Friday, December 31, 2010

Going Green

We recently celebrated our Anniversary. I had to work that day. But when a beautiful bouquet of flowers arrived, it certainly made it all better. (Thank you Baby)

Here they are below, at the breakfast table the next morning, with a few vintage pieces. Kent china in green and white from England. The glass candle goblets are all from estate sales and thrift shops. The first one I purchased was just 10cents, the other two I found on two separate occasions each for 25cents. Not bad as they add some pretty color when the candles are lit.The little hen salt and pepper were also a vintage thrift shop find for a mere $1.00. They usually sit in my china hutch but I think they work perfectly for a breakfast table and add a bit of red. I love their chips and glazed finish.  I'll be linking up toCourtney's French Country Cottage
and toMy Romantic Home
and to Linda's at Coastal Charm for her Nifty Thrifty Tuesday Party 




Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Quick Change Artist






We recently purchased some new knobs for our very old (22 years and counting) armoire. It was white washed when we bought it new, then I added a simple paint treatment around 12 years ago, and finally recently it received a fresh coat of white. Small changes make big differences at times. The cost was a total of $3.00 as they were half off. We think it added more character. And we like the rustic antique look against the clean white. I'm linking up toKathleen's White Wednesday over at Faded Charm
Be sure to visit her blog, it's one of the best in all of blogland and she's really the most humble sweetest lady too!
PS you may have noticed they're a bit uneven, my husband fixed that since the photos were taken. xoxo tami
I am also linking toGina's Shabby Chic Cottage'sTransformation Thursday

Monday, December 27, 2010

Working With Florals Parte Due



Rustic floral prints are another way to add some petals to your decor. We all love the soft Shabby Chic/Cabbages and Roses look. But sometimes we crave a little faded prairie, old world, downright vintage appeal. If you too love the rustic vintage florals, simply look for patterns with a more "tea stained" background as opposed to white. Remember you can always use these colors in the Fall/Winter season, and the lighter white background florals in the Spring/Summer. I'll be back on Wednesday with a little quick change project, hugs tami
I'm joining this partyVintage Wanna Be Talent Tuesday

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Lidia Cooks and a Surprise GiveAway

More often than I care to discuss, my husband and I disagree. But there is one thing we both can and do agree on, and that is that we both love Lidia Bastianich. We often record her cooking show so we can watch it later, or learn new recipes. She also takes you on a tour of Italy, where she teaches you all about wine, and cheese, pasta, olives and all that the regions have to offer. So imagine how jealous we were when my Brother told us he was going to a special book signing to meet her! But he was kind enough to have Lidia sign a book for us, and sent it as a special gift. We just love it J...Thank you and your family for a gift we'll always treasure. To any of you who love Italian cuisine I think you'll love Lidia's book "Lidia Cooks From The Heart". And visit her website here
   Now onto my Surprise Giveaway...I have decided that my GiveAways will be done this way from now on. I'll simply randomly choose a post, then choose from those who have been kind enough to comment on it. The commentor must be one of my followers and that is the only rule. Other than that, simply comment as normal as you never know when you'll win. 
The prize this week is the pretty salt and pepper set you see in the photo by Lidia's book. They're made of porcelain and pewter and are valued at $40.00. 
The winner was chosen by random.org and I entered 19 as there were 19 comments on my Working with Floral post. One person commented twice so I entered her only once to be fair. That being said, Congrats to Ashley of 1942 Charm you were commenter number 3 and have won! Ashley please email me at high street cottage at gmail.com with your info and I'll send your gift. 
I have added a new page to my blog to explain my future giveaways, keep the comments coming, you never know when you'll be a winner :)


I'm linking to a couple parties this week
One is Kathleen's White Wednesday

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Working with Florals Parte Una

Many of you have asked about my lovely laundry basket seen here
I purchased it from Target nearly 10 years ago. It's fabric cover is a Waverly print.



