Wednesday, June 9, 2010

DO COME IN...

I bet you thought the day would never come... Finally the reveal of the interior of the GARDEN COTTAGE. Let me give you a brief history of how the GARDEN COTTAGE came to be...

I had saved pieces and parts over the years of being in the antiques biz. You know porch posts here, a zinc dormer there, pieces of tin ceiling tile, architectural fabulosities. A lot of them were used as decor in my shop which I closed in 2008, and I saved all of them without any real plan. Until... I got the inspiration for a GARDEN COTTAGE that I could have home sales in. So I used the COTTAGE as a mini shop and sometimes just as storage. What a waste... After last fall I had decided to end the home sales and thought that it was too darn awesome to use as storage. So I set my sites on bringing it to be as a little place that I can sit in and enjoy just for me. The ceiling is all hand~pieced rusty crusty tin ceiling tiles, and the floor is hand~painted by moi to look like stone.

I hope you love it...










































































63 comments:

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

I LOVE it! Adorable. What is the ceiling. Tiles of some sort??
I would be playing in there all day!

Amy said...

It is the sweetest thing!
What an amazing spot to go out to just to be by yourself, or have the girls over to chat.
I think it would be great to go out and read a book or crochet.
Wow just so well put together and your collections over the years shine.
thanks for sharing
Amy

Garden Antqs Vintage said...

Shell, you really have an awesome vision for putting things together. Fabulous!!

sweetpea said...

Yes that is old tin ceiling tiles on the ceiling. Thanks for the thumbs up.

Hugs,

Shelley

Secret Garden Cottage said...

Finally!! It turned out fantastic! There are too many wonderful things to name them all, but a couple of my favorites are the Paris chair and the mirrors...love'm!
How nice to have a place to call all your own to get away from it all...enjoy!
~ Jo :)

bella said...

Hi Shelley,
Will you be moving out of the main house to live in the little cottage always? ;o) It's so sweet!
Thanks for the sweet words about my booth. It is such a fun show - you and Mr Sweetpea should come. I really don't think we could get much further away though!
xo
Sue

Ozma of Odds said...

...may I come for rose hip tea and pink macaroons?!
What a fabulously creative space to dream...well done!!
xo, Rosemary

Sue said...

Wow, what's not to love! Everything looks great. I've got a ceilings like yours in my house in my kitchen and one of the bathrooms. I love them and they are great to cover up where walls have been ripped out. Okay, now I'm going back to stare at your photos some more.

Take care, Sue

Gail said...

O.K,
That is BEYOND dreamy! You must be over the moon with that space to call your own....:).
Thanks for the inspiration!!!!!!

Nancy said...

Uh, yea! Love it! It's truly amazing. You did a fantastic job!

Nancy

rustandruffles said...

Outstandingly gorgeous....love, love, love!
happy day!
xojanis

Brayton Homestead Interiors said...

divine- gorgeous- I must live there! all I would do is look at all the wonderful things and stare at that ceiling!!!

Karen

Sherry said...

I love it. How creative!!! Wish I had one just like it.

Danielle said...

Love your retreat! Where did you find all the ceiling tiles? I love the patchwork effect.
-Danielle

~Sheri~ said...

Speechless......cottage envy.
I can't remember if you mentioned how big it is.

I am having a little house built for my daycare kids.

No windows or door though.....a door would create to much conflict.....they would close it on each other`LOL

Enjoy your lovely get~away

sweetpea said...

The cottage is 10 feet by 10 feet.

Hugs,

Shelley

vintagesusie & wings said...

I ADOREEEEEEEEEE IT!!!! All those wonderful architectural features, I'm soooo jealous. I love the iron Paris chair...Can I have that please?
Guess what, I'm coming to visit you in September & I can't wait. It will be my 1st trip to Texas & the big festival...I'm sooooo excited!
Great job friend, your pictures are amazing!
Smiles,
Susie

Faded Charm said...

Okay, I'm speechless, and that's saying alot for me because I never shutup. It's settled...I'm making my husband built my potting shed this summer, no exceptions!

