Welcome to Boxwood Cottage!

So glad that you found me! My blog is about everything I love like gardening, decorating my home & garden and crafting. Although I'm from Germany I write my blog in English so that hopefully every visitor can read it. Hope you'll stay a while and will leave me a comment so that I know that you were here! xoxo Carola

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Another White Wednesday and the Vintage Vacation Swap reveal!

Welcome back my dear blog readers and blogging friends to another White Wednesday here at Boxwood Cottage! I was very lucky at the flea market 2 weeks ago and found an old cream white mirror with 3 parts and beveled edges cut mirror glass ( a real steal for 12 Euro!), so I had to redecorate my mantle. The huge golden mirror I had hanging over the mantle for a few years is now hanging upstairs on the walls of the landing and I'm very happy with the look of it there as well as with my new shabby white mírror here over the mantle,

I rearranged a few more things like the white bird house/cage that I put over here on the small round table as well as my old hanging birdcage that placed in the small corner between the mantle piece and cupboard.

It's so nice to have something new to look at. And notice the golden wall candle holder in the picture above which I placed on the wall of the hanging glass cabinet on the left side, I really like it there with one of my dear friend Anita's pretty hearts hanging from it!

The scrabble holder with the creamy white letters from a game called Upwards and which are spelling my name were in my Vintage Vacation swap parcel from my swap partner Francine. I'll show you more pictures of this swap further down in this post. The pretty garland was a swap gift from sweet Tina of Tiny Bears!

Another close up picture of the mantle above, the creamy white pumpkin porcelain box on the left was also a swap gift I got last year from dear Heather of Speckeld Egg in the Halloween Sweet & Sinister swap.

Btw did you notice the diffent reflections of my parlor in the mirror? I really like how they change from every angle I stand. And if you noticed it and you follow my blog for a bit longer already you might have also noticed a new, old, shabby white transom window in the reflections. I had the arched rusty window over there before (see the left pic in my header/banner picture), which I placed on a wall on the beadboard of my bedroom now (I'll show pictures of my bedroom in another post) and placed this new old window, a gift from a dear family friend, there instead. Here is a close up:

It has real great patina! The old framed pictures, the black antiques sign etc. fit in so well and they give it a great contrast I think.

of course with placing the window there I also had to rearrange this corner further more, I placed the white mirror that hung on the side wall of my white wooden stairs before here on the old rusty metal box and rearranged some pictures and not to forget another fabulous flea market find of late, the old butterfly shadow box!

I was so thrilled when I discovered the shadow box whith the slightly faded butterfly beauties in it. Spot the white ones? They all have numbers and their names are neatly typed and written down on the back of the box according to the numbers. These are no exotic butterflies, just those that live here in the area which I love! 10 Euro btw, great price I think :)

Talking of flea market finds I have another picture of some recent finds to share. In the back you see an old grain or feed sack, then I found another old suitcase for my collection, some beautiful old German silver glass ornaments and not to forget my best find and bargain of the day an old shabby trumpet yay I'm so looking forward to decorate for the Holidays with these finds :)

And talking about suitcases this finally leeds me to the Vintage Vacation Swap which was organised by our favorite hostess Miss Jenny Heid of Every day is a Holiday. I painted one of my childhood wicker suitcases in my fave creamy white and embellished it for my swap partner Fran from Michigan US.

I also soldered a Paris charm for Fran and hung it on the suitcase. Then I filled it with vintage flea market treasures like the awesome binocular which was even still in it's original black lether box with gold lettering in it saying it was made in Paderborn/Germany. Then I found the pretty old black tin box for Fran which I filled with specialité bonbons from my hometown Bremen. I took Francine on a vintage vacation swap to the North Sea, but the story is too long to tell now.

And finally I like to share with you what I got from dear Francine:

She took me on a trip to Frankenmuth in Michigan. See everything she sent me in the picture above, just the yummy Reeses, my fave chocolat candy are not in the picture, because I already ate them all up lol oh and a wooden magnet cuckoo clock is missing because I hung it on my fridge right away. Notice that great sepia colored prim stocking she made especially for me?

She even found a vintage hat for me which spells my name on the inside, as well as matching vintage gloves and earrings. Of course the old cabinet cards and letters belong to my faves! Thank you so much for spoiling me Francine!

Well and before I finish this post for today I have another change to share with you, which leads us upstairs in my rooftop studio. If you come up the stairs there is an open gallery which I showed you recently in the "Where bloggers create" post. I always noticed the wall with the space in it looking so bare and thought of how to make it better looking. So I asked our very handy family friend if he could hang an old shabby frame I had around the space in the wall, which holds a vintage black instrument, for me and he did. It was a bit dangerous because we had to place a ladder on the stairs to get a nail in the wall. And while he was already up there on that ladder I asked him to hang up that scalloped wooden architectural piece for me which I had painted white recently, just under the gallerie, which he was so nice to do for me too.

