Because cottage style is all about re-cycling and re-purposing what you have, look around your kitchen and in your storage areas for "orphaned" kitchen and house-wares which can be put to use in your sunroom, on your deck or patio. An enamelware coffee pot that has lost its top looks adorable with a hanging plant. Pyrex casseroles make sweet bases for "dish garden".
my whole house is cottage style furnished ala thrift and curbside finds and cast offs!!! i made a headboard with old painted shutters drped sheer floral swags over it with a garland of pinky and burgundy colored roses made candle sconces from ones i got for 50 cents a piece heavy scroll french style ones painted white and then distressed to let black through and hung some crystal drops
i pile up old luggage suitcase trunks in the corner with a huge salvaged paint chippy mirror old porch posts become lamp bases and i repiant and repurpose everything i can i love old cups saucers and anything time worn or loved to its age!!! in my garden i use an old wooden ladder with potted plants stcked at varying heights i use old tall painted shutters to hang a plant from with a country prim welcome sign use shutters to hang on your porch and sit birhouses and baskets on i use old windows in decorating on the wall with a grapevine wreath with berries find old tabeles and chairs paint out white distress instant country dont you love all you can find that can be incorporated into a cottagey feeling for almost next to nothing i could go on forever!!!!
Are your books available in Borders/Barnes and Noble? They sound great!
In response to the question where can you find my books....My first book Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s is available from Collectorbooks.com, Amazon and in all major bookstores and on-line sites. My new book, Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes will be out early Fall 08. You can take a peak at the cover of Hot Cottage by going to Collectorbooks.com and clicking on upcoming titles.
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