Author Archives: Jose Galvan

As The Dust Settles

I’ve said it a million times on here before, but I will say it again. Ever since November started life has been insane. It was my first time ever owning a shop during the holidays [WOW!] that was intense [& amazing]. So the entire Christmas season was incredibly busy, & then as soon as it ended there we were moving our store to the bigger location & getting it ready to open.  It’s just been nuts, but even in the busiest time of my life I still want to share clips of our life with you guys. BUT I would be lying if I didn’t say that I am thrilled to slow down soon as we get settled in the new shop, to get back to work on our farmhouse, do more projects, & spend more time at White Cottage Farm. In case you missed it, this is what I have been sharing lately behind the scenes on Instagram

At the store…


& on the farm…


Isn’t that blanket adorable? A sweet reader gave that to our pups with a painting of them on it [She doesn’t have social media but if you want custom pet portrait blankets you can email her at JenniferLGress@yahoo.com] I want to say thank you to you guys for being there through every season that we are in. As this busy season of having no time at home ends, I’m excited to start some big projects at the farmhouse & share more with you guys. Of course owning a shop is always going to keep me busy, but as my word of the year is “balance”, I am finding how to really just do that. I hope you guys had a great week & enjoy this weekend! It’s Jose’s 30th birthday on Sunday so I’m excited to spend a few days with him celebrating another year of his life. Thanks for following me behind the scenes on Instagram, Facebook, & of course here on the blog. xx

 

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I shared on Instagram this week that I am kind of sick of the house being cold and lifeless. I mean, it could be the fact that 90% of it is torn up and under construction, but the 10% that isn’t in demo mode & is looking decent needs some life. So, i asked if you guys would be mad if I started slowly bringing spring into our house.. most of you that responded said you would be perfectly fine with it. I felt inspired tonight by all the spring talk so I decided to gather up some awesome farmhouse potted plants for you guys tonight from various places from Pottery Barn to Target to Amazon. You can shop the plants by clicking the corresponding numbers below the large collage or the individual photos below that. I only selected 10 of my favorites because let’s face it.. I could keep going until 2am, but this lady needs to head to the shop tomorrow & work! So goodnight & I truly hope this post helps you get inspired for spring & helps you find some greenery for your homes. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for stopping by the blog today & for sharing my blog with your friends and family.. It means the world to me!! Be sure to find me on Facebook & Instagram for more behind the scenes. xx

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The Found Cottage Grand Re-Opening!

WE ARE FINALLY OPEN AGAIN!! We are all moved into our new building & Saturday we had the biggest success of our “Found Cottage Career”. Mind you we have only been open a year officially now, but my have we grown quickly in that year. More things have happened in this year of being opened than we could have ever asked for. The three of us owners [Lisa, Abby, & I], & all of our vendors are so grateful for such a huge turnout to our grand re-opening event on Saturday & I wanted to share that with all of you who couldn’t be there in person. It all started in the morning with a big line of people lined up an hour before opening which made me just want to burst the doors open & let everyone in early, but we had to get everything ready like hanging our sign out front… YES, you heard that right. Our sign on the building was hung an hour before we opened. It was an error on the sign companies part, but we are just thankful we have a sign now. We huddled together for a prayer of thankfulness &  then we opened the doors & the magic started. It was actually complete chaos because we could have never dreamed of that many people coming to our grand re-opening, but everyone was all smiles even if the line was to the back of our new 6,000 square foot store the entire day… WHAT? how is that possible? I’m humbled, floored, amazed, & feeling so blessed that we, along with our amazing & talented vendors, could create this happy place for people to come and shop unique finds that are vintage, new, & handmade. We had people who traveled from all over & among the chaos of crowds and people it was so fun to meet people & get to chat. I met so many interesting people & I feel honored that everyone chose to spend some time at our store on Saturday to celebrate with us. I could go on, but I just wanted to say thank you for supporting our store from near and far. I want to give it all back to Him, the one who makes it all possible.. He is the reason we found our happy place. The Found Cottage.

Here is a glimpse of one second of our day from a corner of the store….

