Sunday, November 10, 2013

My Country Cottage, My Shabby Chic Attempt,Before Digital Cameras.

    Before I bought, My Old Historic House, here in Clarksville,Missouri, I owned and restored a  little country cottage. It was a frame home, white with a shingled roof and shutters. There was a double lot  and I had made the most wondermus cottage garden, complete with picket fence, arbors and rock paths leading to a little pond with a covered foot bridge.I had all my favorite flowers like, peony, roses, holly hocks and snowballs. I lived in St. Louis at that time and came and spent the weekends at the cottage. Like the big Victorian house I have now, the cottage was a run down mess when I found it. I have a way about wanting to save all the old houses I see. After spending a year and way to much money, the sweet little cottage was done. I spent a couple of years there and then I found the mother house. To afford the big house, I had to sell the cottage. it was bitter sweet, but in the end, the Victorian Mansion won.

    Going through boxes of pictures looking for something I came across these photos of the cottage. These were taken before I had a digital camera and before I knew about photo shop or Picasa. So I scanned them on my printer today. Downloaded them to a file on the computer and tried to clean them up. They are much better than they were, but still not real quality. I just thought it might be fun to share them with you today. I did a country shabby chic look for the interior. I have never been a lover of all the white, as I like color to much. There was a mixture of country, french and shabby furniture. Lots of wicker thrown in for fun. You can kinda make out most of it and see it was fun. I had an estate sale and sold most of the stuff, some I put in my shop and sold. A few pieces I kept for the big house.

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  Sorry the pictures are not better. Have fun and I hope you enjoy one of my former homes. Come see me and Sissy Dog some time. I will leave the lights on and Sissy will always meet you with a jump and a kiss.


Pamela Gordon said...

Your former country cottage looks so sweet Richard. You must have had fun fixing it up and decorating it. It's something I'd enjoy and I have always wanted an older house. In another 60 years our house will be old but I won't be here! Have a great week. Pamela

Jeanette Ann O'Donnell said...

I love little cottages Richard and it looks like you achieved a very snug,pretty one. I would love to see the garden and picket fence if you can find a photo. :)

maria13corvette said...

Richard, love the pictures I can see you have always loved to live in grandure. Surrounded by beautiful things, that's you! Thank you for sharing Best Wishes Maria

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing this. The cottage looks so homey and attractive. I, too, would love to see pictures of the garden if you can find any.

Most importantly, thank you for trying to save old houses and do what you can for them. I keep hoping that someday I will be able to do something like that. Meanwhile, all I can do is dream ... and look at the pictures of what you've accomplished.

Scott Sauer said...

“To afford the big house, I had to sell the cottage. It was bitter sweet…”—It’s really hard to bid farewell to something, especially if you’re still attached to it. I can see how much you fell in love with your old cottage. But I guess it’s worth the departure as you enjoy your new Victorian house.


Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

How sweet was that cottage! I am sure it was very hard to sell, but you have done a amazing job with your mansion. I hope who ever bought the cottage loved it as much as you.