Cottage Style Decor
For this edition of “Hooked on Fridays” (part of the blog party hosted by Hooked On Houses) I am, since I have been on a redecorating my house mission, hooked on this Porch Glass Ball Lamp by Maine Cottage. This lamp comes with a 3-way switch and can handle up to a 100 watt bulb bringing major wattage to my living room. It’s handmade blown glass, in a beautiful “coastal blue” color and it’s dressed with an elegant, yet casual Cream colored silk shade and topped off with a artistically detailed crystal finial. Maine Cottage calls the glass color “Porch” but this is definitely not going on my porch. It’s way too pretty for that.
This Friday, I am hooked on this set of tableware from Cottage & Bungalow. I usually wouldn’t have a problem picking a favorite, but I have to say I love each and everyone one of these patterns.
The best thing about this tableware set is that it is temperature resistant. According to Cottage & Bungalow, these beauties can go straight from the freezer to the oven and not crack. This means, it’s safe to use these in the microwave and not burn your hands when you pull them out.
I have to say, these are on my birthday wish list for next month.
Nothing says “Cottage Style” like having a Farmhouse sink in your kitchen. Farmhouse sinks are also commonly referred to as Apron Front Sinks. The deep and wide basin allows for even the biggest of pots and pans to fit easily. You can easily find some great bargains on antiques on places like craigslist.org or local flea markets, but keep in mind that most antique sinks won’t be easily fitted to your homes more modern plumbing. A great bargain can end up a considerable expense if you have to purchase special fittings or hire a plumber to do custom plumbing work to accommodate your antique farmhouse sink.
For those of you who want the style without the hassle and expense, there are several sink manufactures that make new replica farmhouse sinks or have created their own farmhouse sink with a more modern twist. Here are some of my favorite farmhouse sinks available for purchase today:
Most of these farmhouse sinks are available to purchase at eFaucets.com
One of my favorite resources for cottage style furnishings is the company Maine Cottage. Opening shop over 20 years ago in Yarmouth, Maine they perfectly filled the need for more colorful cottage furnishings. All of their furniture is either hand made or finished here in the USA. All of their wood peices can be painted in over 40 colors. One piece I absolutely love is the Lizzie bed show below. They even have bunk beds perfect for your cottage’s bunk house.
I love taking a room that is though of as a boring, utilitarian space and decorating it. Honestly, it’s all in the details. I have to say that when I see someone’s laundry room decorated, I am impressed. Why not take a space that is typically associated with work and make it just a little bit more enjoyable to look at? I might just not mind doing laundry so much. Granted, some of us aren’t lucky in the laundry room space department, but I’ve found a couple little things that add a nice touch to the room without taking up additional space. First of all, you should paint your walls a cheery, happy color, because obviously, a little mood lifter in the laundry room can help. After you’ve painted your room, try adding some wall graffiti to your walls like the laundry definition that is pictured here from Wonderful Graffiti
Another thing that can really make a difference in the space is changing out the standard boring shelving for something you would normally find in a living room. Or maybe just add some decorative brackets or fabric trim to the edges of the shelving. I even like what one woman did with old fabric softener bottles. By using the same bottles for all of her detergents & bleach and decorating the bottles with ribbon and a monogram initial so you can tell them apart.
Rose Petal Cottage
Start developing that “love of every thing cottage” in our young with Hasbro’s Rose Petal Cottage. Complete with windows and a dutch door. How cute is this. The cottage comes in two halves that slide together after playing to minimize the floor space and also comes furnished with tons of cute additions such as a washing machine, kitchen sink, and a nursery set.