• Debt Free,  DIY

    Save Money – MAKE YOUR OWN LATTE

    I’ve been going to Starbucks for YEARS. Spending $5 here and $5 there and it’s always been the way I’ve got my coffee fix. Until I learned something. One evening I asked Aaron while he was leaving work and asked him to grab me a latte on the way home. We live 20 minutes from town and I still had a ton of work to do that night. Ugh,I didn’t catch him in time. And then he surprised me with, “I can make you one when I get home.” What??? I had NO idea he knew how to do this.. Why has he been keeping this a secret? Well, the…

  • Classic Cottage Co.

    Why I Wanted to Bring You a Spring Collection

    Florals, colors and old things. With that listed why wouldn’t I want to curate a Spring Collection from the amazing customers of Classic Cottage Co.? Oh, and of course vintage bunnies!!  Seriously, my idea and inspiration for this collection came months ago when I found the simplest little tulip mug. Later I found an old metal bunny and then yet again knew I was on the right track for this collection.  The moment this collection arrives you’ll find garden inspired vintage items that I truly hope make you smile. I had Spring and you in mind while pickin’ for it!  The collection launches Friday March 13th at 6pm central.  Girl,…

  • Decor,  DIY

    Chandelier Refresh

    The smallest tweaks make the biggest different. Can you believe I’ve had this chandelier in my workroom for months?! All it was waiting on is some TLC. Which thanks to this store and this store, I bought what I needed without leaving the couch!  I found this vintage brass chandelier at a local antique mall and the bones of it were good! However, the plastic socket covers were yellow and cracked and it was missing SO MANY prisms! So I ordered socket covers from here and prisms from here. I knew the prisms would make a huge difference because I’ve added them to many chandeliers over the years. But I didn’t…

  • Decor,  DIY

    Refreshing my Built In Shelving

    It’s truly amazing what a little paint can do. I decided to give my built in shelving a fresh coat of paint and I’m truly amazed at how it freshened the space. I have yet to put the first pretty thing on these shelves yet I’m ALREADY in LOVE! Why did I not do this sooner?  Here’s a few things I noticed as soon as I painted the shelves! The Room Felt Brighter.  Yes, immediately the room began to feel brighter. I already have warm white walls but I guess using Ultra White satin paint made things feel even brighter. It’s a Clean Slate.  Wow, you don’t even realize how…

  • Classic Cottage Co.

    Classic Cottage Co. is Expanding.. Yet Again

    Yep, you read it! Tomorrow Feb. 1st we’re expanding!! I kept this expansion a little quiet because I’m mostly doing it as a business experiment. I want to test the waters of a new location inside of the antique mall that we’re currently in. I’m doing this to test two things – location and size. Our newest booth (Yes, we’ll be keeping our current spaces… fret not!) will be towards the front of the store but smaller than our current location. This excites ME!! I find myself EXTREMELY excited when Aaron and I do/try something new with our business. This motivates me. Yep, you better believe it –  we’ve come…

  • Decor,  DIY

    The Newest Chandy

     Chandeliers have been “stare-worthy” to me since I was a little girl. Seriously, I remember seeing a chandelier when I was a child and being in complete awe. Well I’m a grown up now and can do pretty much whatever I want (besides break the law & hurt people) so that’s why I have glamorous chandeliers all over my rustic 1920’s farmhouse. When I saw my newest big baby chandelier I knew I was yet again in love. She’s a big ol’ girl. Transportation, lifting, and hanging were a challenge. To transport, Aaron built a crate that she safely hung from to keep from cracking an arm. Glass and crystal…

  • Classic Cottage Co.,  Holiday,  Lifestyle

    Highs & Lows – 2018

    Farewell, 2018. Hello, 2019. It was a good year. Fast but good! Here’s a few moments that really stand out to me when thinking back on 2018. I turned 25 – High Wow, am I really an actual grown up? Yep. I turned 25 on January 25th 2018. I even wrote a post about it –25 Life Lessons for 25! Aaron & Kelbee made this day special for me. Classic Cottage Co. Expanded… AGAIN!! – High Yep, we had the opportunity to expand the space we we’re currently renting so we did so! This gave our customers a little extra room to shop while allowing us to stage more inventory.…

  • Decor

    Winter Decor

    I’ll admit I’ve never really decorated our home for Winter until this year. I found this little transition of Christmas to Winter to be fun. I kept things VERY simple and spent zero cash. I think it’s okay to keep out some of your Christmas decor but here’s my tips – eliminate the red and switch up where you had certain items. For instance, the thick knit garland around my tree is now being used on this book shelf. I also reused the white glitter picks from my Christmas tree. I feel that both of those items scream cozy winter. Along with keeping out my garland, I kept out a…

  • Decor,  Holiday

    Ahhh, My House Feels Sooooo Empty – After Holiday Home

    Some of us dread it. Some of us love it. It’s the after Holiday emptiness of our home. We’ve had orange decor and pumpkins, turkeys and acorns, and Christmas trees and garland. For the past few months our homes have felt festive and full. Suddenly it feels empty. I’m somewhere between love and dread when it comes to this after holiday emptiness. I love the simplicity and routine that comes with January; however, the house can sometimes feel a bit cold and empty. Here’s what I do to combat that empty feeling – I plan! No – I can’t go to World Market and hit up the antique mall and…

  • Decor,  Holiday

    Christmas in the Kitchen

    Kitchens are my favorite to decorate at Christmas time! I truly feel a kitchen is the heart of a home. This year I wanted all the cozy kitchen vibes with lots of green trees and lots of warm lights. Draping some lights across the white metal piece in our kitchen was one of the first things I did. I’m still loving the warm glow it gives…. secretly wanting to keep it up through Winter! Next the evergreens! We hung faux garland across the sink window and put out little mini trees all throughout the space. Especially in the open space above our cabinets. We also added a little live tree…

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