Thursday, October 12, 2017

Cottage Life: Kitchen and Bedroom

Furnishing and decorating a cottage in a rural area has been more challenging than expected. If we left something behind at home which we should've brought with us, we would have to wait until the next trip. And most of the time that meant delays in projects we wanted done that weekend. Sourcing for cottage hasn't been a walk in the park either. If you've been following my blog for a while, you'd know how much I love online shopping. While online shopping offers convenience and attractive pricing, the delivery time can be unpredictable. I was mostly to blame because I cut it close, so there had been a lot of nail-biting moments waiting for my stuff to arrive before we had to race out of the door for cottage. 

So for the said reasons, our cottage is going to be a work-in-progress for a while. I am not mad about that at all because I felt my design spirit has come back to life since I have a new place to decorate from top to bottom. I wanted to take it slow so the place feels more collected over time. 

So here is the mini tour of our work-in-progress bedrooms and kitchen. 

You'll never guess what's behind that hanging tapestry - an electric panel for the entire house! Who put that in a master bedroom headboard wall?! Well, our inconsiderate builder did! Anthony's guess was that it's the closest (and most convenient) spot for the builder to bring all the wires into the house, so master bedroom headboard wall it was! Thankfully, the tapestry strategically disguises it without looking out of the place. 

Remember the bedside tables were my Ikea Rast hack?

The striped bedspread is from CottonMood on Etsy, 100% Turkish linen cotton. Seriously guys, I am convinced that every design blogger should have a CottonMood throw (or two) in their house. I have three, but fully intend to order more. In the picture below, you can also see a bit of teak goodness sticking out from the left. 

I wasn't able to squeeze that into the frame but it's this gorgeous MCM teak gentleman's chest from Furniture 1950 

It packs a lot of storage in a slim-build body!

And this is the second bedroom, again work in progress. 

This was the design board, so I still have a long way to go. 

And this be the kitchen. For the first time in my life, I have white appliances in my kitchen and I am not mad about it. The kitchen looks more casual and relaxed with them. The black vintage style barn light adds to that laid back style. 

I will be back to write about some recent (online) purchases, all of which are new additions to the cottage. 


  • Bed and bedside tables: Ikea.
  • Desk lamps, seagrass basket: HomeSense.
  • Bedding: Sarah Richardson Design. 
  • Striped bedspread: CottonMood on Etsy. 
  • Teak dresser: Furniture 1950. 
  • Drapery: Ikea. 
  • Framed print: Minted (Trumpet at Noon), framing by YM Art. 

  • Cabinet hardware throughout: Gingers Loft pulls in various sizes. 
  • Cherner counter stools: Rove Concepts
  • Hand soap duo: L'Occitane. 
  • Electric kettle: SMEG. 
  • Vintage style barn light: Lightess. 

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