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Anyone else have trouble keeping track of what day of the week it is 
during the summer months?  Without routine and schedules it's
just so difficult for me…but I am happy it's Friday….
I am heading up to Seattle later this afternoon, mostly to watch
my girl play some soccer but also to see my country
crush Kenny Chesney in concert at Safeco Field!  I have
seen Kenny in concert many times but my hubby got us tickets
in the sandbar for my birthday…gotta love a guy who buys you 
tickets to see your country crush from the front row!

While in Seattle, I am also having brunch with some
of my favorite blogging pals….so it's going to be a busy weekend,
filled with lots of good stuff.

As you can see from the photo above, we have made a few little
changes in our kitchen - added the Ikea pendants over
the island.  I had an electrician convert the can lights for me.
I also have hung bamboo shades since this photo was taken -
both things I have wanted to do FOREVER…..I promise to
get a post up soon with all the little changes that
I have made in our home….

I had no takers on the pillows I had for sale in my last post -
a first!  If you are interested in any of them, please feel
free to make me an offer - I would like to pass them along.

Wishing you all a weekend full of summer good stuff!


Pillow Sale!

Well happy summer to you all…..
Life this summer is considerably different in my home…
I attribute the change to the ages of my girls {13 and 16}and 
having a child who drives {what?????}…..I love it and hate
it all at the same time…...
Basically, they only need me to fill the pantry and fridge 
and give permission to
go here and there and everywhere.

So what have I been doing to distract me from my
uselessness?  Mainly, I have been working with awesome
clients, but also doing a fair amount of digging cleaning
out many spaces in my own home.  

My pillow stash really needs to be lessened so I thought 
it would be fun to pass along PAIRS of some
pretty custom pillows my fellow pillow lovers!

*price includes shipping

And I apologize in advance for the less than 
stellar photos -

Bengal Bazaar Lumbars {12x20}
$100/pair $80/pair

Birds {22x22}
$90/pair $70/pair

Upside-down Ikat {my workroom's mistake!!} {22x22}
*these are trimmed in black linen

Pretty Foundation Pillow 22x22
$150/pair $100/pair

**This pair is brand new and never used.  I had them made for a client
and then the direction of the design changed.  They are gorgeous cream 
with a light blue/gray design - so versatile!

**All these pillows were made custom.  I recommend
filling them with a 24x24 Ikea down fill for a fuller pillow.

** If you would like to purchase please send me an email at and I will send
you an invoice via Paypal.  Once you have paid the invoice I will mark
the pillow SOLD on this post.

Happy pillow shopping!


Summer-izing your home with rugs - {discount code!}

I snapped this photo this morning of the current state of our living room.  You will
notice that I swapped my vintage Persian rug for this shaggy Moroccan - it
just felt lighter and brighter for summer.

I was recently contacted by an online rug pad
company asking if I would try their rug pads and write
a review.  While rug pads often get forgotten when we invest in
an expensive area rug - a quality rug pad is important for many

* protection of your hardwood floors
* cushion/comfort underfoot
* reducing slipping and stretching

I was thrilled to receive a felt backed rug pad from the Rug Pad Corner!
It is amazing how much more comfortable our PB Heathered Jute rug is
to walk on - even my kids noticed a difference!

Besides offering high quality rug pads, the Rug Pad Corner donates
a portion of EACH sale to a charity that you choose!

In addition - the Rug Pad Corner will custom cut your rug
if their standard sizes won't accommodate your rug!

And what I love the most is that the Rug Pad Corner is a 
green company - they use no dangerous chemicals in their pads or adhesives!

Rug Pad Corner ( is offering Forever*Cottage
readers a discount of 15% off any rug pad.  Just apply the code REVIEW15
at checkout to receive this savings!

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