Saturday, February 17, 2018

Spring is Trying: Snowdrops

I will soon have blooming snowdrops. They are coming up everywhere. This clump nearest my cottage is the most advanced. Can't wait! Quote below found here. Have a great weekend. xo

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Happy Valentine's Day

I have always loved this USPS stamp and wish it were still easily found.Happy Valentine's Day everyone! See some of my old Valentine posts here.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Monday, February 12, 2018

Dark Paint Color in Entrance Hall

I found this photo on Instagram and added the text. I really like this entry with the shiplap siding painted a dark charcoal color. How about you?

Sunday, February 11, 2018

My Set of Antique Copper Pots with Monogram

I discovered this matched, graduated set of old copper pots at an outdoor antiques show years ago. Each one has this monogram on the front opposite the handle. Somebody was really proud of them and so am I because they look wonderful on the top shelf of my pantry. The large dovetails are beautiful too. The bottom of the biggest one is marked on the bottom with an incised E. I don't know what that signifies but it's probably a maker's mark. I didn't look on the bottom of the others. They fit inside each other nicely in a nest for easy storage. I like them lined up better. At my former house, they were displayed on a standing pot rack. The insides need to be re-tinned so I don't use them. Plus they are really heavy! I have posted this photo on my blog in the past but in view of questions about them, I decided to post it again. This set must have belonged to a gentleman cook with the initials B.M. Jr. 
I shall enjoy this rainy Sunday. All of the snow has melted so I will be seeing more snowdrops soon and maybe some blossoms too. xo

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Another Peek into My Pantry

I found a beautiful brown transferware pitcher on Thursday at a rummage sale.

Here it is on display in my pantry. There is a window to the left behind the geranium.

Here is the other side showing my little downstairs desk where I work on my blog with my laptop. This little room is a favorite place because it's small and has two windows. The one with the desk looks out to my front garden and the one behind looks out on my barn/garage in the back. When I bought my cottage, it was a tiny screened porch.
I have enjoyed a rainy Saturday baking muffins and just being generally busy doing inside chores and reading. More rain is predicted for tomorrow too. Have a great weekend. xo

Friday, February 9, 2018

Modern Farmhouse: Anne Decker Architects

I like it.

Love the interior too.
You are in for a treat, click on this link to see much more, inside and out. Enjoy. 
Gordon Beall Photography

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Door Knob with Heart

I have always loved old brass door knobs in any shape. This one is especially beautiful because of the hand-carved wooden backplate. What a wonderful love token. via

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

The Snowdrop Fairy

The Snowdrop Fairy by Cicely Mary Barker
Cicely Mary Barker (1895-1973) was an English illustrator best known for a series of fantasy illustrations depicting fairies and flowers. via

Robin with Snowdrops

It's snowing again at my house and is supposed to turn to rain later. I love this photo by Warren Photographic of an English robin sitting on some snow covered moss with snowdrops nearby. via

I found a large clump of snowdrops near the foundation of my cottage yesterday, very close to my front door. They were newly planted last spring when I found them growing wild in the woods. I think it will be a while before they bloom but it's still exciting to see the spring green shoots. They are right on time too, because it's February. 

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Queen Elizabeth's Eating Habits

She's not a foodie. She's pretty indifferent to food. She only cares about horses and dogs. Read more about her eating habits in an interesting article in Food and Wine Magazine. She HATES garlic and it has been banned from all her residences. Queen Victoria's pots and pans from the 1800s are still in active use. 

Monday, February 5, 2018

Tiny Black and White Kitchen

This would be a tight squeeze when the oven door is open but what a beautiful tiny kitchen! I love the marble shelves with a marble backsplash too. And the black and white marble floor in a diamond pattern is spectacular. Love it all. See this renovated apartment in NYC's Gramercy Park featured in Architectural Digest here. Sorry, there are no more photos of this awesome kitchen.

Live Fully

I like this quote because there is no sense wishing for spring while it's still so cold outside. You might as well embrace the season you're in, right? via

Sunday, February 4, 2018

A Dusting of Snow

This is the perfect amount of snow. Just a dusting is my favorite. The vines and topiaries look beautiful out side this mansion, almost as if they are covered in powdered sugar. via The groundhog saw his shadow this week so we can expect more winter weather and probably more snow in the next six weeks.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Friday, February 2, 2018

Library with Open Fire

No TV over the fireplace. Hooray.
Just stretch out on the sofa and read books.
Or talk to each other.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Adorable Red Fox Cub

Mom, wait for me. Don't leave me. I'm holding on as hard as I can. Don't lose me. via

Art Lover's Bathroom

This art gallery in the bath is charming. A true art and antique lover obviously lives here. The chintz draperies and the antique chest make this long, narrow room with the high ceilings very homey. What a place to take a nice long soak. via