Saturday, March 17, 2012

Pam's White O'Morn Cottage in Ireland








Fàilte (Welcome)! And happy St. Patrick's Day. 
Are you wearing green today?


Pam and her husband Paul are Irish, and owners of White O'Morn Cottage in the photo. All week I've looked forward to writing this post and sharing their cottage with you.  (Pam, Happy St. Patrick's Day and thank you for welcoming us to your lovely cottage.)





If you happen to be a fan of the vintage film "The Quiet Man" with John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara, as I am, then you may recall that Sean and Mary Kate's cottage was called White O'Morn. Pam is a big fan of the movie and has "copied and recreated the cottage in the film as far as is practicable." I stumbled across her blog "White O'Morn Cottage, Ireland" last week and contacted her to ask if I could share her photos with all of you. She graciously gave me permission. Currently Pam is busy opening up a new clothing shop and hasn't blogged for awhile. Which is too bad, because she has wonderful cottage things to share and has an engaging blogging style. However, judging by what Pam sold on her Etsy store, I'm sure her new shop will be fabulous and she'll bless many people with it.


See more of this gorgeous dress here
I'm crazy for this vintage wedding dress Pam sold on Etsy. So romantic, so feminine. Fitted bodice, adorned with rosettes and lace. Dropped waist, full skirt. To me, this is the perfect dress for a young bride. What groom wouldn't melt at the sight of his beloved gliding up the aisle in this lovely frock?

Remember the little green shamrock shoes I posted earlier this week? (I know, I was a terrible tease not to tell you where they came from.) 
Pam made them. 

Okay, so that gives you a little background on herself. I know you're dying to see more of Pam's cottage, so let's move on.



The emerald green half door (what we Americans typically call a dutch door) is so welcoming, isn't it? In the first image you saw the flower boxes on the window sills. Here you get a better view of those wonderful sunflowers.

I've noticed from the comments you leave that you share my thought when I see a jewel of a cottage like Pam's. 
"Oh, how I'd love to see inside.'
 Well, here's our chance. I think you'll find her cottage as charming as I do.

Looking from the interior through the half door 
you'll feast your eyes on this lush scenery. Pam says she never gets tired of the view and likes to lean on the door and contemplate. I would like to join her.
Isn't this a glorious view?




"Mary Kate so loved her crockery and such. She used the beautiful Willow pattern dishes and so do we. This dresser is in the living room of my cottage opposite the door just as she had it in the film. I noticed she had some white cups hanging so I must get myself some of them too." ~ Pam



The Living Room
Smart kitty to curl up here for a nap

Living Room Mantel Decorated for Christmas


"The Quiet Man Corner"


The Kitchen


"We never got to see that end of the cottage but it must have been the kitchen end as is mine. My cottage has exactly the same layout as the original (but then most of the three roomed cottages were laid out like that. I wonder if it looked anything like this. This is an original 1920's handmade dresser and it came from an old cottage in Ballinamore, Leitrim. It was taken out about 8 years ago and placed in a damp shed. It was to be used in another cottage in Aughvas but the owners got a new kitchen and it was never used. When I got my cottage and needed furniture they very kindly offered it to me. The feet/legs had rotted away on the wet floor but I managed to prop it up and give it a painting and it is my pride and joy." ~Pam 



Ahhh, so much bout this kitchen to love.












"OK, I know this is not a pretty picture - but to me it is fantastic! It shows the vintage Belfast sink (butler's sink) with its copper taps/faucets. We got it up -FINALLY - after two years of storing it. The kitchen seems to be an endless project."~Pam

(I think the picture is perfect. 
Love that "farm" sink and the copper fixtures.)



"Simplify" is the motto at our cottage too.


"When the Light Is Right"
"Another set of pictures I took I call... 'When the Light is Right' These are mostly of items in the deep window sills with the sun streaming over them."~Pam




















I've always wanted deep window sills like Pam's. Delightful.


"Pink, porcelain, paper or  painted . . .you just gotta love roses. . ." ~ Pam








More Lovely Treasures


Could you love Pam's super charming lamp? You distract her, I'll snatch it.
Pam made these delightful chenille and flannelette cot sheet pillows



"Hmmm...these are just begging to be crafted into something SWEET! Let me work on it 
and I'll get back to you." ~ Pam

Pam copied this customized chandelier


"I may add some more  to it and even fix some of the matching saucers around the stem. Like many of my projects it's a work in progress!" ~Pam

(Are you feeling inspired yet?)



