Thursday, August 2, 2012


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.....


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

I'm sharing this visit with:


  1. I love it Judy. Your copycat lamps, the old photo of your dad and aunt, the antique chest, your woodwork, the little boy mannequin! Full of history, style and whimsy!

  2. Judy, The second I'd walk in I'd be in love. What an entry. Your house is amazing. Love the wallpaper and crown molding around the doorways. Beautiful things. Your copy-cat lamp shades are great. I am crafting today and Just pulled out a little nest with robin eggs and thought about adding it to my project, then I tool a break and saw this! I think I love, love, love, it on the lamp shade with the burlap ribbon like that. Pretty.

  3. What a welcoming entry way, Judy! I love the dresser with the knobs and the birds nest lamp is too cute! Your door is lovely, and my impression from your front entrance is that you must have a very warm home, filled with warm personality and a wee bit of whimsy. Love it! Thanks for sharing and enjoy your weekend.


  4. Your vestibule sure looks welcoming. It would be a dream to go and visit there one day, but I guess it'll stay as a dream. My dear HD doesn't want to travel so far, lol.
    Here we have a really humid day today. Seems as we're going for a thunder storm soon!!
    Hope you have a great day over there.
    Love Elzie

  5. Such a welcoming entrance Judy, I love the way you have kept the victorian feel, but also how you have added your own style
    Thea x

  6. Hi Judy!
    I love your vestibule! How lucky you are to have a little entry like that.
    I wish we had one!

    It still makes me laugh when I think about the gas lights/electric light controversy.
    Who knew?
    I would have been one of those that embraced electricity! Any little thing to make my life easier~~~~LOL!

    What a great etched window too!

    What year was your home built,and how many square feet is it?
    I'm just curious.
    We've had so many old homes, but this one has been quite a challenge for me.
    It is only about 2000 sq. ft. and it was built in the arts and crafts style/farmhouse style.
    We certainly are leaning toward the farmhouse/cottage style of decorating.

    Have a great day!!

    Smiles :)

  7. Judy- What a beautiful entry way. I just love it. It makes me miss my old home in the historical district. You have an amazing home and I just love what you have done there- xo Diana

  8. Welcome to the world of blogging, sugar. I'm visiting from Feathered Nest Friday and saw the words "gold country" and knew I had to drop by for a visit. We're from northern California also but relocated to Idaho several years ago. I love Calif. and kids are still there.

    Your little lamps are gorgeous!!! I just last night revamped a lamp but it won't be showing for a few more days but I love lamp re-dos.

    Nice to meet you, sweetpea.


  9. Judy, you have done a very nice job making your vestibule warm and welcoming. The pine chest is lovely alone but looks extra lovely with your gorgeous lamps and pretty things. The blue vase is simply beautiful. I love the color, the shape and the pretty flowers and leaves on it. I could go on but I will just say I love your cottage.------------- Shannon

  10. I love your home and the way you have it decorated. Very welcoming entry way and I do love the glass in the door. The boy mannequin, what a find.
    I guess the Victorians were afraid of fire maybe or fuses constantly being blown with the ceiling lamps back then. I enjoyed my visit.

  11. What a sweet cottage you have! I love all your darling touches.
    So cozy!


  12. Your entryway is so inviting! You have so many lovely touches and I love the lamp shades. Thank you for sharing!

  13. Your entry hall looks very grand and very Victorian ,your home is truly inviting.

  14. Dear Judy, from the very first time you started your blog, and showed us around your beautiful victorian cottage, I fell in love with it.
    When i read your posts, i somehow transport myself to your cosy home , or am sitting in your secret garden. Its so lovely Judy.
    You take such pride in keeping things victorian, yet adding your own touches to it as well.
    I love the stained glass entrance window with the stags.. that is something spectacular.
    so enjoyed visiting once again.
    wishing you a happy weekend
    val xxx

  15. Hello Judy, This is such a lovely vignette - LOVE the lampshades! You did a great job and I am really loving your milk glass dove! too sweet - everything is just wonderful! I appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

  16. I've had a lovely visit Judy. I love your hat display and especially like the story about the history of the ceiling lamps.

  17. Your home is truly special with all of its wonderful history. I thought the story about the light fixture was really interesting. I hope your kitchen remodel is going well. Can't wait for the big reveal!

  18. Hello Judy,
    I loved this visit to your beautiful cottage!
    How Nostalgic is the dresser with babies first slippers and beautiful silk sprays of flowers...
    It's these individual pieces that make a home soo special!
    I thought the little boy mannequin was delightful too....(just lovely )
    Thanking you so very kindly for kind words over on mine!!
    Glad you watched our opening ceremony for the Olympics too!
    Have a lovely weekend,
    love Maria x

  19. Hi, Judy..what a lovely entry....your cottage is very beautiful.
    Love the hall tree and the vintage dresser.:)

  20. Judy ,,your Vstibule / Entry is so very Beautiful .. Eastlake furniture is on of my Favorties from the turn of the century.. In Fact I have a beautiful Eastlake Bed I sleep in and changed it from a quarter to a queen ... and I have even the matching or complimentary Dresser with the large oval dressing mirror that swivels on the top .. They were a B-day gift from my Parents.

    Thanks so much for visiting our blog ..and Flossie yes she's a doll ..

    Come again soon ...

    Blessing s..Sara

  21. Wow, your entry is gorgeous!! I am in love with the embellished lamp shade, you did a fabulous job. I also love the wallpaper and your furniture pieces are stunning!

    Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving me a sweet comment!
    ~Happy Pink Saturday~

    Aledia @ Plum Perfect

  22. That is indeed a very welcoming entry. How special your guests must feel the minute they walk through the door!

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz

  23. What a lovely space to welcome those who come to your home. ~ Sarah

  24. how beautiful, such a beautiful welcoming room.
    I have come to thank you for the kind words on my blog but found myself reading and reading your posts, thank you for coming from Nan Diana's blog, you are so kind to visit.

  25. Hi Judy! Oh, everything is so beautiful! Love your pretty vignette on the chest with the lamps! What a wonderful welcome to your hand. Your cone with flowers on your front door is gorgeous.
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia :)

  26. What a wonderful welcoming room! I LOVE the detail on your door! So pretty!!! XO, Pinky

  27. Your entry way is absolutely enchanting. It is hard to say what I liked best, but I do love the bird-nest lampshades and that little pair of shoes are a perfect touch. You made me remember that somewhere in my hall closet I have my first cowgirl boots, I was around two or three years old when I wore them. I'm going to dig them out and put them on the shelf in my bedroom . . . thanks for inspiring me. Also, thank you for the lovely comment you left on my blog. I'm delighted that you liked my ceiling. Have a great week, Connie :)

  28. Great shades Judy and I love your entry!

    Susan and Bentley

  29. A perfect vestibule. Warm and inviting. Wonderful to have you be a part of Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

  30. Charming and inspiring.
    Thanks for the nice
    comment on my blog ღ
    Wish you a great week
    ahead. Big hug from
    Mette :)

  31. Love the tour! Your little hall tree is simply charming, like the straw hats you have hanging there. That etched window is really special too. Thanks for much for stopping by, Laura

  32. I came over from Lilac Lane Cottage... gosh your home and entry way are beautiful! (You've inspired me to do a bit of decorating this afternoon!) I loved the pics and story from the farmers market and the history behind the home. I want to return... gotta get to the kitchen dishes first, though! I sure hate to see Lilace Lane Cottage go.

  33. Thanks for joining me at Home Sweet Home!

  34. This is great inspiration. I am finally getting my vestibule restored and I am so excited. After 7 years my house restoration is seeing the light.


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