I have loved Waverly fabrics for many years. When we moved here to this city 15 years ago, I had the most lovely Waverly pillow on my garden floral sofa, and I became a fan ever since. I have noticed the new fabrics are not quiet as "cottagy" as they used to be. But trends change very often. I have used florals in home since I moved out of my parents home in 1979, yep that's right! I'm 50 in case you're all wondering. My very first sofa was a floral. I'm careful though choosing patterns and I'll be showing you some fabrics and a slipcover on one of my chairs very soon. When it comes to florals it's important to choose colors you like best. If you're a blue person, or pink stick to those, remember you'll be seeing them every day for a long while. Most of my floral patterns have bits of reds as it's my favorite color. I also make sure the fabric is a simple cotton. Not shiny, and not any of the sort of 80's style double printed patterns, meaning not those that are a floral then a beigie, flowered pattern over that one.
I choose simple, cotton chintz types. It's just what I prefer. Also with pillows I do spend a bit more to have feather downs. They hold up, literally forever. So you don't have that smashed look once they've been around a number of years. Stay tuned for parte duo, 'till then, xoxo tami
I'm linking up to the every so lovely Kathleen over at Faded Charm
And to the Rose Man's Saturday Show Off

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Tea Time

I've been missing in action lately. My job keeps me pretty busy this time of year. I also realized I'm not one to play the blogging game. I do want to thank those of you who keep up and have checked in on me. Especially Sarah of Modern Country Style if you're not following her blog, I suggest you pay her a visit, it's just the most pleasant spot in blogland. I want to also send out some get well hugs to LouLou of The Life Of LouLou
xoxoxo! Stop by her blog and give her a hug or two please.
Many of you have asked about the floral patterns I use in my home, I'll be posting some photos and info soon.
I'm joining Kathleen over at Faded Charm I just adore her blog. Stop over if you have not  already. 
I'm also linking up to Maleviks Rosentradgard's Saturday ShowOff Link Party
Stop by Hakan's blog for a view of some incredible Rose Eye Candy

Thanks again for stopping by my humble little blog, it's much appreciated. Untill next time, tami

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Monday, November 22, 2010

Winners...

This was hard for me...I truly wanted to give something to each of you. This giveaway was and is about giving back. It was hard to choose the winners. However that being said. I will be having more giveaways, one each month, so if you were not a winner this time, not to worry, there will be lots of chances. I'll have a new giveaway at the first of each month. And all future winners will be chosen by random.org

 So now, just to say...thank you so much for those who visit, follow, and enjoy my blog. I hope to get much more interesting in the future. There are some pretty cool projects coming up to share with you, and as mentioned previously our Etsy shop will open in January.  Now onto the winners...

Winner #1 For the book, and Lefton Creamer and Sugar Bowl goes to LouLou from Life of LouLou
Congrats Lou!, please contact me with your info.

Winner #2 For the tote, and kitchen towel, Brenda from Cozy Little House
Congrats to you Brenda! please contact me with your info.

Winner #3 for the FeedSack Pillow from Ciao Bella is Sarah from Modern Country Style
Congrats to you also Sarah, please contact me with your info.

In the spirit of giving back, I did choose two more winners, these two ladies will also receive the book, sadly it won't come untill March, but I have reserved one for you both and that is:

Linda from Coastal Charm and
Sherrie from No Minimalist Here

Congrats ladies, please send your contact info so that I may ship the book in March. 
I'ts Laundry Day here at the High Street Cottage, so I'm signing off for now,
Thank you again to all of you lovely Shabby Vintage English Cottage Lovers out there! xoxo tami
                                                                contact me at highstreetcottage@gmail.com

Monday, November 15, 2010

Give Back GiveAway

It's finally here!!! The Give Back GiveAway!!!
I wanted to give a big thank you to all of you who have followed my humble little blog. Your comments and kind words have been so encouraging to me. In January we'll be opening our Etsy shop filled with all sorts of vintage items. So be sure to check back and I'll keep you all posted. As a thank you, here's a little something for you all. There will be three prizes awarded.

First one of you will win the Fabulous Fifi O'Neil's new book "Romantic Prairie Style".(pictured above) There is a link to pre order at the top right of my blog, We're all waiting in anticipation of the incredible book. Since the book will not be released until March 2011, and I don't want you to be empty handed, You'll receive a coupon for the book, and, I'll send you a pretty Shabby Chic Vintage Creamer and Sugar Bowl from Lefton China. It's also from our soon to open shop. Lefton China is highly collectable. And this has a very pretty pink rose pattern.

