was no way I was going to plant fresh flowers in them another year. Being DIY-ers
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There’s no place like bed (with great bed linens!)

02 May 2016 0 Comments

There’s no better place than your own bed! And one of the most essential aspects of a good night’s sleep is the right bed linens. Both Crate and Barrel and Ikea have great sheets for less. For inexpensive, soft bed linens, I love Ikea’s Dvala line. If you’re looking for more expensive luxury, try Pottery
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Small is the New Big!

08 Feb 2016 0 Comments

I’ve always believed that “small is the new big,” and I’ve been able to promote this concept for many years with GO-Cottage. When we first bought the property, I was looking for something small that we could renovate and use for our own purposes. Luckily we found the perfect property and I realized, wow we
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New Year’s Resolutions and Tiny Homes

11 Jan 2016 0 Comments

Happy New Year! One of the best parts of the new year is being able to start fresh and set out to achieve some new New Year’s resolutions. I love Tiny homes and I’m really into the movement of living in small spaces. So for 2016 one of my resolutions is to turn our 250 square foot garage
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Decorating the Cottage for Christmas

21 Dec 2015 0 Comments

It’s that time of year again! I love decorating our cottage for Christmas. To set the scene, I make our front porch Christmas-ready with a festive, less-is-more approach. We already have two sconces that light the snow beautifully. We also planted two cute little Christmas trees on the porch several years ago. One of the main attractions
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When Beauty’s a Cottage Industry

01 Sep 2015 0 Comments

When a singer/model decides to try her hand at a new creative project, one needs to pay attention. After all, talents and interests often overlap, often to startling effect. Such was the case when Sharon Middendorf decided she could make a business out of gutting cottages in the Adirondacks, where she and her hubby Todd Carter had been
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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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Introducing the new GO-Cottage shop at

18 May 2015 0 Comments

The GO-Cottage shop at is a fun new way to shop for your home! As a tastemaker on, 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!  


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