Simple, Sweet and Neat – Coffee Jars

Simple, sweet and oh so neat! We needed to make our little coffee situation both functional and eye appealing. So I went for my favorite glass canisters to keep our coffee area tidy!

Aaron and I like different flavors of coffee so one jar (the biggest) is for his coffee and the other is mine. For months we’ve been keeping the Folger’s containers under the counter. Having thear glass canisters enables us to keep our coffee nearby yet look cute!

Ha, these containers also serve as decor because they look cute! The older I become the more I look for decor to serve or be able to serve a functional use. That’s exactly what these glass jars do!

Ha, I just had to write about these little jars because they make me happy every morning. Thanks so much for reading my post today!

P.s. to see where I get my favorite glass jars click HERE.

Classic Cottage Online

Yep, we’re now offering an online store.

Y’all, I can’t express how excited/nervous I am to have this online store. We’ve had countless requests over the past year to list items online. Aaron and I have been working on to set it up here and there during brief moments between our hustle since early Spring.

Last Tuesday on the way to our friend’s house for dinner, we pressed the “go live” button and launched Classic Cottage Online. Yep, we were in the truck for this magical moment. Ha, there’s no time like the present time.

We began with one single item. Within minutes 5 people had it in their cart. Less than 15 minutes later, we sold out! (Ha, of our one item)

(Above are screenshots of our launch night)

Like I said, I’ve been nervous about branching out into this online adventure while keeping my other booths and blog afloat. Aaron had the bright idea of starting slow. (Y’all that man is full of the simplest yet SMARTEST ideas) So for now we’re going to be listing a few items at a time.

Thanks SO MUCH!!! Your support means EVERYTHING! Maybe soon I can share more about this whole new adventure!

To check out our online store click HERE

My Vintage Booths in August

August flew by!

Literally it’s hard for me to remember details of the month because it didn’t last very long. Okay, let’s see what details I can share!

Student Rush

I’ve mentioned before we live in a college town – War Eagle! I thought the student rush was over (My mistake). It was a Saturday morning and we had just finished picking. We were taking a load of furniture into the store and I was hit with an open college student floodgate!

As Aaron was taking it off the truck, I was writing price tickets and handing them to parents. There were SO many college kids!

Slow Days

Then we had a few slow days. This was totally okay for two reasons. 1 – I needed a slow down after that crazy rush. 2 – It enabled me to work on some more projects. (We’ll talk more about that soon!)

The Creamy Month

Without even realizing it, I was drawn to medium french cream colors during the month of August. So odd but I realized my booths were mostly cream colored with pops of green!! Funny how our eyes sometimes decide how things should look before our brain even notices that it should be deciding!! I was totally okay with this and the college girls seemed to love it!

So that sums up the oh so quick month of August! We kicked off September 1st with Aaron and I working a 12+ hour day. Hustle has no time for football, y’all! Thanks for stopping by and reading my post today!

Fall Decor Inspo

So pumpkin spice latte came out yesterday & that can only mean one thing – Fall will be here soon.

This year I’m switching up the Fall decor in our home. However, I really enjoyed my white pumpkin vibe last year so I figured I would share them with you all again just in case you’re needing a little inspo and are digging the white pumpkin vibe.

I so enjoyed my Fall Mantel last year. I used different tones of green with neutrals. Also, some sweet terra cotta pots! Fun times!!

The dining room had some fun fall vibes last year too. I used a large dough bowl with a striped table cloth (Linked) in it to soften the look with white pumpkins and lambs ear.

A white pumpkin here and a white pumpkin there at Le’ Bowman house!

Alright, so that was Fall decor of 2017. Hope these pics inspired you. Stay tuned to see how we’re styling for Fall this year.

My Recent Reads

If you’ve been reading my posts for any length of time, chances are you already know I LOVE to READ! I also love discussing books I’ve read. So here’s a few books I’ve read recently and LOVED!!! I have recently hit a book jackpot or so it seems.

A Breath of Snow and Ashes (Outlander)

So 2018 has been the year of Karlee being addicted to the Outlander series by Diana Galbaldon. These are big books that you won’t be able to put down. It’s historical fiction that will have you emotionally attached to characters. A Breath of Snow and Ashes was the 6th book in this series and I’ll go ahead and tell ya I’m dreading the day I’ve completed the entire series. WHAT. WILL. I. DO. WITH. LIFE??

Before We Were Yours

Wow, this one was good! Before We Were Yours  by Lisa Wingate is another amazing historical fiction. I was mid book and called my Nonna to let her know to add this book to her MUST READ LIST! My Nonna is from Memphis, Tennessee and part of the setting of this book is in Memphis 1930’s.. That’s before Nonna’s time but I still thought she would think it was interesting. Before We Were Yours will pull your heartstrings, y’all.

The Last Time I Lied

I really like a good phycological thriller that will keep you guessing. The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager was my Summer beach read.. Ha, a little dark for a beach read but I enjoyed it nonetheless. This novel had me guessing until the end!

Girl Wash Your Face

This was my other beach read! Girl Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis is absolutely life changing. I found this book to be really motivational. Especially as an entrepreneur, it gave me a nice little motivational kick. Seconds after finishing this book, I jumped on Amazon  and ordered it for my sister.

Alright, those are some of my recent reads that I actually enjoyed!! If you’ve read any of these, I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Bookshelf Refresh

Do you ever get in a mid season decor slump? I know I do. Then I begin to over complicate things.. Next thing I know I want to 100% change EVERYTHING in the house. This results in me becoming discouraged because; who can really actually change everything in a house? Absolutely defeated.

Honestly, it really doesn’t have to be that complicated.

