Sunday, July 31, 2011

New Cottage Cupboard!

Hello Everyone,
    I hope you enjoyed your weekend and are ready for a whole new month! I would like to be able to slow time down a bit as summer is going by too fast for me.
   A few weeks ago my husband built me a new corner cupboard in our little garden cottage mostly from scraps of wood that we already had.The top of the cupboard I had bought awhile ago and it adds a little decorative detail. We plan to add a door with chicken wire to it someday.Now, if you visit me often you know that I love china and often pick up pieces at yard sales or thrift shops so it is great to have another place to display them.

Cheap but pretty!

these are some of my favorites.

While you are here take a peek around the rest of the cottage.

Cottage at Christmas one year.
Last years Christmas Cottage.

Here you can see the corner before the cupboard was built.

I forgot to show you the pink version-if you are interested click here.
The outside of the garden cottage for those who have not seen it before.
Well,now you have seen not only my new cupboard but I have dragged you around the cottage again!

Today,I am joining Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday and also the house in the roses for show off your Cottage Monday.

Thank you for visiting me,



Sewconsult said...

I think that this is my first visit to your blog. I love your cottage and think it would be a wonderful spot for summer nights of reading. My daughter would love it and contends that she was born way too soon. She is such a romantic soul that would have been so comfortable in the Victorian days.
Beckie in Brentwood, TN

Carol said...

How pretty! I love your collection of dishes, too!

we three dogs and me said...

I love love your cottage. Thanks for the tour. Good job on the cuboard. We never have enough cuboard space. I too buy all my dishes at thrift stores. I get such good buys I can't resist. I like especially the bed. I too have a pink netting over my bed.

Anonymous said...

What a lovely setting for your cottage among all the summer flowers. I clicked on the link to see the Pink version too. Oh, and I love the snow pictures! I love your antique dishes, baby dolls and crocheted doilies...everything is so lovely. Thanks for the tour and I hope you have a great week.

Pamela Gordon said...

Love Love it! The new display shelves are wonderful and I love all your pretty china pieces in such soft and sweet colours. I always enjoy seeing your cottage inside and out! Have a wonderful week! Pamela

Cindy said...

Your garden cottage is the sweetest little thing in blog land! I love seeing it, I want one, though!
Hugs, Cindy

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

Always love seeing your cottage. Reminds me so much of mine, with the same little stove, fireplace, chair. mine is only big enough for a day bed covered in pink shabby chic with tons of pillows. Yours is just gorgeous!

Anonymous said...

What a talented husband you have, Carolyn, to build you that cupboard and all the garden structures - to help bring to life what you envision! Together, you are one amazing team!!!

I never tire of seeing your cottage photos. I can look at them all day long and just dream of being there...Oh! And I will very soon! Yummy!!! :-)


Gina said...

I love your new cupboard & your cottage as well. Very pretty!

Entertaining Women said...

The cottage, tucked away in your lush garden, is ethereal. I loved the tour. The corner cupboard is perfection. Thank you for sharing your beautiful spot. Cherry Kay

podso said...

I could, of course, always gaze upon your china. And would love a nap in your cottage!

Anonymous said...

Hi Carolyn! OH, how I love to see your little cottage! The corner shelf looks great. How nice to have such a handy hubby! You do have the prettiest dishes too!
Just gorgeous.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Susan (Between Naps On The said...

Love this precious cottage, Carolyn. Your hubby did a wonderful job...great way to display your beautiful china collection. I love corner cupboards!

A Garden of Threads said...

Your cottage is always beautiful Carolyn, I love the new addition. A fantastic place to display to collections. Take care, Jen. xox

Anonymous said...

Carolyn I just don't know how you do it! Your place and gardens are just so beautiful and you keep just adding more and more charm -so enjoy your blog and lovely photos-

bee blessed

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Carolyn,

That is a great job done by your 'handy-man'! Great for displaying your fabulous finds.
Also the tour around your town was lovely. During summer it is so nice in your area. But we must say goodbye now to July... It is fast going towards fall as already seven months are gone.

Lots of love,


Katie, Julep and Derby's Mom said...

Very nice and pretty collection ... love the cottage!

Happy August,
Katie from

Bella's Rose Cottage said...

Hi Carolyn,
Great new cupboard, just perfect for your charming cottage!! Your dishes are so well grouped and displayed, I have been painting my kitchen uppers, and will have to sort my dishes into displays soon, so it is nice inspiration to see yours:-)

Gilda - Sweet Sweet Home said...

Your small cottage is gorgeous. Congratulations to your husband for the construction of the cabinet. must be a very special man. I love your collection of dishes. Happy week.

Sandy said...

I could just sit outside this cottage with my tea and enter into dreamland... Simply Beautiful!
Love the inside.. The entire Cottage is just so wonderful to look at.

Andi's English Attic said...

What a clever hubs you have.

As a lover of all things blue with white spots, I really like the little bowl.

Everything looks so beautiful, as always. I think I need to see a pic of your compost heap. There must be SOMETHING on your premises that doesn't look graceful. :D

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

I love being dragged around your cottage! Such torture! lol. As always, it is a beautiful little place to a little fairy tale cottage! Your corner cupboard really turned out nice and I love how you did some layering with the random china!~Hugs, Patti

Amy Chalmers said...

