Monday, November 23, 2015

Cozy Beach Cottage

You're in for a special treat today!

Lots of cozy beach cottage charm to see
and drool over...

Faithful readers will recall that last year, 
good friends of our purchased the cottage next door to ours.
You can read about the cottages here and here.

Here is a "Before" photo of both cottages.
Their cottage is on the left, below, looking like a palace compared to ours, on the right!

Fast forward seven years, and lots of nice things have happened here!

I''ll show you more outside pictures in the spring.

For today, let's go inside and we'll start with the sunroom.  
It's at the very front of the cottage, and the door above opens into it. 
Well, not that ugly construction door above, but a nice new custom glass door...
Anyway, come on in!

There's the new door, on the right.  
Much better!

And here's a view of the sunroom from the main living room.

It has great views of Lake Michigan and some enormous evergreen trees 
which can be enjoyed from this comfy chair 
in this charming corner.

The new owners have a great sense of style 
and have furnished the cottage with lots of delightful details. 

Love the artwork

And the lamp 

And the pillows  

Even the puppy has a coordinated cozy bed 

The original Douglas Fir floors were stripped and refinished.
They add a nice, casual warm tone that really grounds the rooms.

The walls are all painted Crisp Linen from Sherwin Williams. 
It's a great color that's not too beige or too yellow or too gray.
It's just beachy.

The fish table is so cute and clever, the way it folds up out of the way.

And this graphic rug!
Great design and practical indoor outdoor material too. 

Below, left,  you can see the door that leads to the front guest bedroom.

Here's a peek at this sunny, cozy space.

A masterful mix of pillows

And a cute bedside table that just fits

I love the colors and the patterns and the textures.
Very beachy and still sophisticated.

Here's a peek into the main living room.

That's just to tease you...
More on the other wonderful rooms next time! 

Stay tuned.

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Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch
Inspire me Monday at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
The Scoop at Stone Gable
Inspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Through Life
Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style

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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Features on House Beautiful and House of Turquoise!

Hello, Friends!
I've been busy- I know, we're all busy- and I have been neglecting Just Grand  
and my Blog Friends.
And yet, somehow, all by itself, the internet has carried on and kept things going for me!  
Gotta love technology.  

Anyway, posts from Just Grand have been featured twice this week on wonderful blogs.
Without me even lifting a finger. 
It's Automagic!

House Beautiful (Yes, that House Beautiful!!!) 
just published this post about outdoor Christmas decorations 

You can read all about them here.
And you can see where else I've put them here.

What an honor to be featured on House Beautiful and so easy....
I didn't have to lift a finger!

I don't know about you, but I like to celebrate one Holiday at a time 
and so no Christmas decorations yet this year. 
Not until after Thanksgiving.
But I have ideas- so many ideas-
from the black hole that is Pinterest.
Click here for my Christmas Pinterest board.

Just*Grand: It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas!:

Or here for Christmas Party ideas.
Don't blame me if you look up and it's three hours later!

The second nice feature this week 
a gorgeous blog (written by another Erin) 
that I have followed and drooled over for years.
The post highlights the work of Gridley and Graves
the amazing photographers who took the photos 
for this Cottage Style magazine article last year.

It was a blast to work with them 
and to be featured in an actual, real life magazine.
There's lots more beautiful inspiration on the House of Turquoise blog.
Be sure to check it out and
Tell Erin I sent you!

And for those of you who have been waiting so patiently, 
the renovations on the cottage next door to us in Michigan are finally done

and I will be sharing new photos of it soon!  
It's pictured above, on the left, Before.  
Pretty cute even then,
so stay tuned!

And have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Linking to:
Inspire Me Monday at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Inspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Through Life
The Scoop at Stone Gable
Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style
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Monday, August 31, 2015

New Little Railing

It's amazing how a little project can make such a big difference.

After many years of beseeching Mr. Grand 
to build a little railing by the side door to our lake cottage
I finally got my wish.  

While Mr. Grand was off hiking in Montana last week, 
I hired a carpenter to build the little railing.  
Two hours later, it was built and ready for paint. 

Here is the side door, before the railing was built -
(full credit to Gridley and Graves 
for this photo taken of our cottage for Cottage Style Magazine.)


For years now, I have been using the door knob 
to hang on to as I went up and down these stairs.  
Not a good idea...

But since Mr. Grand has never seen the need to hang on to anything there 
he never quite got interested in the project.

I have had several friends who have mentioned 
that a railing would be nice after using the steps 
and I knew it needed to be done.

We had some cedar planks and 4" x 4" posts left over from building our deck 
and they were perfect for the job.

I love it when a plan comes together.

I didn't want the railing to go all the way down to the bottom of the stairs 
because that walkway was just recently opened up. 

Back when we first bought the cottage, 
the walkway used to look like this:

Then this:

You can see the steps of the neighbors' cottage on the right in the photo above.  
Those steps have since been removed and the doorway has been relocated to the back.
There is much more room to walk between the cottages now.
You can read about that little project here!

The neighbor's new back steps now

and their flower box, for all to enjoy!

Such an improvement!

Back to the little railing.
Here's Mike at work on it.  
Amazing craftsman.

We repeated the spindle pattern that we used on the railing around our deck in front.

The photo above was taken before we landscaped the front
 but you can see the railing detail better this way.

Here's another great Gridley and Graves photo.

Here's the new railing before I painted it. 
It literally took Mike two hours to build this.
I was amazed. And thrilled.
Sorry about the blurry.

And here it is after a few coats of primer and paint.

The biggest dilemma was whether or not to paint the hand rail portion of the railing.

It's not painted on the front deck and the cedar has weathered nicely.
You can see it below, before the sidewalk was relocated.  
And you can read about that here...

But the top board on the outdoor shower surround is painted and it's very close by...
You can read about the Outdoor Shower here.

For now, I've decided not to paint the hand rail 
and see how it looks when it has weathered.

I know this little railing will come in HANDY when the weather gets nasty, 
all too soon...
For now, I love the way it looks.  

One of our neighbors paid us a great compliment 
when they said it looks like it's always been there.  
I'm happy with that.

It's Just Grand!

Linking to:
Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch
The Scoop at Stone Gable
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style

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