Farmhouse Cottage Decor

I was recently asked to create a Farmhouse Cottage inspiration board for Hometalk, featuring some of my favorite designs and projects reflecting this particular decorating style.

Hometalk Inspiration Board

Hometalk Inspiration Board

If you aren’t familiar with Hometalk, it’s a wonderful how-to home and garden online community, where you can discover brilliant and affordable ideas for your home and garden.  You can also ask questions and get firsthand advice from amazing homeowners and pros across the country.


Today, there are many interpretations of Farmhouse Cottage style.  There’s modern farmhouse, shabby farmhouse, french farmhouse, yada, yada, yada.  My interpretation of it may be completely different than yours, and that’s ok, it’s your style!  And no, you don’t have to actually live in a farmhouse to incorporate this look into your own home!  

Farmhouse decor is a reflection of a more relaxed, simplified, vintage inspired way of life.

French Country Cottage

French Country Cottage

Farmhouse Cottage style can be very simple, rustic, or primitive.  It can also have a shabby, elegant, or romantic tone.  Or it can incorporate bits and pieces of all of these elements.

Cedar Hill Farmhouse

Cedar Hill Farmhouse

I love the simplicity of Farmhouse Cottage style, but I also naturally lean toward anything frenchy, and I love gilt!  I tend to mix several styles, and have never been one to follow the “rules” of decorating.  Most of the time, I fly by the seat of my pants.  I’m sure somewhere there are professional designers cringing over that statement!  

Shabby Sweet Cottage

Shabby Sweet Cottage


Our Hometalk inspiration board is filled with lots of beautiful projects and photos, so that you can get some ideas for creating your own Farmhouse Cottage look!

Kimberly Taylor

Kimberly Taylor

Come visit with us on Hometalk and check out the board, click through the projects, see which one speaks to you and reflects your own personal Farmhouse Cottage style!

Confessions of a Plate Addict

Confessions of a Plate Addict

Blessings, Cindy

Ironstone, Mustard Pots, and Marmalade Jars

Collecting vintage white ironstone, mustard pots, and marmalade jars was kind of an accidental collection.  I didn’t really intend to collect any of those things, but I started seeing displays of white ironstone  in beautiful home decorating magazines and loved the way it looked stacked up in old painted cabinets and displayed on gorgeous antique sideboards.



I was in the process of transitioning to a more neutral color in my home decorating scheme, changing out upholstery, paint, and decorating accessories for more whites, creams, grays, and blues.  The white ironstone kept popping up everywhere I looked, and I kept being drawn in by it and wanting those creamy white dishes stacked up in my cabinet!  Then it hit me that I actually owned a piece of antique white ironstone.  A lovely small tureen by Bishop & Powell that belonged to my grandmother.



Grandma Cooper always called it a gravy bowl, complete with a small ironstone platter that was always placed underneath it to catch drips.  My mother (Edith) used it forever and it was always used for gravy,  most often holding sausage gravy for her homemade biscuits!  It was well used by several generations and I’m often amazed that it survived without getting broken.


Once I realized that I had the beginnings of an ironstone collection, I started searching in earnest for more pieces to add……pitchers, tureens, bowls, and sugar jars.  It didn’t take long before I had a cabinet full of the beautiful white dishes.



I love finding English ironstone and I’m extremely excited when I find something hallmarked with the Bishop & Powell logo that adorns Grandma Cooper’s gravy tureen.  I love the sugar jars, but they are pretty hard to find these days, and I hope that one day I stumble upon an ironstone pedestal cake plate, another rare find.  I’ve yet to come across one but the search continues!



I actually started buying the English marmalade jars and French mustard pots to resell in Edith & Evelyn Vintage, but became intrigued by the old advertising transferware pots and how much the pottery resembled the old 1800’s ironstone china.


