Wednesday, July 20, 2011

My Cottage and Creative Space


VINTAGE FRENCH HEN
AND THE 
MILK HOUSE


After working in my little cottage night and day, I am finally near completion.


I had the best time decorating my creative space/guest house! This is the first time I have ever had total "free range". 


I could go as "foo-foo" as I dreamed in my tiny room that was once a milk house.

 


Here are some of my thoughts and ideas. I know I don't have a lot. Many of you have oodles and oodles of trinkets and treasures. I look at your goodies in pure envy! But what I do have, I use. Nothing goes to waist.


 Vintage suitcases that I painted work perfectly for other supplies like ribbon, lace, and stamps. 







Since I work as a cook for a school, I come across a lot of #10 cans. By washing them really good and covering them with shelf paper they help me to store things like markers, pens, and other small items. 

 Unpacking all my supplies forced me to be more organized by putting everything where they belonged along with labeling all my boxes, drawers and cupboards. 




My swag above the door I made came from an old lamp shade that I glued prisms and ribbon to. I have a good amount of netting so I was able to use that to drape from corner to corner.






My music note angel wing is simply made from a cardboard box I cut out and glued sheet music to. 















This is the back door into the cottage. A thrift store sheet works great as an awning!


I found this great roll-away bed at a senior citizen garage sale recently and it fits perfectly on the side of the cottage wall. It's old and rusty, but for $5.00 I couldn't resist! The sweet little hanging lantern was another garage sale find for $2.00.



And tucked in the corner is my very chippy Adirondack chair and foot stool that my sister-in-law gave me.


Redecorating my cottage has truly been a labor of love. I hope you have enjoyed visiting where I spend much of my time reading, resting and creating.



Thank you to Karen from My Desert Cottage for hosting Where Bloggers Create. Please stop by her blog and say hello and also to visit this years participants.


I'm linking with Sarah for Good Life Wednesday!
And Faded Charm for White Wednesday

With Courtney for Feathered Nest Friday


Common Ground Vintage Inspiration Friday




44 comments:

  1. Oh, I'm envious of your craft cottage. It's so dreamy and beautiful. I bet having such a wonderful space will help you be more creative too.

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  2. ahhhhh, perfection!!! I love everything...and am in love with that floor, the color is perfect!!!!

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  3. Marcia,
    It's delightful!!
    So fun for you to get to sweeten up your little cottage.

    blessings
    barbara jean

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  4. O MY!!
    What a delightful place in which to create!! So many pretty things to look at!!
    LOVE that pink shelf!! And the bed!!

    Thanks so much for sharing with us!!

    Hugs,
    Debbie

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  5. It's beautiful, congratulations on finishing it. How cozy! Enjoy creating, resting and reading there!

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  6. Hi Marcia
    So LOVELY :)
    And really nice photos..
    Hugs from the Roseman
    Håkan

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  7. Oh my goodness, you are soooo lucky! You did an amazing job decorating, it's absolutely gorgeous!!!

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  8. Oh, what a very beautiful little cottage and it's all for you! You've put a lot of thought into your storage pieces and I just love it.
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  9. Oh what a wonderful little space. I love it. It is fun decorating from great finds. When we had a little cottage that is what I did. My my Grandmother was a school cook. Such a fun job......I loved her being at my school

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  10. i LOVE your milk house.... wish i had one to decorate:) great work...enjoy it!

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  11. Your milk house is adorable and so beautifully decorated! I especially love the white pieces and how I would love for my white studio to have a french door so I could use one of my crocheted tablecloths like that.

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  12. Hi Marcia! I love all your beautiful photos of your even MORE beautiful space! There are so many awesome things. Love the frenchy and ultra feminine touches, and of course the airy colors. You must be so excited! Beautiful!

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  13. Marcia - what can I say???? Your milk house is beyond adorable! Over the moon cozy! And seriously beautiful! LUV LUV LUV!!!! ♥

    xoxo laurie

    PS Oh....and I'm totally envious.... lol!

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  14. Hello Marcia!
    Your cottage is simply adorable, cozy and very romantic, it is an inspiration for me, since my hubby is building a garage-craft room for me, and I'm getting ideas for it, but yours is very inspirational, thanks for sharing with us your lovely space.
    Hugs
    Laura =)

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  15. What a gorgeous and oh so feminine space you have created! I love how you draped the netting from the ceiling, and all of your great accessories, too. The colors are perfect! What a dreamy place to "play" in! Lucky you:)

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  16. What a charming spot!! I could spend all day there!