& a little video I quickly put together of a few other snapshots from the day. We were so busy that we forgot to document the whole day, but here is just a tiny little glimpse…

The day went on perfectly. We felt like we had sold our entire store & spent the weekend restocking for our store to open this week as normal. A good problem to have, I know. It was a success.. I’m exhausted… & oh so happy. I love owning a shop, I love being on this adventure, & I love this little shop of ours. Ok, I’m sure you are over me talking about the grand re-opening, but it literally took over my life for a few weeks & I always want to share my life with you guys. Now we settle back into finding the “normal” with the new store & getting back to things as usual at the farm… I’m so ready to get the renovations going again on our farm after that long break of the holidays & opening the store. You can read more about the store updates [HERE] & [HERE]. I truly hope you like following along with our store journey as well as our farm & fertility.. I love having you guys along for it all. Thanks for stopping by the blog today!! xx

Kitchen Makeover – Bye Bye Island!

If you guys follow me on Instagram you know that this past week among the chaos of opening up our new store last week that Jose and I decided to start demolition on our kitchen & so we ripped out our kitchen island. It ended up being a little harder than I imagined… it was a very well built island! Something that I thought would take 20 minutes took a few hours, but we made it into something fun. We actually thought we would be farther on our kitchen demo by now, but I honestly couldn’t get  vision for the space. I was very confused on what we should do in our kitchen, but one day I woke up and knew exactly what to do. Then the holidays hit & then we were moving stores… it was a mess. So everything else in my life got put on hold including fun house projects. BUT because I couldn’t resist starting the demo, on our only day off last week we decided to rip out the kitchen island. Here is how it looked before with the island still in tact…

& how it looks today…

So much fun to see the little progress we have made. It already feels so much more open now! We honestly just started by taking all the cabinet doors off the island and removed all the drawers. after that we started tackling the trim off the bottom and it kind o just started falling apart at all the seams as we went. Jose and I both commented on how fun it is to demo something because it’s kind of like a puzzle as you go. We used a lot of pry bars, sledge hammers, multi tools, hammers, & screwdrivers. It took a couple of hours & it was right out the door into a trash bin we had ordered prior to the demo to get rid of the mess right away. & that was that, the island is no more!! We still need to take that bulk head piece out of the ceiling, but that’s for another day this week. I’m a person who wants everything done right away, but I’m learning to be patient & that it’s just impossible so beginning this big kitchen remodel just felt really good. What do you guys think so far of our demo.. long way to go huh? The next project?

-ripping out flooring
-new window
-tearing out all upper cabinets
-painting lower cabinets
-painting the ceiling
-new countertops
-new hood range
-putting a new island in
-changing out appliances
-adding a wall treatment
-adding shelving
-putting a new wall in on the opposite side of the room
-putting new flooring throughout the kitchen & connected sunroom
-painting, painting, & more painting
-adding new & more lighting
….. & the list will go on I’m sure.

Thank you for being on this journey with us as we fix up our 1800’s farmhouse!! Be sure to follow me on Facebook & Instagram for more behind the scenes. xx

 

The Found Cottage Is Almost Open… Again!

You guys! I first want to say thank you for all the support you have given us these past few weeks as we have been moving our store, The Found Cottage, from our original location to the new & improved larger store. THANK YOU. All the words of encouragement & excitement has made pushing through this long & grueling process a little easier. Also, I want to say sorry because I feel like I’ve been a tiny bit MIA from life outside of the shop lately & I feel like I haven’t been present in other areas so thanks for sticking by my side & even though I’ve been blogging everyday I just don’t feel like I’ve been myself.. so thank you for understanding and always supporting this journey I’m on. So, we open in one day.. ONE DAY!! I’m writing this to you Late Thursday night so we have one more day of intense work ahead of us & then on Saturday at 10am it’s grand re-opening time!! We moved from a 2,200 square foot building to a 6,000 square foot building so things are a lot different in this new store & I know that where we are starting now is not how it will look in even a few months. I’ve learned from opening the last shop that we will learn what works in the store & learn to expand & grow. I’ve actually learned a lot in this past year since opening our shop exactly one year ago this week & I hope to share those thoughts & insight with you very soon, but for now here is a tiny glimpse of what our shop looked like today this close to opening…

