Saturday, July 25, 2009
With our topsy-turvy Summer weather of late, when it isn't always possible to sit outside on a Sunday afternoon or share a glass of wine 'al fresco' in the evenings, we decided to cosy up indoors and enjoy a relaxing place to sit and read or indulge in a pastime or two.
Our Victorian chaise longue was a special find at an antiques fair in recent years and is the perfect compact size for our tiny cottage. It fits nicely beneath the window and although it is upholstered in a beautiful old floral linen, we have added a gold coloured throw and an ancient French quilt for extra comfort. Despite having a huge and comfy sofa and armchair in the room, we are always vying for this particular seat beneath the window.
A gently worn table with its pretty handpainted roses is perfectly practical for afternoon tea and a read, and the ideal place to enjoy our flowers.
Despite the heavy rains and blustery winds, our garden has been more abundant this year than ever before so there are plenty of extra blooms to bring indoors and display in old jugs and vases - and it wouldn't be a cottage without a geranium or two in terracotta pots.
Our much-loved dresser is overflowing with all manner of favourite pieces and here's a recent acquisition, a delightful wartime portrait.
I love the soft detail in this beautiful painting.
Our big old brass and iron bed is a wonderful place for relaxing where the view from the window across to the horses in the field is a distraction from a magazine or book.
Of course, we are hoping for some sunny days and balmy evenings during the rest of Summer so that we can enjoy the garden too, but when the heavens open at least we have somewhere cosy and inviting where we can relax in vintage style.
Despite all this relaxing we have been busy finding lots of beautiful items for the website, which will be updated during the weekend with a wonderful array of vintage delights - so pop along if you have the time! See you all again soon...
Saturday, July 04, 2009
A fresh vintage Union Jack has recently replaced our old flag which was rather tattered and torn after many years of sun, wind and rain!
Well, what a wonderful holiday break we've had! We enjoyed some glorious sunny days and time away with family for a very special Birthday celebration, and an enjoyable spell beside the sea. There's been the odd spot of retail therapy - and a good deal of vintage retail therapy too! The garden has been lavished with attention...
...and we've crammed in some serious quality-time. A day spent with the lovely Kelly and Paul of Vintage Lifestyle was most enjoyable; wonderful food (thank you both so much!) great company and beautiful weather in delightful 'vintage surroundings' - what could be better?!
We were overwhelmed with the response to our holiday offer on the website and consequently will be working extra-specially hard to have your orders packed and posted throughout this week.
So now, it is 'back to work' for the both of us! I can honestly say we are feeling so very refreshed from our break that we cannot wait to get back into the stride of things! We've some extra-special vintage treasures to add to the website later this week, but first I'd like to share some photos with you all...
We haven't ventured here for a while,
so perhaps it's time to head down the garden path...
It's tempting to sit awhile and enjoy the beautiful flowers instead of getting back to work!
Somebody has found a shady spot.
Perhaps we shouldn't have woken him up!
The roses have been exceptional this year...
...such beauty and heady perfumes...
...it's just as well we'll have no time to sit amongst the roses - they've taken over the bench!
A really big 'Thank You' to everyone for your recent purchases - we'll be back soon with more photos of our vintage home and garden - and more vintage goodies!