Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Our Broken China Wall!

It's happened! We've finished the last panel of our "great wall of china". There's such a sense of wonder as we here at Beekeeper's Cottage in Leesburg, VA stare at the whimsical composition. Filled with shards of dishes, mirror, jewelry, (everything we could think of with a sparkle!!)

 now shimmers as you ascend to the second floor of our cottage. Ooh-la-la!!!

 For the adventurous artist here's a quick summary of how we did it.

Step 1: Find treasures and break into various sizes. A hammer and pliers comes in handy here. :-)
Step 2: If doing a wall, we recommend doing the composition on thin plywood and affixing to wall. No...we didn't do this ourselves. We thought of it     
Step 3: Use a thin set marble mortar as the frosting. Butter a small section of  the wall with a medium-sized putty tool. Then press pieces in creating a random pattern.
Step 4: Continue wall to wall. It's possible to stop and start. To do so, just refresh the edges.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

The Joy of Lining Vintage Drawers and Cabinets

For the love of vintage drawers and cabinets, we're always on the look-out for glorious papers! Whether new, pages from a well-worn book or vintage sheet music, we here at Beekeeper's Cottage in Leesburg, Virginia are passionate about adding finishing touches to nightstands, dressers and cabinets.

When we're getting ready to line a drawer or cabinet we always do the following:

Step 1: Use a mild fresh cleaning solution to thoroughly clean the surface.
Step 2: Prepare the chosen paper by trimming and checking sizing.
Step 3: Butter 1 or 2 pieces at a time with wallpaper paste. Press pieces into place with plastic trowel.
Step 4: Leave drawers and cabinet doors open to dry.
Step 5: Brush on a clear sealer to finish.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Beekeeper's Cottage Renovation!

At Beekeeper's Cottage in Leesburg, VA we're busy this fall and winter sprucing up our darling 1870s shotgun style house. From painted  floors to Venetian plaster walls to whimsical staircases, we're pouring our passion for design into our shop!

To create a cottage feel to our hand-cut stairs, we've taken vintage sheet music and covers. After clipping and trimming the various pieces, we affixed a unique collage to each kick-plate using wallpaper paste. Then as a finishing touch, we sealed them with a clear shellac.

Each room in our house has its own character and well...challenges! But narrow rooms, cracked walls, low ceiling and worn wood floors only add to the charm!! We've painted our upstairs floors in a two-toned diamond pattern that tessellates the entire space adding volume. For the walls, we've given each room it's own distinct personality. One adorned with French script, another painted in wide horizontal stripes, and for the hallway, an old-world Venetian plaster with toulouse stenciling. All the rooms embrace a warm, neutral color pallet that is both inviting and soothing.

Here's a few pictures of our renovation thus far. We'll be posting pictures of our gorgeous master bedroom completed in a walnut shell damask plaster finish very soon! 


Sunday, November 30, 2014

Hello from the Crown Jewels Collection!

We here at Beekeeper's Cottage in Leesburg, Virginia are busy as fairy- elves stocking our cases with the most glorious holiday necklaces!! Worn casually or with a little black dress, these sparklers really add a touch of glamour to any outfit.  Here's a peek at a couple of our favorites.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The Art of Being Thankful....

We here at Beekeeper's Cottage in Leesburg, Virginia are taking a few moments to reflect on this amazing year. We are so very grateful!! To friends: You know who you are!! Ever constant with a helping hand and loving word giving us encouragement and counsel. To family: Well... we're bound by blood, shaped by the events in life that gorilla glue us together. :-) Our rock, our strength! And to our amazing shoppers! Thank you for your many purchases!!! You continue to make our dreams come true!!!!

Wishing you and yours a joyous Thanksgiving!!

Saturday, July 12, 2014


Just look at these sparkling tiaras! We here at Beekeeper's Cottage in Leesburg, VA simple love these rhinestone beauties! Perfect for a bride's veil or pageant competition. We have a wonderful selection from petite to grand! Here is Olivia, one of our young staffers, modeling three.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Boho Chic!

Hey baby! Are you secretly a Boho girl? Maybe just a little? We here at Beekeeper's Cottage in Leesburg, VA are loving these cool natural stone medallion necklaces. They're luminous!  Offered in variety of shapes and sizes, these necklaces are a great fashion accessory!