During the 2008 fall Holiday Open House, Sandstone for the first time featured walk through tours of their “Garden Cottage”.
The cottage serves as a show case for innovative applications of timeless style and spacious casual elegance, in only a 1,200 square foot floor plan.
During the four-day open house, hundreds of anxious eyes were shuttled from the showroom to the cottage for the leisurely tour. Many ladies returned the next day with their husbands to share the concepts, vision, and experience.
With the overwhelming response from the 2008 fall Garden Cottage tour, Sandstone has continued the tours on a seasonal basis.
I know that a lot of our customers are from a far and are not able to visit our store during this time, so I thought it might be fun to feature the tour on the blog this week!
Sandstone’s Garden Cottage
Many times while traveling with the business doing shows or on buying trips, we’ve often stayed in efficiency suites, and to some degree, we implemented that concept in the garden cottage.
When you first arrive at the cottage you have the perception that you are entering a cute doll house, guard house, or something of that nature; then you are pleasantly surprised by the spaciousness once inside.
Juniper topiaries and arborvitaes flank welcoming plantings of brilliant color and shape.
Gracious living in a smaller floor plan.
The two key elements in this are the color scheme and the 10 foot ceilings. One room encompasses the kitchen, dining, living, and work space, and at the same time allows us to comfortably entertain 12 people.
In this eclectic casual mix, the neutral color pallet of soft butter and warm chocolate carried through in the fabrics, patterns, and textures, enable me to add hits of color seasonally; allowing me to use various shades of green: from cerulean, lime, and kelly. Aqua blues and persimmon orange and brilliant reds are welcome seasonal touches.
This eclectic gathering on the dining table is an abundant feast for the eyes.
This traditional wreath and bust finds an unexpected mounting, dressing the hutch for the season.
This bronze urn arrangement finds favor on the fireplace, amid a garland of rose-hips and pomegranates.
The newest addition to the cottage is the west sunroom where Max and I have given refuge to another eclectic gathering of antiques and garden accents; our own contribution to “recycling the past” with a touch of shabby chic; my room that gives me a little bit of green and sunshine to get me through the winter.
We framed the room with square telephone beams that we found on the property after we purchased it in 2002. The plexiglass (Lexan) roof and walls are from fragments that we gleaned from a greenhouse that was leveled by a tornado four years ago.
Wrought iron chandeliers with faux crystals to catch the eye, along with staggered lanterns hang from the ceiling cross beams.
A large wrought iron baker’s rack anchors the south wall and makes for a wonderful stand to display a collection of various plants, accents and knick knacks.
For wall treatments I love to mix antique windows with botanical, fruit and vegetable prints; a study of six ferns resides above the eastward entrance door from the cottage. A large chalkboard and smaller mirror framed in reclaimed wood rest upon a stone demi-loom table on the west wall.
Stone urns and containers at different levels carry the color of spring, along with staggered heights of stone tables, both new and old. These staggered levels and heights also lend to the eye flow throughout the room.
Statues of St. Francis and St. Fiacre help keep the “outdoor feel” alive inside, while other accents include a cast iron candelabra, an abacus, and one of Max’s favorite pieces; an architectural terra-cotta piece of the roof line from the City Hall of Bridgeport, Connecticut, built in 1880.
An abacus, to pause and count-
Our manifold dividends
And St. Fiacre, lends his grace
On all the plants within.
A cast iron candelabra, cast stone planter, and Tuscan pottery anchor the antique stone table and benches on the west patio.
The east veranda has a beautiful gated yard extended to the east of this covered oasis.
Even our two feathered friends couldn’t wait to get inside!!
“Hurry honey- Let’s get in there and take a peck…I mean peek”!!
An antique balustrade sundial takes residence in the front garden.
A trail of boxwoods curves the eye to the westward landscape and sitting sun.
I hope you enjoyed the pictures of the Garden Cottage tour. And maybe inspired your creativity for decorating some of your smaller spaces! Stay tuned!!