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

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

Coral and Pink Abstract Painting with paint drips by Cortney North

What’s new with me and inspiring art studios

Do your weeks feel as though they last 4 days instead of 7? That has been my normal for a bit now and I’d like to change that setting (but still get just as much work done)! I’m not sure what happened to last week and then I looked up

Houzz Finds: Bird Bathroom Ideas

Given the title of the post, you may wonder why I care about designing a bird bathroom. It is a fair question albeit not quite accurate. What I mean by ‘bird bathroom’ is bird-themed bathroom. I have an interesting (people like my husband would call it an odd/unusual/strange) fascination for

Houzz picks: Eclectic exteriors and some tropical therapy

I’ve been on a modern design kick. It was a sudden change a few months ago and I’m still a bit surprised by it. I was set on French country mixed with contemporary plus some rustic, then out of nowhere I began to enjoy ultra-modern spaces. Some of the designs

Varying Oranges arranged in a striped pattern

Peach, Coral and Pumpkin: Bedrooms in Orange

I love colors! But there is an exception and I’m going to let you in on the secret. It’s one many people don’t know about me. I don’t like the color red. It is a visceral reaction – one I wish I didn’t have given I live in the land

Decor Friday: These are best for hibernating

I’m feeling a bit under the weather today. As a side note, I’d love to know the origin of that phrase. I may skip around the internet and try to find an answer. Or I’ll skip towards my bed because I’m exhausted from all the germ fighting my immune system

Decor Friday: The table lamp dilemma

The days are growing shorter with reckless abandon. That’s at least what it seems like here in Ohio. Unfortunately, this shift in light is a fact of wintertime and makes it necessary to have lots of bright, beautiful lamps turned on making a house look as though the noonday sun