We still have lots of little things to do still before we open the doors, but we have truly done so much in a short amount of time. Although us girls have been there everyday working hard, we could not have done any of this without our amazing families & volunteers who have helped us… we are so blessed by so many awesome people in our lives! I’m so thankful for all of this. A year ago we were opening up a store & in a very short amount of time we needed to expand & this building happened to open & now this year we are having a grand re-opening exactly a year later in a new space… I just can’t write my life better than God can. I wouldn’t choose a lot of things, but He always knows better. I will be back with a recap of how the grand opening comes this weekend & be sure to follow me on Facebook & Instagram for updates as well. THANK YOU GUYS SO MUCH for supporting our dreams & for stopping by the blog daily to see what I’m up to. I can’t tell you what it means to me, but it means a lot. xx

 

See the ugly “before” & progress of our new building below…

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Calm Blue Cottage Bedroom

A lovely calming blue cottage bedroom design by Liz Marie Blog

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I’ve been seeing a huge trend lately of lots of watercolor blues everywhere in decor & I love the calming effect a simple splash of that blue can give to a space. Today while I was out running errands I saw some lovely cottag-ey blues & knew that I wanted to share the trend with you guys today on the blog to see what your think. I looked online tonight & I was able to find some affordable calm blue cottage bedroom decor from Target. I gathered up some lovely blue decor & styled an entire bedroom design around them. It honestly has me craving summer & having the windows open with the breeze blowing through the curtains. For some reason these blues always have me thinking of the sea. I really love the calming effect of the different tones of blues & it is one color that I love using in our farmhouse as well. What do you think of this blue trend? Do you use it in your home? What do you think of this bedroom design? Let me know in the comments below, find me on Facebook, & chat with me on Instagram about it! Thank you SO MUCH for stopping by the blog today!! xx

 

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Rustic & cozy winter bedroom [HERE]

Farmhouse living room all from Amazon [HERE]

Rustic Winter Mantel

This time after Christmas has been so strange for me this year. It’s always kind of a strange time because I’m coming off the holiday high & settling back to “normal life” which is never really normal for me. Last year at this time I was opening up a store for the first time ever & this year at the exact same time we are moving our store to a bigger location. It really never ends. We have had no rest or relaxation at home so our winter decor wasn’t really a thing I spent a lot of time on. This year I simply took the Christmas stuff down & left up some winter greens & natural elements & that was what I called my winter decor like here on our dining room mantel…

Our mantel is simply just an antique find laying against the wall. I stacked two antique trunks in it & on the trunks I placed an antique typewriter, an antique scale with a vintage sign I found & a tablecloth from Magnolia, & I also have a top of an antique scale filled with pinecones. On the mantel I placed a garland that I believe I picked up from Michaels last year & some pinecones. Over the mantel I have some art from House Of Belonging with a wintery wreath that I found at HomeGoods. I think my favorite par too this winter vignette is the “For Rent” sign that I picked up on a recent picking trip with my friend Abby aka 1/3rd of The Found Cottage trio. We had such a great day that day visiting some of our favorite places & this sign stuck out to me for some reason. I wonder where it’s from, what it was used on, when was it used, so many questions! Such a simple little space, but yet it has tons of cozy wintery texture.

I hope you guys liked this little look at our rustic winter mantel. Winter decor is really just that simple. Taking the Christmas decor out & leaving the winter greens in. It doesn’t have to be anything more than that & that kind of makes this transition period very easy when it comes to decor. Now for the craziness of opening a new store, not sleeping, & trying to keep life in order, I have no fix for that. But the good news? The store opens in 3 days! & than I can rest right? I’m so ready! I can’t wait for the grand re-opening. You can read more and see more of what we have been up to on our event page for Saturday [HERE] & read more about it on the blog [HERE]. Thank you to all of you who have sent us prayers & well wishes! & thank you for stopping by the blog today, I hope you are leaving inspired. xx

 

See more of our winter farmhouse…

See our rustic winter entryway [HERE]

See our rustic winter white cabinet [HERE]

Farmhouse Winter White Cabinet

Hi guys! thanks for dropping by the blog today. I wanted to show you guys a bit of our winter dining room & show you one of my favorite finds of all time. I know I say that a lot, but I am in love with this new addition to White Cottage Farm. If you haven’t noticed yet, I am addicted to white chippy primitives. It’s a thing I have an obsession with especially since moving to our 1800’s farmhouse that has more room for them. Anything from chippy white cupboards to architectural salvage. I of course don’t pick them all up that I find, but I can’t pass up some of them that I find like this punched tin cabinet that I came across a few weeks ago that came to our farmhouse this past weekend finally…

