Flowers & Flags – Memorial Day

Let me start by saying, I’m so very thankful for those who have given their life for my freedom. In honor of Memorial Day weekend, I wanted to add a little red, white & blue around the house.

I was going to do a patriotic table scape but truth be told we’ll be around the grill and very laid back. So I just added some patriotic touches here and there..

Simple enough, I grabbed some fresh flowers from the grocery store and little flags from a thrift store. (You can find these little flag just about anywhere)

The bright red, white and blue on the flags are great contrast in a bundle of flowers. I added a flag to a bundle of Baby’s Breath & also to the potted herbs in the kitchen.

You’ll see flags throughout my vintage bottle rack which is currently holding terra cotta pots.

So simple enough, there are flags throughout our home! If you or a member of your  family have served our country, thank you for your sacrifice. Hope everyone has a great Memorial Day weekend.

Stay tuned for July.. We’ll have more red, white & blue then!!

Memorial Day Menu

Memorial Day is a few days away! We’re hosting Aaron’s family on Friday & having a BBQ. I love my country and therefore love to observe every patriotic holiday.

Here’s Our Menu

STARTERS

Fresh Fruit

Spinach Artichoke Dip

On the Grill

Smoked Boston Butt

Portabella Mushroom Burgers

SIDES

Pasta Salad

Baked Beans

DESSERT 

More Fruit

Homemade Ice Cream

We just recently learned not all of the family is able to make it.. so we’ve scaled back this menu just a bit. HOWEVER, we’re still planning on having a good ol’ time!

Stay tuned.. I’ll be posting some quick Memorial Day decor soon!!

Adding Pots DIY Floral Stick

Hi y’all!!

Since the weather has warmed up, I’m all in the mood for plants and earthy tones!! Bring me all the ferns, wondering jew plants herbs and terra cotta pots. I said before, I love styling with terra cotta pots. I decide to spruce up the DIY Florals on a Stick in the kitchen & swapped out all of the pinkish tones with small clay pots.

You can click HERE to read the original DIY post on this florals stick!

Here’s what I did!

1 – I gathered small terra cotta pots (5 of them). I double checked to make sure they had the water drainage hole.

2 – Next, I tied jute string through the center pot hole and around the side.

3 – Since I was wanting the pots to hang at various heights, I trimmed the jute string to different lengths.

4 – Finally, I tied the opposite end (of the pot) to the stick careful to space out between the flowers and greenery.

& that’s that! Now my florals on a stick have a little refresh!! For more terra cotta pot inspo click HERE!

Thanks for reading, 

Karle Bowman

Week Vibes

We had such a wonderful week. My little sister Kelbee came to Auburn to spend a few days at our house. We very much enjoy when she’s at our house because she brings a balance to our crazy schedule. For example, 9pm dinners are no longer acceptable when a 10 year old is around.

To read a more about Kelbee’s visit click here to check out Nighttime Prayers.

Other small highlights this week 

• I’ve been reading the Outlander book series by Diana Gabaldon since January. I finished book #4 this week and it was Ahhhhmazing!

• I took Tuesday off! It’s extremely rare for me to take a day off.. other than an occasional Sunday. I wanted to spend time with Kelbee so I took the whole day off on Tuesday.

• I realized my 10 year old little sister knows more about make up than me! Ever heard of Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lips?? Kelbee got me to try this awesome new lipstick and it stays on for hours. Love it!! Click here to learn more.

• We bought plants! Last weekend Aaron and I bought some plants for our side porch off the kitchen. We got lots of herbs, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers and a hanging basket of strawberries.

• As far as the booth business goes, we had a few slower days this week. However, on Friday night it picked up. I was working in my booth and was able to make the sale of 6 larger pieces within a 2 hour span.

• Favorite casual black slides sandals are on sell for $11.21 right now. So time to grab some!!

I have another special post about decorating with pots coming up soon so stay tuned & have a happy weekend! 

 

Nighttime Prayers

I’m a firm believer in watching and listening for signs. Throughout life there are many signals that we must listen to in order to navigate our life. For example, I’ve always view sickness (personally) as a sign to my body I MUST slow down. Signs can be both physical and spiritual.