Many dating from the 1800’s, they fit in beautifully with a display of ironstone.  I have kept many of these little pots along the way to add to my own collection.   When I find duplicates I put them in Edith & Evelyn Vintage, and now try to only keep the ones that I haven’t seen before.  I’m kind of partial to the antique English Frank Cooper marmalade jars, mainly because of the name “Cooper” in the advertising, a family name.  Just maybe ol’ Frank was a distant relative!  These particular marmalade pots are a rarity, all of mine have come directly from sellers in England, I’ve yet to find one in the States.  The French mustard pots with their wonderful French graphics are a wonderful addition as well, with many different styles depending on the year they were made.  My favorites are the early ones from the mid to late 1800’s.



If you are interested in starting your own ironstone collection but not sure how to identify it, Miss Mustard Seed did a great article on what to look for, what ironstone feels like, and different hallmarks that may be on them.


It’s a fun collection and I love looking for pieces at good prices, which is getting more and more difficult as ironstone surges in popularity.  Ironstone seems to be plentiful in some regions, showing up at flea markets, yard sales, and even thrift stores for very low prices.  In other regions, it is pretty scarce and prices tend to be high, especially on the pitchers, tureens, and sugar jars.  I don’t find a lot of ironstone in my area and when I do, the prices usually keep me from buying it.   I find most of my ironstone in the Southeast when we travel for buying trips for Edith & Evelyn, it seems to be a little more plentiful there with very good prices.




My ironstone cabinet is pretty full these days…… if I find any more pieces, I may have to trade something out and put it in the shop to sell!   To see more gorgeous pieces of old ironstone, and inspiration to start your own collection, come visit our Pinterest page!



French Chair Rehab

I picked up this vintage French chair several months ago at an estate sale in Mobile, Alabama.  It was in very sad shape….at least the upholstery was.  The wood frame was perfect as far as I was concerned………old white paint, very timeworn, lots of natural distressing……like I said, perfect!

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 Mr. E&E took one look at it and started his expected eye roll and his usual comments, “You’re not serious?”, “Have you really looked at it?”, “It’s in pretty bad shape.”, “What are you going to do with it?”  



And of course I looked at him like he had lost his mind!  Did he not see the beautiful lines, the curvy legs, the original timeworn paint???  And it was only $38.00!!  Yes, that’s right, $38.00!  How could I NOT buy it?!?  For the love of everything holy…….it was a bergere chair!  Yes……a bergere chair…..hello??  I stood firm and finally he turned it upside down to inspect the springs, sat in it, looked it over…….I knew at that point that he was coming around to my side!  


For some reason, Mr. E&E has gotten it into his head that I am out to rescue all the neglected French chairs in the world………I have no idea where he has gotten that ridiculous idea!

 I don’t see her shabbiness, I just see her with new clothes.  I knew she would be beautiful!  And so she is……..



It has taken me several months to get her finished.  Not because she was difficult to do.  But because I seem to have a million and one projects going at any one time.  I will work on things for a couple of days and then my attention gets grabbed by something else and away I go!  I will eventually come back to the original project, sometimes it just takes me awhile!  



She had some major staining on the back where someone had rested their head for a long time, leaving a nice large stain.  Someone placed a doily over it to try and cover it.  Yuck.  The bones were good though and once all the old fabric was removed, it was easy to start adding the new fabric, which consisted of upholstery grade burlap on the bottom, and antique German grain sack on the arms and back, French toile fabric from Hobby Lobby on the back front, and I upholstered the cushion in a slipcover made of an old antique quilt.  I love the graphics in the antique grain sacks and love using them in upholstery projects, though they are getting harder to find.


I think she turned out so cute!!  It’s easy to update a vintage chair with new upholstery for a new look and I’ve found that a lot of these old chairs are made much better than new ones.  Just be sure and check the “bones” and make sure they are good!



On the way home from this particular estate sale with the bergere chair in the back of the SUV, Mr. E&E looks at me and says, “What kind of chair did you say that was?”.  Love that guy!

It’s snowing like crazy here in our neck of the woods again……major storm moving in.  Snow began falling early this morning and it’s still at it and the flakes are huge!  Mr. E&E is home early and has Italian stew on the stove.  He not only helps me with my junk, but he also cooks!  I think he’s a keeper!

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