Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Too Soon Snow

The garden shed is silent.

Miss Pine is wearing white.

Quilt blocks are lining up in rows.

The fire is burning bright.

My front porch gourds are sad, it's true.

"Too early," I hear them say.

Our calendar agrees with them

"Please wait a few more days."

Although it's technically still fall, here at A Joyful Cottage winter has arrived. News tells us it's that way around most of the country. 

For me the time to quilt and enjoy other activities inside our cozy cottage has arrived.

Coffee or tea anyone?

Wishing all of you a safe, warm and happy Thanksgiving.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Living Large In Small Spaces - Rosehill Cottage

Is this cottage familiar to you?

Welcome to the fifty-eighth post in the series
"Living Large in Small Spaces".

If you answered "yes" to the posed question, then you may know that this is Rosehill, Iris' cottage in the 2006 movie The Holiday. Although it's been shared on other blogs, I decided to feature it after Connie of Gosherd Valley Cottage sent me an email with an interior photo of Rosehill and asked if I "knew" it.

Actually, the lead photo isn't the exterior of an actual cottage. It's a shell constructed in Surrey, England for the movie. The interior cottage shots were filmed on a Hollywood sound stage. But this post isn't about the movie, or its production. We're here to see the delightful Rosehill Cottage (real, or not). Can I get an "amen"?

Alrighty then. . .let's have a look. 


Rosehill's entryway is situated between the kitchen and the living room.

Jon Hutman the production designer on this project created the quintessential English country cottage. Cozy and comfy.

I love the vintage drum repurposed into a table between the two chairs. (Old drum + glass cut to fit the top = instant fabulousness.)

This is the photo Connie sent me.

Stone walls, beamed ceilings and exposed timber headers over the windows are classic English cottage architectural elements.

The dreamy eat-in kitchen has painted cabinets and a fireplace (one of three in the cottage).  

I think I once owned a kitchen cart like the one in this scene. To the left of the cart (out of the camera's range) is a door that leads to the library. 


And here it is. The Library.
I don't even know what to say. . .BIG LIKE.

The bedroom is perfection. Well, of course it is, because when one is designing a set one can make it. . .perfect.

Small bathroom? Perhaps, but authentic for a true cottage, and you can't deny its charm. (I know somewhere there's a commode. But then, again, it's a stage set. . .so probably not.) 

The fact that the movie is almost 10 years old yet the decor doesn't appear dated attests to the timelessness of cottage design.

So there you have it. Rosehill Cottage.
A cottage that's not really a cottage. 

But who cares if it's only make believe?

Join me next Saturday for another post in the special series

 Living Large in Small Spaces

See more home tours in the 
Living Large In Small Spaces Series here.

From the comments I've received, many
people have been encouraged by the homes and lives 
shared in this series.
If you live in a small space I'd 
love to feature your story, too.

Send me an email and let's collaborate.
(See the "Contact Me" page for my email address.)