We’ve had the joy of keeping my little sister, Kelbee, for a few days. It’s amazing how the most simple innocent words from a 10 year old can make you take about 10 steps back and say WOAH to yourself.

My little sister always says her nighttime prayers. (Which I think is commendable of a 10 year old) My parents always repeated a little simple prayer with all three of us daughters before going to sleep. Over time the prayer has evolved.

Tonight – Kelbee ended her prayer with something like this.. “& Jesus, help Karlee get ALLLLL her work done tomorrow and not be stressed out so she can spend time with me. Amen” 

I took this as a sign.

This was a big sign saying slow down and stop. I obviously love to work. Aaron and I both live and breathe work. As a 25 year old entrepreneur, work is how I enjoy spending time and it’s also how I’ve been known to deal with personal problems. It’s very easy for me to get caught up and carried away partially because I’m passionate about what I do.

However, if a 10 year old sees me “stressed out” after spending one day with me, it’s time to slow down. I sure don’t want to set an example of money being “stressful” to make to a 10 year old little girl.

Also, this prayer was a sign that I needed to stop. I didn’t say quit. Only pause. Even if it’s just taking off tomorrow afternoon. Why? Because Kelbee needs to spend some time with me.

Kelbee may have been talking to God but it sure spoke to me too. So tonight I’m writing to encourage you. Pause and listen for signals throughout life. So many times we need those extra cues.

Classic Cottage Co. Expansion Recap

Welp, we’ve expanded! The structural logistics took a little longer than expected. For some cray cray reason Aaron and I thought we would be able to finish everything in one day. Everything meaning – put up faux brick, stabilize metal piping & wood beams, style lace canopy, move in new items and (my favorite part) stage merchandise.

…And so it begins…

Haha, I have no clue what we were thinking when we came up with that plan. 😂

All in all, it worked out and we’re excited to say it the new additional booth is ready!! We’ve already sold from this more rustic style booth.

Double the space, babes!

As I’ve said before in a previous blog, this new additional booth is aimed to offer more rustic, primitive, industrial items. We’re embracing wood tones and metals while offering rustic treasures to the Auburn/Opelika community.

Less than a week after expanding, I’m so very proud to say customers have supported our vision!

Already, I have learned that I love working in this larger space. For one reason, there is room for me to work/stage while customers shop. Another reason, we’ve blended in book pages throughout the newer space. (stop by to see exactly what I’m talking about) Having pages hanging above me is totally my style because I love to read!

Still have my sweet sign gifted from Aaron Bowman.

Again, thank you so much for the support and encouragement!! 

-Karlee Bowman

Insane splinter to prove the insane weekend!

Styling Terra Cotta Pots

I’m writing this blog post as requested, finally!! It’s long over due.

As I’ve mentioned in previous blog post, used terra cotta pots are one item I look for while picking. I love how these pots age over time.. especially if someone had previously splashed a little paint on them that has begun to get “chippy” over time.

You can also find “faux used pots” at Hobby Lobby.. Wait until they’re 50% off before purchasing though.

I’ve been asked how to style these on many occasions. I have several SIMPLE ways of styling them. I’ve used each of these ideas in my own home.

1 – Gathered Pots

This is oh so very simple. Find a metal or wicker basket and drop some used pots in the basket. Arrange them as if they just sorta naturally “fell” into place while you were outside gardening.

I stumbled upon this effortless style by accident. About a year ago I purchased some old pots an an estate sale. The kind sellers gathered them in a cardboard box and handed it over to me. Seeing these pots jumbled around in the box immediately brought me inspiration. After getting home, I simply swapped boxes – exchanging cardboard for metal.

I love the warm natural earthy tones this look brings to any room. I’ve done this in the kitchen, living room and dining room.. oh, and let’s not forget the porch.

2 – Kitchen Herbs 

Every kitchen needs fresh herbs. We have herbs sitting in the window sill above our kitchen sink. (Random note – I need to purchase a few more)

For these herbs I used some old clay pots and it looks cute! The potted herbs are resting on white pedestals to add a little height.

(Btw – here’s some links of pedestals I love.)

