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My English Country Mom Cave

Susan, at Between Naps on the Porch is hosting a Home Goods Mom Cave contest with four lucky winners. 

Come on in to my little niche I've carved out of my house.  This is where I work, create, relax, read and chat with friends and family.

This is one of my favorite spots in the house to read about one of my favorite subjects...English transferware or poetry, and drink tea.  I often start and end my day right here.

Next to the chair is an antique dumbwaiter which holds some decorative items as well as lots of poetry books.

 This is the view of the room from the wing back chair.  This cozy room serves as a small living room, although it's not uncommon to have 8 or 9 of the girls in here during family gatherings.  It's usually where we all wind up to have coffee and visit.

On either side of the sofa I display some of my vintage Canine figurines on Spode meat drainers.

Above the sofa are some of my favorite paintings.  The one directly over the sofa my Mom painted and to either side are dog portraits in oil.   Shelves with dog figurines and transferware pieces are also displayed here.

In front of the sofa is a large square glass topped coffee table where I display a vignette of transferware, books, family mementos and candlesticks. 
  We've even got the Roberts Rules of Order book here. ;-)

I had a glass bottom made for the table years ago...just to hold my collection of decorating, art and Staffordshire pottery books.  I can easily get to this from my desk, the sofa or my wing back chair.  Guests like to peruse the books too.

Next to the sofa is more seating with two chairs and a large, octagon shaped table.  This table was a game table in my home when I was a little girl.  I had a tablecloth and glass top made for it.  The French chairs on either side were also family pieces that I refinished and had recovered.

Another of Mom's paintings is displayed over this table.

You might recognize this piece from my header.

Lastly is my desk, which faces the window and is directly across from the sofa and to the left of my chair and ottoman.  I incorporate transferware into my work area and use different items to hold various office supplies I use regularly.  I also keep a stack of books related to transferware on my desk for easy reference.

 A covered butter dish is perfect to conceal a roll of Fragile stickers which I use all the time for shipments
 A mustard pot holds paper clips

 My business cards fit perfectly into an old cigarette holder
 A child size coffee pot is great for pens and pencils

 and a toast rack is used to hold envelopes, bills, etc.

If I were lucky enough to win any of the prizes from Home Goods I could definitely go for some extra lighting or decorative accessories like these shown, from their site, below.

In addition to BNOTP I'm joining the following parties
The Shabby Chic Cottage
French Country Cottage


  1. What a gorgeous, gorgeous room. I can see why you are drawn to it. I adore your mousepad, too. :) And your mom is very talented.

  2. Such a beautiful room! Why do I find myself suddenly craving a cup of tea? :) Visiting from Susan's mom-cave contest.

    Jane from

  3. I use a toast rack to hold mail too! Other than that, my reality bears no resemblance whatsoever to this lovely, ladylike room. So pretty, Nancy. Thanks for inviting us in.

  4. Hi Nancy~ ~I just love your home its so cozy and warm feeling. The feeling comes right through your pictures. I would love to sit on your lovely sofa and have tea with you.
    ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

  5. Such a lovely cosy room to snuggle down in Nancy - hence in the UK it'd probably be called 'the snug'!
    So nice to be surrounded by your favourite things.

  6. Stunning and such wonderful eye candy to see. Since I've drooled over everything in this room, not much left to say. I truly love it all. Hugs, Marty

  7. Exquisite!! I love all the paintings your Mom did. So cozy and charming!

    Mary L

  8. Very pretty! Love all of your decor pieces!

  9. So lovely! that toast holder is perfect! I love your spot with the chair, so cozy! Lezlee

  10. Your space is so inviting. OMG I love your mothers paintings!!

  11. Beautiful room, Nancy.
    I love the French chairs, they are absolutely fabulous.
    And using the transferware to hold your office supplies is a genius idea!

  12. Oh wow, what a beautiful room. Love your transferware and your fabrics!

  13. Hi Nancy,

    Your room is stunning. So beautiful! I love all of the textiles, paintings and china. I look forward to reading your blog and learning more about transferware.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog today too.


  14. Lovely room and so many wonderful collections. It must be cozy and nice to sit here and read a good book.

  15. Hi Nancy, This is my first visit and your home is very beautiful. You have some wonderful ideals and your creativity for repurposing objects is just amazing. Stop by sometime for a visit and thanks for sharing all the wonderful ideals. Good luck!

  16. Very lovely room! Thanks for stopping by my place, I love your place too!!! I love all different vintage and old world styles.