The Garden






"This little fairy has been sitting in the corner of the garden for about two years. In that time she has lost her wings and if you look closely you will see tendrils of some kind of moss entwining her legs and arms and waist. 
She is being claimed by nature." ~ Pam

Isn't Pam's cottage heavenly? A couple of years ago she had a giveaway and the winner was awarded a week's stay in her cottage. Can you imagine being so blessed?

The original White O'Morn cottage used in "The Quiet Man" looked like this. . .

Sadly, it now looks like this. . .

The owners let it deteriorate.

But Pam and her husband have lovingly cared for their own White O'Morn, and if we close our eyes and listen carefully I think we'll hear Maureen O'Hara singing 
"The Isle of Insifree."






You can see more of Pam's cottage and her wonderful crafts at her blog White O'Morn Cottage, Ireland.

I hope you enjoyed the tour.

Blessings,




Linking up with
Inspired Tuesday

36 comments:

  1. Magical !! Her cottage amazed me. Thank you for sharing a bit of Heaven! I could almost smell the air and feel the sunlight through the windows. The sweet green slippers just make you smile out loud!! I enjoyed my trip to Ireland just now. I will return!

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    1. I'm so glad you enjoyed the tour, Renee. It was definitely my pleasure to share it.

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  2. I loved that movie!

    I am in awe of what Pam has created. It is just wonderful and I am so thankful I was able to take this tour. Thank you for taking me a long!

    That wedding dress is to die for!

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    1. My pleasure, Jill. My mind is in a tizzy over all the things I saw in that cottage.

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  3. Love the cottage. My husband's grandparents are from county Cork, Ireland and we are excited that our granddaughter is going to Belfast this month to dance in the "Worlds" claddagh competitions.

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    1. How fun for her! Irish dancing is wonderful. We used to attend the Dublin Ohio Irish Festival every year when I lived in Columbus. The girls in their beautiful costumes, all dancing in perfect step were a joy to watch. No wonder you're proud of her. I would be, too. Good luck to her.

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  4. Loved the windows and the lighting--that just does it for me. Loved the dress--and the little pillows. I may have to go back through this again.

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    1. I know what you mean. I had a very hard time choosing from her blog photos because there's so much there. And the photos I did choose are packed with interest. It's such a sweet cottage.

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  5. Hello Nancy, Thank you for visiting me and for your sweet comment.
    I am now following you too. I love your post about the little cottage in Ireland. It reminds me of the little B&B's we stayed in on our beautiful holiday there many years ago. It is the one place we want to go back to one day. Even though I am English and my hubby Scottish with Irish ancestry (our name is O'Donnell) we live in South Australia,a long way away.
    Looking forward to visiting again. That's what I so love about blogging,visiting, even if only in pictures and comments. I love it.

    x:) jeanetteann

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    1. Blogging brings the world to our doorstep, doesn't it Jeanette? I love making new friends from other parts of the world. I"m so glad we've met and look forward to seeing more of your blog. I meant to tell you when I left my comment how much I love your header. It's so pretty. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Have a lovely day.

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  6. What a great post. Loved the Irish cottage tour, a very pretty home. Love the wedding dress! Following you, Diane

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    1. Thank you, Diane. It was so nice of you to stop by and comment. I'm happy to have you as a cottage friend. :)

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  7. Loved seeing the Irish cottage. It reminds me of th cottage we stay in when we go o Ireland . . . ( just posted a bit about it) . . . the wide window wells and wall like fire boxes are identical to the cottage we stay in . . . thanks for sharing this bit of the airier . . . One of our favorite eating places when we are in the SW is also one of Maureen O'Hara's favorites . . .

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    1. Thank, Lynne. I just came back here from reading your Ireland post. Wow! I'm so glad you shared your wonderful trip with us. Anyone who wants a taste of the Irish countryside needs to see your post "Ireland Remembered" http://irishgardenhouse.blogspot.com/2012/03/ireland-remembered.html
      I have always loved Maureen O'Hara. Such a beautiful woman and she seems beautiful on the inside, too.

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  8. Forgive my errors, writing from my iPad creates such fiasco . . .

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    1. Nothing to forgive, Lynne. You do better with an iPad than I do with a full keyboard most of the time. :)

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  9. Absolutely charming cottage, Nancy! Loved the tour. So many lovely vignettes. Was lovely of you to visit me. Thank you for your sweet comment. Making new friends is one of the many things I love about blogging.

    Thank you for the fabulous tour!

