At The Cottage at Rooster Ridge we are fans! The options are endless—the mixing of patterns, colors, sizes—and the multitude of choices of how to display—independently or with the creation of interesting groupings are endless!
The texture is vibrant with the combination of the dimensional pressed patterns of the tin and the surface texture created by peeling and cracking of the original paint. The aging of each tin creates an original work, as no two are alike!
The possibilities are endless—using the same pattern in various colors, intermixing patters of the same color—we get dizzy just thinking of all the ways these pieces can be used.
The plan at The Cottage at Rooster Ridge is to have the Vintage Tin art go down the entire stairway of The Cottage! Time to discover more!
We are considering making one-of-a-kind sets available for purchase—any interest? We have many ideas and color combinations in mind! Contact us!
Vintage Tin—in the original historic form or Vintage Tin Art—which has been recently enhanced—is nothing short of artwork!
Ten Dining Room Chairs—One Fabric?
The same color and pattern for ALL 10 ??? — Borrrrrrring!
Ten different fabrics? Toooooo many!
Five varied fabrics—JUST RIGHT!
We have found at The Cottage at Rooster Ridge that mixing patterns creates visual interest and seemingly energetic movement. By building upon a common thread (pun intended) colors and patterns are easily combined in new and unusual ways! This kind of freestyle decorating adds whimsy, character and personality to your decor! You also are encouraged to take minimal risks as you say yes to the fabric you love—with bees on it or Faberge´-like eggs! One yard of upholstery fabric is usually sufficient for two chairs—why not?
With our anthem of—attention to detail—using multiple fabrics will work beautifully by looking for the commonality of the fabrics; the five fabrics chosen for this installation have two primary aspects in common.
The Color Connection; Each fabric has a similar warm-golden-yellow element within the pattern of the design. In addition each fabric has the same amount or sheen, creating a coordination in the level of formality.
The Hand Connection; The hand of fabric refers to the way a textile feels in the hand. All five fabrics have the same smooth hand and the weight of the fabrics are the same.
These two subtle similarities create sub-categories of coordination, the results— multiple fabrics working beautifully in conjunction with one another. We also love each of these fabrics independently—each is a remarkable design statement alone. Together—pure design bliss!
In the decor of Rooster Ridge, variations of the color red is one of the hallmark colors in our design scheme. With that in mind, two different fabrics with red grounds were selected.
A gorgeous green fabric (with gold bees) was also included in the five, the color works beautifully with the traditional, historic green that is used as an accent color. Historic green is painted on the inset of panel moldings and on one fireplace mantle. Additionally, deep green is introduced through the use of Verde marble on the five fireplace hearths.
Another assistance in coordinating multiple fabrics is to use one pattern in more than one color variation. This approach assists in creating a cohesive blend of the different elements. The golden-yellow rooster fabric had a second color-way on a black ground. The eye naturally connects the two as the patterns of the prints are the same.
The addition of the black fabric works beautifully also as accent chairs in the family room. The retro wooden blinds with exposed hardware are accented with black ribbon. Due to the use of the industrial pieces throughout the house black is an additional secondary accent color.
Depending on the number of diners, the mood and theme of the table can also be altered by choosing certain chairs. A holiday dinner for six could consist of four red and two green chairs. A spring buffet for four might consist of two gold and two green chairs. The combinations and theme inspired arrangements are endless! And of course—there are often requests from guests to sit in a particular chair, as a favorite fabric is declared!
By using five fabrics—there are two chairs in each fabric, the chairs naturally fall into matched pairs which can be used in other rooms—especially for entertaining!
Fabrics and textiles are another form of art—expand the palette in your cottage—introduce artistic touches with soft goods; upholstery, window treatments, pillows and table linens all become canvases for art!
Ephemera are transitory written and printed matter not intended to be retained or preserved. The word derives from the Greek, meaning things lasting no more than a day.
And yet, for some wonderful reason—these paper treasures lasted!
Ephemera can be anything—postcards, labels, magazines, theater tickets—according to the Ephemera Society (yes, there actually is a society!) there are over 500 categories of collecting.
Similar to most collectibles—the range of expense, sophistication and knowledge is vast. Often the high end of a hobby or interest is the only version we are easily exposed to. Unfortunately, that glimpse can be the cause of a door closing, rather than the wonderment of a door opening! Often an interested person may feel that collecting is “out of their league financially” or that the required education of the topic is lacking.
Collect pieces that move you—your collection does not have to become a significant or important item in a famous auction to have value—the value is in the joy you experience in looking, selecting and cherishing each piece and your collection!
The history lesson which is often accidentally stumbled upon, as was the case in the purchase of The Decoration Day Greeting postcard (pictured above) can inspire us, while connecting us to the past—assisting us to be mindful of the lives and the events that have come before us.
