Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes

I would like to share my book review on Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes by: C. Dianne Zweig. I ordered this book a couple weeks ago and when it arrived I was really pleasantly surprised while holding it in my hands at how pretty it is, how big it is, and how complete this book is on the topic of Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes!

The book is hardcover and all in color, a real reference item that is going to be added to my bookshelf. This book is the ONLY book one needs for learning about cottage style and cottage collectibles as it covers everything from porches, gardens, bedrooms, kitchens, holidays, wallpaper, cabin decor, beach décor, linens and repurposing linens into pillows, pincushions, totes and more and even decorating bathrooms; a section all about ephemera, decorating for baby & nursery, creating beautiful dining rooms, and how to create displays and vignettes. Book contains over 900 photographs of vignettes! The book also lists a bunch of online shops and antiques shops to source out items as well as prices and values. I would refer to this book as “Eye Candy” and it would make a fabulous addition to your coffee table as a really great pictorial book for guests to look at.

I have never seen another book like this on the market and C. Dianne Zweig has really outdone herself with creating this amazing and gorgeous book. I can’t stop talking about how gorgeous the book is but the photos and the contents really are eye candy and fabulous. You will LOVE this book and if you are like me – obsessed with romantic home décor and cottage style then this book is a MUST and you will be very HAPPY with it!! You can visit Dianne’s blog here. Buy book here.


Decorating With Coffee Pot Lamps & Teapot Pincushions

Do you ever wonder what to do with a teapot or coffee pot that are missing their lids?  Just because a lovely piece of china is not complete or has some damage does not mean it is ready for the trash but rather it can become part of your home décor and actually be repurposed into a useful lamp or pincushion.

On a junk jaunt not too long ago I came across a booth that had a wall arranged with various vintage teapot lids and coffee pot lids into a neat little artful display just like miniature paintings would be arranged; I wish I would have snapped a photo to share with you all as it was the sweetest display that would look so great in any cottage or country house décor.

Here are a couple patterns with instructions for crafting your very own teapot and teacup pincushions and coffee pot lamps. Remember that flea markets, antique malls, thrift shops and yard sales are all full of china and porcelains odds-n-ends that have a couple dings and nicks or are missing tops or bottoms and these can easily be fashioned into your new lamp or pincushion. Have fun!