A few weeks ago I wanted to change up these shelves as a little mid-end Summer refresh. I actually kept it simple this time and enjoyed the process!

I started off by clearing the shelves. Less is more was the goal for me. Reason – because now’s my chance.. Fall then Christmas decor will take over the house for the rest of the year before I know it, so I wanted a simple change.

Next, I gathered some plants, books and planting pots. When styling shelves, I like to “think in groups”. Group your books, group your lavender, group your pots. I threw in a small crock and short wooden box for interest sake.

This lavender, book and pots combo provides good interest and texture. I left the bottom two shelves empty (for now) just to simplify.

Buddies, remember to not get carried away when decorating. That’s when I personally begin to over complicate and begin spending too much. Thanks so much for reading my post today!!

Our Beach Vacation Recap

Feeling refreshed, motivated and ready to take on the WORLD! Ha, it’s amazing what a little R&R can do. Aaron and I really enjoyed our trip to Orange Beach, Al.

Some people have asked what we did while we were there and the answer is sit by the water with books and shades. (Thank the Lord I married someone who loves to read while on vacation) I read The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager and it was a good beach read( (if you like phycological thrillers).

 

Aaron and I visit the same vacation towns over and over and we also eat at the same places in those towns over and over. I’m serious.. we hit our favorite pizza place on highway 59 every day for lunch. We adventured out and tried a “new to us” place called Cosmo’s in Orange Beach. (Thanks to an Instagram buddy for the suggestion) It was so good that we ate there two nights in a row.. told ya, we eat at the same places over and over.

All in all, it was a wonderful mini vacation. Surrounded by books, water, my bff and food. What more can a girl ask for?! Always remember taking time off is good for the soul!!

My Vintage Booths in July

Wow, I can’t believe we’re already in August. Kids are already going back to school and Summer feels like it’s slowing down. Despite customers being on vacation and buying school supplies, July was a good month for Classic Cottage Co. Let me give you a little recap on the whole month!

Side Tables Sold

Possibly because we live in a college town and students are gathering dorm items, side tables/nightstands didn’t last longer than a day after dropping them off. Woohoo!! I was glad to see them go!

Chandelier Shock

Total shocker. I found two BEAUTIFUL chandeliers (priced low enough) while picking this month. Woah! This never happens. Like seriously never. Chandeliers are among the hardest items for me to find while picking. Finding two within 30 days has never happened to me before. July was the month of chandeliers.

Favorite Item of the Month

My favorite item of the month had to be these black metal lockers. I’ve had many metal lockers come and go but these were really something. For starters they were huge!!! The doors were mega! Also, after purchasing these (note – without properly seeing them) Aaron noticed they were actually old military lockers from a military base a few hours away. Cooooool!! Needless to say, these didn’t last longer than the weekend.

Now we’re on to August! We’ve already taken a quick vacation and we’re ready so bring on the sales!

4 Items I’m Already Hunting for Fall Decor

Yep, I’m already thinking Fall.  A few weeks ago we planted pumpkin seeds. Fingers are crossed that they’ll grow to be beautiful plump pumpkins. We planted the seeds in hopes of saving $$ on pumpkins since I decorate with so many during the Fall.

Anyways, here’s four items I’m hunting for NOW while browsing shops, antique stores and thrift stores for Fall.

1 – Copper Tones

Copper is one of Aaron’s favorites so I try to use it throughout our home. I think copper is especially nice for Fall. I’ve already collected a few items I plan to use in the upcoming months.

2- Cute Little White Faux Pumpkins

While I’m browsing stores, I’m already tuning my eyes for little white pumpkins that can go “here or there” throughout our main living spaces.

Around late August last year I bought several faux white pumpkins from our local antique store. The prices beat Hobby Lobby and Kirklands!

3 – Interesting Items that can hold a Pumpkin

Ha, that sounds a little weird. But it’s true. I’m looking for cool old planters, bowls and warm toned cake plates.

Last year, I started looking for these items early. This is why I got serious about collecting crocks (Pumpkins are adorable sitting on crocks). I also found a really large galvanized bucket.

4 – Fresh Throw Pillows

Spring and Fall, I like to freshen up the throw pillows around the house. I look for light linens in the Spring and cozy textures in the Fall.

Okay, hope you enjoyed this post. I’m enjoying Summer but that doesn’t mean Fall isn’t on the brain.

Beautiful Antique Set

Does anyone else love gorgeous antiques with stunning detail? This. Girl. Does.

I found the most beautiful dresser and chest set. I bought this set for my vintage Business Classic Cottage Co. It was one of the most challenging Classic Cottage projects yet but totally worth it.

This set was gorgeous when we found it but needed a little TLC to make it usable again. Aaron spent hours fixing drawers and other little details on each piece. I bought this set in such excitement I didn’t even realize some of the drawers didn’t work properly. Yikes!! Thank goodness Aaron knows a little woodworking!

Time for the big transformation. The white paint!! I went with a clean crisp bright white paint to make this set pop. Since it has a lighter color, you can see each little detail. Sometimes I feel bad about painting antiques but this was a good decision.

Before I wrap this up, let’s talk about the mirror. It’s amazing! In fact, I believe the mirror makes the entire set. It’s a large three panel mirror with original glass. Sweet detail is all around the glass itself. Beautiful! (You can tell this piece totally excites me)

Aaron and I both agreed this set deserved the very best. We spent extra time and you can totally see that it was time well spent. I’m so glad I went into a thrift store and spotted it a few weeks ago. Hope this post inspires you!!

PS – This set is located in Classic Cottage Co. at The French Flamingo in Opelika.