Cottage Style

Cottage Style

Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year

This sweet New Year's card reminds me of my past to the quaint little town of Bridgewater Iowa where we have our little Lake House. My great grandparents, grandparents and Mother was raised and lived in this little town. I feel their spirit when we stay at our little house. In fact the house just across the street is where my grandparents were married. Looking forward to 2011.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Christmas at the Lake House... Vintage Style

Decorating the Bridgewater Lake House at Christmas is one of my favorite things. Unfortunately this year it just didn't happen. So I'll have to enjoy the pictures from past years.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Lake House Christmas Decorating

These Pictures were taken several years ago after we purchased our little Lake House in Bridgewater. That year we hosted an Open House for the people of the town so that we could get acquainted with our new "town" friends. Since then it hasn't worked out to have another open house. I hope we can many do it this year.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

I Love Vintage!!!

Our Lake House Kitchen is home to a lot of my vintage treasures. I love vintage kitchen wares, especially in bright primary colors.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Halloween Party at The Old High School Gym

Mr Pumpkin sitting in the middle of the Bridgewater gym Floor!!

Nerd Nathan

Nolan checking out the good food

What's Jammin John & Kiwi!!

Every year the little village of Bridgewater host a Halloween party at the old High School Gym built in 1923 for the Local kids. This is the gym where my mother went to school. The high school has been torn down some time ago, but the gym is still there. It's really a great party and sooo vintage. This is a past picture of our crew at the Party.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Fun & Games at The Lake House

We Love to Play Games When we visit our Lake House in Bridgewater... No TV or Video Games Allowed...

Friday, October 1, 2010

Help Your Self to Nostalgic Treats at the Lake House

I remember those Tootsie Roll Pops at our local "Five & Ten" store.

A vintage tine for Butterflake Popcorn from Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Hershey's and Tootsie Rolls it doesn't get better than that!!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Welcome to Our Cottage

I have always loved cottages. Maybe it was from story book reading of those adorable little cozy houses in the woods surrounded by a picket fence and flowers.

Our little house in Bridgewater was a dream come true for me. I had always wanted a little place to "get away to" for weekends. Unfortunately we don't get there as often as I would like, but when we do it's so relaxing.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Happy Kitchen

I love vintage kitchen relics from the 40's & 50's.

I've decorated our kitchen at the "Lake House" in all these brightly colored "Happy" Kitchen treasures. Every time we go to the house I just love to look at all the displays.

They always make me so Happy!!! It just reminds me of a simpler time when women spent lots of time in their kitchen making homemade meals for their families.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Lake House Decorating Stuff

Isn't this little book adorable??
I love these bright red vintage wood water skies.

I love to find little lake house treasure to decorate the house with.

I love the red, white and blue of this band hat... it's just fun.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Vintage Kitchen Memories from my Childhood

I love vintage kitchen stuff. Our lake house kitchen is a showcase for many of my vintage kitchen collections. Remember Wonder Bread??
Growing Up we only used flavoring from Kitchen Klatter... which is from Shenandoah Iowa. That only about 25 miles away from Bridgewater. They were famous for Iowa farm wives with their Kitchen Klatter radio show on KMA radio during the 40's, 50's and 60's.

Keep that Kitchen sink clean with Bon Ami.... Notice the wax pencil price of 15 cents.

Colorful and Bright Kitchen towels. I love any thing with red polka dots!!!

I found this great vintage piece this summer... it's a kitchen sink pad... I think it's amazing that it was never used and that the original label was never ripped off. Notice it's received the Better Homes and Gardens Seal of Approval!!