About Us

About Me:

Hi, I'm Laurel.  And I LOVE to renovate old houses.  After 30 years in the corporate world, I wanted to try something completely new.  So, I left my job and created SoPo Cottage LLC, to follow my passion.  How much entrepreneurial skill did I have?  Zero.  Crazy?  Maybe!  But I wanted to give it a try.  And thanks to a team of creative craftsman and occasional help from my husband Richard, I'm giving it a whirl.  So far, so good - but I've quickly learned this isn't for the faint of heart!!!

Please join me as I share our adventures on this blog (and Facebook and Instagram).  Technically, you could say we are 'flipping' houses, but I hate that term (which frequently means cheap, cosmetic updates, without fixing major issues) since we focus on high quality renovations. You'll get to see what works and what doesn't, as I design, renovate and decorate these houses.  And you'll see how we maintain a balance between antique amenities and the needs for today's modern lifestyle.  Hopefully, we can share some insights and inspiration along the way!


We're so lucky to have had some great publications share our work.  Check them out here!

The Wall Street Journal shared this great story of my transition into 'retirement' - aka my second career. Click Here for Article

Pottery Barn shared our powder room Coastal Inspired Bath
Julia at Hooked on Houses (one of my favorite blogs - especially if you want to see lots of celebrity homes!) has shared some of our before & afters

Erin at House of Turquoise shares my love of the perfect color for a beach cottage.  Check out her blog for lots of turquoise inspiration!  
house of turquoise sopo cottage

I'm not sure we're hip enough for Apartment Therapy!!  But they've shared a couple of our projects!  

We Kinda Can't Believe This is the Same House

A Tired Little Cottage Revives

I'm a big fan of taking basic IKEA wardrobes and turning them into built-ins.  Check out this project that they shared!  

Remodelaholic is a great blog for lots of DIY ideas.   Cassidy was nice enough to ask me to contribute as a guest blogger. 

I grew up watching Bob Vila on This Old House and am so excited he's including some of our updates on his site!  

Lindsey at Better After always has fabulous ideas and I'm honored she's included a couple of our projects. 

Contact Info:

To contact us, simply send us an email at sopocottage@gmail.com.  Or you can private message us on Facebook.  We will respond as quickly as possible.


While most of the photos used in our blog are our own, we try to ensure every photo image is properly sourced.  If you see something that is unintentionally mis-credited, please send us a note and we'll correct the error immediately.  

By the same token, you're welcome to utilize any of our photos and designs, whether you pin, share, or blog - but we ask that you please link back to SoPo Cottage.


This blog is a personal blog written and edited by me. We write for our own purposes, however, we may be influenced by our background, occupation, and experience.  For questions about this blog, please contact  Laurel at sopocottage@gmail.com.

We don't receive any compensation for mention on the blog.  If that ever does happen, we will ensure the compensation received will never influence the content, topics or posts made in this blog. All advertising is in the form of advertisements generated by a third party ad network. Those advertisements will be identified as paid advertisements.

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