I'm thrilled with the look of the former quite bare wall now with the frame around the wall space and the scalloped wooden piece above, how do you like it? As always you can click or double click on all of my photos to enlarge them and see more details.

Now that is really it for today. I have to hurry now to go to work. Please hop over to Kathleen of Faded Charm for more White Wednesday goodness!

See you back here in September with my 5 years of blogging anniversary give back.

Until then take care and enjoy the cooler days of beginning fall!

xoxo~ Carola


Xela said...

Hallo Carola, also deine Flohmarktfunde sind der Hammer, dieser Koffer mit dem alten Christbaumschmuck den könnte ich dir glatt klauen. Dein altes Sprossenfenster ist auch genial und der Rest natürlich auch. Schöne Sommertage wünsche ich dir. liebe Grüße Alexandra

paperbird said...

Wow Carola- what an amazing swap. I love the beautiful suitcase you prepared for Fran- it looks so beautiful filled with such pretty treasures and you made out very well yourself. I would have eaten the Reeses right away too!

Rebecca said...

Your mirror just sets off your mantle-so many lovelies to look at!

Theresa said...

Hello Carola, I just love coming to visit, you have so many beautiful vignettes in your home. There is so much inspiration to be had... thank you for sharing with us. You make me want to rearrange me home! Happy White Wednesday! Theresa

Amy said...

Wow, this is my first visit to you.
What an amazing display of whites you have! Your home is beautiful and yes the reflections in the mirror caught my eye right away.
Your steals and deals are so great, there is just so much to comment on that I am running out of room.
Simply Amazing
Thanks for sharing

TinyBear said...

Everything is so pretty at your place Carola - I love all your rearragements and displayes. Oh - I wish I lived like that :D
Some great stuff you got in your swap too. I love the prim stocking and all the lace and those old gloves too.
Can´t wait to see your decorations for christmas - I´m sure it´ll be wonderful with those ornaments and the thompet.
Wishing you a wonderful day sweet friend.
xoxo Tina

NanaDiana said...

What a fun place to visit! I must say you have done a great job and I LOVE all the top hats! Nicely done! Diana

Angela said...

Oh my, I started out thinking of my favortite things in this post, but quickly lost count!! So many beautiful things! Love the window in the parlor.

Secret Garden Cottage said...

Wow... those are some great finds!! I always love to come see all your pretty whites on WW. I especially love your vintage windows and mirrors... gorgeous!!
Happy WW, Carola!
Hugs ~ Jo :)

FredaB said...

Carola I just love visiting your blog and seeing what you do with all your things. You should be a home decorator. I can hardly waituntil you set up Christmas and see what you do with the trumpet.



Virginia said...

Wow...You have so many great finds!! Lovely!

☼Carolina Artesanías☼ said...

very nice!
hugs from Chile

oldgreymare said...


My goodness girlfriend, everything looks wonderful. It takes awhile to go through each photo and spot all of the little treasures, but I had so much fun looking around.

How is the empty nesting coming along? Darling Daughter leaves Saturday and I have to adjust again. We need to catch up, it has been way too long..I'll try to do a long email this weekend.

BIG hugs


Elizabeth Maxson said...

Oh Carola, I scrolled up and down trying to decide what was my favorite....couldn't decide. But it did make me want to really change some things up in my home - yes, I get stuck in a rut! But, really love the two black framed photos in that super window. They are perfect!

Thank you so much for commenting on the Design Sherpa website! Very nice of you! I will keep everyone posted - and thank you for sharing such nice goodies...need to go shopping now... :-)


Tarnished and Tattered said...

Oh my, you have the most amazing style. I want to rush out right now, (it's past my bedtime) & put Halloween themed silhouettes in window panes. You just have a knack for arrangements. Love all the swaps from friends. If you ever want to do a Texas size swap I'm your girl. hint hint. Great post! Lisa

Kelly Mac said...

Oh for a day just to spend at your house...looking at all the pretty things, getting you to show me how to make some of the pretties that you do. I think that would be my dream vacation. Enjoy your swap box movie, 'Somewhere in Time' is one of my favorites.

www.MaisonStGermain.com said...

Hi Carola:)
Love your heading, your blog and your entire post today! Just fabulous:)
Blog: Capers of the vintage vixens

Natacha said...

Wie immer, eine Freude fürs Auge!
Ich wünsche Dir einen schönen Sonntag Carola.

time-worn interiors said...

Oh! I seen a babdy doll head in the stair well! Everything looks so beautiful! I love mantels, have 2 in my house and no fireplaces! Have a great weekend!

Diana said...

Love your new flea market finds Carola. Your home is so very lovely. You certainly have an eye for displaying your treasures......great job.

Recycled Rita said...

