We’ve had more progress at the cottage this week as we completed pretty much all of the demo and filled a second dumpster! Now we have a blank state to work with and we are entering the exciting stages!
Several of you follow me on Instagram and you know we went on a French door search to find doors for between the kitchen and mudroom/laundry room. We, along with the rest of the world, have been inspired by Chip and Jo in how they use vintage doors in so many of the homes they do! This was one of our inspiration pics…
We began searching all over town and online and finally found what we feel is going to be perfect! But we had to get a little creative. And we had to take a little road trip a couple hours down the road to Chattanooga!
And what we got was not actually French doors, but one solid wood door which we will cut into two! The man who sold it to us said this had come from a man who had built a castle in the area and needed 200 doors. Apparently this was a leftover. A fun story, anyway!
So we have our plan and hopefully it will all go well! Stay tuned for that!
Meanwhile, back at the cottage, Dave and Beau stayed busy with some dirty work, removing old plumbing. It was not pretty , but it was another big accomplishment to check off our list!
This was an incoming water pipe!
A big focus this week has been choosing some finishes for the kitchen and getting cabinets ordered! Our biggest challenge is to take the specific artisan design tastes Abby and I have, getting those two tastes to converge, and then find choices that fit that look– on a budget! It’s so not easy. But we’re getting there! Here’s a little peek at the direction we are going!
And one last thing I have to mention is also so exciting… Everything is starting to bloom over there! The 12 or so dogwood trees that give this cottage its name are all just about to really start showing off and I’m monitoring it every step of the way! Just look!
I gave a little tour of the courtyard once again on Instagram yesterday, and I had so many knowledgeable gardeners chiming in to give me great info! It’s confirmed that we do have several peony pushes in the yard, irises, hydrangeas, and more! We are super excited to see everything in full bloom very soon! What do you think of this week’s progress??