Don't worry you are not seeing double, the photo above was in my last post, Debbiedoo's Copy Cat Challenge. I had this post ready to go when I heard about Debbie's challenge so set it on the back burner so I could show the lampshades I copied from Mary Alice of Chateau Chic. So.....
WELCOME TO THE COTTAGE..
Since the entry hall, or vestibule, in Victorian speak, is the only room in the house which isn't loaded down with stuff from the never ending kitchen redo, I thought I would give you a little peek of the first room you would see if you came to visit the Cottage.
The chest is an antique pine American Eastlake dresser from around the turn of the century. The knobs are old but are not original to the piece. The bowl and pitcher, with the silk peonies and roses, I made; the little milk glass dove was found in a junk shop without the bottom; the milk glass bowl I had in my collection along with the bird's nest and the little child's slippers. The antique brass frame holds a picture of my Dad with his sister.
The lamps and shades are a bargain pair from Home Depot that I embellished, with the help of Mary Alice and that Copy Cat Challenge.
The little boy is a mannequin that was used for a child's clothing display in a department store in the 1950's. His cap, sailor suit and shoes are probably from around the 1920's, but don't quote me on that. The vase is stamped Czechoslovakia.
This small hall tree is English oak. When we lived in our other house we had a large American oak hall tree with a seat and large oval, beveled mirror. It was beautiful and I loved it, but this little vestibule in the Cottage, is much smaller so we sold it. I like this little one though. It is a perfect place to hang my collection of hats, and to set a few treasures on the small glove box and some old umbrellas and canes in the drip tray.
Our front door has an etched picture of a stag, a doe and two fawns in a forest setting. It is really pretty when the light comes through and reminds me of the property at my grandparent's home when I was young. I don't like taking pictures with a flash but it was the only way I could capture the door, as I don't know a way to filter the light out coming in from the window with my little camera.
The wallpaper coordinates with the paper in the parlor. I added a swag stencil under the border. Don't ask me why! I just did and I have no excuse, but now I'm stuck with it.
The ceiling lamp is original to the Cottage. It was added when electricity was first being installed in a few lucky homes. The smaller, down facing globe was powered by electricity and the larger, round globe still ran on gas. I guess the Victorian's really didn't trust the new fangled notion of 'let there be light'!
Well, there you have it. A small tour of a small part of the Cottage.
Hope you felt welcome and that you will honor us with a return visit....Judy
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