Wednesday, July 25, 2018

The Lucketts Spring Market 2018

Spring showers bring May flowers! We here at Beekeeper's Cottage in Leesburg, VA had a gorgeous tent for the Lucketts Spring Market at the Clarke County Fair Grounds in Berryville, Virginia this past May. It rained, it poured and still our fabulous shoppers kept coming in their rain boots, hoodies and wagons. Thank you SO much for braving the weather with us! Here's a couple of pictures of Nancy and I getting everything set up. So fun!

The Leesburg Flower and Garden Festival 2018

Oh glorious sunshine! We here at Beekeeper's Cottage in Leesburg, VA are thrilled to have been an exhibitor at the 28th annual Leesburg Flower and Garden Festival held this past April. Thank you to all of our supporters and shoppers who made the weekend a spectacular success! Here's a few pictures of our space.

Capital Remodel + Garden Show 2018

What a wonderful opportunity! We here at Beekeeper's Cottage in Leesburg, VA are thrilled to have been a part of the Capital Remodel + Garden Show held at the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly, VA this past February. We designed the living wall and center aisle. Take a peek!

Special thanks to everyone at Capital Home Shows!

Friday, August 18, 2017

Wall stenciling!

      Renovating our darling cottage is such a wonderous, artistic endeavor! We here at Beekeeper's Cottage in Leesburg, Virginia are so very grateful for the opportunity to do so!

Many visitors ask about the wall finishes in various rooms upstairs. In particular the lovely room stenciled in French script by Royal Design Studio called "Springtime in Paris Letter Stencil".

Sold online at, this large, two-part stencil took several days and several pairs of hands to apply. Below we have a few tips for the adventurous!

Materials needed:
* blue tape
* small piece of cardboard
* bucket of water
* several old hand towels
* small plastic tarp
* small container of chalk paint (we used Martha Stewart umber brown)            
... optional...  :-)                                                                      
* good music!
* margaritas or  bottle of wine

Now let's get to it!!

Get your 3 person team together! One to wash stencil and 2 others to work the wall.

Step 1: Start in a top corner  that you would not readily see.

Step 2: Place stencil on wall and secure with blue tape. Be sure it's straight on the wall

Step 3: Load stencil brush with paint. Then dap excess on cardboard.

Step 4: Move brush gently over each open letter of stencil in a circular motion.

Step 5: Wash stencil with a damp towel.

Step 6: Match up the other half of the stencil and repeat steps 2 and 3.

Step 7: Complete all 4 walls with the whole stencil.

Step 8: Lastly, cut stencil to fit windows, corners etc.

Step 9: Marvel at the result!!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Beekeeper's Cottage YouTube Channel!

We here at Beekeeper's Cottage in Leesburg, Virginia are very excited to announce we have a YouTube channel! There you'll find all kinds of fun, fabulous design ideas. 
Check it out! 

Effortless Design! Arrange your favorite petite succulents together with one of our rustic lath wood boxes and a chicken wire lantern. 

Featured materials:

12" reclaimed tobacco barnwood lath box (available in our shop!)
5" square, glass lined, chicken wire lantern (available in our shop!)
4 or 5 succulents
Spanish moss

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Staircase Kickplate Art!

Whether you've a century old or a newly
constructed home, consider this fun, easy
way to personalize your space!

The renovations at Beekeeper's Cottage are
rolling on! Both of our staircases have
kick plates that are adorned with vintage
sheet music and art papers.
This project was completed two years-ago.
We're thrilled to say they've worn very well,
needing only minor repairs, despite heavy
foot traffic.

Here's a step by step "how to" create and maintain gorgeous kickplates!

Step 1: Use a mild solution to throughly clean kickplate surface.

Step 2: Prepare your papers by trimming to desired size. And the best part, CREATE your COLLAGES!! We did one step at a time starting with the bottom kickplate. Our papers for the back staircase are scrapbook papers from Michaels and one of our favorite paper designers, Tim Holtz. The front staircase is vintage sheet music.

Step 3: With a paint brush, generously butter one or two pieces at a time with wallpaper paste. Press pieces into place with a plastic trowel or our favorite, an old credit card! Press hard! Then quickly move the plastic tool back and forth to insure adhesion.

Step 4: Keep going! :-) When you've done all your kickplates, allow to dry 24 hours.

Step 5: Brush on a clear matte sealer. Repeat with one more coat.

Step 6: Take a picture to be featured on our Instagram!

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Creating Window Drama!

Whether it be a grand or cozy room, creating window drama is fun!! We here at Beekeeper's Cottage in Leesburg, VA have some wonderful, inexpensive ideas to dress your windows in style! Pictured here is a petite guest bedroom. The curtain rods are made of stair pickets. (Two joined to make one rod.)  Window shades are constructed using vintage-inspired tin from American Tin Ceilings and wood molding from Home Depot. A few 45 degree cuts, wood glue, picture frame metal brackets and presto!!! (To ensure a perfect fit, the back bottom of these frames is routed-out to accommodate window slides.) Covering half the window and adding a single panel curtain allows for both privacy and lovely light. Oh-so dreamy!!

Material Costs:
Reclaimed stair pickets $19 each for a total of $76
Tin panel 24" x 24" $11 each (add your own paint finish) $22
Wood molding $2.89 a foot, 20' for this project = $60
Picture frame brackets $2.29 for 20 pieces (8 per frame)
Help from a husband, friend or neighbor... priceless!!

Note: The curtain panel is from Bella Notte Linens, Linen Whisper Embellished