                                                                           

Winner number two, I've teamed up with Andrea from Faded Plains, who makes and sells the most beautiful vintage items. You can visit  her blog
here and her shop here I highly recommend you visit both, her items are just fabu, And her style is amazing.
You'll receive a beautiful hand painted french tote from her collection. When I shared with Andrea that I was getting the tote for my first giveaway she was kind enough to include one of her pretty hand painted kitchen towels to add to the gift.The package by the way smelled amazing with the scent of lavender and she sent along a sweet sachet and pencil as a thank you to me for my order. Thank you so much Andrea!

And for winner number three, you'll be receiving a pretty french grain sack pillow from a favorite shop of mine in Ventura California called Ciao Bella. Their shop is filled with all sorts of cottage gifts as well as fragrant hand made soaps and goodies. If you're ever in the area I suggest you check out their shop.


Now for the rules (oops, I forgot, I hate rules!). So there really are no rules. Just being or becoming a follower enters you  in the giveaway. You can be entered a second time by commenting on this post to let me know which item you would most like to win. If you want, and only if you want, you can be entered a third time for posting about the giveaway or sharing it on your own blogs. It is not necessary, though, in order to win. I'll announce the winners on Monday  November 22nd. Have a great week, and thank you.
P.S. I'll be linking up to a few places this week. Please stop by the following blogs for a bit of cottage inspirationLinda's having a giveaway at Coastal Cottage Charm, click here
Sherry from No Minimalist Here is also having an awesome giveaway to enter click here
Stop by and visit Bonnie at House of Grace for her Twice Owned Tuesday Party and to check out the latest Shaklee Products
Also stop by A Stroll Thru Life Table Top Tuesday for some table top inspiration
Please stop by Kathleen's blog Faded Charm for White Wednesday her beautiful vintage whites are always inspirational eye candy
And to Gina's blog The Shabby Chic Cottage
and Missy's adorable blog, join her fun party atCottage Charm's Treasure and Trinkets Thursday
and to ColoradoLady's PartyVintage Thingies Thursdays 
I'm joining also to Courtney's wonderful Blog, French Country Style'sFeathered Nest Friday
Be sure to stop by this super fab blog, she has a beautiful style and home to share with you all.

Pssst....You can follow me by clicking "follow" at the top right of this page, its' that simple, hugs tami

Friday, November 12, 2010

For The Birds...

It's been an exhausting week, I've seen what felt like a million clients, and nursed an injured foot, sans heels. But it's Friday Evening, and my foot is elevated as I sip a glass of wine, and just wanted to log in to say, have a Wonderful Weekend to all of you Shabby Vintage English Cottage Style Lovers out there. The photo is a quickie of a bowl I purchased on clearance a summer or so ago, it's supposed to be there for the birds, but ended up gathering pines from our tree. Not to worry the birds have another bath and we feed them regularly. We're bird lovers, and watchers and have pretty blue jays that have made their home in our trees, and the most lovely nun finches that come around now and then. As well as a couple of homing pigeons (not sure who they belong to) that have come by to visit from time to time. And best of all a few mallard ducks that fly in to roam around our pool area without notice of their arrival ;) Last minute guests I call them. But it's ok, I love and adore birds. Stop back by this week, yep, on Wednesday to enter our fun giveaway. Hugs to all, tami
I'm linking up to Donna over at Funky Junk Interiors Saturday Night Special
Be sure to stop by her blog to view her amazing photos this Saturday, her style rocks!
And to Maleviks Rosentragard's Saturday Show Off
Stop by his blog for a delightful view of the most beautiful roses you'll ever see. His arrangements are exquisite!
I'm also linking here toBetween Naps On The Porch's Metamorphsis MondayBetween Naps On The Porch Metamorphosis Monday

