Monday, July 31, 2023

Cottage Review: A Vintage Garden Book and the Wicker Settee

Hey Friends! Last week I shared a post from my first blogging house with a precious floral teapot and a small bouquet of hot pink (Barbie would love them) knockout roses. I mentioned then that growing roses wasn't something that I excelled at, but knockout roses were a good substitute and made me feel better about my not-so-green thumb. So when I ran across this section on roses in my vintage Better Homes and Gardens Garden Book I wanted to share it with you.

I found this Boho patch quilted throw last year and it's just perfect for mid to late summer. It's dark greens, golds, and deep reds feel right at home this time of year as we're heading towards fall. After all the patriotic reds and blues are packed away I like to bring out the harvest-y colors of late summer. I love ticking stripes and recently found these authentic looking taupe stripe pillow covers on Amazon. Since my pillow stash has busted out of it's confines I've been buying pillow covers that I can easily change out.

This gold floral "backside" of the patch quilt works great if you want to use patterned pillows as an alternate look. This quilt also came from Amazon, not sure if it's still available. I think I may switch out for the gold floral side in a few weeks when we're into August and late Summer.

I found this beautifully detailed embroidered rose motif pillow many years ago at a vintage market. It's a lovely off white linen that was made probably in the 30's. It's in surprisingly good shape, but very delicate. I've shared it many times here on the blog throughout the seasons.

I like to keep my quilts and pillows color scheme seasonal, so this time of year it's about those summer deep colors of golds, greens, and reds. Here's the post from last year.

Every spring and summer you could find these wonderful and comprehensive garden encyclopedias at fleas and markets for less that 5 dollars. I remember buying these right and left for my vintage booth spaces, but after giving several away, I'm hanging on to the 2 I have left. You can find them on Etsy by just typing in the title. Honestly, they are so charming and "current" that every gardener and aspiring one, needs to have a copy.

The spiral notebook concept really works so you can take just a sheet or two out to your garden work without lugging a big book around. Maybe you need to add your own personal notes and ideas; works perfectly. This edition is from 1954 and was well-used and tattered when I bought it. I've fallen in love with their cottage-y midcentury photos and graphics.

I looked for one that is an up-to-date version, but it doesn't appear that there is a contemporary edition.

Love these detailed illustrations.

Need a fence or rock garden wall?
They have it covered.

pests "bugging" you? ditto.

btw... I found Baby Chick here in the wire basket.

Here's the fun post from last week...

If you happen to see one of these garden notebooks on your flea market expeditions be sure and grab it up!

More mid to late summer posts from the wicker settee...

Did you catch my last post?

Thanks for coming by, friends. Hope you're having a great weekend. It's no secret I'm counting the days down to September. 

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 Wonderful Wednesday at Eclectic Red Barn
 Centerpiece Wednesday at Karin's Kottage Share Your Style at French Ethereal,  
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  1. Oh love this vintage Better Homes and Gardens book. I have the cookbook very similar. Love these vintage books. I am a big fan of knock out roses too. They are so maintenance free and as long as you dead head them they will continue to bloom through the fall. Love your rambling rose pillow so pretty. Have a great start to the new week. Hugs. Kris

    1. I have the cookbook too, and still use it on occasion. The brownie recipe is amazing! Happy Sunday, Kris!

  2. Fantastic! I love the quilt.. Everything is very pretty. Happy Sunday!

    1. thanks so much, hope you're having a lovely weekend!

  3. Your settee is so pretty and I love that vintage gardening book. I've been watching Facebook marketplace for some just like that :) Tanya

  4. What a fun book to have and look through. I never think to look at the old books for content. Mostly color but I'm going to have to start digging around a bit more. Love the pillows and patchwork quilt too. Great color combo. Happy Monday!

    1. I do the same thing, look for certain colors or neutrals. This book is so great because it really is still so relevant. I need all the help I can get!

  5. What a fun post, Debra. I love your pillow covers and you remind me, I'm ready for some new ones! Love the vintage garden book. It's a treasure!

  6. Love your vintage Better Homes and Garden book, I sure wish they still made those amazing spiral books. I am so happy to hear your green thumb has come around with your rambling roses.

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    1. Hi Sherry, so glad to hear from you. I'm thrilled you're blogging again, Welcome Back!!!

  8. Hey, Debra! I LOVE how you have the settee styled for late Summer! The colors in that quilt are just stunning and spot on for this time of year. That book is SO cool!! The graphics in it are amazing...I'm going to have to keep an eye out for one!!

  9. I found the same Better Homes & Garden book last fall at a barn sale, but I felt I was spending too much money so I put it back. I have been kicking myself every since. Being a book lover, I love those vintage finds and enjoy reading them in my spare time. I always learn something new. Your settee looks great styled for late summer, early fall. I picked up sunflowers this past weekend and I am looking forward to putting together a small flower arrangement.

  10. I remember those old binders - they're so cool - and so full of information! For all the advancements in gardening over the years, they're still remarkably useful! And I love your little settee with its lovely quilt and pillows. Thanks for the inspiration, and hope you have a wonderful rest of your summer!

  11. I loved this post, Debra! Everything's beautiful. I have that same quilt that you have draped over your wicker's one of my favorite throw finds.... I pull it out at all times of the year, it seems....though it's especially perfect for fall and fun for me to see how you styled yours. Where did you get yours from? I found mine several years back, (new) on ebay. I'll be pulling it out with sunflower pillow covers soon, for sure.... thanks for always inspiring us with your ideas and creativity. Coming over from Karins Kottage Linky Party this week.


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