Thursday, September 29, 2011

bright ideas

I feel like I always say this...but what a busy week it has been! Plus it is getting a bit colder outside...yay! Fall time! 

My new events team & I have been hard at work this week scoring some of the best of the best for market. I am so excited about our January market events and I cannot wait to spill the beans on who all we are bringing to Atlanta!

It's getting chillier! So excited to bring out my cozy clothes. How cute is this girls braid?! 

Crock Pot Pot Roast is def on my to-do list for the upcoming weeks. Goodness, my mouth is watering already! 

Fall, I love you
:) amc 

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

what a bench

I remember when I was a little girl I always wanted a window seat/bench where I could cuddle up, look out the window and dream of boys... like Justin Timberlake, Taylor Hanson and Cory Matthews. {Swoon!} I have always thought that little nooks with built-in shelves or benches were just perfect little spots! The extreme Type-A in me craves spaces that are creatively used allowing for each little area to have a purpose. {She's crazy!}

Sadly, I haven't gotten a built-in bench or window seat yet, but you can bet that when I get my {Hopes & Dreams} first home, I will demand ask nicely for a built-in bench of some sort!

This image hangs on my wall in my office. I love the book shelves {but what a waste, don't they have more books?!}, the colors, the lay-out and those to-die-for high ceilings. Plus a  great window seat nook! {Dreaming of Cory Matthews starts now}
{House Beautiful...i think}

What I really love is built-in breakfast benches. My absolute favorite is when they are tucked in corners and surround a round table. This space is great. 

This one reminds me of one of my friend's homes. Lots of white, fresh florals, rustic dining table, chandelier, built-in bench. I really love this space!!!

What a wonderful mini-mud room. I like how they classed it up with traditional home accents to give it a more inside, formal look. 

Dreaming of Cory Matthews again....

DIY built-in bench kitchen nook! The bench is actually made of Ikea cabinets. So smart! Love that chandelier and the pillow color scheme. 

Another DIY bench made from Ikea cabinets. Looks easy enough, right? Ohhh Josh!! :) 

How funny is that built-in dog crate! 

So DIY-able! Just give me a window! Of course, I die for those orange curtains the the throw

I scored a similiar bench from CraigsList {"I know this guy named Craig, and he has this list"}. Once I get that {Hopes & Dreams!} house I want to re-create this area in my entrance. Love the hooks, the shelf, the pictures, the bench cushion, the kid! {wait...slow down, amc}

Gotta love the touches of orange. #PopofColour as my girls at Kate Spade would say. Sadly, I don't actually have any "girls at Kate Spade". I'm clearly back to my dream world....

An entry-way bench for the rich and fabulous. I will probably never have anything this wonderfully customized in my home, but hey- this blog is about dreaming right? :) P.S. Excellent wall color!

Even if it isn't built-in, a bench thrown in here or there just makes a space a bench more fabulous! {I crack myself up} Note to self- need a home with large hallways and entryways for my future bench collection

Have a benchin' day! {aren't you glad my terrible bench jokes are over?!}
:) amc

+ Shout out to AmericasMart's newest event team member and her brand new blog! Check it out here:

Sunday, September 25, 2011

wonderful weekends

Sunday, September 25
Back at Cottage Cheek! I am laying out on the porch and thought i would try to blog from my phone with the Blogger app.

The weather this weekend was hotter than expected but i can still tell that Fall is not far from us. Even though I often pretend it is full-on Fall by wearing boots. Hey, if I can't wear my white then I get to wear my boots. It's only fair.

Let's try posting some pics from the weekend:
Okay I cant figure it out so here is my weekend in pics! 

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
:) amc

Monday, September 26
Happy Monday! Just got on an actual computer and saw that my mobile post yesterday was a hot mess! I have organized and labeled the pics now 
:) amc 

GA Tech Game with Josh & Dad! 

Mom and 2 of her friends did the Breast Cancer 2 Day Walk! We saw them Saturday and then again on Sunday at the finish line! 

Mom really wants a pink jet ski for Cottage Cheek

Great Job Ladies!!!! So proud of you! 

Then we spent the rest of the day at Cottage Cheek! 

Mom & Josh were proud of their tattoos- haha!!! 
I managed to get some sun on the porch and the deck. I love this lake house! 
What a wonderful weekend! 5 more days till the next one...counting down :)

:) amc

Friday, September 23, 2011

cottage cheek

As I mentioned before, Mom & Dad bought a lake house! To clarify it is a "lake-house", not to be confused with "a-house-on-a-lake." Apparently this means that the house has "character" and that is a good thing. 
The house also came with all of it's furniture and lucky for us, {and the boys that would have to carry in new furniture} their stuff is pretty good!

Take a peek into Cottage Cheek! 

 Love this piece that is in the kitchen. The grandparents of the former-owners of Cottage Cheek owned the Lake Jackson Inn and this is one of the original pieces. {did that make any sense???} I love the beadboard backing. I also love the little bit of turquoise paint that is holding on the cabinet doors. Sadly, it isn't holding on too tight so the panels will be replaced with glass soon

This is a dresser in my room. The trusty ole iPhone didn't do it justice- but it is a very neat piece and I actually like the lamp and mirror on it

Some pieces we didn't love as much...

So we painted them white! Instant update!

Luckily the bathrooms are in great shape- cute details, nice fixtures and good color schemes.

The large fireplace in the living room is wonderful! I can't wait for our first fire there on a cool fall night! The mantle is a work in progress {but that frame in the middle is from our Scott's adventure!}

Sadly, that is all the pictures I have of the house... 

But here are some from our first weekend at the house! 
I spent my fair share of the weekend posted up on one of the docks with yummy seasonal beer! I die for anything with pumpkin in it!

Of course, we spent a lot of time around the dining table

Yummy breakfast!

We also discovered Blind Pig BBQ. It is right up the street from our house and super yummy! 

I insisted that we get shirts. Don't the Cheek Fam's "3 Blind Pigs" look great in them?!

We got used to lake-living real quick! 

I tried so hard to get Mr Mason to sit on the side of the dock with me

He said no

Can't wait to go back! 

:) amc