Kids Beach Cottage Interior Design

The Beach Cottage – Designs for the kids

The beach cottage I would design for kids would look entirely different than the beach cottage I’d design for adults. Here’s why: When I think back on places I visited as a child, I remember loving spots that were whimsical and overdone with the decor. Granted, I grew up in

The Modern Beach Cottage Design Gallery by Cortney North

The Beach Cottage – Some Modern Designs from Houzz

It strikes me as abnormal to have a very modern beach cottage design and I think it is all due to the word ‘cottage.’ A modern cottage? Perhaps a cottage could be a modern build, but cottages seem to be a structure that is old and weather-beaten. Thus was my

Beach Cottage Interior Designs for the whole family by Cortney North

The Beach Cottage – Sophisticated Designs from Houzz

It became just a little bit warm outside here in Ohio and my mind has been dreaming of the beach. I’m wondering if it’s a Pavlovian response to a childhood spent living in Florida. We were just at the beach back in January, so I figured I had gotten my

Basil up close by Cortney North

A round-up of stress-lowering favorites all thanks to my Fitbit

Before I get to my favorites: I wanted to let you know that you’ll notice changes to the website over the course of the next month. It is in the process of being updated by my talented web designer, who also happens to be my husband. As our world is

A painting on the easel and some of my favorite discoveries from the past week

If I were to provide a summary of my past week, the article would include the words “painting” and “working” repeated numerous times. For the sake of allowing more time for painting, I put some items on hold for a bit – like exercise – and now that I’m getting

Keeping room, hearth room, great room – bottom line: I like a fireplace near the kitchen! 

One of my favorite floorplan discoveries has been learning about keeping rooms. Or hearth rooms. Or great rooms. I had no idea the mighty great room, which has taken over the U.S., was originally the same concept of the keeping room. As some brief internet research informed me, the keeping

Studio Update: Style is shifting a bit

I’m going to keep this post brief since I’m aiming to squeeze studio time into a day that included working at the vet clinic, grocery shopping and the library. Those were accomplished before 2pm, so I’m feeling great about my efficiency today! Let’s keep it up! Since re-opening my art

A Houzz Collection: Paths that will hopefully entice Spring to arrive!

I forced myself to be outside this winter just like the postal service – during rain, snow, sleet or shine. I believed it helped fight the winter blues last year and vowed to do it again this year. There were days when it was 13 degrees yet the sun was

Orange and Purple Abstract Art Painting by Cortney North

Printer update (hint: old printer didn’t make it) and the Enneagram (hint: this is taking over the world)

This week I am excited to announce I am the owner of a working printer. It is a new printer since my former printer decided it was ‘Time’ and went to the big printer graveyard in the sky. Or the electronics recycling warehouse graveyard. Whichever. May you RIP, Well-used Electronic.

Screenshots of what I’m loving right now!

Well, I’m not even sure how to start this post because there is so much spinning around in my head. Yesterday I wanted to have the painting shown below ready to sell in print form on Etsy. I really, really like this painting. It is a slight variation on my