Click Here 

Here 

& Here

3 – Hanging Macrame Planter

This is a newer addition in my home! I’ve quickly fallen in love with hanging macrame planters. Add an old clay pot to the textured hanger and you’ll be surprised where you can use this look. For example, I have a couple of these hanging under my fireplace mantel.

My favorite place to purchase these plant hangers is World Market!

Alright, so here’s a few ways you can style terra cotta pots. I really hope you enjoyed this post! Thanks for reading!!

Karlee Bowman

Classic Cottage Co. is EXPANDING.. AGAIN!

We’re so excited to officially announce Classic Cottage Co. is expanding for the fourth time. It’s easy to see our location at Angel’s Antique in Opelika, Al is busting out of the seams. Our inventory is still moving as fast as we can with the space we have.

Our last expansion at this location was last July. Aaron and I were so proud to have a larger space in a corner location with our custom design. We are now seizing the opportunity to nearly double our amount of floor space by expanding out to the booth directly beside us. In other words, our current booth IS NOT relocating.. only getting bigger!

The vision for this expansion is to serve our customers by offering a more industrial/rustic/primitive style merchandise. You’ll find items like industrial metal base tables, wood crates, metal tool boxes, light fixtures and much more.

French cottage style lovers will adore one side and the rustic industrial farmhouse lovers will appreciate the other.

Look for this expansion May 1st! We look forward to offering our customers beautiful unique treasures in Classic Cottage Co. at The French Flamingo and our expanded location inside Angels Antique.

Karlee & Aaron

Before and After French Provincial

As I’ve said many times before, French provincial furniture makes my heart beat a little faster. Anytime I spot it I have to stop my self from shouting out “SOLD”. As a picker this can be really dangerous considering I have to make a profit.

A few weeks ago I spotted a beautiful 9 drawer French provincial solid wood dresser. Before shouting “SOLD” I remembered to check the price this time. Yay for me the price was set within my range of buying, fixing and flipping. Immediately, I knew customers would fall in love this this beaut after we were finished with it.

Once getting it home, we realized the drawers were smooth as butter and the condition of the wood was great. (Minus a few dings here and there) I forgot to check it thoroughly. (Aaron just LOVES when this happens..😐)

I splashed some paint on it and it looks amazing!! For this piece I went with a creamy off white. I would call it a buttercream color.

Usually, I love to distress the detail on a French Provincial style piece. Tastefully distressing can really show off the sweet curves.  However, after seeing this dresser solid cream I decided to leave it as is because it was simply beautiful. “Whoa, am I crazy??” I thought. So, I brought in an extra opinion (Aaron) and he completely agreed.

This piece is a true gem and I love finding amazing pieces for my customers! If you enjoyed this post click HERE to read about another before and after from my early picking days.

Before

(Not the best of pictures.. Truthfully, this blog post was an after thought)

After

The $4 Carboy Jug

A few weeks ago, I spotted a vintage 5 gallon carboy jug in a thrift store. It was lying on its side in a glass cabinet (so, it blended in well..) as if it were waiting on me to find it. (or perhaps someone hid it away for next time..) I have a few of these vintage glass jugs throughout my house, but like I said only a “few” because around here they seem to be VERY hard to find for a decent price.

I shortly realized the vintage jug did not have a price tag. Aww, darn! We’ll it never hurts to ask, so I took it to the front counter and was pleased to hear it could be mine for only $4!!😱

After sharing this exciting find on my Instagram stories, I received many messages asking to see how I styled it. Well, we’ve been out of town and my business is booming so I haven’t had the chance to “style it” (Although, these jugs can pretty much style themselves😉). However, I already have a couple throughout my home.

Vintage carboy jugs are really easy to style. I literally place them anywhere and they look cute! For example, there is one above our microwave in the kitchen. Behind the glass carboy jug is a little collection of wood cutting boards. Since the jug is glass you can see the wood texture behind it! So these jugs make for nice layering.

If the glass carboy jug alone doesn’t suit you, add some florals! I’ve seen this done countless times, yet it still looks fresh because you can make it your own by using your favorite faux flowers or leafy greens. Also, you can change out the flower/greens with the changing of seasons.

 

So many ways to style a carboy jug! Thanks so much for reading my blog today.

xoxo,

Karlee Bowman