White chippy farmhouse cupboard - Farmhouse winter decor in a farmhouse dining room on LizMarieBlog.Com

White chippy farmhouse cupboard - Farmhouse winter decor in a farmhouse dining room on LizMarieBlog.Com

White chippy farmhouse cupboard - Farmhouse winter decor in a farmhouse dining room on LizMarieBlog.Com

Isn’t she lovely? She’s all I have ever dreamed of. A white primitive cupboard with tons of detail and texture. So perfect especially decorated simply for winter. After Heritage Trunk co. was kind enough to drop it off at our farm we moved I knew it had to go in our dining room somewhere. Jose and I moved it in & I immediately started decorating it because that’s what every sane person does at 9 o’clock at night after pulling 12 hour shifts at the shop right? I put a simple winter garland draped on top of the cabinet along with my favorite little wood stool. Hanging on the wall behind the cabinet is one of my favorite white chippy architectural finds. Next to the cabinet is an antique dough bowl & an antique white stool with some of my antique seltzer bottle collection. Just a pretty little  corner in our dining room. Since we have started the slow process of our kitchen remodel this cupboard will be filled with dishes & come in handy!

White chippy farmhouse cupboard - Farmhouse winter decor in a farmhouse dining room on LizMarieBlog.Com

White chippy farmhouse cupboard - Farmhouse winter decor in a farmhouse dining room on LizMarieBlog.Com

White chippy farmhouse cupboard - Farmhouse winter decor in a farmhouse dining room on LizMarieBlog.ComWhite chippy farmhouse cupboard - Farmhouse winter decor in a farmhouse dining room on LizMarieBlog.Com

I wanted to introduce you guys to this new little cabinet of ours & show you how I styled it for winter since I haven’t really done a full “winter home tour” this year since we are living in a fixer upper with lots of unfinished spaces. What do you think of our new farmhouse winter white cabinet? Are you as obsessed with primitive cabinets as I am? Let me know in the comments below, find me on Facebook, & chat with me on Instagram. THANK YOU so much for stopping by my blog today & for sharing with your friends & family.. it means the world to me! xx

I Got The Cover Of A Magazine!

This weekend as I came home late at night after a long & exhausting day at the store I tripped over a small package on my back stoop that I hadn’t seen as I was stumbling in the dark. Or maybe it was because my body was giving out at me after lifting heavy furniture for 12 hours & prepping for the grand re-opening this coming week. Either way I was excited to rip it open & see what was inside. As I opened it I saw two magazines & I couldn’t remember ordering anything, but kept investigating. It was “Gift Shop Magazine” & I immediately recognized the photo on the front cover….

Of course I recognized it from Magnolia Market & my visit there this past fall, but it was also a photo that I took.. yes, on the cover of a magazine! I was thrilled. There were also a few of my photos throughout the magazine as well. I had been in magazines before, but this is my first cover, & also a different situation where it was my photography & not my design work. Just a very cool new experience for me all together. It was also the perfect moment. Being a shop owner is hard. It’s so amazing, but it’s also a lot of work. I love it so much & I never want to hang it up, but there are seasons where your back feels like it’s going to break & your brain feels fried like these past two weeks as we closed the doors on our old shop & have been moving to our new location for our grand re-opening this coming Saturday [you can read more about it HERE]. The magazine was like a pat on the back, like a “Hey you are doing ok.” It was a true gift in that moment that I’m doing what I love & to keep on going.

That trip to Magnolia itself was a true gift. I went with Magnolia Home Paint by Kilz & it was a dream come true to not only visit Magnolia Market, but also to work with such a great team while I was there. A LOT happened during my visit & you can read more about that [HERE]. I spent a lot of time soaking in the sights, meeting amazing people, & capturing photos of angles that I loved. It’s such an honor to have those photos in print now to keep forever. I am just a girl who is passionate about design & decor & is so thankful for opportunities like this more than I could ever say. This feature was special in a new was as well because I’ve been in lots of home decor magazines, but to be in “Gift Shop” magazine as a store owner was pretty fun as well, now I think they need to come & photograph our new store don’t you think? A huge thank you to Gift Shop magazine for featuring my photos & making my whole weekend & a HUGE thank you to you guys because you encourage me daily to keep doing & sharing what I love. Thank you! & thank you for stopping by the blog today & everyday to see what I’m up to. Be sure to follow me on Facebook & Instagram for more behind the scenes. xx