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  17. what a wonderful space! I can tell you put a lot of love and thought into decorating it!

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  18. Oh so pretty. I love how you've pulled this space together :)

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  19. This is a really sweet space, Marcia! Sweet as in pretty and lovely and sweet as in "Sweeeet space!". : ) Love your use of the armoire to hold your supplies. I have one that if I don't give to my daughter when we downsize I could now see adding shelving where the TV would go and using it in a craft room of my own.

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  20. Oh it's so dreamy. I wish I had a little hideaway like this, swoon.

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  21. Oh Marcia, I'm totally in LOVE with your cottage! It's just a dreamy spot, thanks so much for linking up with VIF!!! xoxo Debra

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  22. Beautiful, I am jealous, so fun. I want one so badly.

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  23. Oh Marcia,
    It turned out beautifully! So many lovely things you've added to your creative space. I know how hard you worked and it shows!

    Have you sent Fifi photos yet? ;)
    Thank you for your comment about my special visitor, you touch my heart, friend!
    xoxo~Tracie

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  24. Very Lovely, Marsha. We have a milk house also. How big is yours? Looks very Large. Doris

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  25. What an adorable little cottage, I love the bed and the gorgous bedding!!! The lamp is so cute!!! Only $2.00!! Great find!! Let me invite you to my little craft cottage!!!

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  26. So adorable! I love all the sweet touches! xoox, traci

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  27. That is such a lovely place to be and create! You did a wonderful job. Thanks so much for stopping by BC Good Life Wednesdays and sharing.

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  28. What a wonderful space you have created for yourself!!! I love all the details and the back area with the day bed- so wonderful!! i had a little lantern like that and it was one of the things that stayed behind in the move a few years back- such wish I had it after seeing how sweet it looks in your pretty place!

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  29. Hi
    I love your pretty new milk house! I can't even say which is my favorite thing. I'll follow you if you follow me! I'm pretty new at this. Thanks for the tour of your beautiful space. Love, Linda

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  30. Such a beautiful space. So vintage french county like and such a soft cozy feeling you get. The outside is so beautiful too. Very inspirational. Thanks for the tour and have a great day.

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  31. Love your gorgeous charming space!!! Sharing this on FB~ Thanks for sharing at FNF :)

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  32. What a cute cottage! I hope you find much happiness in your time spent there! ~Kathy

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  33. Oh, this is soooo adorable, beautiful :)) I found you at FB " french country cottage" send me :)) have à loveöy day / Marie

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  34. I'm your newest follower! Courtney of French Country Cottage posted your little guest house re-do on facebook, so i came here to see since i loved the description.......this is soooo adorable, i love it all! you did such a great job and it's truly an inspiring space.... susie :)

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  35. Oh my goodness gracious! I was drooling the whole time! You have an amazing cottage/creative haven! You got the best finds!
    I'm you newest stalker, I mean follower! You're awesome.
    Regards,
    Reina
    http://everythinganastacia.blogspot.com

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  36. What a beautiful cottage you made of it. Love it and also your blog, so now I am your newest follower.

    Hugs Bente

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  37. lovely cottage--so charming! I would love it if you shared this at my linky party this week.

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  38. I love it! It's adorable...and really less is more but that won't last long when you have your own space. :0) I enjoyed my visit.

    Have a lovely day,
    Stephanie Suzanne ♥

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  39. What a beautiful space! It so relaxing and inviting. Just lovely.
    ~Heidi

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  40. I love the milk house! What a beautiful space! It's like your own grown up doll house. Thanks for sharing and for the tour!

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  41. Oh your cottage and creative space are so wonderfully french shabby. I love love it. Very creative outdoor room with your striped awning sheet. You have so many things that you got at garage sales that you have used so creatively. I will be back to your wonderful blog. I love the french look too.

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  42. Your cottage is breath takingly gorgeous! What a delightful place to create or just relax in. Thank you for the wonderful tour of your precious cottage.

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  43. Your room is stunning! I call my room my happy place and yours is obviously a dream! Good job!

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  44. Marcia,

    You can stop being jealous of anyone else's rooms or things because yours is beyond spectacular! I would LOVE to have a space as pretty as this to myself. If you are looking for a guest to stay, I am available. . . lol!! You did a beautiful job furnishing and decorating it. It is everything I love, shabby chic, romantic, girly, vintage, and simply divine.

    Thank you so much for sharing your space with all of us, I know I will be back to look again and I have begun following your blog to see what you are up to.

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