  17. Nancy...that room is gorgeous! Wow, you have some lovely things in that room....

  18. What a wonderful, warm, & inviting room! You have made it a great Mom Cave!

  19. Beautiful space! You have so many wonderful pieces. I could enjoy spending time in this room.

  20. Nancy I love your living room - Mom Cave! I was thinking of entering my living room or my bedroom in the Mom Cave contest, but worked on the rooms all weekend and still didn't finish enough to my liking - so I'm going to use those rooms in future Met Monday posts I think :) I especially love the wall collage behind the wing chair, the mix of the paintings and plates and other items. I need to add more things like that to some walls in my rooms!

    Thanks for sharing!


  21. Dear Nancy, such a stunning room you have! very English and classic! toile and transferware can never go wrong when decorating one home! I am awed at all your collection! You are queen of transferware!

  22. I LOVE your mom cave, Nancy! I love all your furniture and your accessories. I could stay there all day!...Christine

  23. I forgot to add that your mom is a very talented painter...Christine

  24. Nancy, You have so many gorgeous things to look at. Beautiful vignettes and you know I love the transferware.
    xo, Sherry

  25. Sweet Mr. would have to come get me out of the chair to go to bed many night....I would fall sound asleep in that wonderful easy chair. I can envision the laughter that ensues when your sisters join you in your Mom Cave. Thank you for sharing your delightful room and for stopping by my post. Come visit any time. Cherry Kay

  26. Hi Nancy...

    Well my dear, you certainly have a fabulous place to call your own! Ohhh...I really just adore this sweet room...and I love the English Cottage style! Red transferware is my favorite and I have a very small collection...especially small in comparison to your lovely collection! You have some really beautiful furniture pieces and I loved getting a peek at all of your wall art! Your mother's paintings are gorgeous...what a talented artist she is! I also enjoyed your dog figurine collection...sooo beautiful!!! Nancy, your home is simply gorgeous...this was such a treat!!!

    Warmest autumn wishes,
    Chari @Happy To Design

  27. Nancy, I am relatively new to your blog but I have enjoyed reading everything you have posted. I love this room and how you have incorporated your love of transferware, dogs and your family treasures. It's so warm and cozy that I could browse for hours. This room has given me inspiration to do some re-decorating in my own home! Good luck in the contest and I hope you do win!

  28. Oh Nancy, I love your style. I could happily borrow just about anything and be tempted to never return it.


  29. I love your collection of dogs!


  30. What a nice little spot you've carved out for yourself. Great idea to get glass cut for the bottom of the coffee table. And I can see myself sitting in that comfy-looking chair reading a magazine.

  31. Just love all of your red transferware ;) Lovely space and very cozy and inviting. Best of luck in the giveaway, fondly, Roberta

  32. Thanks for stopping by my blog. You have some very lovely collections. I love all of the toile accents. This is a very cozy place!

  33. Your chair is wonderful! I love the fabric and I would love to sit and read in it.

  34. Nancy,
    This is a very beautiful room. I love how you use and display your transferware everywhere, and it's all just right!
    I think I could spend my days here!

  35. the little violin on the wall and the table with the round shelves have both cmpletely stolen my heart :)

  36. I could so imagine sitting in your favorite chair with a cup of tea and a good book for the evening! Your 'Mom Cave' is just so cozy. I love your dog collection and all of your transferware. What a great eye for detail you have, Nancy!!


  37. Nancy, I love your cave, I could burrow in there and never come out! You have such a beautiful style. I love your clever uses of unique pieces. Comfort and charm galore!

  38. Hi Nancy! Thanks for stopping by and following! I'm your newest follower, I've tried before but it was "busy". I love all of your transferware, you have such a unique style!

  39. Hi Nancy,

    Wow that's some elegant Mom cave!!! So many lovely things to look at in each picture. Your collections are just amazing! Your desk accessories are just so pretty hiding all those essential but not so pretty items like paperclips. I also love all the furniture and fabrics you chose. So English country and soft looking. I so enjoyed visiting your special Mom cave!! Hope you are enjoying our fall weather!
    We are headed to the Ozarks this weekend to enjoy some fall foilage...although things are still rather green here...hopefully the sugar maples have turned flaming red! Have a great day!
    Miss Bloomers

  40. Nancy, you have created such a beautiful environment. I love all of your beautiful touches of china, and I love your dog figures and the way you've displayed them. laurie

  41. I just found your blog, Nancy, and love it. I am in love with English decor and your transferware is beautiful!


  42. Very cozy, makes me want to curl up with a good book, and a warm dog.


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