Hey Beach Cottage ladies, roll-up, roll-up, lookie lookie lookie a vintage side-of-the-road find is here with us today.
Now this is a pretty long story and one that highlights the very very good bits of the internet and blogging and this thing they call cyberspace…and very topical for me at the moment…
You see sometimes in life your path crosses someone that you needed to meet…you didn’t know it but you did… someone that will be nice and friendly and encouraging…and with me in the early days of this blog it was a lovely lady called Tricia Rose…our cyber paths crossed through a love of a similar style and the sea…she left a few comments on my blog, we emailed, I LOVED her linen cushions and I lusted after these (oh golly miss holly if you treat your bed to this you will not be disappointed with this linen, it washes like a dream and feels like heaven on earth)…we messaged a bit more…she sent me some of her fab cushions and all was good..
Lovely Tricia resides in San Francisco but is an Aussie girl at heart and was over here for a trip to see her sister…she messaged me would I like to hook up for a coffee?
I was looking forward to it very much, we arranged to meet down at the Wharf and it was my first meet of someone I had ‘met’ online.
It was a beautiful day, I have to say though I was a tad on the nervous side meeting someone who read my blog who I didn’t really know…
…a sunshiney Sydney day, the water was twinkling and all was good in the world…I walked down to the ferry, with a bit of a Spring in my step and I was looking out for a lovely lady, perhaps with a shoulder bag or basket over her arm and a flower in her lapel…but when I spotted her what was in actual fact under her arm was a dirty great piece of shabby old rustic furniture! Travelled over with her on the Manly ferry from the City and wearing my name and new life as coastal style / beachy decor all over it!
How we laughed…she had rocked up to our blog coffee meet with a piece of side-of-the-road furniture…apparently where she had been visiting had Council Clean-up (if you are not from here that’s where every six months you can put unwanted stuff out on the nature strip outside your house and the council come and collect it and dispose of it..yes, unbelievable, but true!) and she had spied this on the side of the road near where she was staying, yelled at the car to pull over and shoved it in the boot…for me!
Hello lovely Tricia Rose, you be the kinda friend I like.
And so there she was, one woman and one very large vintage mantel piece travelling together on the Manly Ferry to meet up with someone met online.
…well we had a lovely coffee and not a short one either…we chatted and she was just SO very positive and encouraging and just lovely about me and my blog and being talented and where I was going and what I was doing…I hadn’t really had that before, I never told her that, but her encouragement about me did me a world of good…
Anyway, that was that and I went home to Mr Beach Cottage from a blog coffee with a BIG piece of furniture…and it went down in the storage under the house with, ahem, all the other vintage finds and has been under there ever since…sad, lonely and needing some Beach Cottage lurve…
And I don’t know why but she failed to come up here with the the white things, I suppose really it was because there was never anywhere that she would fit quite perfectly….I kept going down, looking, thinking and then going back up…. until now.
And so she is up here with us now, I about die at her round port mirror complete with aging and fading that money oh-so-cannot buy, I swoon at her unusual shape, I love her little curvy top and I cannot wait to get her cleaned up and looking hot hot hot.
What you think Beach Cottage ladies, you likey likey likey?
Now, we all know we are in the Beach Cottage Pop of Colour Phase here so I am thinking along the lines of colour…but really I think it will be left as is but Dettol-ed up to its eyeballs or a touch of oh-so beachy / coastal white …but if I was living in a different cottage to this, or if I have a mad five minutes well then how about pink?!!
And with that she was gone with a poof.
Let me know what you think….
p.s. thanks to all those who have responded to the Beach Cottage Reader Survey, just thank you…if you haven’t had time yet it’s here, I would love for you to tell me a bit more about yourself and what you’d like to see here in Beach Cottage Land…xo
THE ROUGH LINEN™ STORY
Tricia Rose found a homespun, hand sewn linen pillow slip while clearing her grandmother’s cottage in Scotland. It was made by her great-grandmother, in 1840, and was in regular use for three generations.
When it came to her, Tricia used it to store lavender. Years later, by good fortune, she found a natural linen with the same wonderful texture and feel, and decided to make bedding in this simple, elemental tradition. She wanted the feeling of connection, appreciation of good materials and handiwork which is part of her heritage, as part of everyday life…she now produces beautiful linens of her own that should last a hundred years.
(this post is in no way affiliated to or sponsored by Rough Linen…I just love it! )