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My new slipcovers just in time for Christmas!

Hello my friends!
As promised I am back with the rest of the Cottage Christmas pictures!

I finally finished making slipcovers for my little settee...

I used my favorite putty colored linen...and wow!
I am so glad I did it!
It really changed the feel of this little space!
Plus...I got to have ruffles!

It's very small...but it feels so cozy now!

I also finished painting 2 of my new (old) cane back dining chairs!
It took me forever to find the right shade of gray...but I do love how they turned out!

I brought one of them into the cottage for the Holidays!

Santa stopped by early and gave me a new stapler for our air compressor and it is going much faster now!
The fabric is from one of my favorite places to shop~Ballard Designs
I had to find a paint color that matched the cushion and would be great in my new kitchen!
What do you think?

In the Spring...I am going to make linen slipcovers for my dining chairs too!
But for now...I really am enjoying the gray!

I have also got a few packages wrapped to put in my new wheelbarrow!
Of's from Horton's!

 the back of our parson's chairs

Another view of the cottage. This big armoire looking thing is actually our murphy bed!
for the last 4 years...I have had to raise and lower this thing everyday!

I made a few of these banners to put in the store...This Saturday we are having another big event!
I will tell you more about it in my next post!

Thank you all for your advise on my old frame! I do love it just as it is! And I am thinking it might just stay right here in the is!
Well...what do you think of my little cottage dressed for Christmas?
I am loving the soft, soothing shades of gray and cream.

I'll be back soon...I just noticed I've made it to 300 followers YAY!
So I am putting a give-away together!
Until next time...


  1. Okay... I came back to look again. So glad your comments are up (open).

    Donna, you inspire me. Your room and slipcovers are perfect. I will be back to look many times for some beautiful dreaming. Superb job!

  2. I'm sure I've said it before but it's worth have EXCELLENT taste!!

  3. The cottage is a magical place to stay while you are remodeling the main house! And it looks wonderful! Now I'm wandering if you really want to get the big house done! Of course I know you do! I love you slipcovered settee! You did a great job! Where did you get the wonderful rug with script on it! Love it! I love your color palette!

  4. Oh my, that made my heart skip a beat. What a beautiful place to live. Lucky you! Enjoy.

  5. Ohhhh soooo gorgeous!!! I just love what you have done! I love the
    decorations and the colors ~
    Thank you for sharing with us ~


  6. Gorgeous Donna! I love it all and I would be happy living right in the cottage!!

  7. lucky you! I especially love the settee...fantastic combination! fun to get something perfectly in its place. it all looks darling!

  8. Wow, what a gorgeous room! I love your ruffled, linen slipcover. The muted colors of the room look so pretty with the Christmas greenery!

  9. i nearly had the vapors from all the absolute beauty!!!!!!!
    agree with everyone: exquisite taste.
    gray IS tricky. i like the putty-warm grays too...but gray looks so different according to which light exposure it has.

  10. I CANNOT get over the gorgeousness of your home! Simply stunning, this is my absolute dream! You are blessed with such a talent! XX!

  11. Oh thank goodness I can comment now....I have to tell you this post is special,its just so of the nicest I ever seen! Love your blog(big surprise)All the best,Chrissy

  12. Donna,
    Your new slipcovers are delish! The whole room glows with beauty and grace! Your talent continues to amaze me! I honestly think you should consider doing the e-design thing. Blogland would thank you.:)
    PS Thanks for grabbing the book club button. I hope you get a chance to read the Valentine books. Really cute!

  13. Am I in the same house???
    It just looks so beautiful sweetheart, you did a fantastic job! I simple love it all...
    now come and help me with mine... You are a whiz and I haven't done a thing, I need slip covers :)
    Good luck on your event this weekend, I am done with it all and now I am going to play until Christmas :)
    Blessings today

  14. Hi Donna, this is my first time here, and your little place is gorgeous. I'm now a follower of yours and looking forward seeing more. You lucky girl, to have such a darling little cottage all decorated so nicely. I absolutely love it!

    Have a Wonderful Day*

  15. SO lovely! i adore the various textures.

    xo Alison

  16. Jam packed fullll of charm and personality... LOVE it..

    Warm blessings,

  17. Hi Donna,
    Wow~ what an amazing space!! So darling & decorated beautifully. I am in love w/ your colors....and the slipcovers turned out so perfect. Love love LOVE the ruffles! I am new to your blog as well & so excited I found you :)
    Thanks for just the perfect inspiration I needed today!


  18. Donna, OH MY!!! I could not love these any more if I tried! They are amazing!!!!!!
    Have a pretty day!

  19. Oh my gosh, I'm in love with everything you do. Those slip covers are so beautiful and the tree. I'm mostly done with decorating and now I just want to re-do it all!

  20. What beautiful slipcovers and I'm loving everything in your whole room. Those shutters are 2die4 and I like the splash of dark they add. That wheelbarrow is another great find. I'm going to have to go back and admire everything again.

    Take care,


  21. Just discovered your blog today - simply gorgeous! I did a little post about your Tinker House on my blog and added a link on my sidebar. Thanks for the inspiration!

  22. I just found your blog and have really enjoyed reading through it and drooling over everything! :) Your cottage is BEAUTIFUL! I love every charming detail you have done especially those slipcovers. Glad to have found you ~

  23. Good morning ~ Donna everything is so lovely, My eyes keep moving from one thing to another, it's all magical.
    Imagine my surprise and delight to see my photo among your Christmas banner ~ I love it! Wishes for a wonderful day, hugs too ~ Rebecca

  24. Donna,
    It all looks so peaceful over here. I am getting ready for a new slipcover as well. Yours turned out perfectly :)

    Love the display of Christmas! you did a most beautiful job.

    Merry Christmas!

  25. Don't tell my husband, but I think I'm in love! Your home decor is to die for! I love it! I can't wait to go through your past posts. I'm your newest follower!

  26. So glad to have found your blog! Its lovely, and your decorating is beautiful. I am following along and will be adding you to my blog roll.

  27. oh, no, I can't stand it! those first 3 pictures are the juiciest kind of beauty in a home I've seen in a long time and I've been seeing quite a bit in blogland! You are so talented and have an eye for exquisite! will be perusing some more here, a perfect discovery of magic in these wee hours the sleepless night. :D


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