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It’s Time to Woman Up, and Other Design Goals for 2018

This is not a post about resolutions because I don’t do those. But, I do like to set goals for myself, generally speaking, even if I will come nowhere close to achieving said goals. I operate with a daily to-do list because I am fanatical about crossing things off the list. I LIVE for crossing things off lists (or, erasing them in our digital era). Like I did last year, I thought it would be good to set a few goals for The 256 Project for 2018. Unlike last year, where I essentially failed at everything, I plan to set very few goals for myself so that I can be less bothered by not having achieved those few things at the end of this year. Hey, I’m just being honest with myself and you.

In addition to these projects that I may never get to, I also have a few goals for the blog.




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Friday Faves: Garlic and…HGTV?

It’s been a while since I did a #FridayFaves round-up. Admittedly, I got kinda lazy and busy once the holidays got closer and, well, you know what happens. But I figured I’d start the year off right and actually post what I said I was going to post. So happy Friday! This week, I’m spreading the love for garlic and HGTV.

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A Year of Successes and Failures at The Cozy Cottage

This past year has been a busy one. We’ve been lucky enough to travel quite a bit, visiting family and friends around the world and country, collecting ornaments and design inspiration along the way. A lot happened this year, including taking on design clients (a practice I hope to expand in the new year) and a lot didn’t happen this year (something I hope to change in the new year). I’m looking back at the year of successes and failures (frankly, mostly failures) with one big laugh. Want to see what 2017 looked like at The Cozy Cottage? Let’s go!

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Client Project: New Apartment in Brooklyn, Introduction Part 2

Last week, I introduced you to a new client project that I’m so excited to be working on: a two-bedroom apartment in Brooklyn for a lovely lady and her two kids in which she is essentially starting from scratch. I’m calling the project #BrooklynReboot and last week’s introduction described the scope of the entire project, the backstory and then showed off the design direction of the master bedroom. This week, we’re going over the main living space, which is one large room split into the dining and living rooms and kitchen plus entry.




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Client Project: New Apartment in Brooklyn

Today, I am introducing you to a beautiful new client project that has been a year in the making. It involves a really fun and stylish lady, her two super cute kids, a new two-bedroom apartment in Brooklyn that gets ALL THE LIGHT and even has in-apartment washer and dryer AND a private patio (WTF?!), and a new start in life. This client project is a true collaborative effort and I’m so excited to be working on it. Together, we’re dubbing it #BrooklynReboot. Here is an introduction to the Brooklyn client project, starting with the master bedroom.

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DIY: Back Door Paint Job and Christmas Decorations

Multiple choice question: Did I recently paint our back door because a) it was falling apart and ugly AF, b) I was supposed to be working on something else but I was procrastinating that so I painted the back door instead, c) I wanted a pretty backdrop for a Christmas wreath, or d) all of the above? Of course my most recent DIY project was due to all of the above and now look how pretty Christmas is!!

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Client Project: Modern Feminine Nursery in Michigan

Welcome to Michigan, baby! My latest client project has taken me to a small room in a modern house in Ann Arbor that is being converted into a nursery in time for a baby girl to arrive by early January. And you know how I am always talking about how important rugs are? Well, this nursery design grew out of a beautiful rug and incorporates soft colors, modern design and feminine touches to become a beautiful little space. I’ve dubbed this client project #Michiganbaby. Ready to see?

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Friday Faves: Giving Thanks and Foooooooood

Happy Thanksgiving weekend and happy Friday! We have a lot to be grateful and thankful for, one of them being our tiny, hairy family. And something else to be thankful for is lotsa food, one of which is a Kreyol Kitchen redo that I’m sharing in this Friday Faves. Remember earlier this week, I shared the first EPIC FAIL in translating my Haitian grandmother’s recipes when I tried to make mocha pudding? Well, I had wanted a dessert to bring for Thanksgiving so I was determined to change my chocolate soup mistake into an actual chocolate dessert that you’d want to eat. I made a few changes and it worked!

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Recipe: Mocha Pudding Epic Fail

This is the story of my first EPIC FAIL in cooking and baking my grandmother’s recipes. What was supposed to be probably a firm and delicious mocha pudding turned into chocolate soup. Truthfully, I am not going to hate on chocolate soup but I was hoping to post a dessert recipe here that you could use for Thanksgiving and the rest of the holiday season and now I can only post about what not to do and maybe how I think I can make it better…but not sure if it’s just that I suck at life and maybe can’t actually make it better?

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Friday Faves: One Room Challenge

I’m home sick with a dog that needs to wear a cone thanks to a little foot problem. So…it’s going to be a FUN Friday over at the cozy cottage. But one thing that has been entertaining me for seven weeks has been the One Room Challenge. I wrote about it before and you can find more information over at Calling It Home. The basic gist is that 20 seriously talented featured designers as well as numerous guest designers participate in what is usually six weeks to totally transform one room, with the help of sponsors. They had their room reveals this week and there is just so much gorgeousness. Part of me feels totally inept and clueless and another part of me is very much inspired. This week’s Friday Faves is all about my favorite reveals.

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