I too have saved things for years for this dream of mine. We have drawn up some rough plans and the shape is very similar to yours with the overhang for a front porch area. He doesn't think I needthat, bit I disagree especially after seeing yours.

You've lit a fire under me....wish my husband luck!

Thanks so much for sharing these wonderful phoptos with us Shelley.

Take care and enjoy your beautiful area.

Kathleen

Daphne Nicole & Lynda Cade said...

Your Garden Cottage is just gorgeous, I have a little unfinished cottage, that one day I hope to fix up myself, I have saved so many treasure to decorate it with. This is my first time to visit here, love your blog!!! Blessings~~~Daphne

Claudia said...

Just wonderful. What a beautiful place to escape to - to dream, to read, to create. I love it.

Anne - Fiona and Twig said...

It's amazing that you did all of that in a 10x10 space! It's just glorious, I'm in love with that ceiling! :-)

Anonymous said...

It looks like something right out of the pages of Country Living magazine. What a beautiful and peaceful little getaway. If I lived near you, I'd call and ask if it was okay to bring the Scrabble game over and have tea with you.

Primitiques 'n Poetry said...

Oh my. From the great ceiling, to the wonderful Shelley touches, that only you can add. My favorite piece? The crusty gazing globe stand. Uh huh. It's soooo good! I know you will love having this place for you. ~Mindy

Anonymous said...

what part did you think we wouldn't love? it is spectacular. i love it. great work~Bestest,Denise

Carol~Raised In Cotton said...

OH GOOD GOLLY~Magazine Worthy Sehlley!!!! Love it all:)))

Hugs,
Carol

Rita said...

I think I heard a drumroll as I read your invitation to "come in", I was so excited to finally peek inside!!
It is so wonderful! You must wake up each morning wanting to get in there and just BE!
I guess we never really outgrow our love for secret small hideaways that we can decorate just for ourselves. Hope you enjoy playing house in your very own cottage!

Angela said...

Well, I guess it's okay...ARE YOU KIDDING ME? Of course we love it! It's completely wonderful!!

Susie~From My Home To Yours said...

Hey Shelley...Okay, so I'm coming over to see it in person. How about lunch? I'm off for another month...yipee! Talk to ya soon!
xxoo
Susie

lisaroy said...

what an amazing refuge! Love the Paris chair, and of course the ceiling is fantastic! You'd have to drag me out kicking and screaming to leave that space! : )

My Shabby Roses said...

What a sweet little cottage! You decorated it so sweet! I love everything about it. Your pieces are fabulous!

City Hen said...

Perfection. Pure and simple perfection! ...sigh...
hugs from Poland,
Rhonda

DustyLu said...

Gorgeous! I love the vignettes and the color is so soothing! ~lulu

Debra@Common Ground said...

Oh My Gosh, Shelley! This is fabulous it needs to be in a magazine!! Each element is better than the last. LOVE the gothic wrought iron above the window and the curtains! I had to enlarge all the photos for maximum enjoyment! ha ha! It was worth the wait, girl!!
xo,
Debra

Cabin and Cottage said...

This is amazing crazy wonderful!!!!!! So fabulous to just look at--Jacqueline

Margaret said...

OMG, your cottage looks shabby chic or antique heaven. And you can use anything you like to decorate that perhaps you wouldn't use in your main house. Thank you for sharing, love your blog.

Lululiz said...

IT IS AWESOME! I am lost for words.

A Cottage Muse said...

Sigh...all so wonderful! I love the layers upon layers of treasures! I will be back again and again because I know each time I will spy something I missed before!

Gretchen said...

Wowser Shelley, that is just soooo gorgeous. I'll take it all. :) Thanks for sharing your little place of rest. Such an inspiring and cool place. Love it!
Gretchen

time-worn interiors said...

As cute on the inside as it is on the outside! Love it!
Theresa

Sweet Old Vintage said...

It is very quaint and charming and I know you will enjoy....

Callie Magee Antiques said...

