Touches of English Country in the Breakfast Room

Most of you know how I love roosters, and to me, nothing else says English or French Country more than roosters.  

 I tend to think of roosters in décor as more of a French theme.


 So either way, it's European themed.



The top of the cupboard contains lots of goodies, like the Gordon's jar, and the Coca cola tray.  These items were my MIL's.

Love my chicken wire baskets.

So whether this is French Country or English Country,  roosters remain in my breakfast nook.

Most of these items are from consignment shops, like the lamp, the black handled tray, the runner.  I love buying items that will work with my decor, that have been pre-loved.
The best thing about decorating with English Cottage style is being able to use lots of different items.

I think the breakfast room meets the definition of English Country Decor.

Sharing at these parties:

Share Your Cup @ Ms. Olson
Thrifty Life Thursday @ Revisionary Life
                 Home and Garden Thursday @ A Delightsome Life      
              Home Sweet Home @ The Charm of Home
              Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage

          

Guest Room, English Cottage Style

I'm continuing my series on English Country Cottage Style. Today, we are in the guest room.

It's been a while since I showed you my guest room, but it is pretty much the same.  I don't have lots of guests, and don't have the need to change everything in there, though I do plan to do some changes in the fall.

Right now it is all dressed for Spring/Summer, in Pastel colors.


A few things have changed since these photos were taken, but the bed is still the same, and the curtains.  Most of the artwork remains the same as well.

I switched this table to the sun room, because I am able to enjoy it more in there.

 I bought this several years ago at an antiques shop for around $40.00, and first painted just the top blue and the bottom white.  Later I painted it all the color of the top.


 As usual, you will find flowers and birds in my rooms.





I think these colors are very soothing and make a calming pallatte for guests.  What do you think?


I'll be sharing at the following linky parties:


Tweak It Tuesday @ www.cozylittlehouse.com
Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life 
Show & Share @ Coastal Charm
Whimsy Wednesday @ Simply Designing with Ashley
What's It Wednesday @ Ivy and Elephants
Centerpiece Wednesday @ The Style Sisters 

Favorite Frugal Finds of 2014

I have found some great thrifty treasures so far this year, so I'm sharing some of my favorites with you.


Vase
Rooster cabinet

Urn  about a dollar

Sign    $3.50

Picture  15.00

Plate

Pot of greenery

Rooster tray

Pillow covers

Plate  .25

Mandolin picture  2.00

Picture   6.00

Plate

Feed sack

Pitcher


bird    .90

Lamp shades

2 pots Hydrangeas  50cents (I think)


Crystal bud vase $1, flowers  10c

Flower pot, picture (10c)

Wash pan    (around 7.00)


quilt set



Shower curtain  (6.99)


Needlepoint chair  15.00


quilt

Quilts for twin beds


doily

Portofino cushion

bird & cross


Purse & pin ($1.50)


Earrings  (50c)


Tote ($.25)


Vase  $1

 Set of lamps ($10.00)
Shades $18.00

I am really enjoying these finds.  Don't you just love it when you find items for your home and don't spend a lot of money on them?  I do!!
Which is your favorite?

I'm sharing at all my fave parties!!
Tweak It Tuesday @ www.cozylittlehouse.com
Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life 
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday @ Coastal Charm
Centerpiece Wednesday @ The Style Sisters 
Wow Us Wednesday @ Savvy Southern Style
 Strut Your Stuff Saturday @ Six Sisters Stuff
Serenity Saturday @ Serenity You
Show and Tell Saturday @ Be Different, Act Normal

Another Small Lamp Makeover

If I remember correctly, I found this small lamp several years ago at a consignment shop. This is the original look, which I loved for a l...