Friday, August 1, 2014

Every Room In The House Party - #8

Watermelon Propane Tank  - A clever disguise by Terry at Forever Decorating

Hello Cottage Friends,

Welcome to the August edition of Every Room In The House, the place where we party all month long in a theme room.  

Have you been enjoying the many pleasures summer offers us?  I appreciate the opportunity to slow down and spend more time outdoors, and  I enjoy the fresh vegetables and fruit of the season so plentiful in our area. Watermelon is a definite favorite, and how about Terry's sweet Watermelon Propane Tank in the header photo? Not for eating, but it certainly is a cute and clever disguise.

Today begins a new Every Room In The House party.  August's theme room is The Laundry. This is a chance to show us where you do your laundry, share laundering tips and organization ideas, or  inspiration photos of what you'd like your laundry room to be. After all, inspiration is what this party is all about.

Before we get August's party started let's take a look at the outdoor spaces that were shared last month.  

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Jann at Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson has a knack for creating fun and inviting spaces.  Her outdoor living room from Making Room (s) part two. . .the Living/Dining Room is no exception.  I love Jann's use of color and whimsical vintage accessories in this delightful space.

I like sun porches, don't you?  Julie at Renaissance Mermaid gave us a tour of hers in Sun Porch Serenity.  This sun porch is filled with inspiration.  From the new paint color on the floor to the carefully chosen accessories, Julie shows us how to, indeed, create a serene living space that relates to the outdoors.  Oh, and don't miss the fabulous dresser that graces her sun porch.

One look at this mah-vel-us porch and the surrounding garden in Garden Sanctuary and New Lounge Chair Slipcover and I was ready to pack a bag and head for Kris's Junk Chic Cottage.  Her romantic porch and gorgeous garden is a feast for the eyes.  Really. 

More Outdoor Inspiration 

I have a thing for garden art and architecture.  It does so much to personalize and give character to outdoor spaces.   After Terry at Forever Decorating received some old windows from a builder friend she designed this cupola for her garden.  You can see how she made this charming garden feature at The Making of My Garden Cupola.

You can see more of Terry's lovely garden in Backyard Gardens 2013.

Stacey at Poofing the Pillows shared her outdoor living space in On Our Patio.  Reading her description of sitting with her husband on their lovely patio with a glass of iced tea,  "surveying" the surroundings and counting their blessings sounds like the perfect way to relax.

Old louvered bi-fold doors repurposed into a garden screen

And the inspiration just keeps coming with Old Louvered Doors Repurposed.  Marie at Interior Frugalista scored some free bi-fold doors from her neighbor and with the help of Mr. Fruglista built this very attractive fence.  Aren't the birdhouse finials neat?  This is so creative.

Jann's cute sink planter with the "dirty dishes" gives a whole new meaning to kitchen garden, doesn't it?  See more of Jann's quaint outdoor kitchen, including a vintage stove and herb garden, in her post Creating Rooms in the Garden part three . . .The Kitchen.


Jann created an outdoor parlor, too.  I can only imagine how much fun her grandchildren have when they come to visit.  That screen door is calling my name.  Now how can I get it out of there without Jann noticing?

The Queen of DIY Anne at Design Dreams by Anne showed us her blooms and potting bench, signs and gates, and even her pretty kitty at In the Spring Garden.  Wait until you see how she used an old door for her garden gate. 

Laurel at The North End Loft put her photography skills to work in A Peek Into My Summer Garden.  The photos of her lovely garden are breathtaking.  Obviously her gardening skills are just as fine tuned as her photography.

Kim's Summer Cottage Yard Tour at Exquisitely Unremarkable is a must see.  From the sparkling pool to the cool, green yard and cheery flowers, this outdoor space is a summer delight.  Kim's husband installed a pond and made a frog fountain out of an old cement ornament his grandmother had in her yard.  So sweet.

Since I don't have an outdoor space yet, I took everyone on a tour of 20 Cottage Gardens that Inspire.  

And that wraps up July's Every Room In The House party.  I want to say how blessed I am to have you share your lovely spaces here at my little get together.  You're all amazing, and without you I'd just be a wallflower at this party, sitting alone on the sidelines. So, thank you!

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Ready to start a new party in The Laundry Room?

Every Room In The House is a monthly link-up party with a theme room for each month.  This month we're partying in

The Laundry Room

Show us your laundry room or share your laundering tips, organization solutions, or photos of your dream laundry room.  Whatever you have that fits the laundry category, we want to see it.

Please only add links that relate to this month's theme Laundry Room.

The party will be open all month.  Bring a friend!
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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

20 Cottage Gardens that Inspire

All the wars of the world, all the Caesars, 
have not the staying power of a lily in a cottage garden. 
~ Reginald Farrer

Dear Cottage Friends,

It's been far too long since I've had a cottage garden.  I miss the reunion with my perennial friends each spring.  The tending and pruning and coaxing of each one into glorious blooms.

