Sunday, July 16, 2023

Cottage Review: Roses and Redoute

Hello friends, now that our Monday party is on a hiatus this summer, I have a bit more time to share some creative ideas and inspiration. The Weekend Cottage Review is a time that I can share some personal thoughts, ideas and inspiration around the blogosphere, and some oldies but goodies. 

Today I thought I'd share some pics from my first blogging house of some sweet knockout roses that I enjoyed for the 12 years we lived there. Also at that house, I had a smallish sunporch that was the perfect spot for photos as it was north facing with always wonderful natural light. 

I've always envied people that have lovely rose gardens. Maybe it's me and maybe its our climate, but I've never been able to have much luck with rose bushes other than Knockout Roses that are a little more forgiving. At our current home we have a very similar bush to this previous one, and it blooms from May through October with these gorgeous perfect little blooms.

This day I thought I'd snip a few of these luscious little beauties and display them in one of my sweet vintage floral teapots. This is a Crown Staffordshire pink floral tea-for-two teapot. I mostly collect transferware, but I do have a small collection of floral teapots, pitchers, and cups and saucers, that I started before the transferware bug bit me.


I have a set of vintage pastel rose prints from the 40's and two by the artist Redoute that went perfectly with this lovely summer vignette.



Old hinged and lidded boxes used to be "a dime a dozen" 10 or so years ago. You could find tons of them for just a dollar or two. Some unfinished, others painted. I grabbed this one because it had a nice chippy white finish and was small and shallow. I have no idea what it's purpose was originally, but it's the perfect size for small vignettes. It could have been a cigar box originally, but not sure.

Below, I included some interesting information about Redoute. Knowing a little about the artist makes these beautiful prints all the more interesting.

 Pierre-Joseph Redouté (10 July 1759 in Saint-Hubert, Belgium – 19 June 1840 in Paris), was a Belgian painter and botanist, known for his watercolours of roses, lilies and other flowers at Malmaison. He was nicknamed "The Raphael of flowers".
He was an official court artist of Queen Marie Antoinette, and he continued painting through the French Revolution and Reign of Terror. Redouté survived the turbulent political upheaval to gain international recognition for his precise renderings of plants, which remain as fresh in the early 21st century as when first painted.
Paris was the cultural and scientific centre of Europe during an outstanding period in botanical illustration (1798 – 1837), one noted for the publication of several folio books with coloured plates. Enthusiastically, Redouté became an heir to the tradition of the Flemish and Dutch flower painters BrueghelRuyschvan Huysum and de Heem. Redouté contributed over 2,100 published plates depicting over 1,800 different species, many never rendered before.
 Marie Antoinette became his patron. Redouté received the title of Draughtsman and Painter to the Queen's Cabinet. In 1798, Empress Joséphine de Beauharnais, the first wife of Napoleon Bonaparte, became his patron and, some years later, he was her official artist. 

What perfection is found within the bloom of a rose.
Here's a post from that previous week sharing some plant pics in our yard.
and here's a post from a week earlier showing that old sunporch that I loved.

This week my daughter and the grandbaby, (can't say "new" anymore) and I had lunch with my mom and sister at my sister's home. My mom went all out and prepared a wonderful lunch and we had all afternoon to visit and play with Miss O. Here's a pic of my mom with her on her lap. O is 7 months old and is honestly such a good baby. She always has a smile and little laugh, and content and satisfied to be passed around and cuddled. She's into face "patting" and is working on a tooth as she has fingers in her mouth constantly.

I fell in love with her little denim Mary-Janes shoes.

All the girls in my family are petite, but Miss O has some loooong legs, so maybe she'll bust out of our "shorty" syndrome. I guess because her daddy is over 6 foot might have something to do with it. And another sweet gift... my mom found these adorable Staffordshire dogs in her storage, that my sis and I gave her back in the 80's. Now I get to enjoy them here. So excited to work these into my buffet decor in the dining room.

photo of similar pups via ebay

Also on a blogging note about comments. I'm trying to answer comments here in the comment section on the blog. Most commenters are "no-reply" bloggers, so I can't return a comment via your email because it ends up in outer space. So if you leave a much appreciated comment, please come back by if you'd like to see my return comment.
thanks for coming by, friends.