I Looove your house Carola! It is wonderful and you have so many fun things to look at! Looks like you had a great partner for the swap also! See you in September!

Miss Gracie's House said...

what a great unique mirror! and I love the window done up...so cute!
thanks for the visit to my place...

Funky Junk Interiors said...

What a gorgeous collection of... everything! I don't even know where to start! The whites theme everything together so lovely. And those suit cases are incredible!


Josephine Tale Peddler said...

This post is bursting with loveliness, Carola. Your new mirror has found a good home. It must have wept with joy when you spotted it and took to Boxwood Cottage xx

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Oh my, Carola! I am on visual overload...so many beautiful things! I am going to have to go back and go through more slowly! Your mantel is simply gorgeous! I love all of your wonderful white chippiness! So much to see! I hope you are having a great week!...hugs...Debbie

Modern Country Style said...

Hi there,

You're English is absolutely superb. I'd never guess it wasn't your native tongue.

I love your trumpet. I bought a second hand one a while ago and am wondering what to do with it.This post inspires me to get a move on!!

Cape Cod Rambling Rose said...

Hello Carola! I always love looking at your photos of your beautiful home! Your color scheme is just my taste! And your swap gifts look fabulous. Have a Happy Weekend!

Kansas Amy said...

Everything is just beautiful! So happy to have found your blog. -Your newest follower, Kansas Amy

Fran. said...

Oh Carola, what awesome beauty and love you put into your home!! It rocks!! I tell you I had so much fun putting that swap together for you! I love how your name on the mantel looks!! I have been drooling over that window pane and what you did with it for awhile now. The one from your header. I too would love to spend a day inyour lovely home!! XO Fran.

Paula said...

Dear Carola,

I am always delighted and inspired by your beautiful photos and sweet words! Your home is gorgeous and I always get so many ideas for decorating from you. I love your header photo too! Your new mirror is a wonderful find and looks beautiful above your mantel, a perfect fit! I love all of the pretty things you have displayed on your mantel and around it! The whites are gorgeous! The window with all the pretty black and white items is lovely. I love all of the nature things and glass you have displayed in this spot. The butterfly shadow box is an amazing treasure! I love butterflies and this box was very well done. You have found so many wonderful things on your outings. I love the Christmas decorations and look forward to seeing how you display them.

The lovely suitcase and beautiful things you sent Fran are wonderful and she sent you some wonderful things too!

I love what you did in the wall area! So glad you had a friend help with that! You have everything arranged beautifully! I love walls full of pretty things to look at.
As always, I enjoyed my visit.
Love, Paula

LiebeToll said...

Hallo Carola,

eine wahre Bilderflut - ich habe einige Zeit gebraucht, bis ich unten angelangt war;-))) Ich komme gerne wieder vorbei!

Schöne Sonntagsgrüße,


Merci-Notes said...

LOve the white Wednesday!
YOu do such a wonderful job of styling your home Carola!
My family has visited Frankenmuth, Michigan. It is filled with delicious food and a wonderful Christmas shop!

While looking at your stairway I spied your top hats with the wonderful boarders on them... seems like you could use them for a Halloween design! *bet you already thought of that!! :)

Sherri said...

Carola, I just found your blog! It is wonderful! I will be back again for sure!

Luna, Luzie and Olli said...

Hallo Carola,
deine neue Dekoration ist klasse. Hat Spaß gemacht alles anzusehen und die Bilder zu vergrößern um nochmehr Details zu erkenne.
Du hast immer so tolle Swaps und Swappartner. da bekommt man richtig Lust auch mal wieder mitzumachen.
Bin schon gespannt auf deinen Septemberpost.
Liebe Grüße

The Tin Rabbit said...

Everytime I visit you, I redo something in my house! You have amazing style and I love to just look and take notes! Everything is so beautiful! That was an amazing swap you did! Love&Hugs, Ann

Tracie~MyPetiteMaison said...

Hi Carola,
Oh I certainly love it here at your blog and I'm sure you know by now, I could stay here for days on end and dream away at all your lovely vignettes and inspiration. I love your cottage and your gardens, they truly inspire me to work harder around here to make it a bit lovelier to enjoy.

Carola, I want to thank you for your very kind comment about my cat, Gigi. I am carrying all the sweet comments around in my heart while I am missing my kitty and need to say thank you for taking the time. I truly appreciate it very much. I was sorry to hear about the two cats you lost but I thank you for sharing and know you understand my feelings right now and heartbreak. I hope you have a wonderful weekend and again, thank you, Carola.

Evi said...

it's funny, sometimes when you bring one new thing in, you have to change everything!
You did very well with your new acquisitions.
I especially love the butterflies.
Hugs, Evi

Gail said...

I oohed and aaahed over everything from the white table-birdcage, to the off white bird hanging from the mantel to the mirror to the basket of vintage ornaments.


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