Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Woven Textile Wall Hanging

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I've been drawn to patterns lately.
This little beauty attracted my attention at Rochester Gold Rush Days this year.
It is actually a purse.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Autumn-izing at the Cottage

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Yes, I've been autumn-izing. And, yes, I just made up that word.
When it shows up in Webster's dictionary, you know where it originated!

I've added a few autumn-y details to the studio...

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Another WhisperWood Cottage Winner Featured in Cottages & Bungalows Magazine

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I'm proud to show off another magazine feature of a WhisperWood Cottage Talent Scouting Party winner! The Talent Scouting Party @WhisperWood Cottage scouts for talented bloggers who would like to have their talent published in Cottages & Bungalows magazine! 

Friday, September 21, 2012

Vintage Brass Pendant Light in the Dining Room

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Found a new pendant light! 
Well, a new-to-me vintage pendant light, anyway! :)
It was from a local shop.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Organize & Display China in a Unique Way!

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Do any of you have heirloom china that rarely gets used? I have a beautiful vintage set that was a gift from my grandmother. It means a lot to me. The floral design and the colors...white, blue, green, and gold...are so soothing. I was trying to find a way to showcase the china in a unique way, while at the same time trying to figure out a way to wrangle up those loose coffee cups and keep them safe.

Monday, September 17, 2012

3 Simple Glass Solutions for Bathroom Organization

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You know, simple organizational solutions can make even the most mundane objects special. Here at WhisperWood Cottage, I love using clear glass to organize bath objects. It allows me to see what's in the container and allows me to put my favorite vintage pieces to use.
  • SIMPLE SOLUTION 1: Vintage tobacco jar displays cotton balls in the guest bath.
  • SIMPLE SOLUTION 2: An not-so-old bubble bath jar becomes a cotton swab dispenser in the guest bath.
  • SIMPLE SOLUTION 3: Vintage refrigerator jar provides beautiful cotton swab storage in the master bath.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Vintage Canisters for Modern K-Cup Coffee Storage

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With The "Organizing Solutions: Room by Room" Talent Scouting Party underway, I've started paying attention to how things are organized around this here cottage. As I was wiping off the counters earlier today, it struck me that I look at this simple solution every day in the kitchen.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

5 Clever Vintage Kitchen Organization Ideas: Features from The "Organizing Solutions" Talent Scouting Party

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I am loving the projects linked up to The "Organizing Solutions: Room by Room" Talent Scouting Party! Here are 5 clever kitchen organization ideas using vintage pieces. These are five bloggers after my own vintage-loving, industrial-loving, organization-loving heart! Ama-a-a-a-a-a-a-zing!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

THE TALENT SCOUTING PARTY: Open Call for Organizing Solutions Room by Room (linky now closed)

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"Organizing Solutions: Room by Room"
September 9-23, 2012

We are searching for multiple home organization projects to be featured in an upcoming issue of Cottages & Bungalows Magazine! Show us your projects, repurposes, and solutions for organizing one or more areas of your home.


Monday, September 3, 2012

16 Organizing Solutions: Inspiration for the Upcoming Talent Scouting Event for Cottages & Bungalows Mag

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With the "Organizing Solutions: Room by Room" Talent Scouting Event only a week away, I thought I'd scour the WhisperWood Cottage archives to see if I could inspire you with some organizational ideas. Here are 16 organization projects that I've done over the years. While putting them together, I noticed a trend...most of them use repurposed vintage pieces! Click the links below each photo to see the full posts.

The first two photos were featured in the current issue of Cottages & Bungalows Magazine. Thanks, C&B!

Vintage medical cabinet as vanity area

Vintage bunsen burner as jewelry organizer

Organizing hats in a vintage cabinet

Vintage galvanized dairy farm receipt box as stationery station in a small space

Vintage milk glass dental trays for organizing jewelry

Medical tray magnetic message center

Organize your junk in a dog kennel turned junk shed with salvaged materials

Simple DIY industrial shelf solution

Vintage cart turned rolling garage work station

Vintage wire baskets for book storage

Vertical storage with vintage wire baskets and antique ladder

Chippy green and yellow door turned coat rack

Vintage medical cabinets for craft/hobby storage

DIY fabric bulletin board

Salvaged tool bin flipped to become beach cottage cabinet

Salvaged fireplace mantel turned hat rack in the master closet

Do you have your organizing ideas ready?

Organizing Solutions–Room by Room
September 9-23, 2012

The super exciting news is that there will definitely be multiple winners who will be featured in an upcoming issue of Cottages & Bungalows Magazine! 

Key things we will be looking for...
  1. Innovation
  2. Usefulness
  3. Adaptability to any cottage style
  4. Budget friendliness
  5. Quality of the project/craftsmanship
  6. Quality of the photos (great tips at Donna's workshop series on point & shoot cameras)
  7. Entrant follows all party rules

Please mark your calendars and get your home organization posts ready!

Check out past Talent Scouting events and features on our Get Scouted! page.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

An Engagement

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Congratulations to my brother and future sister-in-law!

I was able to play photographer this past weekend as I captured this special event on camera.

It was truly a beautiful and emotional moment...even for me.

What a blessing it will be to see their love continue to grow.

Love you and cherish you both! 

A perfect end to a perfect day. A perfect beginning of a new life together.