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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Cottage inspiration.

Chippy paint, soft blues, warm yellows and romantic pinks...

Rich patina, rusty metals, old furniture that proudly shows its age...

and fresh cut flowers... All the necessary ingredients for a welcoming cottage room....

You might be surprised to know that the style that we love so much has been dated back to the 18th century. Back then, the less privileged used paint to add cheer to their dark and dull cottages.

They painted their furniture to disguise inexpensive woods and give their old, tired pieces a new life...sounds familiar?...some things never change!
Accomplished Europeans gardeners used their cottage gardens as color inspiration, and just like we do today, they brought the outdoors, in!

As you can see, during hard times, creativity kicks in. Family treasures become even more important and handmade gifts that we make or receive, priceless. So, my Dear, no excuses allowed!. This week end visit your garage, your barn or your studio and create something pretty. Re-use, recycle or re-paint something that you already have, something that will bring a smile to your face or someone else's... if you dare to give it away, that is!

This post was inspired on Suzanne MacCrone's beautiful photographs. You might know her as Suzanne, Italian girl in Georgia. She is a member of our group, a talented artist that can also be visited at her inspiring blog or at her Etsy shop: http://italianGirlinGeorgia.etsy.com.

Stop by and say Hello, Suzanne's work will fill you up!...I promise.

All photographs belong to Suzanne Crone and they have been used with Suzanne's permission.


Unknown said...

What a beautiful feature, I'm off to go and find some lovely old bottles I think. I would love to be included in the blog list and would love to be featured too if there is a little spot one day.
Thanks so much
Sophie x

Jil~Say It With Roses said...

Yes, I enjoyed this immensely! It is beautiful and so nicely written. Loved the little history about my favorite decorating style...Cottage!

I would love being included in the blog list and featured one day when my shop is full!

I have my link on my blog! Right at the top so no one can miss it.


Kelly George said...

Nice article and lovely pics!

sandisstuff said...

I too would love to be included in the blog list please. Love the pics.

Tiedupmemories said...

Thanks for the invite to be put on the blog list! I will put the button on my blog now!
Thanks again!

Rosie's Whimsy said...

What a beautiful post! Love the photos.

Please include me in your blog list, :-)

Kimberly said...

What a charming blog entry. Please include me on your list of blogs.
Irish Rose Creations

Mrs. Cherry Heart said...

Please include me in the blog list and hopefully feature me one day!

Hugz and Blessings,

cigarboxbeads said...

wonderful job! the 'new' blog is beautiful and i just made sure i was linked back to it--i would also like to be listed in the blogs-


and thanks for including my pink button beanie! ;>)

marilyn g
aka suchandsort

Unknown said...

What a beautiful blog. I love this post too.

Lynn said...

You are doing a great job with the ECS blog Marcela, and this is a wonderful article, way to go!!!!!

Nancy said...

Lovely colors, lovely post.

Please include me in the blog list.

Dawn said...

Love the new look! I grabbed the button before I received the email, it has a permanent spot on my blog. ;o)

I would definitely like my blog included in the blog list and would be honored to be featured some time too!

Best Wishes,


Betty said...

Those are gorgeous, gorgeous pictures! I'd love to decorate my whole house and yard cottage style. Too bad the hubby won't go for it!

starrynightimpressions said...

Yes, those photos are gorgeous, I especially love the one with the stone cottage overlooking the valley, reminds me of southern France!
Please add me to the blog list and yes, I would feel honored to someday be featured :)
To those of you who put this blog together and all that you do for us cottagers, Bravo! you have done such wonderful work!

The Chateau of Remnants said...

What beautiful blog! I love it!!

Nice and Easy Antiques said...

Hi Ladies! Thank you so much for all the lovely comments, I really appreciate them. Please take a minute and let Suzanne know how much you enjoyed her pictures, she will love to hear from you!

Christa from Chloe Rose said...

I love the blog. I'd be honored to be added to the blog list, as well as, featured someday.

Thank You!

Chloe Rose

mimi said...

Hello Ladies :)
The new blog site looks lovely. I have added the button with the link to etsy cottage style on my blog. I would love to be included in the blog list....
and I would be so honored to be featured one day. Thank you so much for all the work you have done to make Etsy Cottage Style a beautiful place :)

deb said...

I love the blog! I too would be honored to be on the blog list!


I've already added the button to my blog =)

Summer Gypsy said...

I love the blog!!! Please include my blog on the blog list!!!! I am off to add the button to my blog!!!
Hugs and blessings,

Summer Gypsy said...

Oh, I would love to be featured, too!!! Thanks again!

The Catnap Cottage said...

What lovely photos - Please add my blog to the blog list and I would just love being featured in a post. Have a great Sunday gals!! Cindy

The Chateau of Remnants said...

I have my button and I am good to good :)!!


Mrs. Cherry Heart said...

Please send me the code to add the link and picture to my blog!

Thanks a bunch,


Debbi said...

Dolly, I just sent sent you an email on how to install the badge

Anonymous said...

I would like to be on the blog list. I need instructions to install the badge too! Thanks.

Mary Ann Miller


Tami @ Creative girl Vintage said...

This is just beautiful! I would love to be included in the blog list. I have my badge!
hugs...Tami @ pinkbuttercreme.blogspot.com

Unknown said...

This blog is awesome...WTG, and I'd love to be included too. I've got the badge in this blog


Julie L. Light said...

Thanks for the fabulous post!
I would love to be on the new blogroll and possibly featured in the future. Thanks so much and have a fabulous day!

Suzanne ▪️ Italian Girl in Georgia said...

Dear Marcela!

I had no idea you were writing this feature about me and my work. I just saw this last night. Thank you so much. You have done a marvelous job with this blog ~ it is lovely and I am posting the badge to my side bar on my blog right away. (Add me to the list!)

Thank you all for your nice comments and I hope to hear from some of you.

Ciao amici,