Read more about my Magnolia trip [HERE]

Read more about this lamp [HERE]

Liz Marie Blog Best Of 2016

On this first week of the new year I wanted to reflect on my favorite project of this year. Sounded like fun until I realized it was impossible to do with the INSANE year that we had. It started out with us opening a store in January. The store has kept me busy 24 hours a day all year & it’s success is all a gift from God that I will never ever take for granted. I’m so thankful. After that we decided buy an 1800’s farmhouse & an 8 acre farm. We moved from our home that we had just moved into a year prior & what a whirlwind it was! We started a million house projects [ & finished none of them] & have a million more house projects to do on our fixer-upper farmhouse. That being said, it wasn’t hard for me to pick a project because I had so many awesome ones, it was because I didn’t have many epic before & afters, but simply just a lot of little progress in our home that you can see [HERE]. BUT I still wanted to pick one that I loved & that kind of completed at least one wall in one little space in our home…

The entryway of our home is really the only space that got a makeover this past fall & it felt so good among the whole house being under construction to have a little finished wall. I mean, of course minus the floors. The floors in the above photo were unfinished. Here is how they are looking now & how it’s styled for winter like I blogged [HERE] yesterday…

The floors have been painted in the front living room now & things are looking different around here! I can’t wait to show you this whole space when the floors are finished. Anyways, so 2016 was really exciting here on the blog with us finishing up our last fixer upper home & moving onto the farmhouse & I hope that 2017 is even more exciting. One BIG thing I want to tackle is our kitchen/sunroom area with a complete overhaul. This was our kitchen makeover from our last house that we finished in 2016…

It was such a tiny little kitchen & I loved it! You can see more [HERE] You can see more of our last house [HERE] & what we did to it. Our kitchen now is much larger & is going to involve a TON more demo & work. But that makes me so excited! I can’t wait to get started. Here is what it’s looking like now…

This is just one of the angles of the space & as you can see I haven’t had my touch on the space yet.. demo starts this weekend & expect to see full updates very soon here on the blog & on Instagram & Facebook. You can see more of the kitchen & what our plans are [HERE]. THANK YOU for being a huge part of the blog in 2016 and for following along on our farmhouse, store, & fertility journey. Every visit to the blog means so much to me.. I could never even tell you or explain to you how happy it makes me. I am so excited for what 2017 is going to bring here on the blog & I’m so excited to have you along with me. Do you have any big projects planned for 2017? Let me know in the comments below, find me on Facebook, & chat with me on Instagram. Also, visit some of my other blogger friends & see what their top project for 2016 was and what their plans for 2017 are…

Ella Claire | City Farmhouse | French Country Cottage | Miss Mustard Seed

My Sweet Savannah | Craftberry Bush | Rooms for Rent | Shades of Blue Interiors

Jennifer Rizzo | Kindred Vintage | Liz Marie Blog

 

 

Cozy Farmhouse Winter Entryway

You guys!! We are still not done painting the front living room floors.. I mean, we are almost there, but not quite. Hopefully by next week I will have a big update for you on that. On the other side of the room is our front entryway by the staircase & I did a little winter decorating in that space after I took down all the Christmas decor & I wanted to share it with you today in all it’s simplicity…


Sorry about the photos being a little dark, but it’s been so gloomy here on the farm & I can’t seem to catch any sun rays coming in the house lately so this is what I could get. The first thing you can see is the progress of our painted floors in this room.. I’m loving them so much so far especially in this area when I start bringing decor & furniture back in the space. The rest of the room is an absolute disaster, but more on that later.


This space is super simple with all it’s moody winter light & black accents among all the white. I filled the black tray under the church pew with live winter greens that are also hanging on the stair railing. On the church pew I placed a farm pillow from The Found Cottage along with a “staple goods” pillow from H&M. The plaid throw is from Home Goods & that black lamp is a find from Target. You can go [HERE] to see the rest of the sources for the space.

