Cottage Musings for January

And just like that…it’s February (and time for Cottage Musings for January). 

I hate to wish time away but I’m really glad that January is behind us. It just wasn’t the best 4 weeks I’ve ever seen. My motivation is way down, as is my productivity. I have a ton of ideas but just can’t get myself to do anything about it.

So, let’s kick January to the curb and say goodbye with our cottage musings. Here’s hoping for a great February!


There was no consistency with our projects this month but I was able to finish up Phase 2 of the sunroom makeover.

corner of sunroom with chair and bird of paradise plant in a pot

I also did a little baking for the hubs, in honor of his mom who passed away one year ago this month. You can check out Joan’s sour cream coffee cake recipe, here.

slice of sour cream coffee cake with a fork

What We’re Working On

We haven’t started any new projects this month in the hopes of finishing the powder room and closet makeover. I would say that both spaces are 98% done, and I’m getting ready to start photographing. I hope you’re not disappointed after the months it’s taken us to finish this tiny space. 

Here’s a little peak of one of my projects. Actually, if you saw my FB Live a few weeks ago then you saw more of this project (and my Saturday work hair and outfit). ๐Ÿ˜‰

powder room door taped off for painting

iron handle on white door

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What I’m Loving

We haven’t watched any new shows but we have been hooked on a new trivia quiz. It’s an iPhone (and Android) app called HQ and they do a live trivia quiz everyday at 3 and 9 p.m. You have to correctly answer 12 questions and the winner(s) get or split $2500. It only lasts about 10 minutes but I’m a sucker for trivia so I enjoy it. Have you heard of it?

I’m so excited for the Super Bowl this weekend. I know I live in NC but I grew up in NJ, near Philadelphia, so I’m a life-long Eagles fan. Hoping they beat the Pats! Go Eagles!

Makeup…I used to love and wear it every day.

I don’t wear it as much as I used to but there are a few products that I reach for when I want to feel fancy. One thing I won’t go without is the Pro Longwear Paint Pot from MAC. I’ve always had oily skin so finding an eye shadow that stays on, without creasing, has been a struggle. This not only stays put but acts as a cover-up on my eyelids, and it can be used as a base. I love Painterly, as a base or just on it’s own, and I also love Groundwork. jar of MAC Painterly Paint Pot eyeshadow

An Update

I thought I’d throw in a little update…of my fiddle leaf fig. Around here he’s affectionately known as Leo. I get excited about my plants doing well because I wasn’t able to keep anything alive when we lived in Illinois. Our house didn’t have the best exposure which was not good for my green thumb.

Our little cottage is different though. We have a lot of windows that let in plenty of sunshine. I got Leo from Home Depot last year and he’s growing like a…ahem…weed. Now I want to get every plant I see. The hubs has even had to talk me down a couple of times. That’s what husbands are for after all. 

fiddle leaf fig in basket next to kitchen cabinet and wood shelves

Leo doesn’t get any special treatment. He does get lots of sun every day and I water him when he’s dry, usually every 10 days. So far so good, knock on wood.

Like I said, a slow month here. Hoping February brings warmer weather and my motivation back. How was your January?

Have you missed any of my past month’s musings?

You can catch December, here, and October, here.

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  1. Saturday,February 3, 2018 / 9:19 am

    I just love that sunroom! And I am glad January is over as well! It’s been so cold (still is) and there has been so much sickness going around! I feel the same way about getting things done lately. I have a million ideas but just can’t commit to anything and haven’t disciplined myself enough to even write much! Let’s make February a productive month! Enjoy your weekend!

    • Kristi
      Sunday,February 4, 2018 / 1:17 am

      Thanks so much Shelley! I’m not sure what it is about January but it seems to be this way every year. Hopefully things will start to go back to normal in the coming weeks. I’m hoping the weather will improve too. We’ve had snow a few times and it hasn’t been out of the 30”s in several days. Not what you would expect in NC. Hope you have a great Sunday!

  2. Debbie H
    Saturday,February 3, 2018 / 10:20 am

    I think most people I know are happy to kick January to the curb this year. I am hoping February has some new beginnings and letting go of clutter. I did accomplish some decluttering in January. At least my guest room is available now for company. However my sister who comes every February will not be coming this year. Our Step Mother passed away in January and she is helping my dad go through 50* years of step moms stuff and helping him adjust. Hopefully I will get good news on the housing front in February. Looking forward to seeing your reveal but I don’t think anything can top the sunroom, I love it. Happy February.

