Cottage Exposed Shelving

August 16th, 2009


Well we’re back again from a long weekend at the cottage, this time we got to do a little decorating! While we were tearing down the old musty 60 + year old drywall we found that the only thing standing between us and the outdoors was beautiful exposed cedar slats. We toyed with the idea of leaving all the walls exposed but came to the conclusion it wouldn’t be too comfortable with the wind whistling through our walls during those cold spring nights. We wanted to keep a piece of this architectural detail, to remind us of the construction of the cottage so we left a set of studs completely exposed to be used as shelving.

We had a really fun time getting out some of our nic knacks to make a display, but first! Let me tell you about what we put on our table. The two teapots are by Ulla Procope for Arabia Finland, the larger white pot was a wedding present for Juli’s parents in the 70s, Juli’s mom was nice enough to search through her cupboards and lend it to us indefinetly. We also were lucky enough to get a smaller black tea pot for 3 dollars during a thrifting adventure in Southern Ontario. The black candleabra we found in the cottage’s boat house while we were looking for the sconces.



Jens Quistgaard trivet. During the long dark Scandinavian winters, these trivets were reminiscent of the warm spring to come.
Ebay, $5.


“Enjoy!” trivet from Japan, Value Village $3. Matching Ulla Procope sugar and creamer set from Juli’s Mom.


Kay Bojesen soldier from a Danish cruise ship duty free. Aarikka Finland napkin holder, Ebay $15.


Well this half of the cottage is looking pretty good, despite the one unstrung Poul Henningsen light. Stay tuned for more pictures later this week!

P.s. maybe next year we can replace the Deck X’s of Death with wooden slats…

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  1. It’s looking fab. Can’t wait to see what you do next.


    17 Aug 09 at 2:54 am

  2. I’m really enjoying watching this space come together, guys! Can a House and Home feature be far behind? Alert the media!


    17 Aug 09 at 8:02 am

  3. Just wanted to tell you two that it looks awesome. Keep up the good work!


    17 Aug 09 at 8:34 am

  4. It’s really coming together beautifully! I love watching your progress!


    17 Aug 09 at 9:02 am

  5. man that is looking fab – I’m so envious.
    the lights, the table, the chairs…all the white! just gorgeous.

    the brick house

    17 Aug 09 at 8:08 pm

  6. the cottage looks great, i cant wait to get there in september to see it in person. are you sure you cant sell the guest house. ha, ha, ha. if you can i know who would buy it.

    nancy baker

    18 Aug 09 at 6:14 am

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