Such a fun space, I can’t wait to work more on this room this weekend & make more progress so that this isn’t the only pretty angle of the space. But for now the store has been taking up a lot of time so there hasn’t been much progress made on the house the past few weeks. You can read more about the store & our move [HERE]. I hope you guys liked seeing our winter entryway & thank you SO MUCH for stopping by the blog today. Let me know what you think of the space in the comments below, find me on Facebook, & chat with me on Instagram. xx

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Magnolia Lamp

I hope I’m not the only one who does this because now that I’m typing it I feel a little bit selfish, but here it goes… During this fertility journey of ours I have learned that in the low points or the hard times that giving myself a gift makes it a little easier. I think they call that retail therapy. Well, as I blogged about [here] & [here], Christmas after miscarriages & while struggling with infertility can be pretty tough. The reminder of loss is all around. One thing that comes up is not being able to buy gifts for our seven littles that are in heaven. So, it always helps to buy myself something special around the holidays as a reminder of hope & of those babies of ours that we lost. Also, because let’s face it.. when I’m sad I like buying pretty things. It’s just what I do. Of course I don’t use this method alone to deal with our huge loss, but spoiling myself, Jose, & my family around the holidays is one of my favorite things to do. So, this year a while before Christmas I purchased something that I had my eyes on when I visited Waco this past summer…
The magnolia lamp from Magnolia Market. It’s described as Joanna’s favorite lamp & I’m quite fond of it as well. After living in North Carolina for 9 years, magnolia trees were always my favorite. In our downtown rental we had a large magnolia tree hanging above our courtyard & I was obsessive with picking up the fallen leaves & using them in our decor. I wish more than anything I could plant Magnolia trees on our farm here in Michigan.. Maybe it’s possible? Something kind of special actually happened by this lamp on my visit to Magnolia Market. You see I was by myself a lot at the market during the silobration this summer. I had a lot of alone time & found myself wandering around a lot taking it all in. As I was shopping by the lamps I met the sweetest couple who came to Magnolia market that day & we got to talking. I want to say we started talking about something else, but the conversation moved onto this lamp and how much we loved it. I wasn’t able to buy the lamp then because it wasn’t going to fit in my suitcase, but I convinced her to buy it since they were driving & I wanted at least one of us to get it that day. I was so fun meeting such nice people doing something so simple as shopping. I swear I met the nicest people while at Magnolia & this lamp is kind of a sweet reminder of that trip as well.

I was pleasantly surprised with the quality of this lamp when I got it. It was packaged perfectly & came surprisingly fast to my doorstep. I was shocked that the lampshade was actually a thick sturdy metal [it probably said that in the description, but I was too lazy to read it] & the lamp base was also thick quality metal as well. Everything on it was super sturdy including the finial at the top of the lamp which is a large magnolia blossom. I wouldn’t change a thing.. super happy with my new whimsical lamp!

This magnolia lamp, or Joanna’s favorite lamp as they call it, fits perfectly in our cozy little sunroom & adds the perfect little glow to the space that it needed. On this rainy day when I snapped the photos it made me especially happy. I love lamps on in the house on rainy afternoons. It’s a simple joy that makes me so thankful for a warm cozy home. Have you ever checked out this lamp? Do you own it? I would love to hear from you! Let me know in the comments below, find me on Facebook, & chat with me on Instagram. xx

 

2017 Word Of The Year – Happy New Year!

Happy New Year friends! I know a lot of people hate the whole “cliche” of making new years resolutions & all of that, but I like to use the new year as a reset. A time of reflection, a time to see what I improved on in the year before, & what I can improve on in the coming new year. I’ve learned in my short time as an adult that I will never completely change or all of the sudden be this perfectly fit person who always makes healthy choices & is super organized in every area of my life just because it’s a new year. BUT i know that I can work hard at improving myself & the new year is the perfect fresh start & motivation to do that. For the past few years when the new year hits I come up with a word for the upcoming year that I want to use as inspiration. This year is no different. Over dinner on New Years Eve Jose & I did a lot of chatting & came up with the perfect word for me in this upcoming year…

bal·ance
noun
1. an even distribution of weight enabling someone or something to remain upright and steady.

