Monday, May 10, 2010

Winner & Cottage Patio Table

Winner of the $50 Gift Certificate to French Country 1908 / Teacup Designs is Jo.  I have emailed you at the email address you left in your comment.
I will have another giveaway to announce tomorrow or Wednesday!  You'll love this shop I'm going to introduce so be sure to check in for that.

Now, I should have gotten around to sprucing up the porch much sooner but...well, no excuses, I just didn't do it!   Until now.
I cleared everything off to wash it down.  I think I'm going to do a concrete stain here...not sure yet but in the meantime I wanted it to look nice.

  I've got an old iron table that I've had out there for so long.  I decide to something a little different and give it a bit of a Cottage look.  I think the morning light is beautifully cast over the table.

Since this area is covered I decided to cover the table with a lace topper I no longer use inside as it's stained on one side...but I just couldn't trash it.   I put the stain at the back so it doesn't even show.  I brought out a chippy, pale yellow bird cage and added some greenery and three plump little resting birds from Decorators Friend, an online store with loads of garden accessories, greenery,  floral items and cute home decor.  The prices are very reasonable.  I just love this set of three birdies.  

I have a few transferware planters so I put some ivy and silk roses in one, and on the opposite side of the birdcage I placed these two adorable chippy painted ceramic vases and matching, handled pails which also came from Decorators Friend.  The vases come in a set of three, the pails also in a set of three.  Each one has crackle glaze finish and a different, Shabby Chic-ish Victorian rose.  Aren't these pretty?  I love, love, love the vintage look and feel.  They go perfectly with my bird cage!

I have a metal English , crested initial sign from Horchow that I stood at the back of birdcage.  From the tip I hung this adorable birch bark cone and filled it with some fresh cut sprigs from the yard and pink roses.  It adds extra dimension and texture with a weathered outdoor feel.   These come in pairs at Decorators many cute and inexpensive choices here.

I'll show the wreath I put on the door in another post.

Tune in tomorrow for another GIVEAWAY!

I've linked up with Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday and Marty at A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday.  Thank you ladies for hosting these fun memes each week.

Make Something Monday, hosted by Go Graham Go! and Jolly Mom

Making a Happy Home Monday, hosted by As For Me and My House

Making Your Home Sing Monday, hosted by Mom’s the Word
Gathering at the Well, hosted by At the Well

Happy Homemaker Monday, hosted by Diary of a Stay at Home Mom
Homemaking Mondays, hosted by 11th Heaven’s Homemaking Haven
Just a Motivating Monday, hosted by Garibay Soup


  1. Nancy, that's just beautiful! I never throw out stained old linens- they either get repurposed or used outside!
    xoxo Pattie

  2. This looks so pretty, especially with the sun hitting it. I wish I had a covered area in the front of the house to do pretty things like this. I have my gazebo in the back yard, though, and I do try to make that pretty and inviting.

  3. Hi Nancy, this is a very inviting decoration for the place. I love your ceramic vases with the romantic roses on it.
    Greetings, Johanna

  4. Nancy,
    How lovely this sweet little space on your porch looks! So very inviting as if saying "take a look see here and wait until you see what is inside the house"

  5. I will forever love pretty bird cages! Yours is so sweet and pretty!

  6. Oh wow, this is just stunning. I would have never thought to use an old linen piece outside, but it is gorgeous. Love the birdhouse, plants, birds and all of your wonderful accessories to make your vignette. This is so beautiful. Thanks also for joining the party. Totally perfect. Hugs, Marty

  7. Wow! The transformation is awesome!!!! I love that vintage table cloth and I can see why you wouldn't want to part with it! If you have a moment please stop by my blog for my new feature, Beautiful Blogging!

    Have a wonderful week,

  8. Hello there dear Nancy,

    This is just simply delightful as always! What a fabulous 'eye' you have for exquisite details!..,

    What a lovely way to use that lovely vintage table cloth; what a fabulous transformation!~ I think this is just such an inspiring vignette with the birdhouse, roses, plants and delightful details galore!..,Beautiful and sooo invitng!

    Thanks once again my dear lady for partaking last week with my 'Tuesday and Wednesday Teatime in blogland'!.., Your delightful tablescape vignette was, as always, beyond beautiful!

    This week will mark my 53rd tea post; this week being my 3oth,'Tuesday Tea For Two', as well as my 21st,'Wednesday Tea For Me And Thee'.~ Add to that a new meme that I am delighted to share and support my dear friend Pamela with, this being our 2nd, 'Teapot And Tea Things Tuesday':


    and also..,


    Where does the time go when you're having fun?.., I do hope you can pop by to join us and/or to visit at The Plumed Pen this week Nancy, where Tuesday's and Wednesday's post is now live!

    Cheers and hugs from Wanda Lee @ The Plumed Pen

  9. This is gorgeous! Such a beautiful welcome to your home. I love the morning light in the pictures, too. I would love to sit on your porch and enjoy the sunshine! Thank you for linking up today!

  10. Nancy, your table vignette is so inviting. Love the bird cage and all that you've pulled together here. Great look!
    And a big congratulations to Jo. Lucky girl!

  11. Your table is addorable, love the bird case and those beautiful vases!!!


  12. Oh this is breathtakingly beautiful. I love it beyond words.


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