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Enhancement Enchantment


Just a quick little post to show you what I ended up hanging over my new Wine Cabinet. It's a cup rack I've had for ages, it actually hung in our hallway with the little wreath and a pretty burlap bag/sack. But this past summer I added a new rack to the end of our hall, a trellis rack, so I didn't want two racks, and when we got the cabinet I decided to paint and distress the cup rack and hang it over the cabinet. Sorry for the pics they really could have been clearer. Linking to the following lovely ladie's blogs, be sure to stop over and check them out
Vintage Thingy Thursday at ColoradoLady
The Shabby Chic Cottage Transformation Thursday
My Romantic Home Show and Tell Friday
Common Ground Vintage Inspiration Friday
French Country Cottage Feathered Nest Friday
Frou Frou Decor's Fabulous Friday Finds
Saturday Mornings Strut Your Stuff Party

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

White Wine Cabinet

Before without a leg to stand on

After

Showing off a bit

Mercury Glass Stands Proudly
For White Wednesday I wanted to share with you our finally finished Wine Cabinet! Hopefully I can get the photos in order to share the before and after. This is something my husband found in our local thrift store, but it didn't have a leg to stand on. So we took it home, and ran out to one of those stores that carry all sorts of new hardware and cabinets and fixtures that were donated and found four legs. The total cost for this project was a mere $43.00. We added atop our pretty Mercury Glass candlesticks some old and some new (from our adventure to HomeGoods) All in all we really like it's "apothecary" look. We'll be adding some gentle distressing later to bring out those knobs and details. Linking up to Kathleen's incredible blogYou can find here here at Faded Charm
Be Sure to Check back for our giveaway of Fifi's Book and a few special Surprises!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Glimpse Parte Due



Here is another peek at our Guest Room. A Vintage dresser greets guests when they arrive, topped with a crystal candle collection. The pretty mirror was found at Marshall's. The little slip covered chair was a castaway from our old office at work, my boss asked me why on earth I wanted it.After removing the little arms, I tried on one of my slip covers and it fit perfectly. I found the slip covers at a discount store, ( I bought 6) they were $4.95 each, a steal in my book. I have used a couple when I find something they fit, and saved the rest. I save things, which I'll post about later. (save not hoard haha). The collection hung over the chair are garden border trims. This room has been the same since we moved into our home. We are working on a new piece of furniture for it, when it's ready I'll show you the bed. The flowers are silk, which I prefer fresh, however this room is not used very often so the silk are a nice stand in.
Just to add, Fifi's new book will be available in March. I have pre ordered an extra one as a giveaway, so stay tuned for that on top of the other giveaway I'll be having very soon! If you're interested in purchasing the book, simply click the photo at the top right of my blog, and it will take you to the link to pre order. Fifi is the editor of Romantic Homes magazine and just the sweetest lady. Her style has influenced people all over the world, and her book promises to be nothing short of Fabulous.
I'll be linking to Cielo's Beautiful Blog The House In The Roses for her lovely party Show Off Your Cottage Monday be sure to check out her pretty special spot in blogland. 
and to Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps On The Porch

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Rustic Charm



Just a few photos of my ever changing vignettes in my dining room. I use the top of my little cabinet that holds china to display fresh flowers or store my extra cake stands. So this morning I displayed a little vintage  zincish bird cage. Another thrifty find for $4.99 at a local discount store. The Rooster was a gift from my husband when we bought our home (as it was our first)  6 or 7 years ago. I do use him as a center piece on my dining table from time to time, or simply sit him on the floor. To add color I snipped some berries from a bush just outside our front door, and set some poms inside my cake dome for a bit more red. I'm linking up to these fun parties, be sure to visit their blogsThe Shabby Chic Cottage Transformation Thursday
Coloradolady's Vintage Thingie Thursday
 My Cottage Charm's Treasures and Trinket Thursdays
Vanessa's lovely blog Southern in my heart, Inspiration Friday
French Country Cottage Feathered Nest Friday
 Common Ground Vintage Inspiration Friday
 My Romantic Home Show and Tell Friday
Frou Frou Decor's Fabulous Friday Finds
The Girl Creative
A Little Lovely's Saturday Soiree
Funky Junk's Saturday Night Special