Cottage Conversations (and other ramblings)

Hey there, my friends, I hope you had a great weekend. We were busy, busy here trying to get the house in order…still. Our 25-year-old a/c unit has been on the fritz since Friday, so most of our weekend was spent trying to figure out how to keep it running, in between doing other projects.

Beautiful vignette using color, texture and fresh flowers.

Anyway, I’ve been so busy getting the house set up that I haven’t shared the little (and big) things we’ve been doing behind the scenes to get our house up and running. I know blogs are here to show pretty and styled rooms but that takes a lot of work, and time, and we’re not completely there. I promised to share our journey, all of it, so I’m happy to fill you in on what’s been going on in our stone cottage since we moved in 8 weeks ago.

Our house was built in 1946 and came with an oil burner and all electric appliances. We brought our fairly new dryer with us from Chicago, and we love cooking with gas, so we knew when we made the offer on our house that we would be installing a gas line. This has, by far, been our biggest and most time consuming project since we moved in.

Hooking up gas lines in a 1946 stone cottage. chatfieldcourt.comIn true DIY fashion we did all of the inside pipe work ourselves. There was a bit of a learning curve, we’ve never done it before, but our new lines were installed and inspected (and passed…yay!), and our dryer is now hooked up. Next up is our new gas stove, that’s sitting in the middle of my dining room at this very moment.

Along with the gas stove, we bought a new dishwasher. The one that was in the house was really old, and moldy inside. Yuck. The new one went in fairly easily, after an unexpected trip to Home Depot, of course.

Hooking up a new dishwasher in the kitchen.

If you’re a regular reader of Chatfield Court, then you know that I’ve been working on the bathroom. We’ve had some vanity and paint issues so it’s taken me longer than I expected to finish. We are close to finishing though, so stay tuned.

bathroom before 4I do have a new addition to announce. No, it’s not what you think. ๐Ÿ˜‰ My new sofa has finally arrived. We had it custom made and I was really nervous that I wouldn’t like the finished product. I’m happy to say that I love it and I can’t wait to give you a tour of our living room, even though it’s a work in progress.

New sofa details. chatfieldcourt.comThe kitchen island is getting a bit of a makeover, new paint and a couple of stools. It’s one of those projects that I keep starting and stopping but, as soon as it’s done, I’ll share it with you.

Kitchen island before it's big makeover. chatfieldcourt.comIf you follow me on Instagram then you’ve probably gotten a peek of my guest bedroom. (If not, you can follow me here). I’m still working on furniture placement in this room. Love the windows but there’s really only one short wall to put furniture against and my beloved pine armoire has taken the spot.

Guest bedroom with lots of windows. chatfieldcourt.comAfter looking at all of the projects I’m working on, I guess you could say that I’m all over the place. I feel a bit overwhelmed at times, like it all has to be put together and perfect right now, but I love this process and I’m trying to take my time and enjoy it. I rushed through our Illinois house and never really got to enjoy it so I promised myself I would do it differently in this house.

On another note, I wanted to talk about you, my fabulous readers. I have gotten so many lovely comments and emails throughout our move from Chicago to North Carolina, and I can’t thank you all enough. It’s been tough (really tough) to stay motivated and keep up with the blog when so many other things are going on, but I get a thoughtful email or comment, and it reminds me why I love doing what I do. So, I thank you.

One email I got recently was from Angela. She asked about our DIY platform bed (which is the project I get questions about the most). Anyway, we emailed back and forth a couple of times and then she sent me this…

angela bed

Isn’t it awesome? She tweaked it to suit her needs and I think she did a great job. Way to go Angela!!!

Thanks again for stopping in. I love to get your comments and, if there’s something you want to see more of or you just want to fill me in on what you’re your up to in your own home, I’m all ears. I hope you have a great week!

I have completed one space in our house, our small hallway, if you want to check it out.

Small hallway redo using gray paint and items from around the house. A big impact for little money.

