shabby chic cottage and gardens

Good morning Cottage Fix friends! So I don’t know if you picked up on it or not, but I’m on a bit of a shabby chic kick (obsession) at the moment. There’s something about the soft color palette and feminine details that seem to work like magic in my quirky little cottage with the silly little family inside. And fresh cuttings from the garden brighten up a softer than soft look.Cottage Fix blog - shabby chic cottage sun porchI added more shabby chic goodness with a soft purple ribbon tied into a sweet little bow around the rim of my Ball jar vase. Not something I’d normally let myself get away with, but like I said, I’m falling hard for shabby chic. What can I say? The yellow lady banks blooms remind me of petite carnations.
Cottage Fix blog - lady banks blooms in a blue Ball jar with lavender ribbon This past Sunday was beautiful here on the East Coast — cool crisp air, drenched in sunshine. Farmer Brown and I worked out in the garden cutting back the overgrown “everything” and pulling ivy.

We planted this yellow lady banks two years ago and this season it’s started to really show its stuff. A few of the lady banks in our neighborhood (one in my parent’s back garden) are ginormous!! I must admit, it makes me a little nervous that we might have unleashed a yellow flowering monster in the garden. Yikes!

My dad planted a purple clematis for us last summer and it’s already starting to thrive. I love the purple and yellow together.Cottage Fix blog - lady banks and purple clematis bloomingCottage Fix blog - shabby chic cottage sun porchFarmer Brown spotted this wonderful sight in the Juniper trees along our garage. The Robins are busy this year—quadruplets!Cottage Fix blog - Robin's nestI always like to share my silly little vegetable and herb patch. It’s with a big fat frown that I report there will be no red juicy tomatoes growing in here (not that there ever were). I give up. But on the bright side, the herbs are flourishing and the spinach, lettuce, and pepper are getting started. My daughter helped me with this last weekend and of course we included a couple of yellow mounding blooms and marigolds. We can’t seem to resist Spring flowers, even in the little veggie garden. I read somewhere that marigolds ward off critters, so that’s really why we included them. Wink. I like to think of the yellow accents as shabby chic garden bling!Cottage Fix blog - silly little vegetable and herb patchCottage Fix blog - shabby chic sun porchShabby chic details of blue and yellow with a hint of pink all set for supper.Cottage Fix blog - yellow, blue, and a hint of pink table settingThe blue floral Simply Shabby Chic pillows from Target are always somewhere to be found, along with lots of lace at the windows.Cottage Fix blog - shabby chic cottage living roomCottage Fix blog - lace in the windows and blue floral pillows

Hope you’re off to a great week! And as always, thanks so much for visiting!!

xoxo Sally

Cottage Fix blog - shabby chic cottage sun porchPS The neighborhood yardsales were a hit. Our loot list: a Pumpkin & Squashes (Parragon Books LTD, 2008) cookbook, a glass citrus juicer, a wastebasket, several taper candles, and two strands of sparkly Christmas garland (you’ll see during the Holidays, if I remember where I’ve stowed them away by then). Wink.
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9 thoughts on “shabby chic cottage and gardens

  1. Victoria

    Your sun room looks gorgeous! The yellow flowers are stunning and I’m very impressed by your veggie/herb garden, I don’t think it’s silly at all! I think you should give tomatoes another try too:)

    You know how I feel about shabby chic so I love seeing touches of it anywhere! I think your cottage has always looked shabby chic tho:) I finally put a post up today, just finished it about 5 minutes ago and I posted a pic of my drop cloth chair! Of course, you have to scroll through about 900 pics before you get to it, I really need to blog more so I don’t get so behind!

    Have a wonderful day in your beautiful little piece of heaven Sally:)

    1. sallysally Post author

      Thank you Victoria! And I love your dropcloth chair, it really turned out lovely and fits right in with your shabby chic goodies. xo

  2. Jeanne

    I have one foot in shabby chic:) Maybe more than one foot. I just try to keep it simple so as not to make my husband crazy.
    That is the prettiest raised planting bed I have ever seen!
    Spring was on its way here in the Midwest, but seems to be held up a bit this week with colder temps and rain. I am jealous your Clematis is already blooming.
    Lovely pictures!

    1. sallysally Post author

      Thanks so much Jeanne. My husband lets me get away with just about anything when it comes to decorating. He knows how much I enjoy it, and he’s not that into it. I try to take it easy on the floral and pink, but I can’t make any promises.

      Thanks for visiting! xo Sally

  3. kelly

    You have so many pretty flowers blooming outside. You’re lucky to be able to just cut some and enjoy them indoors too. The rock edged flower bed is so pretty and unique. Sounds like you found some good things at your yard sales. My subdivision is hosting one this weekend but I’m not participating. I’ll just stick to donating to Goodwill and selling at consignment stores. Garage sales are a lot of work!

  4. Vickie

    Your gardens are just lovely and your herb garden has me green with envy! How utterly charming!!!

    Spring has just sprung in our neck of the woods, and you’ve inspired me to get out and do some digging in the dirt.

    As always the photos of your home are gorgeous and your jar of yellow flowers is a nice pop of summery color. Have a wonderful weekend!

  5. June

    Oh man Sally, can I just moved in??? It’s either that or I sit here all day staring at this computer screen wishing I was napping on that sofa right now. I am so under the spell of your darling cottage!!!!! Your gardens are so, so lovely!

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