Balance. Why that word? Well, in 2016 that was one thing I couldn’t grasp no matter how hard I tried. We opened the store, we moved in to our 1800’s farmhouse, we got a farm, we struggled through our infertility journey, we found a church finally, we worked, we went to school, we tried having social lives, we did countless projects, & all around we struggled with balance.  I was rushed the whole year, behind on everything the whole year, forgetful the whole year, & unbalanced the whole year. I don’t want to live like that. Of course I will never completely be balanced & on top of everything, but I know if I work on balance & find the root of being balanced in all the different areas will help me improve my day to day life. I need schedules, I need lists, I need time off, I need rest, I need to exorcise , I need to eat healthier, I need to sleep more, I need to be more intentional in my work, I need to talk to God more, I need to find balance with all of these things & I’m going to take huge steps to make this happen. One big thing I’m starting with is purging. We spent some time this weekend purging things & getting rid of a lot of stuff from our farmhouse this past weekend & we will be doing a lot more the next few weeks, but I’m also going to be purging unnecessary things from my life like time suckers that don’t need my attention, anxieties about things that are out of my control, & just nonsense things that don’t benefit me in rest, work, or others around me. I want a better sleep schedule, more attention to the ones that I love, & more time to relax & really take the simple moments in. I think you get it, this girl needs balance. I’m craving structure & that feeling of having parts of my life together.

I know I’m not alone in this whole un-balance thing & that a lot of you probably feel the same way. i know a lot of people blame it on me being so busy, but I think I have more control over it than I give myself credit for. & though this post may seem negative towards myself & my life, it’s actually so positive. I’m truly not being hard on myself, but I simply can’t wait to improve on this in my life & to feel balanced & more put together. I laugh off a lot of things I do when I make mistakes when my life becomes out of control, but I’m kind of sick of being the unbalanced one that everyone says “oh bless your heart” to. I want to be that put together business owner that I am & I want to be more on top of things to help benefit me, my family, & others around me. 2017 is that year. After a whirlwind year that was impossible to keep balanced I’m ready to make work towards more balance in all areas of my life. That is once we get the new store up and running of course. You can read more about the new store [HERE]. So do you have a word of the year? I would LOVE to hear what your word is or if you made any resolutions. Let me know in the comments below, find me on Facebook, or chat with me on Instagram. I can’t wait to hear from you! xx

Read my 2016 word of the year [here]

The Found Cottage Is Moving!!

I am SO BAD at updating you guys about The Found Cottage. Some of you may not even know that I own a store with two other amazingly creative people [Lisa & Abby] here in West Michigan. Well, I do & our year anniversary is coming up this January 14th. This year has been a wild ride! Owning a store is a dream come true for me, but having a brick and mortar is one of the hardest & most challenging things you can do. For us it was all good problems which I’m so thankful for. We were far busier than we could ever dream of, we grew too quickly, & we for sure outgrew our building quicker than we could have ever imagined. That is why we are moving! Not even a year into our journey & an opportunity came up to get a much larger space that happened to be right next door to our current location & so we snatched it up really quickly & this week Saturday [December 31st] we are closing the doors on our current location & re-opening on our one year anniversary in two weeks. What I haven’t really been sharing with you guys is that every waking moment that I haven’t been at home, working, or here blogging, I’ve been at the new store getting it ready to open. It’s been so busy! The store was in pretty bad shape when we got it a month ago, so we have been preparing for opening day. It always gets worse before it gets better right? I wanted to share a tiny glimpse at the process &  what it looked like today in all the craziness as we started to move things in as we are under construction so that you guys could be a part of this journey with us…

So here was where we started when the ceilings were beginning to be painted…

& after the ceilings were painted…

& after the walls were painted, carpet removed, ceilings painted, & the floors being worked on…

We are in the process of building displays throughout the entire store which is being done by a lot of helping hands. It involves the building, the painting, the staining, the cleaning, the moving, the prepping, the planning, & everything in between. It is a long process that kind of looks like a complete mess in the middle, but we know at the end it will look amazing. We have been doing this all while keeping the other location open which has presented it’s challenges, but we can’t stand to be closed ever because we love having our little shop available for people to visit. This coming week will start the two week last minute stretch where all of this starts coming together  & going from a functional mess to an actual store. I can’t wait to bring in all of our merchandise & to style the store!! So this is post one of three before we open. This is the beginning…

I am one for wanting to show the “after” of things. The moments that are pretty and perfect, but it doesn’t seem right in this situation because this whole process is a huge part of who we are. We are do-ers, DIY-ers, creators, makers & this is a huge part of our store. So here is the beginning.. the start to our new location & I can’t wait to share the journey with you guys! Stay tuned for parts 2 & 3 coming the next two weeks before we open our doors! I can’t wait to share the pretty updates & even the outside of the building when we are closer. If you are local, we would love to see you on the 14th for our grand opening! We just started an event page for the grand opening [here] that we will be posting to as well. Thank you guys so much for stopping by the blog today, for supporting our dreams, & for cheering us on. It means so much! xx

10 Affordable Chunky Wool Blankets

 

10 of the best affordable handmade chunky wool blankets - A must pin for farmhouse and cottage decor!