Oh that cupboard came out so authentic looking. You have the best taste and instincts, and a husband who is game to fulfill your visions. Great combo! What color did you paint it~looks like a pale blue interior and a creamy white outside??

Miss Char said...

Your whole cottage makes me swoon. I love how the new piece holds china pieces that add to the whole look of the cottage.

A Toile Tale said...

Knock, knock. It's me. I'm at your door. I just can't help myself, I MUST come for a visit. I promise to clean up after myself and even help you deadhead that perfectly fabulous garden. Next time I go to the dentist, I'm going to mentally visit you. (You know....going to your "happy place" and all...) Lovely beyond belief.
Linda @ A Toile Tale

Pamela said...

Oh your husband is so handy! What a beautiful cupboard he made.
I love all the displayed china inside too.
That photo of the outside of the cottage looks like a magazine!
What an enchanting place!!

Carolyn said...

hi Amy,
Thank you for the kind words!I agree I am blessed to have a hubby who is willing and able to do these things for me. The shelves are painted a white, I think it was snowdrift or something. The back part is the wood plank walls with just a light undercoat of paint so they look whitewashed.

Thank you to all who have left sweet comments-I have read the ones to my hubby that gave him praise-He wants to know where you live Ha!Ha!-guess,I don't give him enough praise!!!


Susan said...

Oh Carolyn, your husband did a fabulous job on the corner cabinet. Wherever did you find that top piece? It is perfect.

While pink is my absolute favorite color, I still think I prefer the white version of the lovely little cottage. Take care and thanks for sharing all your super photos. Susan

Ikealady said...

Just fantastic !
Love your china and the way you display them.

Scribbler said...

I need a place like this to write. Perfect!

Jean Tuthill said...

The cottage is adorable! Thanks for sharing. I love the cupboard, too!

Maura @ Kisiwa Creek Photography said...

Good Morning Carolyn!
What a sweet sweet cottage you have....I love the outside as much as the inside. I've always loved shingles and would love to put them on our little cottage here in Kansas but I think unless they were manufactured the wind would blow them off! I hope you have a lovely day.
Maura :)

Madelief said...

Hi Carolyn,

It's such a sweet little cottage. Like something out of a dream. Do you and Andrew use it as well? Your new store cupboard looks beautiful. LOVE everything inside!

Happy day!

Lieve groet, Madelief

Ginny said...

I love your cottage, but does it have a sink, water, bathroom? It is so sweet and feminine. I could spend a lot of time in it!

Elizabeth and Gary said...

Hi Carolyn,
So beautiful! I love your new cupboard very much...
And of course your cottage is just amazing and so full of charm.
A lovely post and so enjoyable to see today.
Have a sweet day and hugs, Elizabeth

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Hi Carolyn
Your hubby did a good job on the cupboard and I'm glad you did a close up of each shelf. I enjoyed browsing everything you put on the shelves and think the pink dishes are cute.
I'd stay in your little cottage in a minute, it's so cozy looking.

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Love the new cupboard that your handy husband made! I also like the homey collection on it. Sweet cottage colors. I always love seeing your perfect little cottage. Summer has gone too fast for me too!

Bernideen said...

He did a wonderful job - hope you fixed him something yummy for dinner!
Everything is a DREAM!

Victorian1885 said...

Oh Carolyn.. your Hubby did a fantastic job! It looks perfect in the sweet cottage. Your post with the romantic white netting is to die for... I am still drooling! I too am hoping August goes by a little slower as July flew by for us. Enjoy your week ahead!

The Barnett Family said...

Your hubby is a keeper.....nice cupboard! Love your china collection! The toile chair caught my eye! I am a sucker for anything and everything toile! Thanks for the tour! I am packing my bags to come live in your cottage house!

Carole's Cay said...

OH, I do so love the pink version! But the Christmas ones = lovely also... Would that I were to have a lovely little cottage...would be contentment for certain. Thank you so much for sharing!! Happy August!
Carole M

Carole's Cay said...

Oh I do so love the pink version. However, the Christmas ones...lovely also..Would that I had such a cottage = contentment.
Thankyou for sharing!! Carole M

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

Your cottage is absolutely adorable and the new hutch is the perfect addition!

Anonymous said...

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Hélène Flont , french illustrator said...

Perfect and charming for accommodate the pretty porcelain!!
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karanmi said...

The cabinet is beautiful and all the prety china etc. just blend so well together.

Loved tourinjg your cottage once again. It is amazing.


Richard Cottrell said...

OMG, I just love your little retreat. What a dream place. I am so jealous, I want one. I have no yard room. What to do, sell the house and move I guess. Thanks so much for sharing. Richard from My Old Historic House.

Beverly said...

Carolyn, I will never tire of seeing your cottage. Your new cupboard is beautiful, and it is the perfect place to display more of your pretty pieces.

I loved the walk around Charlottetown you shared. It is even more beautiful than I imagined.

Karie said...

So very beautiful. Love the new cup board. I never tire of seeing your cottage. Thanks so much for sharing. Karie

Sherry said...

I love the corner cupboard. The blue and white dishes are my favorite, but they all look so pretty on the shelves. I am so glad you gave us a tour of the inside and outside of the cottage. It is all so beautiful.

Jilly said...

So beautiful stuffs in your blog. I like your new cupboard very much. And of course your cottage is just amazing and so full of charm. Your post is so enjoyable.
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