Wednesday, October 7, 2009

~country charm & european elegance~

For about 10 years now, I have held onto 5 torn pages from Country Home magazine....I look at them over and over is the darling cottage of Sue Balmforth, owner of a store called Bountiful.  She doesn't live in the adorable cottage any longer...sadly because they couldn't give me the pale pinkish paint color shown it not so beautiful?

I have one pretty blurry picture of her bedroom.....

Lovely isn't it? Love the urn with the bacopa...

I thought all of you might enjoy a small sampling of her style... and white toile with still my beating heart...

~urn love~

This year I must plant paper whites in time for Christmas!  Anyone out there had success with this?

I might be able to fit my clothes in here........ the blue!? although I would never think to add the dark shade....

Would love to do this for a vanity!  Actually this sort of idea is on my to-do list when I'm ready to remodel our upstairs main bathroom.  (of course after hubby goes to work....see 10 honest things about me :-) )

why is this picture so fabulous? why do I love it so?  It's so good to know that there are so many of you out there that have my same disorder...;-)

That's a little taste....See you next time!



Cindy said...

Oh Shellagh, I love all of your photos! I adore toile, but can never figure out how to add it to my decor. I made myself a red and white toile apron, and I LOVE wearing it. You have a really great blog, I looked down as far as I could and we love the same things! I will be back! Hugs, Cindy S.

Tracey said...

Dreamy! I can remember the exact feature of Sue's cottage that you are talking about and it was so lovely! I probably still have a few torn pages of it myself in my inspiration folder :)


Cathy said...

Oh so beautiful!!! I can see why you saved them!!!


Cori said...

Beautiful photos....I ADORE easy to grow, you won't believe it. Get them at for the best success (much better than buying them at a local home store). You can plant them in just about anything. Last year was my first really cold winter (I was from California) and the paperwhites helped me bring spring into the house all winter!

Eileen said...

Great collection of photos!
And I especially love the empty bottles, beautiful, unique shapes, pretty pink, and thinking of what they may have once contained, who the former owner might have been, wondering did they cherish what these beauties had to offer.
I love anything with a history!
Thanks for sharing!
All the best,

Stacey said...

You have held on to some beautiful pictures. They are very inspiring. I just love to see red and white toile and then in the other picture the blue and white which seems to come out of nowhere. It's gorgeous.

I always grow bacopa in the flower bed but never thought about bringing it in. Thanks for pointing it out.

farmhouse wares said...

Thanks so much for my award! I'll post (brag) about it soon. I love that you hang onto old pages from mags. I do that too. I find paper white pretty easy. It's timing them that is the challenge. They go pretty fast if you keep them in a well-heated room. Best, Betsy

Chrissy said...

Hey I do the same thing,had some for years and years!!! These are lovely,oh btw if I can grow paperwhites anyone can!!! Talk soon,Chrissy

Susie said...

Hey Shellagh, great post & pics. Paperwhites are so very easy to grow! I grow them in any container that holds water, either in soil or simply rocks! Your girls will also enjoy watching them grow, sometimes an inch or so per day! I saw Cori's post about; however, I always order the Ziva Paperwhites from K. Van Bourgondien & Sons at ttp:// Their prices are better...but, you have to order at least $50.00 (of course, I never have trouble finding stuff to order!). Paperwhites make such great gifts as well. Have a great day.

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

So beautiful! I am always inspired by cottage photos like these~ Cindy

Garden Antqs Vintage said...

You've saved the same pics that I have. I love Sue Balmforth's style and they tell me she used to come out to the Texas shows but I've never seen her. Would love to meet her. Linda's style is amazing; thanks for stopping by, Theresa

Blue Creek Home said...

I am so glad that you found Blue Creek Home...I followed you back over to the beautiful "Ticking and Toile". Love the name - love your blog!!! Following back too!
Visit again soon!

Maya@completely-coastal said...

So charming! And I thought I recognized one of the header pictures! It's the guest cottage of artist artist Robin Brown, who I had featured on my other blog A Beach Lovers Place (under How People Live). Her place is "wild".

Jayme said...

Hi! Thanks so much for visiting my blog today! I just put a new post up with some before and afters of the house, you might like it.

Your blog made me swoon! I love the photos. Love your style. Can't wait to have a good look around.

Thanks again!

Cathy said...

Thanks so much for stopping by earlier and joining in on my giveaway!!! Good luck!!!


Rose Garden Romantic said...

I have some of those same images I cut out of a magazine long ago, also! Beautiful, aren't they?

sissie said...

I really adore your style and creativity!
I am also crazy about toile and anything cottagey, white or shabby.
Come visit me at

I'll be back for more!

Cherry Hill Cottage~ said...

I know what color it is!! The pinkish's by Ralph Lauren, Resort White.

I've been in love with this color for sister painted her "pink" room this color...don't ask me why it's called "resort white" LOL!!

Love your blog!!


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