The Itsy Bitsy Cottage No Wake Zone

Labor Of Love

It’s hard to believe that just over 9 months ago we started on this remodeling rollercoaster!  And although the cottage is so small the project ride never seemed to end. The great room was one of the reason why we bought this cottage.  It’s open space and vaulted ceiling gives the illusion that the space is so much larger than it is.  

Adding rustic and family friendly charm to the Itsy Bitsy Lakeside Cottage

All Are Welcome!

Our guest are more than happy to crash on our Raymour & Flanigan Cape May Queen Sleeper Sofa . We have had three kids sleep comfortably on this pull out couch! The collection came in a variety of colors but I chose the classic linen color making sure that it wouldn’t compete with the colorful fabric on the chairs. The pullout sofa is a bonus for us and accommodating out guests.  I dressed her up with these needlepoint nautical pillows in the perfect color scheme to match my Lakeside Swivel Chairs. The cozy grouping sits on top of fabulous 8′ x 10′ wool Bella Sisal Rug also from Raymour & Flanigan.  Don’t even get me started on how comfortable the carpet feels on your feet! It’s soft and comfortable not like the scratchy sisal or polyester ones around. The fabric border matches the sofa fabric and is Scotch guarded for easy clean up.  Both are classic staples that can be mixed with any color or decor style. Chalk out all these fabulous staples in the variety of colors by clicking on the highlighted links.Adding rustic and family friendly charm to the Itsy Bitsy Lakeside CottageDrinks On The Dock

Weekends are not complete without our cocktails! Carried throughout the cottage are the wood tones. The Gray Street Server was the perfect storage solution. It has a durable concrete inlay top that can take a beating and any kind of spill washes right up. The weathered gray wood adds to that rustic charm we love.  Not only does it store our bar, entertaining items and large serving platters, it houses all our games and fishing tackle. After all we, have no Wi-Fi, no cable and virtually no TV or radio reception… And that’s OK. It’s good to unplug every once in a while. The fireplace DIY makeover at the Itsy Bitsy Cottage

A DIY Fireplace Remodel

As I mentioned in an earlier post, the pot belly cast iron stove sat in the middle of room and was not up to code. I knew that I did not want anything to protrude into the room taking up all the valuable real estate so we decided on a gas fireplace insert. Here’s the progression of the fireplace remodel:

After we removed the massive pot belly stove this was left to demo.

The fireplace DIY makeover at the Itsy Bitsy Cottage

Adding plywood base and wooden corbel shelves to hold the mantel.

Fabulous Finds

I found these great shelves at HomeGoods for $29.99 over the winter.   My carpenter mentioned that if I was to go to a mill shop they would be over $100 each. They were black originally and were too heavy looking so I gave them a whitewash with a coat of white paint. Making sure that the black showed through a bit. They would serves as the fireplace corbels. We would use the reclaimed floorboards as the mantle and I purchased pebble stones sheets from Home Depot for the fireplace surround.

The fireplace DIY makeover at the Itsy Bitsy Cottage

Using Carrera marble pebble stone sheets for fireplace surround. Easy to cut the sheets and fill in holes with single stones.

The pebble tile around the fireplace along with the kitchen tile were to be my first stab at any sort of tile work.  Continuing to accent with wooden elements I found a gorgeous mirror also HomeGoods to add above the mantle and bounce light back into the room. Although the fireplace is rarely turned on, just in the Spring and the Fall to cut the cold chill it still seems to be a focal point of the cottage. Next up the kitchen! Thanks so much for following along! xoxo Amie


The before picture. No place to put any furniture with the stove in the center.

The before picture. No place to put any furniture with the stove in the center.



6 Comments on The Itsy Bitsy Cottage No Wake Zone

  1. Terri
    October 17, 2016 at 2:22 am (3 years ago)

    Can you tell me where you found that beautiful sofa fabric? It would be perfect in my lake home!

    • memehillstudio
      October 17, 2016 at 6:48 pm (3 years ago)

      Hello Terri- The fabric in the sleeper sofa is a tan duct twill. It came with the sofa from Raymour and Flanigan. I just looked on their site and they do not carry that style sofa but the fabric is very simple and I would think widely available. It perfect for wet bathing suits and sandy feet! Hides everything.

  2. Kate Torres
    April 21, 2017 at 7:22 pm (2 years ago)

    What is the color on your walls in the living room?

    • memehillstudio
      April 22, 2017 at 8:38 pm (2 years ago)

      Hi Kate The walls were painted Offshore Mist by Behr Paints. Its a great color.


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