Cottage Fever

Cottage Fever

Celebrating all that is to love about living near the water

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How to craft an Oyster Shell Garland

How to craft an Oyster Shell Garland

I first saw the idea for this craft project in a store and (being cheap) thought that I could easily make it. Living on a beach on Vancouver Island, I have access to an abundance of oyster shells.  The seagulls are constantly dropping them to […]

Contemporary Kitchen Remodel – Before and After

Contemporary Kitchen Remodel – Before and After

The kitchen was dark, north facing and cramped. The layout was choppy and non-functional. For this family who love to entertain, it wasn’t cutting the mustard.  They brought me in to help them realize their vision of a bright, sleek and highly organized contemporary kitchen. […]

Forget the winter blues and go for winter whites

Forget the winter blues and go for winter whites

How to decorate post Christmas I love to decorate for every season.  It started off when my children were young as they got so much enjoyment from it.  But now I do it for myself with the sophistication level stepping up more than a notch. […]

How to create a coastal inspired wreath

How to create a coastal inspired wreath

For years and years, I’ve been hosting wreath making workshops for friends.  It’s been a fun way to kick off the holiday season without too much work on my part.  By hosting a brunch, people can get to other holiday parties during this extremely busy […]

DIY Glass Fishing Floats

DIY Glass Fishing Floats

The driveway to our beach house is hard to spot in the pitch black darkness of the night.  And sometimes even in daylight!  I have ugly markers with red reflectors that I bought at the local hardware store.  The markers do the job but I […]

Turning a dark log cabin into “the beach chalet”

Turning a dark log cabin into “the beach chalet”

I NEVER wanted a log house.  Ever.  I find them too dark.  But when the ideal property at the right price turned up during our search for a beach home, we snapped it up.  After all, the old adage of buying the crappiest house on […]

Transforming a dark and dreary fireplace

Transforming a dark and dreary fireplace

We are so lucky and fortunate to have two homes.  One is a vacation lakefront cottage I have previously posted about and one is a dark and dreary log “chalet” on the ocean.  We hope one day to remove the log home, repurpose it somewhere […]

How to avoid our mistakes opening the cottage

How to avoid our mistakes opening the cottage

I remember the first time that we opened up our cottage as newbies.  We were so excited to arrive for the May Long Weekend and check out the property in the spring.  Would there be wild flowers?  How about fawns and other little baby wildlife? […]

Getting Hygge at the cottage

Getting Hygge at the cottage

Pronounced “hoo-guh”, there is no direct English translation for the Danish word hygge but cozy comes close. The concept is about finding contentment and well-being through enjoying the simple things in life.  The word may have its origins in the 1560’s word “hugge” which is […]

Christmas Gift Guide for the Cottager

Christmas Gift Guide for the Cottager

Want to ensure that you keep getting invited back to the cottage?  Here are some gift suggestions for that special cottage owner in your life. 1.  Game Camera This is the one that we have.  I don’t know if it’s the best but it does […]

Winter cottage activities

Winter cottage activities

It’s still autumn here on the coast and the trees are hanging on to the last of their leaves.  We actually had snow last week, but it didn’t stick.  I can’t ever remember a time where snow has fallen this early in the year.  The […]

Dock ramp envy

Dock ramp envy

When we bought the cottage in the summer of 2016, Steve’s intent was to build our docks himself but he soon realized that with a full remodelling job inside the cottage, he just wouldn’t have the TIME to do it.  So we looked at our […]

How to choose a colour palette for your cottage in nine steps

How to choose a colour palette for your cottage in nine steps

Step One: Inspiration So while out on a bike ride near my cottage, I came across this barn with the most amazing colours in its roof.  Quite the random patchwork but they seem to work together so well.  (Excuse the quality of the photo as […]

Did you know that shiplap isn’t actually shiplap?

Did you know that shiplap isn’t actually shiplap?

So I admit that I am addicted to HGTV.  And what seems to be most popular?  Shiplap.  For those of you who don’t have the same addiction, here’s what it looks like: Shiplap is the horizontal wood covering on the walls in place of drywall. […]

The last days of autumn at the cottage

The last days of autumn at the cottage

I absolutely love this time of year.  Words are not possible to describe that perfect autumn scent of falling leaves mixed with wisps of smoke.  If only I could bottle that. Early October at the lake is always awesome.  Cool nights make for early morning […]

Renovating a cottage bathroom in only four days

Renovating a cottage bathroom in only four days

At the cottage we relax our city standards.  One bathroom?  No problem for 10 people to share.  Plus there is always the second bathroom, aka the outhouse, if things get desperate.  Rules are put in place such as: 1) Please ask if anyone needs the […]

Renovating the cottage, version 2.0

Renovating the cottage, version 2.0

We bought our second cottage last summer after selling one that we’d owned for 12 years.  And which we renovated over 12 long years.  So for this new cottage, we were hoping to speed up renovations significantly which would mean that we could enjoy our […]

The dreaded R word – Renovating the cottage

The dreaded R word – Renovating the cottage

The other day I was putting together a spreadsheet of all the capital expenses we had incurred at our first cottage.  You see, we sold that cottage last summer so I had to pull this info together to calculate the capital gain, or in our case […]

Counting loons – no, not a new way to fall asleep

Counting loons – no, not a new way to fall asleep

We moved to a new lake last summer and promptly joined the lake association to learn all we could about our new area.  They put out a call for loon counters.  I’m familiar with bean counters but not loon counters.  The association has partnered with […]

Buying and renovating our second cottage – Moving on up, literally to the east side

Buying and renovating our second cottage – Moving on up, literally to the east side

If you’ve read some of my other posts, you’ll know that we originally had a lovely rustic cottage with water access.  As our kids grew and their needs changed, we wanted to be on waterfront so we could be out on the water wake boarding in […]