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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

The Lettered Cottage!

Sweet Layla........a true Southern girl through and through. The Lettered Cottage.Once again, I swear I featured her already. But I don't see my featured button on her site.......I don't even see my other button on her site..........I don't even see my blog listed as a favorite......but guess who's blog is listed and has a guessed it......The Nester! Nester Nester Nester......what is so great about her? Oh ya..........she's talented, funny and has great ideas.........whatever......... I'll forgive her......because I'm nice like that....but she better put her new featured button up STAT!

Layla's blog speaks to the decor thriving side of my makes me makes me want to completely change all my color schemes to black, linen, a bit of blue and lots of neutral tones......She makes me want to run out and buy a fixture upper just so I can see if I'm as talented as her in creating the most amazing transformations. Whoa.......I'm getting way ahead of myself here. I'm sure just a trip to Home Goods would give me just as much pleasure and not cost nearly as much. She is simply inspiring.

This girl has style........Simple Style.......Magazine Style.

Anything with numbers....I'm such a sucker for numbers.After spending a bit of time at her place, you realize she should do this for a living.....and guess what? She does. And guess what else? She has a way of helping you, the person who doesn't live near her! She has a special program with photographs, virtual if you're feeling challenged, stuck, uninspired.......Layla is only a click away. See below how she would take your photograph and change it up.Send her your photograph of your problem area.......rooms people rooms....... and she'll fix it up and show you what you should change. Can you imagine having her for a next door neighbor? I would just copy every detail........

Her and her husband bought this little fixer upper.....she has done us the favor and documented the whole thing with lots of photos. Thanks Layla.

Here's the kitchen / dining room BEFORE
And AFTER! I cannot tell you how much I love this simple look.
Dining room......diggin that screen door.
The fireplace BEFORE: Can you believe all that paneling? God love 'em, but these wood loving people need to get over it and get the paint brush out. PAINT THE WOOD.......PAINT IT!AFTER: She changed the mantle to a larger more modern dark wood. Yes, it's OK not painted........she plans on changing the brick with a different tile later down the road. She also got rid of those hokey lanterns.

Living room BEFORE: ACK!!!......all that wood is upsetting my stomach. It's amazing she was able to see beyond all this and make it what it is...........she is a miracle worker for sure.
Can you believe it's the same room? Who is this woman? Does she secretly work for Pottery Barn?

Here's an old table she that looks like one she saw in a Pottery Barn mag. I like how she designed the top. That monogram runner.......mmmmmm
I have some burlap in my craft room closet..........because I'm crafty and all.........and I may see if I can make one of these. Then I could just stamp my monogram..........Dang I love all the ideas I get from all these blogs I find..........and I always give credit where due.......really. you prepared to hate her for a split second before you fall in love with her style.

See you tomorrow!


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tspwlv said...

I just discovered her last night. The before and after kitchen is amazing. Congrats Layla.

Vivienne said...

I loooove her. The completed FP transformation is nothing short of amazing!

lorchick said...

Listen, you. When I get no housework done in the next 24 hours because I'm sitting here at my computer, I'm telling my hubby it's your fault. You and Layla can take all the blame. OK? *lol*

Sandy Toes said...

When can I move in???
sandy toe

Kara said...

I'm with you, Layla's blog is fabulous. I've been following her for awhile, and I want to copy soooo many of her ideas.

Darlene - Our Creative Life said...

I volunteer myself for your next feature. LOL We do custom rugs...come check us out!

Nancy said...

Yes, this is my problem, same as LORCHICK, I am so busy reading all of your wonderful blogs, that I get nothing done! Your blog is great-showing us all this wonderful stuff!

The Nester said...

You know I love it when you talk about me. Isn't Layla uber, sickeningly talented? Makes me want to burn everything I have that's color and pattern and be all about the texture and neutrals.

LOVE her.

Love you.

Holly said...

Dang... She IS fabulous... hmmm... wonder what she could do with my bedroom...

SoBella Creations said...

I love the Lettered Cottage! Layla has a great decorating style.

Layla said...

Awww...what a sweet & sassy post about lil' ol' me....THANK YOU! :-)
I've got your button up now...and for the record, yours IS one of my most favorite blogs on the web! I just have a hard time finding time to update that stuff.

The Lettered Cottage

PS...I've got more updated fireplace photos than what you posted here.

patternoflife said...

It's always nice to find other people who like to "do it themselves"! Kudos!

Sarah said...

Thanks for featuring that blog. I love it! Except I feel completely inadequate now!! ;)

AnNicole @ OurSuburbanCottage said...

Love her! Well, I love her and hate her because she's so stinkin' wonderful and talented and sweet, and hate her because she makes it look so darn easy! I'm glad you featured her. She deserves it!

Brandy said...

What a wonderful person to post about. I have recently just started following her blog and love it! Love your blog too. This was the first time I have stopped by!

Traci said...

First of all, I love the way you write. You crack me up! I think I could chat with you for hours and never get bored. Thanks for the smiles.
I LOVE The Lettered Cottage. We are building a guest house over our garage, and I got some inspiration from Layla's kitchen. I got the same corbels for my open black cabinets that my husband made. It turned out fabulous! Thank you Layla!

Denise @ A Room With A View said...

Thanks for featuring all these wonderful blogs!! All the best, Denise

Tanya said...

you have got to be kidding me about this woman. she is amazing!


Been loving Layla for a while now.Mr.Lettered Cottage rocks too!