Winter Weekend at the Cottage

Hey Campers! We’re just back from another great winter weekend at the cottage! That’s twice this winter, and they keep getting better each time. The weather cooperated, cold, but sunny with not too much wind, no snowstorms to speak of, and lots of stuff to do!

Of course they all involve survival….by that I mean, at the camp in winter you need to get a supply of water, and a supply of firewood. That takes a good bit of time. So do other chores, like keeping water hot on the woodstove for washing, and for dishes etc.

Everything becomes a little more difficult without running water. Not insurmountable, just more difficult. Of course it’s cold too, so keeping the wood stove burning takes some attention, especially early in the morning.

When the fire has gone out overnight, and the place starts to cool off. That’s when I sure appreciate that electric blanket!

Last weekend was a big 4 wheeler / snowmobile rally on the lake, with apparently hundreds of machines running up and down the ice and over the trails.

We missed that, this weekend there were some ATVs and snowmobiles going past the camp out on the lake, but not very many. I got a few pics and even a video a snowmobile that was really cooking as he went by, I guess he didn’t want to be on the ice any longer than necessary…..As soon as I figure out how to upload it, I will put it on for ya!

As I mentioned, the weather cooperated so Doug and I went back into the logging business, cutting some more trees, one big one that got hung up….kind of exciting for few minutes, then we got a good old brush fire going and burned up the slash and branches.

Really got a lot of it cleaned up, which was good because otherwise I worry that it will become a fire hazard in the warmer months.

There is nothing like an outdoor fire on a nice winter day. I love it, plus, it gets rid of so much of the old branches and stuff that won’t make it to the woodstove. And speaking of the woodstove, my woodpile is growing, next trip we will be cutting this up and splitting it.

One thing about having a place on a lake, the scene before you is always changing, the seasons bring a different view of the same water. This time it is the ice, and the shadows.

I have to be honest, I much prefer the above view when it is water instead of ice, but it is beautiful nonetheless. I’m posting a few more pics from this weekend on the Cottage Blog.

If this works…here is a video of a big old spruce tree that I cut down, only trouble was, it got hung up in some other trees….a conundrum.

As I stood looking at it, wondering my next plan, it starting breaking off branches, as the wind moved it a bit I guess and I had to stop videoing when we cut it through to get it to fall the rest of the way.

A big old tree…..Hated to cut it down, but it was becoming too big, and if it had of uprooted, it would have been a mess.

Cottage Decorating in Style

Regardless of your artistic ability and an eye for appealing layouts, cottage decorating interior design jobs are generally a slow climb up a ladder through competitive ranks.

Professional Decorating Ideas

Professional designers need to be able to sketch their ideas, convince others their designs will be the best of all choices and understand the legal aspects of different building codes before moving into interior design jobs.

Even with a solid education, it takes experience to move up the designing ladder.

It can takes years of study in architecture as well as color coordination and fabric knowledge to begin to understand the techniques involved in cottage decorating design.

Jobs in the field are reserved for those with the appropriate education as well as a learned eye and the ability to put it all together.

Those with interior design jobs may also benefit from the use of computer aided drafting (CAD) programs used to create rendering in two and three dimensions of what the structure will look like when completed.

The designer will also choose furniture, colors and materials that go with their design while pleasing the client. Creating a space that is not only appealing but functional and offers accessibility.

When looking for cottage decorating interior design jobs the applicant will have to prove their basic abilities, as well as their ability to work with others and coordinate efforts of a wide range of professionals.

Interior Cottage Decorating Designs

During interior design jobs that require full remodeling, the designer will be possibly working with electricians, plumbers, carpenters and painters and will serve as a general contractor in coordinating the work being done.

The job, always in the interest of the client, will have to be done on time and within budget.

With many interior design jobs, the designer is working on the client’s behalf in selecting materials as well as the contractors who will actually do the work.

Once the designs have been accepted, meetings with the client will result in a budget and a time frame and the designer will have to track progress every step of the way.

The ability to complete a job within budget and on time will provide the opportunity for additional interior design jobs.

5 Easy Cottage Decorating Ideas

#1 Less Is More:

The cottage decorating style can best be obtained using sober, naturalistic design and light colors. Try to bring together the past and today’s world.

The best way to do this is to present “antique” pieces in a different way and make them stand out. Always remember: quality is more important than quantity when decorating in the cottage style.

This can be quite challenging when dealing with large living spaces: these big areas are demanding imposing and bold pieces of furniture and it is easy to overdo it.

#2 Forget Perfection

When you go out to hunt for the furniture for your new design, don’t be too demanding: learn to accept that time has taken its toll on the furniture.

If you want perfection buy new furniture, but if you go for the cottage style of decorating, know that it is perfectly acceptable if some minor pieces are missing or broken. That is just adding to the character of the furniture.

#3 Colors

Using light colors will transform a room in a clean and beautiful place. By combining these light colors with warm and natural materials you can avoid an overly cold and clinical feeling.

You need a cool not cold atmosphere.

 #4 Back to Basics

A cottage was originally designed to be a good place to live in. What it looked like was a lot less important than nowadays.

The original English cottages were built using the British Arts & Crafts Movement. This building style originated in the first part of the 20th century and tried to make a connection between the interior of the house and the surrounding garden.

#5 Details

It’s the details that will create the feeling of perfection: when choosing decorative objects to complement your interior you need to have an eye for details.

As stated in #1 above: “less is more” so don’t go overboard and fill the room. A few well-chosen pieces will have a much greater effect