Friday, May 17, 2013

Time to Visit Paula's Cottage in Connecticut

Each May, I make the trip to visit my good friend Paula in Connecticut
 and we travel to Brimfield to the antique fair,
 do some local shopping and just enjoy each others company.

Of course, this means I get to stay in Paula's charming farmhouse
 and see all the little changes she has made in her cottage
 with her unique decorating style.

We had a lot of fun in Brimfield along with Paula's sister Carol... was her first time and to quote her, 
"I think I died and went to heaven!"

We also were able to visit our dear friends
 Carole from Maynard Greenhouse in Old Saybrook 
and Deanna at her shop Gather in Ivoryton
and, of course we squeezed in a stop to Michelle's  
Taken For Granite in Stony Creek!
(Michelle and her sister Sue made the charming pillow above)

The letters above also came from Taken For Granite!
I love the way Paula has arranged them.

So, take a look around...

May is half over and there is still so much to do and lots going on! 
I have many more photos including pictures
 of her beautiful early spring garden!
Also, photos of all there was to see at Brimfield ,
Gather and Taken For Granite...
...coming soon!


Cat @ Sunday Brocantes, France said...

So fun to see and take a little 'escape' with you! Sounds like you had an amazing time and I just adore the photos of it all!


Susan Thomas said...

Paula has such a lovley home and you have the coolest fiends with all the shops I love here in CT. my friend and I went to Brimmy yesterday for my birthday and each time it's like we are in heaven...can't wait to see you pics!

Junkchiccottage said...

Oh how I love Paula's home. Why does she not have a blog???!!!! I love seeing her pretty angel that inspired me to get one from Cathy too. I love those angels. I just love looking at all her rooms. Thanks for sharing.

Nantucket Daffodil said...

So jealous....I miss going to Brimfield...but how lucky to meet Carole!

Blondie's Journal said...

I'm in love with Paula's home...just the perfect farmhouse dream! It's great that you can squeeze in so many visits with friends AND go to Brimfield! Can't wait to see more pics!


Susie~From My Home To Yours said...

Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy.......

One Shabby Old House said...

What a lovely home Paula has. So many beautiful things to see and all displayed so well. I would have to agree with another reader....why doesn't she have a blog? What a wonderful trip you must have had. I always enjoy your posts.

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

I was hoping to pick up a new magazine today, but instead I'm catching up with your blog. Paula's cottage is absolutely charming!

Rustique Gal said...

Laura, what a scrumptious place! I'd think I'd died and gone to heaven too!
I have been really tempted by Brimfield but keep chickening out at the last minute. I need a shopping friend and much more energy!
Your pictures, as always, are very gorgeous!

Heaven's Walk said...

What an awesome home, Laura! Paula truly has a gift of creating wonderous vignettes throughout her rooms! :) What fun!!!!

xoxo laurie

Marilyn said...

So much eye-candy to see. I would have been totally mesmerized in this home. Beautiful!

FleaingFrance Brocante Society said...

So many amazing bits to see in these photos. Her style is one that keeps unfolding the more that you look at the space. Thank you for sharing Laura!

Michelle Palmer said...

Wonderful~ beautiful~ welcoming!

Jacqueline @ HOME said...

Oooooo Laura,
I just LOVE Paula's home ..... she is so clever with her special little touches.
Hope you had a wonderful time, buying things { as I'm sure you did !!} and seeing friends.
I've been a little lacking on the blogging front ..... I seem to have been busy and blogging has taken a back seat..... rest assured that I am always thinking of you and Carole.
Much love and have a lovely weekend. XXXX

ariadne said...

Oh I so love it when you show us your Connecticut trip!AriadnefromGreece!

Andi's English Attic said...

Particularly love the garden sieve (is that what they're called?) on the wall and the things attached. xx

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

I didn't get to go to Brimfield this time, looking forward to seeing it through your eyes!!
This room is so I spy one of Evi's dolls?

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

Paula's space is dreamy and perfect and I would love to spend hours there!

Have/hope you have/had a great time and happy weekend.

erin said...

well hello laura! i have not been round for a while...busy gardening season for me right, how fun for me to see paula's place today!! you know i love her airy, folk arty, wirey, lovely home! thanks for sharing, i can't wait to see her gardens too.
take care, dear...

WinnibriggsHouse said...

Beautiful photos and you sound as though you made the most of your visit.

Jennifer Rae Beck said...

Absolutely love this house and all of the charming details. I miss going to Brimfield, although I am so spoiled with great antique shows in California.

Annette said...

Love going to Paula's cottage with you!! Can't wait to see the other photos you have. Those pillows are very fun!

Céline said...

Oh it's a beautifull and lovely place !!!
Très belle ambiance pleine de charme ... I love !
Bon dimanche

LizlovesVintage said...

I bet you had a wonderful time with such a fun group of gals. Paula's house is always a treat! Eye candy galore..I'm in HEAVEN! So many fun spots did you buy anything? Have a relaxing Sunday.
xo Liz

20 North Ora said...

Paula's home is beautiful. She has so many clever ideas. Wish I would have been there to shop with you all. Sounds like fun.


Karen from CT said...

I love Paula's home, so beautiful. Please make sure to post the next time Paula has a tag sale. We went a few years ago, it was her birthday and had a grand time walking the grounds of her lovely home. Can't wait to see more pictures.

Trina said...

Just lovely! I was at Brimfield last week, too. Took me 2 days at home to recover!

Shanon at Vintage Sparkle Chic said...

What an amazing home, I loved looking at all of the details. Thank you for sharing.



Such pretty pictures! Also the "Lilac Love" pics!!! I adore the vintage Mason BALL Jars! I only have one old... but I recently bought some new one :)))
Wish you a beautiful Garden time, xoxo Mira!

Carole said...

No matter how many times I have seen Paula's home and garden I just love seeing your photos. She and you always seem to find something new to create and capture.
Had so much fun the other night coming over to see you all. Gosh just wish it was more often.