    Cheers!
    Tina

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    1. Thanks for visiting and commenting Tina. I'm happy you enjoyed the tour and I look forward to future visits with you. God bless.

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  10. Love this cottage. I have always wanted to go to Ireland just to see things like this. Very cozy.
    Where do you live in the mountains? I visit Colorado 3/4 times a week. I also live near Columbus now. I was in Dublin on Friday. The mail man was delivering mail to Max and Erma's. He had this big green hat on, gold necklaces, green shirt and knickers and a real beard that looked like it was died red. He was so cute.
    Happy Sunday. I really enjoy your cottages.

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    1. Debby, we live in Estes Park, just minutes from Rocky Mountain National Park. Do you ever get up here? I have so many friends in Ohio. Loved living there, but where I am now is very special. Thanks for the kind comments. Happy Sunday back. :)

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  11. Oh, Nancy--this was a wonderful tour, and the perfect St. Patrick's Day delight! I had planned to post the second half of my trip to Ireland yesterday but things got out of whack...not to worry, I will post it tomorrow. At any rate, this cottage is amazingly charming! And, yes, I love the movie! I am thrilled that Pam let you post so many pictures of her cottage so we could enjoy them. Loved every minute of it!

    It's odd, but when Mom & I were in Ireland, part of the tour included The Quiet Man Cottage. We were able to go inside and enjoy the rooms, which were a little run-down, but it didn't look anything like the picture of the terribly rundown real cottage that you posted. I wonder if the one we toured could have been one that was built to use for some of the scenes, and the real White O'Morn was used mostly for exterior shots and closeups inside. Just a thought. You never know about these movie-makers. I walked down the sweeping staircase from the mansion Scarlett and Rhett owned in Gone With the Wind inside a Richmond hotel, but there also had to be a set of the rooms in Hollywood, because the hotel looks nothing like in the movie. Maybe Pam knows! We could ask her. Anyway, this was a wonderful post and I loved every minute of it!

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    1. Marie, I think there is a Quiet Man Cottage replica, and maybe that's on the tour. I really don't know, except I have searched for the original cottage online and every thing I have shows it in ruins. I will ask Pam if I have a chance, but communication is sparse as she is so busy with her business. I'm glad you enjoyed the tour. It was pure joy to post all those photographs and share them here. I"m so inspired I can hardly sit still. :)

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  12. This cottage is so cute! I could totally live there.

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    1. I'm with you, Jennifer. It's a "dream cottage" for sure!

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  13. A fabulous post Nancy, exquisite photos! I have always had a little thatched cottage fantasy. It's lovely to see the various ones that you showcase in your blog. Thanks so much!

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    1. Denise, it's my complete pleasure to share these cottages. What's a delight for me is knowing that others enjoy them, too. Thanks for visiting and commenting.

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  14. Hi Nancy, Pam here, thanks so much for your lovely post. I love it!!!
    The real WO'M is a ruin, there is a replica in the town of Cong that is on the tour. Good news is the origial is to be restored soon.
    Thanks a million to you all for your lovely comments..Pam Flynn, Ireland.

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    1. Hi Pam! What a joy to have you visit. I'm so glad you liked the post. I wanted to honor WOM cottage and you. Your creative spirit shines in your cottage and I, for one, am completely inspired by what you've accomplished there. And what a treat to have you share it as you have. I'm so glad I found you, and that you agreed to let me feature your charming cottage so that others could be blessed. Thank you so much. And thank you for sharing the information about the restoration of the original WOM cottage. That is, indeed, good news! I do hope you'll stop by from time to time and say "hello". And let us know more about your store. God bless.

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  15. What a cosy little place! Very cool, thanks for sharing (and linking it up!)

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    1. My pleasure. Thanks for hosting.

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  16. What a wonderful cottage! It looks like a beautiful place to spend some time. I haven't seen the film, but now I'd like to. Thank you!

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    1. You're welcome. The film is a classic and one of my absolute favorites. I hope you get a chance to see it. I think you'll enjoy it.

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  17. Thanks, Nancy for replying to my comment...I'm sure you are right about the original cottage.

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  18. What a cozy cottage! My hubby and I went to Ireland on our dream vacation two years ag o. Even though I don't live in a cottage, I am smitten by them!! I love that chandy with the teacups hanging...I could do that. Thanks for sharing all the pics.

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    1. My pleasure. Thanks for visiting and taking the time to comment. :)

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  19. What a beautiful cottage. I am sooooo jealous! Blessings to Pam for sharing the loveliness and to Nancy for making our day. Happy St. Pat's Day!

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