I long to get garden dirt under my fingernails again.  Hopefully, next year we'll be in our new cottage and I'll have a real garden.   For now I must be content with red verbena, purple petunias and white lobelia in a hanging planter outside our apartment.  

This month we've been partying outdoors at Every Room In The House.  Before the party ends, I thought it would be fun to join in with a Cottage Garden Tour.  So, put on your walking shoes and let's go.

Cottage Butchart Gardens photo by Ian Some Rights Reserved

This first cottage in British Columbia seems to be growing up out of the garden.

You'll notice I'm including the cottages in our tour.  Can we ever get enough of real cottages and the gardens that go with them?

Outside the South Cottage at Sissinghurst Castle Garden in Kent, England photo by JR P
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The colors in this garden echo the cottage brick.    

Main Garden and Cottage, Hamilton House, South Berwick, Maine photo by not on your nelly  Some Rights Reserved
Purple and orange steal the show in this South Berwick, Maine garden.

Tigers and Phlox photo by not on your nelly  Some Rights Reserved

Cottage Garden, Cregneash, Isle Of Man photo by Jim Lindwood Some Rights Reserved
Overgrown is perfectly acceptable in a cottage garden.  Stone walls and rugged wooden gates too.

Suffolk Constable County, Bridge Cottage photo by Sunchild57 Photography Some Rights Reserved
Of course a thatched roof works equally well.

Hoveton Hall walled garden cottage photo by Angie & Chris Pye Some Rights Reserved

Does this qualify as a cottage garden?  Typically a cottage garden spills over the walkway, and this one has a bit of a formal feel. Still, there's no denying that's a cottage and it has a garden.

Sudborough, Cottage Garden. 78/365 photo by Sunchild57 Photography Some Rights Reserved
Here's what I mean by spilling over the walk.  Love the hodge podge look of this cottage garden in the spring.  You just know there are flowers coming for those containers.

Williamsburg VA 5 12 13 photo by Andrea Schwartz  Some Rights Reserved
Every cottage garden needs Foxglove, Delphinium and Bachelor Buttons, as this one in Williamsburg, Virginia has.  I've been to Williamsburg several times.  The gardens there are wonderful.

Clematis1 photo by Chris Armstrong Some Rights Reserved
Clematis Humongous.  I guess it's happy in Wale's climate.

Cottage Flowers  photo by Jett Brooks  Some Rights Reserved
Pretty posies line a white picket fence outside this Washington state cottage.  

Little House photo by Jonas Tegnerud Some Rights Reserved
Yellow and green is the theme of the cottage and its accompanying garden.

Picturesque Alpine style cottage photo by Sue Hasker Some Rights Reserved

Here's a cottage and its garden in Derbyshire.  Would you classify this as a cottage garden?  Though it looks a little too planned for a true cottage garden, the arbor and wagon wheel give it a whimsical look.  Anyway, it's quite charming and deserves to be included on our tour, don't you think? 

A Cottage In The Country photo by Andrew Stawarz Some Rights Reserved

No denying this is a cottage garden.  There has to be a bunny in there somewhere.  

Wild Cottage Garden photo by Dana Some Rights Reserved 
Wild flowers make up this Washington state cottage garden.

Prospect Cottage photo by Mark Dyer  Some Rights Reserved
A cozy cottage with vibrant blooms in Kent, England

Lock-keeper's Cottage photo by Phil Norton Some Rights Reserved
This French cottage is bathed in ivy and flowers.

Jo's Garden Bampton, Oxon photo by Nik Stanbridge  Some Rights Reserved
A cottage garden just outside the back door of this English cottage.

Jo's Garden, Bampton, Oxon by Nik Stanbridge  Some Rights Reserved
It wouldn't be right not to show you its front.

English Limestone Cottage with Garden in full bloom photo by F. D. Richards Some Rights Reserved
The lush "Rose Cottage" garden.  Interesting side note:  Henry Ford purchased the Cotswold cottage in 1929, had it dismantled stone by stone and shipped to the U.S., where it now resides with its barns and fences in Greenfield Village, Dearborn, Michigan.

Cottage Garden photo by Maia C
Here's another view of the garden and cottage.

Traditional Landscape by Boston Landscape Architects & Landscape Designers Maria Hickey & Associates Landscapes
Imagine walking through these gorgeous blooms to the door of this Boston cottage.

We end our cottage garden tour with this voluptuous garden in Philadelphia.

Thank you for joining me on this little cottage garden tour.  Which one is your favorite?

Oh, I almost forgot.  There's still time to link up your outdoor space -- garden, patio, porch, etc. -- at Every Room In The House.

You'll find me partying here:
I would love to have you join me for my link party, Share Your Cup!

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