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So yesterday I blogged my new chunky wool blanket from Modern Wool [HERE] that I had purchased recently. I chose to share it because I’m obsessed with the blanket, the quality, the look, & everything about it. It truly brought a lot of joy to my holiday season & I was so happy to finally own something I had been looking at forever. They were even so kind to offer me a discount code that I could share with you guys [see discount code here]. I also know you guys know that I don’t share anything that I purchase if I don’t love it.. which is the best thing about blogging to share things with you that I love. I got a lot of comments about the price of the blankets & it’s so true that the chunky knit throws from Modern Wool reflect their superior quality. Honestly, I wish you could all feel it for yourself! On Instagram I was chatting with some lovely readers & they asked if I knew of any chunky wool throws that were a little cheaper than the one I featured, & of course I wanted to find some for you guys because I know not everyone wants to spend a lot on a blanket. I found 10 more affordable ones & shared them above [you can click the corresponding number below the large collage or the individual photos below the numbers to go to the listing of each blanket]. The only thing is about these chunky wool blankets, is that I can’t share my review of their quality or how amazing they are because I don’t own them. These chunky wool blankets above are all still from small handmade shops which I love supporting & I hope that this list helps you if you were looking for an affordable chunky wool blanket. Thank you so much for stopping by the blog today & for sharing this with your family & friends. Be sure to find me on Facebook & Instagram for more behind the scenes of our farm life. xx

More of my favorite home decor…


The best farmhouse decor from Amazon [HERE]

Handmade Chunky Knit Wool Blanket

One thing that winter has taught me in an old farmhouse is that…it gets cold! We are learning ways to keep it warm and cozy, but it’s not like living in a brand new built home that’s for sure. I’ve learned to dress warm & that slippers are my best friend. I’ve also taken a special liking to blankets. Not any old wimpy blanket, but thick cozy ones preferably made of wool. Most recently I purchased a blanket from a sweet company I’ve been following for a long time now. I feel like I need to add a little disclaimer here. This blanket is a splurge. I’m usually a thrifty girl, I mean I have the blanket sitting on a vintage $10 chair from GoodWill & right behind the chair I hung cheap drop cloth curtains. Most of the furniture in our home is found items, most of the furniture in our sunroom here is hand-me-downs from my gram, & every once in a while I like to spend money on myself to spoil myself. This Christmas was hard for me, you can read more about that [here], & I wanted to gift myself something cozy. You know I always share my thrifty decor with you & DIY projects so thank you so much letting me share this with you as well. Every winter I feel like I need one of these big guys, but this year I finally gifted myself one & I’m so thankful I did! The company I’m talking about is Modern Wool…

Winter decor - chunky wool knitted blankets

Seriously, it’s the most gorgeous [& cozy] blanket I have ever seen. I can’t believe we own one now! I bought the large throw on their site [here] I’ve been sitting under it every day in our sunroom & I’ve had a hard time sharing it because it’s become my favorite cozy thing. Bella & Bear have also taken a liking to our new wool blanket & it just goes to prove how spoiled those little fur babies are.

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Winter decor - chunky wool knitted blankets

These blankets are a splurge for me for sure, but there were a few points that had me sold. First of all it’s a small family business & every item is handmade with lots of love. They are made with the softest sheep wool with no synthetic fibers which is what I think sets these blankets apart from others that I have seen. Modern Wool also gave me a discount code & I’m able to share that with you guys as well. Use code LIZ for 20% your orders. How nice of them to offer that? They also have more products than just the wool blankets such as pillows, outerwear, & more.

Winter decor - chunky wool knitted blankets
I hope you guys enjoyed seeing one of my recent big purchases & also how I will be staying warm this winter in our farmhouse. You will probably be seeing this blanket pop up in a lot of my photos I share. Do you have a blanket from Modern Wool? Is it not your favorite thing ever?! Thank you guys SO MUCH for stopping by the blog today & for sharing it with you friends & family. Be sure to find me on Facebook & Instagram for more behind the scenes. xx

 

Some more winter decor inspiration…

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