Tour My Cottage Home

Grain Sack Covered Furniture

My Husband And I Designing

Living in Oregon I had to design around all the rainy dark days. So bright white light reflecting cabinets were a MUST! I had lived with lots of kitchens before with darker stained cabinets. At first they seemed warm and cozy, but as the Winter months grew long, they were gloomy. White it was…lots of it!! The slab on the island is granite so it won’t etch and stain like marble does. Yeah!The trick to achieving a marble look with granite is getting one with some white in it and lots of movement. The other granite is a honed leathered dark grey granite. The island is painted a blue grey with black antique glaze overlay and black hardware.

I used a beveled pillow top ceramic white subway tile…..again light reflecting. And the polished chrome adds sparkle and a timeless touch. The top oven serves as an oven/micro. Handy and heats up fast! All Kitchen Aid and Kohler.

The very unformal dining was all our family desired. There is enough room near the table to bring in a folding table and chairs for a “kids” table on the holidays.

The “Lounge”  is located next to the island. We use this ALL the time! Kids watch cartoons or we enjoy a glass of vino.  So happy we designed this instead of a formal dining room!

Lounge Area off Kitchen


Barn door replica cabinets

My sliding door needed some “lipstick” – Ballard Design Burlap Drapes went up!


Buffet I whitewashed with Anthro knobs


Close Up DIY Burlap Ruffle Lamp Shade

DIY Burlap Ruffled Lamp Shade

Close up Coffee Filter Shade

Original Coffee Filter Lampshade!

Powder, Prefinished White Washed Floors

Powder Room, My sexy sconces 🙂


I used salvaged barn wood to make this custom mirror . Money saving!

Door between Mudroom & Kitchen


The floor in the mudroom above looks like wide plank black hardwood, but it’s tile! Tile & dark grout are so perfect for a mudroom. If you chose a light tile do a very thin grout line.




Burlap Chair I Made



Cedar Shake Exterior


Antique Lamp/ Coffee Filter Shade
Lounge Off Of The Kitchen


That ends our tour. Watch your step and come back soon! For more of our custom home tours, subscribe to my blog. I’ll be posting many more soon. – Hospitably yours, Sarah


30 Responses to Tour My Cottage Home

  1. stephany says:

    I came across you blog from The Stories of A to Z. I also live in Oregon (Tigard/Tualatin), have a blog, am a mom, love fitness, interior design, and all that living in the Pacific Northwest has to offer.
    Your Cottage Home is beautiful.

  2. stephany says:

    I came across you blog from The Stories of A to Z. I also live in Oregon (Tigard/Tualatin), have a blog, am a mom, love fitness, interior design, and all that living in the Pacific Northwest has to offer.
    Your Cottage Home is beautiful.

  3. Rachel Dell says:

    prettiest home ever.
    no…but seriously. can i come live there?

    (but jk)

  4. Angie Rice says:

    Love your home! Absolutely gorgeous! Can you tell me the name and brand of the wall color in your living room with the burlap curtains? Also, how did you frame in the tv in the sitting room? Thanks!

  5. Amanda Martin says:

    Love your house!! Can you tell me the color you used in your bathroom?

  6. Your home and style is gorgeous! I am blown away at the projects and creativity. I found your blog vis tater tots and jello. I will definitely check back in again soon! 🙂

  7. Kelsey says:

    Love your cozy home!! I live in Gresham, OR and my in laws live in West Linn…we are there ALL the time! I too am a stay at home Mom, blogger, DIY freak!! You’re burlap chairs and touches are SO CUTE! I recently scored about 60 burlap coffee sacks and CAN’T WAIT to make some of these things with them! Great job on creating such a cozy and inviting home! I’m your newest follower! 🙂

  8. antiquechase says:

    I just found you from a feature (gosh I forget the name, but you must know what I am talking about)… I love you home, your blog…your photos… let’s be friends!!

  9. Emily Golden says:

    Your home is gorgeous! I love your decorating style and ability! You are so talented!
    I can’t wait to stop by here from time to time to see what’s new!


  10. Jamie says:

    I love your house and all of your diys! I love the look of salvaged wood. I want a huge armoire made out of it! Beautiful house and projects! Thanks for sharing!

  11. SUCH a BEAUTIFUL home! I really enjoyed your style choices! Saw your feature on TT&J and had to pop over! Thanks for sharing your home here!

  12. Fawn Dixon says:

    Saw you on TT&J and love what you have done to your home. Just curious on how much approx. you had to pay for the hardware for your sliding barn door? My hubby and I want to do that to the bathroom door in our guest room and have been shocked with how expensive the hardware it….
    Now am going to follow you so I can see more of your beautiful home!

  13. Bonnie says:

    Beautiful house! You guys must be loaded! Seriously!

  14. Jennifer says:

    You have a beautiful home!

  15. Ashley says:

    I can’t say enough about your beautiful home! I have been collecting ideas for my almost home (closing next month) and when I saw your home tour it was like you were inside my head. Right down to the dining room table that I love love love from WorldMarket.

  16. Linda Abbott says:

    I am entranced with your blog! So many creative ideas. Tell me the procedure, colors, etc. that you used on the buffet piece. thanks
    Linda Abbott

  17. Libby says:

    Hi! I LOVE your home! Do you mind me asking where you found your blue and white damask pillow on the wicker chair in your lounge area? That’s exactly what I’ve been daydreaming of for my family room!

  18. Tracy says:

    Hi Sarah:
    I love your beautiful home! Would you mind telling me about your kitchen island top and where you sourced it? Is it Quartzite and if so, does it have a specific name? I wanted to do a Carrera marble top on our kitchen island but I have heard that Quartzite is more durable and stain resistant. Would you recommend using it as an island surface?
    Thanks so much!

  19. Erin Keys says:

    Hi Sarah! What a gorgeous home you’ve created! You have amazing style and I’m inpired by your uniqueness and creativity! I’m dying over the coffee filter and burlap lampshades too – so beautiful…. I’m so glad to know of your blog and will be enjoying your pics and posts to come!

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  21. Ann O'Dea says:

    WOW WOW WOW WOW! Beautiful home. I LOVE your ideas and style! Intrigued by the mudroom tiles that look like wood. Could you give me some more info? THX!
    Great blog.

  22. Amy says:

    What a beautiful home! I am so glad to have found a local blogger! I live in Beaverton and most of the blogs that I follow are in other parts of the country. My husband is a Realtor and I am a stay at home mom. I do have a blog but focuses mainly around my kids and a few changes that I do to my home. I’m looking forward to following your blog!

  23. Alix says:

    Love, love, love your style! Such a beautiful home! I love those E. A. T. letters you have in your kitchen!! Can you tell me where you got those or how you made them!!

  24. Linda Newhous says:

    Great tastes. Loved all the pictures. I’m in the process of wanting to re-do my kitchen with cream colored cabinets but I’m hesitant to order. I’m looking for a finish that is better than paint grade, one that is durable, and won’t peel or crack. I heard of a post catalyzed varnish with a baked on finish. What do you recommend for a good cabinet finish and what did you use? Thanks

  25. Ann O'Dea says:


    Could you tell me where you got your lantern type sconces and hanging lantern? Just not finding the perfect ones.


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