3.30.2010



Welcome to "NEWBIE" Wednesday!

On a tip from Meg at House Notes, I am proud to be featuring
Karrie from The Brick Cottage!



Karrie and her husband, Bryan, purchased their first home in Knoxville, TN in August, 2008.  The 1945 brick cottage was perfect for them and their love of old homes.  Karrie got the front porch she dreamed of and Bryan got a workshop!

The Brick Cottage!

  They began transforming this house into a home, but life threw them a curve ball!  Karrie lost her job when the company she worked for went out of business. With time on her hands and a small decorating budget, Karrie turned to blogs for affordable decorating tips.  After becoming completely obsessed with reading blogs instead of completing projects, Karrie decided that starting her own blog would be a great way to hold herself accountable with house projects.  What she didn't expect was that complete strangers would read it and get inspired!  She gets excited when she receives comments from a reader who likes something she shared.  

Karrie and Bryan share their brick cottage with a feisty, but sweet dog, Bindi.  They've had her since she was two weeks old (after caring for her dog mommy & the entire litter of pups!) and are absolutely smitten.  She keeps them entertained on a daily basis. 

Meet Bindi!
Karrie describes herself as an eclectic decorator; she has an appreciation for vintage, contemporary, mid-century, you name it.  She describes the brick cottage as "traditional with a twist!"  Karrie and Bryan are still figuring out what they like and are learning a lot about compromise (if Bryan had his way, everything would be Craftsman style and if Karrie had hers, all of their furniture would be painted).  

Here's a peek inside The Brick Cottage!

Don't you just love Karrie's fresh decorating style?!  Look at the labeled handles on the buffet! I can't wait to see her next project!

Karrie's mission is to create new looks, spend as little as possible & use what she has around the house (a girl after my own heart!)  

Check out some of these beautiful budget friendly projects!

This is the coolest project!  Flower store vases (we all have tons of those!) transformed into chic hobnail vessels using spray paint & puff paint.  Wow!  Check out how she did it right here!

Roman shades made from existing blinds!   This project has been on my "honey do" list for awhile now. Don't they look great?

Dropcloth curtains with ribbon trim!

Hobby Lobby Plaque re-do becomes mudroom showstopper!

Olive oil bottle & cork becomes container for mouthwash!

And I'm really excited to see the attic transformation happening at The Brick Cottage courtesy of the DIY Network!  



So go visit Karrie at The Brick Cottage and follow the play-by-play on her exciting renovation!

Thanks for stopping by and see you next week for more NEWBIES!


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8 comments:

Tracy said...

Thank you for sharing this blog with us. I just quickly checked it out. I will be visiting again.

dolores @ Welcome to My Humble Ablog said...

Isn't Meg thee best!!!

I'm totally digging your new newbie of the week. I can't help but swoon over her diy's and that gorgeous pup!

Danielle and Clint said...

I just recently discovered The Brick Cottage! It's a very cute blog.

The Brick Cottage said...

Kendall, Thank you so much for featuring my blog! I am really excited about it and am looking forward to seeing who your NEWBIE is next week! Thanks for taking the time and doing this series.

Stephenie from Decorating Addiction said...

I haven't discovered this one yet. Thanks, Kendall, for the suggestion. I am heading over there now!

Heather @ McKinney Living said...

Brick Cottage is one of my favorites!! Awesome choice!!

Meg said...

Yay!!! I'm so sorry to have been MIA this week. I just love all of these projects. I think it is so fun that her signature colors are blue and green. Everything in her house is so fresh and fun!

Thank you for the newbie feature!! I just love seeing all of these amazing women being featured!

Ling Mancil said...

That attic is a challenge! The designer would have to start from scratch, since it's got no paint, flooring and furniture. It's spacious, which means room for a lot of design opportunities. If ever the transformation was a success, it would have been a good addition to the house. Attic remodeling is a chance to show your creativity and skills in interior designing because it is not the usual four-wall room. The ventilation is looking great, too. I will definitely check on this renovation project. Have a great day!

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