Sunday, April 3, 2011

my cousin's cottage...part two

Here is part two of our tour of my cousin's little cottage outside Austin.  
If you missed part one or want to see the outside,  click here and here
I said I had a little interesting fact about Gale that might surprise you.
Gale doesn't read blogs.  She doesn't have internet or use a computer really. 
She's been on a computer and she's seen my blog but she has no idea what's going on
in blogland.  She's never heard of Flea Market Style Magazine and she doesn't have cable tv.
So, she's come up with everything you're seeing all on her own.

Please keep in mind that there photos were taken in the early morning so light was not great.

This is my favorite picture.  This little house had a makeshift kitchen with cold water only.  Gale added
a hot water line but didn't have the money to spend on fancy faucets.  
So, she uses vintage garden faucets on her kitchen sink.  It's so darn cute!
She even tied a little ribbon on the back of one of them.  

Here is the prettiest chest of drawers and it's in the guest room.

Here are her original floors. She has painted them a couple of times over the years.

some of her quilts, linens and a vintage dress form

This is an interior wall that needed repair which would have been expensive.  Gale took some joint compound and swirled it on to resemble plaster.  There was a door in this wall that needed to be removed so she put in a rustic built in bookshelf.

I can't get enough of those original pale blue beadboard ceilings.  

I'm loving that little narrow cabinet in the corner and the white stool.
Even her little cat food dish is vintage and so cute.

This is what the light switches look like around the house.  Even these are too cute.  

This was one of my favorite little things.  It's a painting and only about 2 x 3 inches.

She has this huge round unframed mirror that hangs which reflects a lot of light.

The mirror's edges have just the right amount of aging.

I even had to take pictures of the doorknobs in this house.  Here's one of the white ones...

Parts of the house have original board and batten.  Most of these walls were exterior walls at one point.

breakfast nook; on the right you can see an original crystal doorknob on a little pantry door.

Gale used a couple of old trunks to create a small foyer in her entry.  These also provide storage.  Here's the dark green one on one side (and don't you just love what's on top of it)

...and here's the other green one on the other side.

...and here's a black doorknob.  I like the black ones on the white doors.

In the morning before we headed back to Round Top, Gale made us breakfast 
with these farm fresh eggs.  The two pale blue ones at top were just about too pretty eat. 
Pale blue, cream and soft brown...even her eggs are pretty.

Here's a close up of her front porch.  She has some wonderful old chairs and
if you look closely on the right, she even has a vintage hammock.  Swoon.

So, there's the tour of the inside of her cottage.  Next up, the outside.  Wait until you see that!

I'm linking up to some of my favorite blog parties in the list above or down on the right and to...


  1. oh I can't stop looking at all the great detail and chippiness of it all!
    I love the beadboard ceiling and the painted white wood floors.
    Then I get to outside of the house photo and it reminds me of home.

  2. Thanks for the tour of the inside of the house, beautiful! I love the little light switches among other things!! Hard to pick a favorite.

    Take care, Sue

  3. Amazing. Most of our dream rooms. I love that skinny cabinet and the stool too. Looks like she has an incredible collection of quilts. Thanks for sharing this with us. ~~Sherry~~

  4. That is awesome! The epitome of what a cottage should be. I love it and am going to check out the earlier posts. I will follow your blog to make sure I don't miss the outside:)

  5. Such a charming home. i love all the "real" vintage here...xoox, tracie

  6. I love, love the garden faucets for her kitchen sink..and everything else for that matter...she's created an enchanting cottage. Thanks for the tour...I'll watch for your outside tour.

    I'm visiting for White Wednesday. I'd love to have you drop by for a visit.

    Stephanie ♥

  7. Oh my goodness... your cousins cottage is like heaven on earth! I could find myself there for hours day dreaming. I would be delighted if you would link this to my VIP party this weekend =)

  8. What a cool cottage! I loved every inch of charm and chip!

  9. I am swooning! What a wonderful little sweet!

  10. The MOST authentic shabby chic cottage I have ever seen! Just beautiful!
    ~Cindy :o}

  11. I love everything about this cottage so much. I want faucets like that when we redo the kitchen.

  12. There is nothing like the charm of a cottage. I have a Victorian cottage in St. Augustine, but the one that was near and dear to my heart was an 800 square foot cottage we saved from a wrecking ball, redid, and sold to a young man who adores it. It had all wood walls inside and bead board in the kitchen and bath. Hardwood floors, too. Original bath, sink, etc. We updated quite a bit more than your cousin, but I love what she's done. And she's saved a bit of history. It's charming. Thanks for sharing. She definitely has a gift.


    Sheila :-)

  13. what an exquisite place. thank you so much for sharing!

  14. This cottage is like a dream come true for me.

    I could so easily spend a month there just taking it all in and reading book after book on my Kindle : )

    The wall treatments, the doorknobs, the woodwork. So absolutely fabulous in every way.

    Now this is a true cottage in every sense of the word.

    Loved seeing it here at Poppies At Play.

    thanks so much!

    Starview Sonnet

  15. Ive enjoyed the tour, both inside and out, thanks so much for sharing..........Bonnie

  16. I have always thought I could live like that!! A small cottage just for me!!! Not sure the husband and kids would agree...

    Love what she has done and her style. It has so much character. She has fixed issues in a way that save money but fit the character of the house. What a wonderful home!

  17. Love your post. I love your cousin's vintage home. Your photos turn it all to eye candy. I spent the afternoon enjoying a bit of vintage shopping and your post made my heart skip a beat.

  18. So very charming! I love the narrow cabinet, the painted doorknobs, the many very cool things!! Thanks for linking!!

    Poppies at Play


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