Hoping to achieve inspiration for designing an invitation to our Memorial Day—Parade-Viewing—Breakfast (the name is a mouthful) I discovered the postcard for Decoration Day Greetings. I came to learn, prior to the holiday becoming Memorial Day, the original name was Decoration Day, as this was a day to decorate the graves of fallen soldiers. The artwork of this postcard is so beautifully touching—I love the American flag dress the artist created and the sorrowful expression on the woman’s face. The background is a lovely landscape depicted in soft blues and greens. Printed on the gravestone in gold metallic ink is the year 1860 as the year of death. Indeed, I was inspired.
Dated May 28, 1909 and stamped with a one cent stamp, the poem reads;
Though more than forty years ago,
in Freedom’s cause he fell,
While facing furious, Gallant foe,
He is remembered well.
The Collection of Vintage Postcards at Rooster Ridge is small and has only just begun. I found this new-Vintage-style postcard rack and it sits at the top of the stairs in The Cottage at Rooster Ridge. Our collection of Vintage Postcards is inexpensive—purposely—to encourage holding, picking up, exploring and touching—admiring, dreaming and reading. The dated and handwritten messages on the cards from the original sender are a peek into bygone days. The addresses are interesting and often contain minimal information, studying the postcards is similar to a film set in a specific time period—these period pieces are a mere snapshot!
The inscription of one card dated 1910 reads;
Received the socks this morning. Thanks immensely. They are fine for the purpose.
Another dated 1909 reads;
Please excuse me for not writing sooner but mamma and paw both working every day and don’t have much time. We will write a long letter later. Your friend, Maude Mitten
The Campbell’s Tomato Soup Advertisement is from The Ladies Home Journal dated October 1926. With the significance of the historic soup kitchens just a few years later, there is subtle irony in the wording which proclaims;
WITH THE MEAL OR AS A MEAL SOUP BELONGS IN THE DAILY DIET
12 cents a can
Advertisements and labels from boxes and cans are often—simply put—beautiful art—which can become unique pieces to be framed and used in decorating.
Join us as we delight in the beauty, the history and exploration of the
This is one of those times I absolutely wish I had an incredibly talented and professional photographer available to me—bringing with them their artistry, knowledge, experience—and, all of those great lights and cool lenses… to fully demonstrate—sometimes…it’s about the drama!
Exposing the peaked roof on the second floor of The House at Rooster Ridge created an architecturally dramatic essence from the naturally stunning angles, pitch and height of the space. The drama, in this case, was a good thing and we did what we could to embrace it, enhance it and build upon it.
The first item to be addressed were the two support beams which ran across the pitched ceiling. We relied upon the artistry of our wood craftsman who created panel insets on the beams and finished them with classic crown molding. The talented craftsmanship was further elaborated with the richness of Mahogany, our favorite wood.
To intensify the impact of the height of the ceiling, lighting was added along the top (inside) of the beams creating a glowing illumination.
In the same finishing style we built a mahogany triangle base, to suspend the majestic Americana Fan. We discovered this from one of our favorite resources, Barn Light Electric. As luck would have it, the blades were available in mahogany and we selected an Antique Brass finish. The impressive scale of this fan usually results in a sigh, as the span is an impressive six feet!
Another one of the beautifully dramatic elements is the 1930’s Antique Art Deco glass lamp which is gracefully suspended from the ceiling on long brass chains. The soft lavender—blue glass emits a sultry lilac light while simultaneously displaying a lovely contrast created from the etched white flowers when illuminated.
The acquisition of what we consider to be a piece of art is the pre-1900’s stained glass window. The glass brings continuous joy as we observe the variances of colors—depending on the light from outside.
Sometimes, it’s best not to “Save the drama for your Mama” and relish the drama created in the magnificence of design, color and varying elements!
The farm table in The House at Rooster Ridge is richly illuminated with a trio of lights—creating a visually interesting balance to this long rectangular room! The two lights placed on the outside end of the trio are composed of a unique pairing—designed at Rooster Ridge!
We began with two vintage brass and copper ship lights. Commonly referred to as a “fox lights” these lights were positioned several feet above the working deck area and were only used during loading and unloading operations. The beauty of the beehive design, the rich color and sheen of the copper and brass is wonderful! The lights have a latched glass lens which once protected the internal electrical components from salt and sea creating an industrial feel.
Rather than hanging the “fox lights” directly to the ceiling by suspending them from a chain or a using a pole extension an unusual pairing was made with a Vintage Iron Pulley. A theme was loosely interpreted by connecting the two with heavy rope, a standard in the world of ships and remaining authentic to the original use of a pulley! A natural fit for a unique pairing!
With our ever present desire to remain vigilant to the attention to details two additional nuances were addressed. With a cheeky irony, the hooks attached to the ceiling to hold the lights are mermaid hooks! The other detail is the wire we used, we researched vintage style wiring and selected a gold cloth-covered braided wire. We agree with the adage; the whole is the sum of the parts, we believe it is the attention to the smallest of details that creates an overwhelming design.