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,February 6, 2018 / 5:19 am

      Good for you for decluttering. It always feels good to do that, even if it’s only one room.

      I’m so sorry about your stepmom’s passing. I’m sure you were happy to see January go too.

      Hoping that you hear good news on the housing front. Fingers crossed for you.

      Have a great week my friend! xx

  3. Pat M.
    Saturday,February 3, 2018 / 10:32 am

    The sun room is amazing, even with the old floor. Can’t wait to see your closet and powder room.

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,February 6, 2018 / 5:20 am

      Thanks so much Pat! I’m so excited to start sharing our powder room and closet! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. jillian
    Saturday,February 3, 2018 / 11:41 am

    I am certain everyone is familiar with, and understands, the blahs….I totally do! I like to think it is our way of resting, reflecting and deciding where we want our creative selves to go. Therefor, there are bound to be lulls in what we put out there…that seems healthy to allow the ebbs and flows. Sometimes it is harder if we think we should be feeling better or being more productive. Cute Leo. I love plants but have had to accept that I do not really want to take care of them anymore, so its faux around here now. Love that black door hardware.

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,February 6, 2018 / 5:25 am

      I always feel guilty for not doing more when I feel blah. Working on giving myself a break but it’s not always easy. Thanks for the reminder. ๐Ÿ™‚

      I haven’t been able to grow plants in quite a few years so I’m happy to be able to in this house. Only if they’re easy though. Leo is definitely easy.

      Thanks for stopping by. Hope you have a great week!

  5. Saturday,February 3, 2018 / 4:42 pm

    I loved the sunroom Kristy and your MIL’s recipe. That was such a nice way to remember her. I think everyone has the January blahs. I know I do. Although my DIL thinks I’m achieving a lot. I think I’m taking it easy. It’s way too cold outside! We had a couple days of 40s weather and it felt like summertime was just around the corner and then it snowed again and got really cold! I keep thinking, just one more month and things will start to get better, although we have been known to get snow in April.????
    I just keep busy and soon the time goes by and we will have some nice weather again and everyone will feel like getting back into the swing of things!

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,February 6, 2018 / 5:28 am

      I know what you mean about trying to keep busy until the warmer weather comes. We are having another cold week here so it won’t be happening any time soon for us. Hope you are lucky and get an early spring.

      Take care. Thanks for stopping by.

  6. Julie
    Saturday,February 3, 2018 / 5:09 pm

    January is a hard month to be productive. I think the holidays take some time to recover from. I had to clean up from all of my decor. That takes a while to put away and clean up the mess. I am looking forward to your bathroom reveal. It is so cute and functional. Small spaces can take a lot of time when there are behind the scene things going on. Love the sunroom. I think that space is so relaxing.

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,February 6, 2018 / 5:30 am

      Thanks so much Julie! I’m already starting to feel the shift with motivation. Not much, but I’m going in the right direction. Hoping it sticks. The powder room and closet are ready to go and I’m excited to share. I love it but I hope the reveal is worth the wait. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Hope you have a great week!

  7. Laura Harrie
    Saturday,February 3, 2018 / 8:00 pm

    I love your sunroom, it is perfect!

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,February 6, 2018 / 5:37 am

      Thanks so much Laurie! We love how it turned out. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Monday,February 5, 2018 / 8:32 am

    Can’t wait to see what you have in store for February!

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,February 6, 2018 / 5:38 am

      I hope it’s a lot more than I shared in January. Eeek… ๐Ÿ˜‰

  9. Marlene Stephenson
    Monday,February 5, 2018 / 2:42 pm

    I got way behind and am trying to catch up, but i did see you on Fb , and you looked just like i do when i am busy.I thought mussed up was the sexy look, right?lol!!At least on these dreary days the sun shines some, that helps me. Until next time adieu.

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,February 6, 2018 / 5:40 am

      I’ll remember that about mussed up being sexy. LOL It’s how I look most days so I’ll have to tell myself that everyday. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Thanks so much for stopping in. I appreciate you visiting my FB page and for your support of Chatfield Court. xx

  10. Iris
    Monday,February 5, 2018 / 10:27 pm

    I’m from Pittsburgh so sad about Steelers but I cheered for the Eagles. It means the champs are from Pa. plus they beat our nemesis the Patriots. Tense game and the Eagles prevailed. Yea!

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,February 6, 2018 / 5:42 am

      Yea for the Eagles!!! It’s too bad about your Steelers but, you’re right, at least a team from PA won. It was such a good game and I admit, I had some doubts, but they pulled it off. So happy for Philadelphia. ๐Ÿ™‚

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