Small Hallway Redo

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  1. Melanie
    Monday,August 22, 2016 / 6:26 am

    I am really enjoying your real life approach to your house. I hope you do not feel rushed and I hope you DO enjoy the process and journey. There is something real and refreshing about your blog.

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,August 23, 2016 / 1:26 am

      Awww, thanks so much for your sweet comment, Melanie. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m so glad you enjoy my blog and truly appreciate you stopping in and reading.

  2. Catherine Feeney
    Monday,August 22, 2016 / 7:28 am

    Fabulous! I can’t wait to see the new appliances one installed. You are amazing!

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,August 23, 2016 / 1:28 am

      You are too sweet, Catherine, thanks. I can’t wait to get them the appliances in too. The stove in the dining room is really messing up my design plan. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. Cheryl Andersen
    Monday,August 22, 2016 / 7:55 am

    Thanks for sharing your and I know it feels like a journey we are doing the same thing to our home slash cottage. I love your style in decorating.

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,August 23, 2016 / 1:30 am

      Thanks so much, Cheryl. Going through this process is not easy, as I’m sure you understand. Best of luck to you on your journey. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Monday,August 22, 2016 / 8:38 am

    Looking good! Moving is fun and challenging – we are about to do the same thing. Eek! I’ll watch you to see how it goes.

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,August 23, 2016 / 1:35 am

      Thanks, Stacey! Moving is fun and challenging. I just have to remind myself to enjoy the fun parts.:)

      I’ve seen your house looking as you’ve gotten it ready to sell and it’s looking fabulous. I’m sure you’ll have no problem. My best to you as you embark on your new adventure.

  5. Caz
    Monday,August 22, 2016 / 9:13 am

    Your blog is my favorite . We live in similar size houses and I love seeing how you decorate . I moved to MI last year to a 1957 house that had only one owner from the day it was built . So there is a lot of updating to do . I’m enjoying the process and love seeing your ideas . !

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,August 23, 2016 / 1:38 am

      Awww, thank you so much for your wonderful comment. It really made my day. ๐Ÿ™‚ We looked at a few homes in that era that had original owners so I can imagine the kind of updating you have to do. Glad you are enjoying the process. Thanks for stopping in.

  6. Monday,August 22, 2016 / 10:14 am

    You are such a busy DIY girl (gas line? I am so impressed!!) and making so much progress in such a short time. I know it’s going to be just gorgeous when you’re done. Isn’t it wonderful when someone is inspired by your work? She did a wonderful job!

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,August 23, 2016 / 1:43 am

      Thank you, my friend. I have to admit that I walk around the house sometimes and wonder what we’ve been doing the last 8 weeks. I know we’ve gotten things done, but sometimes it doesn’t feel like it. Still…I’m trying to enjoy it all.

      Isn’t her bed awesome? It’s such a wonderful feeling to see a project done that I inspired. Makes all of the hard work worth it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Debbie H
    Monday,August 22, 2016 / 10:31 am

    You sound like me and my quilting with all your projects going at the same time. I custom ordered my couch almost 20 years ago and still love it. I do wish I had gotten a neutral fabric though. I really like the cabana stripe I have on it but when Thanksgiving and Christmas roll around I wish it as neutral. Someday maybe I will be brave enough to make slip covers for it. The platform bed your hubby made is what led me to your blog and I have never left. Someday I will find someone to make one for my guest room. How is the foot healing?

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,August 23, 2016 / 1:52 am

      I know you keep busy with your quilting. I have no knowledge of it but enjoy seeing what your doing. You are a talented seamstress, a slip cover should be no problem for you. I bet it would be killer.

      So glad you found us and we didn’t scare you off yet. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks for always stopping by and leaving thoughtful comments. Your support means so much to me.

      P.S. My foot is doing better. Still sore and swollen but I’m trying to go without the boot (and getting in trouble with the hubs). Thanks for asking.