Did you get a chance to check out my last post on rustic garden urns and seashells?

joining in at these great parties:

The House on Silverado,  Love Your Creativity at Life and Linda
Inspire Me Monday at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia 
 Met Monday at Between Naps on the Porch 
  Inspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life  Home Imagined at the Antique Journey
Turnabout Tuesday at My Wee Abode, Wednesday Link Party at Our Tiny Nest
 Wonderful Wednesday at Eclectic Red Barn
 Centerpiece Wednesday at Karin's Kottage Share Your Style at French Ethereal,  
Thursday Favorite Things at Follow the Yellow Brick Home,  
Home Matters at Southern SunflowersGrace at Home at Imparting Grace
Farmhouse Friday at  County Road 407  Fabulous Friday at WM Design House 


  1. Your grand baby is just adorable. I love the Maryjanes too. What a nice visit for all of you. Love your roses they are just gorgeous. Have a good start to the new week. Hugs. Kris

    1. thankyou Kris, I'd love a pair of those little sandals. so cute. Hope you're having a great Sunday!

  2. Oh my goodness your granddaughter is so sweet :) I've struggled with roses forever but these are gorgeous!

    1. thanks Tanya, we babysat again last night and she's just so funny and easy to handle. I love roses, but they don't love me.

    2. Love your pretty roses and dishes and all the information on the artist. Of course Little Miss O is the highlight of the post!

  3. Great picture of your mom and Miss O! She is a cutie pie! I just love seeing your porch pictures, had to go back and check out the older post showing your beautiful porch in your prior home. I have an enclosed breezeway that we use as a summer room. I try to make it pretty but all I can fit in there is the glass and metal table and chairs that are a set from the 70's maybe? They're nice but not very cozy! I'd try swapping them for a wicker settee but we eat out there quite often, so I guess the table is more practical. Oh well, maybe in my next house! Jan in MA

    1. Oh I love those metal and glass table sets from the 70's. They really lighten and brighten up a garden space!

  4. Aww, I love seeing and hearing about your mom and Miss O. So sweet. I had always hoped my kids would get their dads long legs and not my short ones. All 3 got them!

    Your blooms set inside the teapot is adorable! What a great idea. I'm jealous too of all the houses I see with rose bushes. I've tried them. Never bloomed and looked like a dead bush the entire time we had it. Bleh.

    1. Gotta laugh about the legs! Sometimes I stand on a stepstool and try to imagine what it would be like to be 5'8". heaven. It's a whole "nother" world up there! haha

  5. Oh, those roses! Just gorgeous in that teapot. And what a darling grandbaby. Visiting from Wonderful Wednesday.

  6. Miss O is so sweet and I enjoyed your post with the table vignette of roses. Thanks for posting!

  7. Miss O is a cutie pie! What a wonderful visit you had, babies are such a blessing. I cannot seem to grow anything Debra, except my succulents, ha! Your knock out roses are beautiful.

    1. I don't have much of a green thumb, but just manage to keep my summer containers alive!

  8. I have 2 Redoute prints, and they are easily over 20 years, but they are new compared to yours! (And thank you for the history lesson - it was fascinating!) I love the roses in the teapot, but also loved how your pillows in the background look perfect! Miss O is adorable, and it's wonderful to see your mom with her great-granddaughter!

    1. Thankyou Kristine. The paper is so fragile on those old prints I think they would disintegrate if I ever tried to take them out. They're so sweet and sentimental. And believe me my pillow have to be straightened daily! Thanks for coming by!

  9. Debra,
    Your granddaughter is adorable. I love tea pots and yours is so pretty. Congratulations, you are being featured on Thursday Favorite Things. I hope you stop by.


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