WOW, I am very impressed. I guess many of us do that, the collecting for years of odd things to use someday in a dream space such as yours. I know I do.
I am not sure if you need any heat in your little house in Fl. but if you do I can suggest something I used to make my antique mantle appear more like a real fireplace and give off actual heat on those cool days:
Home Depot has an electric stove fireplace that has a flame and actually puts out heat which goes well in a fireplace scene. Cost less than 300. I did that here at my store in this old 1880 building. Customers love standing next to it on cooler days.
You did a fantastic job in making that little cottage your special place to escape.
Lois

Found Around said...

Oh how wonderful! I'm jealous!

Passionate for White said...

That was SO worth the wait. You did a fabulous job!

LaurieAnna's Vintage Home said...

It's wonderful Shell, so inspiring! I love the blend of elements....just fabulous!!

Rochelle said...

Wow!! What a great space...I so love those old rusty tin ceiling tiles - they add such character to the cottage. What a wonderful place to go and escape with a cold glass of iced tea!
Love it
Rochelle

Julie Pishny said...

Love it, I appreciate your design and the effort it took to bring it all together and it is beautiful! Nice work....Hugs - Julie

Heidi said...

BeaUtiful! How much fun that must have been to put together!
:)Heidi

KClark Photography said...

Well it was well worth the wait. What a wonderful,welcoming nest you've created. I would have Squeee'd over everyfind.

www.MaisonStGermain.com said...

FABULOUS, GOREOUS, AMAZING, ONE OF A KIND LOVELINESS!!!!!!!
~Debra
Blog: Capers of the vintage vixens

Nancy's Notes said...

What a wonderful look, you are so creative! I love all the shelves and all of awesome treasures! What a great tin ceiling, I've had one in our home years ago, they are fantastic!

Glad I found your blog!

Nancy

Dreams and Decor said...

Oh, man! I love ceiling tiles! And your ceiling is AMAZING! It's like a ceiling "quilt!" Found you via Fiona & Twig; I'm definitely signing up to be a follower & can't wait to go back & read the rest of your blog. Patti in TX

Anne Marie said...

WOW!! what an awesome space you have created.......and to think it all graced a shop before? what a great shop, but now, you have peace at home within so much inspiration!
what's the outside look like?
wow - fantastic!

The Polka Dot Closet said...

This is where I want to live! it is beautiful, so glad you finished because as your friend teaches us all life is to short to wait!

Carol

Laura @ 52 FLEA said...

Really charming! Well done!
:)

Lauri Evans said...

Divine Shelley, it is so U!!! I am loving all the rust. Lauri

Stormy said...

I just found your blog and am TOTALLY blown away!

Get out!!
This is amazing!

If only we could get "outa dodge"...

*dreams*

Deborah said...

Gorgeous!! I will be moving in soon. Can you provide a bed please (or a blanket in the corner)?

Sue (Vintage Rescue) said...

Oh, I'd soooo live in it full time!

oldgreymare said...

It's magical Shelley. A treasured space.

Suzan

Thespa McLaughlin said...

I LOVE all those different colored ceiling tiles up top and the overal shabby chippy paint and texture of it all.

Gretchen said...

Wow, this is amazing and such a cool space for you. I'd love to have this. Lucky You!
Great job on all the beautiful little details too, and so fun to finally be able to use all of those stored up treasures you've been saving for years.
Thanks for sharing!
Gretchen
http://mimitoriasdesigns.blogspot.com

Cindy@Cutepinkstuff said...

Beautiful space! The color palette is wonderful. Happened upon your blog via DustyLu and glad I did. Stop by sometime!

CarLe Etc. said...

Oh my Gosh! So glad you re-posted inside of your Garden Cottage...I Love it! That did it...you have inspired me to take back my garden shed from the kids and grandkids of their floats and pool toys and equip.Oh boy,I've already made a list of things to do and gather up for it...hope you don't mind if I copy some of your wonderful ideas and when I'm thru...I will also call it my "GARDEN COTTAGE"~~~Carolyn

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