Welcome to my world in Northern Ireland. I am taking part in a number of bloggy carnivals today, so glad you could join me.
At Kelly’s Korner this week it is Show us Where you Live – Foyer/Entrance Way
Being in Northern Ireland we don’t tend to have foyers (unless you live in a hotel!) but we do have halls, so today I am sharing the hall in our holiday cottage.
It is so small (compact and bijoux I think is the term used by the estate agents in the 80’s and 90’s) that it has been necessary to step outside the hall to take photos of it!
So, hear goes
Front Door (from outside)
Coat Hook – I fell in love with this just after we had signed the paperwork for the cottage, and I bought it before we even had the keys to the cottage!
Do you remember this sign from a few weeks ago? It is on a trial relocation at the moment, not sure if it is destined to stay at the holiday cottage, or our main home.
This frame was an ebay purchase, and I use it to display some local vintage postcards.
This perpetual calendar is from East of India, as is this wee saying “friends/angels” which was a housewarming gift.
This mirror was another house-warming gift from a friend. I had fun trying to get different reflections in it.
I love occasional lights instead of using the main central light, but there is certainly no room for a table, so a friend donated this small lamp which just about fits on the wee windowsill. I think it was from Laura Ashley.
In the interests of keeping it real, I assure you it is usually full of sand from the beach, a collection of shells and stones, abandoned shoes and AT LEAST this many coats!
In particular on her walls she had some framed maps, which inspired me to search for some for the walls of our holiday cottage.
Finding myself child-free for an hour or so, I had a rummage in the local second hand book shop. Initially I was looking at old atlases, but invariably each map I may have wanted to use had a central seam/fold as it spread over 2 pages. So I moved on to inquire about local maps of the area.
The shop owner brought out a lovely old one of Co Donegal (which is further west of here, but can be seen from the local beaches – there is often a beautiful sunset over the Donegal hills). (Did you know we can also see Scotland to the north west – we are that close!)
He said it was very hard to find a map of our area, as they were in great demand. However, I rummaged further, and found one!
Have you been directly inspired by another blog? Do share.
I am also linking up this post to Hooked On Houses, as this week I am hooked on my cottage hallway and vintage maps.
I am linking to Beautiful Life at The Inspired Room, as I appreciated some of my wee bits and pieces I have in my compact hall with fresh eyes today. It is funny how you can walk past items daily without really noticing them, until you stop to photograph them and blog about them.
Finally, I will include this in Show and Tell this week at Kelli’s There’s No Place Like Home.
Hope you have a moment to check out some of these wonderful blogs.
If you are visiting from any of these places, you are most welcome to Northern Ireland, and I hope you come back soon.