Top 10 “Readers’ Choice” Posts in 2022

This past year was quite the year. It was chock full of the Good, the Bad and certainly the Ugly. There was a lot of learning and experiences that I shared along the journey of Life on Sylvan Lane at The City Cottage. Now let’s go down “Memory Lane”.

French Cottage Bedroom Envy

Blue Toile Beddong

What do you think of and what comes to mind when you say, French Country decor? Actually surprisingly enough it encompasses many of the same elements of coastal, industrial, and shabby chic decor. Pretty cool, right?Surprisingly it can also be both Feminine and Masculine. All you need are the right wall colors, accessories and inspiration of what YOU like. Continue Reading

5 Easy Small Entryway Refresh Tips

Nothing says WELCOME More than having some of your favorite decor in your Entryway/Foyer.

It is the first and the last part of the home that you’re Guests will see.

 It is super important to keep it clutter free and refreshed. Your entryway sets the tone for the whole house so tie it in with the rest of your home decor. Continue Reading

Foyer Table

Simple Tips For Styling Your Mantle

Boho display Mantle

Are you ready to learn how to decorate your mantle. We are keeping these styling tips brief and basic because decorating should be fun and creative – not stressful. I think decorating is a personal choice. Mainly when I decorate I look at things that I like and I put …Just go with what you like. Does it bring you JOY….yes, BRAVO. Continue Reading 

Best FREE Room Design APPS

Here I sit getting ready to design or should I say redesign another room in the home. I am trying to figure it out. It’s sometimes very hard to work out-like if it will fit and will it look right one redesigning the room? Are these questions you ask yourself as well. 
oh I still sketch (very, very, rough. L O L).   
I have found free room planning tools online that I would like to share with you. Best part, they are FREE! Continue Reading

10 Simple Decorating Rules

Are you in search of Decorating ideas to help make your rooms have the Decorator Look.

I have put together 10 simple Decorating  Rules that are easy to follow and you will help you to achieve the Look you want.

Find your Inspiration and make your Decorating be a reflection of who you are and what your tastes are. ,

LET’S GO . . .Continue Reading

15 Ways to Refresh Your Home on a Budget

We keep getting a few beautiful days that make me long for the sunshine and yes getting the home ready for Spring Decor Ideas.

How about you…..feeling the same?

Are you ready? I sat down and made a list and I thought this would be a great list to share. 

Let’s get busy creating a warm and cozy Home that is stylish and budget friendly. 

Your Home , Your Way. Continue Reading

Mid Modern Boho living Room

Simple Home Made Lemon Body Scrub


There is nothing like the smell of fresh lemons. To me they seem to have an awakening affect. 

Within 10 minutes you will be putting together a simple recipe and well on your way to getting your skin ready for the day, the week or even the season.

Best part of the home-made scrub it is inexpensive and simple to make. Continue Reading

Easy Room UPDATE Tips

We all seem to be in the swing of updating, purging and getting to the projects that have been on the list but never done. I know that’s true for me, how about you? I am slowly but surely bringing in more neutral and bright colors into my home. Who else is ready to refresh their home décor? Continue Reading

Living Room Seating Area

5 Simple AFFORDABLE Home Office Tips

Home Office Organizing AMAZON

Needing and Wanting to carve out a Workable and Affordable Stylish Home Office but aren’t sure where to begin.

 I hear you….pull up a chair I have just the Solutions to make that happen.

It can get so overwhelming, I sure get that. For myself, I came to the conclusion …  “One Day, One Item and One Accomplishment” is Better than not even getting started. Let me guide you along and we can “Make It Happen”. 

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5 Easy Organizing Tips to Use Now

Come on in, grab a cuppa coffee and let’s talk about the C word… “Contagious Clutter”.

I guess it kind of goes with what’s happening today, we are afraid to touch it.

Or the flip side to clutter is “it just multiplies”.

no time like the present..let’s tackle this together! Continue Reading

Kitchen McDowell Clutter

I always enjoy seeing the choices from the Readers.  

I look forward to 2023 with a Fresh Start, Fresh Ideas, Inspiration and Encouragement that deep inside we are all Decorators, Organizers, Cooks and so much more. 

My Friend, I hope this post inspired you today.

Thanks again for joining us and being a part of The City Cottage Family. I love when we can visit.

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Until next time…..   


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