Cottage Musings for May

Time just seems to fly by so fast, doesn’t it? I never did get to share a Musings post for April and here it is the 30th of May already. Just so I don’t miss it this month, we’ll do Cottage Musings for May a day or two early. 

This is my way to catch you up on the little things that are going on here. Little tidbits…things I’m loving, things I’m not, projects I’m starting…

We’ll start with the projects I’m working on.

The kitchen/dining room has been my focus for the last few months, but now it’s time to move on to the next space that needs a makeover…the living room. I’ve been busy painting walls, building a mantle and painting the fireplace. We’re almost done but I have a few projects left to complete before I can share.

Cottage musings for May are all about the living room makeover, including the fireplace redo.

One of the projects we’re still working on is the front door. I’ll save all the juicy details for when the door is done but I’m seriously giddy with excitement about this project.

Cottage musings for May are all about the living room makeover, including a "new" old front door.

Even though I’m not quite done with the living room I started the redo on the “castle” bedroom. Ooops!

This room is especially tough because I haven’t been able to visualize how I want it to look. I don’t usually go into a room makeover without a clear vision, so this is a first. Hopefully it doesn’t turn into a disaster. 

Cottage musings for May are all about the living room makeover, getting away and the start of the guest bedroom redo.

I’m trying to  jumpstart my creative juices, so I’ve been searching Pinterest for ideas.

This isn’t a bedroom, but I love the idea of a wall treatment like this for the castle room.

House Beautiful

I won’t be painting the walls white, that I’m sure of, but I’m still not set on a paint color. We used BM Palest Pistachio in one of the guest bedrooms in our Illinois house and loved it. I may go for something similar in this room.

DIY platform bed with tons of storage and wheels so you can move it. So clever!

Chatfield Court

Or maybe I’ll try a greige. See? Undecided!

Moving from projects and inspiration to getaways.

I work from home (obviously) and when you work from home, and your work is your home, it’s so easy to get burned out. We’ve taken a couple of quick weekend getaways the past few months just to get me out of the house and it’s been great for my moral. How can you not feel revitalized after you’ve taken a long walk on a beautiful beach and sipped a few margaritas? Not at the same time of course. πŸ˜‰

Cottage musings for May are all about the living room makeover and getting away to the beach for a long weekend.

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Speaking of the beach, you can’t go away and not pack a few cute tops. Am I right? 

This top is a new find, and I’ve been finding any excuse to wear it. 

This is another favorite that I seem to reach for all the time. When I find something I love, and that’s comfortable, and I tend to wear it all the time. 

Cottage musings for May are all about the living room makeover, the guest bedroom redo and getting away to the beach for a long weekend.

No more margaritas for me, I need to get back to work. πŸ˜‰

So, what have you been up to this month?


Check out some of the kitchen and dining room projects I finished before I moved on to the living room.

A small dining room gets a makeover on a tight budget. Beautiful!

Dining Room Makeover on a Budget

A new flush mount ceiling light fixture for a small white kitchen.

New Kitchen Ceiling Light


You can also find me at Between Naps on the Porch, A Stroll Thru Life, Worthing Court, Savvy Southern Style, French Country Cottage

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  1. Pat DonBrosky
    Tuesday,May 30, 2017 / 9:27 am

    Enjoyed May’s comments. After living in your new area for a while now, how about sharing some of your thoughts, such as local sights, shopping, interesting places you’ve been, even things you don’t like about it?

    • Kristi
      Thursday,June 1, 2017 / 2:30 am

      Hi Pat. Thanks so much for the suggestion. I’ve been thinking about doing a post on our new town and, now that I know there’s interest, I’ll definitely put it on the calendar. Stay tuned. πŸ™‚

  2. Tuesday,May 30, 2017 / 9:27 am

    Sounds like a great month full of productivity and fun!! πŸ™‚

    • Kristi
      Thursday,June 1, 2017 / 2:31 am

      Never a dull moment, that’s for sure. πŸ˜‰

      Thanks so much for stopping by my friend.

  3. Brenda, Florida
    Tuesday,May 30, 2017 / 10:07 am

    You’ve come a long way! I can’t wait to see the front door fix! Need one myself. Have a great week and don’t forget to smell the roses along the way.

    • Kristi
      Thursday,June 1, 2017 / 2:32 am

      Thanks so much Brenda! I’ve been waiting to hang our “new” front door since we moved in. So excited to share it.

      Hope you have a great weekend!

  4. Kaycee
    Tuesday,May 30, 2017 / 5:27 pm

    Great May Musings! I am SO ready for warm days, wind blown hair, and sandy feet, still waiting on Mother Nature to change things up here in New England! It’s been a cool/cold, wet cloudy Spring, so I have just started planting my annuals here. Looking forward to your living room and Castle room!!

    • Kristi
      Thursday,June 1, 2017 / 2:34 am

      Hi Kaycee. Sorry about your crummy spring weather. Hopefully warmer weather is around the corner.

      Thanks so much for stopping by and for commenting. πŸ™‚

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