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How to Restore Marble Countertops

How to Restore Marble Countertops. When I restored the 1905 Cottage's kitchen I knew I wanted marble countertops. It was at the top of my bucket list. I loved the color of natural marble. I loved the veining. I loved the look. So when I found a kitchen island at a clearance center that was discounted almost 90% I couldn't pass it up. Once I got it home I discovered that it had quite a few big … [Read more...]

Our Puppy and Keeping Your House Clean with a dog!

Tips on how to keep your house clean with a dog.  Tips on how to keep your house clean with a dog. We got a puppy at Christmas! Her name is Tourpel (my kids picked the name out) and she is really so sweet. She is a King Charles Cavalier. When my kids said they wanted a puppy I knew that was the breed I wanted. King Charles Cavaliers have a very gentle disposition. They were bred originally … [Read more...]

1905 Cottage Addition: Dining Room

It's been so fun working on a project I love so much. The 1905 Cottage is a little home I fell in love with years ago and bought about four years ago. You can read all about it here. A couple of years ago I started an addition and now I'm sharing the projects from the addition. Today I would like to share the 1905 Cottage Addition: Dining Room. This is the outside of the home. The bigger … [Read more...]

How to Clean a MOLDY Outdoor Rug

How to clean a moldy outdoor rug. A couple of weeks ago I got my courtyard at the #1905Cottage all spruced up for Spring. Over the winter leaves had gotten trapped and snow had piled up to create a moldy mess! And my rug was under all of that. I didn't get it rolled up and put away in time. So as I was cleaning up the space I wondered if the rug could be salvaged. It had stains from the leaves … [Read more...]

Crunchy-Topped Cinnamon Swirl French Toast Casserole

Breakfast foods have become my favorite thing to make lately at the #1905Cottage. For Easter I decided to try making a new kind of french toast creation. After experimenting a little I came up with this Crunchy-Topped French Toast Casserole. Make this dish for a beautiful breakfast or brunch recipe that will wow your guests. The crunchy topping is out of this world!! The secret ingredient … [Read more...]

Win a Trip for 2 to Iceland!!

If you follow me on Instagram you might know that I went to Iceland a couple of weeks ago. ICELAND!! I still can't believe I was there. It really was a once-in-a-lifetime trip. Iceland is now my favorite place - for real. I fell in love with everything about it. I am trying to convince my kids that we should move there - that's how much I loved it! You can find out more about all of the FUN … [Read more...]

Five Ways to Help Your Kids Keep their Bathroom Clean!

I love Springtime! The warm weather. The flowers. And of course Spring Cleaning. NOT. Actually I do love getting my home all cleaned out after the winter and letting fresh air in. But after all of these springs of getting my home cleaner, I have found out something a little mind-blowing. If you keep your home semi-organized, it's not such a HUGE deal to do Spring Cleaning. My mom always said "A … [Read more...]

Spring Patio Entertaining Ideas!

I get so excited when the weather warms up and Spring is in the air. One of my favorite parts of the 1905 Cottage Addition was turning the tiny 1-car garage space into a patio. I put a short fence in the front for a little privacy and a gate for easy entry. I also put an arbor over the gate. This little space is great for entertaining. So when BHG gave me the theme of Spring Outdoor … [Read more...]

Living Room Campout Party!

One of our favorite things to do at the 1905 Cottage is movie night. So when Sony Pictures Home Entertainment sent us an advance copy of the Open Season: Scared Silly video, we thought it would be fun to take our movie night up a notch and make it into a Living Room Campout Party! The kids loved the thought of creating a tent over the couch and creating campout-themed food! Living Room Campout … [Read more...]

1905 Cottage Addition: Pergola/Trellis Update

1905 Addition: Pergola/Trellis Update. I’ve had so much fun working on the 1905 Cottage addition. We love living in our “new” old home. And this year I’ll be talking all about the addition and sharing all the details – including the good and bad of turning a vintage home into a modern home on a budget. Today I am sharing how I used a lightweight and inexpensive pergola to tie the old side … [Read more...]