  8. MaryJean
    Monday,August 22, 2016 / 2:53 pm

    Hello my friend! I’ve been so busy with grandkids and just other summer things that I’ve been missing out on your adventures! The house looks like it is coming along nicely. We had an oil furnace for many years when we bought our house, although the previous owners were able to hook up to gas, water lines and sewers before we bought the house. We heated with oil for many years and then when our furnace of fifty years started acting up we decided to buy a gas furnace.
    I love what you did with the hallway and since my hallway to the bedrooms and bath is small too, I think I should definitely paint the walls white. I was also thinking of putting bead board half way up to give it some interest because I can’t fit any tables, even small ones against the walls. Your arrangements of photos have given me some ideas and I liked the pitcher with the daisies!
    Always looking forward to seeing more!

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,August 23, 2016 / 1:58 am

      Hello MJ. It’s wonderful to hear from you. I know that you must have had a busy summer. The hubs is hoping to get rid of the oil burner before winter comes. We have so much to do so I’m not sure that’s going to happen. Our beautiful cottage sure needs a lot of attention. Sooner or later, we’ll get it done.

      Thanks for stopping in to say “hi”. Take care, my friend.

  9. Carol Rodenbaugh
    Monday,August 22, 2016 / 8:11 pm

    I am dying to know what vanity you ended up with. How about a spoiler alert. LOL

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,August 23, 2016 / 2:02 am

      It’s a highly guarded secret. Just kidding…I’m almost done in the bathroom and then I’ll have the big reveal of phase 1.

  10. Ivory
    Monday,August 22, 2016 / 9:51 pm

    Moving into a new home, I am sure you are experiencing so many emotions as you work hard to make your house a home again. However, I love what you are doing as you journey through your home designing your rooms. As for your gas line, it look like you guys did a great job! Kudos to you and your family.

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,August 23, 2016 / 2:07 am

      Thanks so much, Ivory, I appreciate your sweet comment. ๐Ÿ™‚ I know that everyone wants to see the beautiful photos of a finished room so I’m always striving for that, not sure people want to see the progress pictures. I hope to share more of my progress, and more than snippets of our rooms.

      • Ivory
        Tuesday,August 23, 2016 / 9:59 am

        Good morning Kristi,
        I cannot speak for others, but as for me I enjoy it all the bits & pieces and all. Why? Because your bits and pieces let me know you have not forgotten us. It also shows me where you are, and what you are doing as you reaches the finish line of completions.
        Thank you for sharing. Keep up the great job.

        • Kristi
          Thursday,August 25, 2016 / 3:27 am

          Thank you, Ivory, for your kind words. When I am typing words on my computer screen, I have no idea how it’s resonating with others. I appreciate you sharing your thoughts and I thank you for your support.

  11. mary coakley
    Tuesday,August 23, 2016 / 4:48 am

    You are doing a fantastic job love your style,yes if you take time you will enjoy it more and appreciate it more,I did continue to your Instagram post and was I delighted,so much beauty,I love too the island that was in your new home.I am hoping to buy a fixer upper shortly and will be looking at ideas on your blog.Good luck with the rest of your decorating.

    • Kristi
      Thursday,August 25, 2016 / 3:20 am

      Thanks so much for your sweet comment, Mary. I’m trying to take things slow and not rush through the decorating process but’s tough when you have so many ideas and you want it done now.

      Hope you are able to find the fixer upper you’re looking for.

  12. Tuesday,August 23, 2016 / 7:03 am

    I’m one of the fortunate ones who has been able to see your wonderful stone cottage and it is ADORABLE! I love single thing you’ve done. You have a great eye! I’m so blessed to have the honor of being able to call you a friend!

    • Kristi
      Thursday,August 25, 2016 / 3:41 am

      Awwww, you are so sweet! I feel just a fortunate to have met you (and to have seen your gorgeous house). I can’t thank you enough for the kindness you’ve shown me since moving to NC. xo

  13. Thursday,August 25, 2016 / 6:54 pm

    Can’t wait to see your new sofa and living room โ™ฅ

    • Kristi
      Friday,August 26, 2016 / 4:26 am

      I’m excited to share it, Summer. Thanks for stopping in.

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