Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Christmas Magic At Cottage Garden 1


On today's Journey I'm taking you to my Friend Carol's other Shop COTTAGE GARDEN 1 for some Christmas Magic.


You see, this Shop is nestled inside a small Quaint Historic Cottage that I just Love.  


And the rooms are very cozy, yet small in dimension.


So Carol, Meilan, Connie & Monica have accomplished Christmas Magic and the remarkable task of making a small space look larger than Life! 


Though my Historic Home is large in square footage of the entire structure, one of the challenges we have in decorating it is that the many rooms are cozy and small in dimension too. 


I rather like that aspect of it actually, but it does make decorating & Styling of each room a challenge for someone like me who has difficulty editing.


You see, I want and need to display a LOT in the small spaces and to do so  you need that Magical Touch... of making a small space look larger than Life.


And it can be done with the right Inspiration and Vision.


I Believe that the COTTAGE GARDEN Team accomplish that Vision and execute it Beautifully every Season. 


Carol has Sourced a wealth of amazing Treasures for each Holiday and showcased it all with the creation of Christmas Magic at the Cottages in a limited amount of space. 


Lets face it, a Mega Store can create a Grandoise look quite easily when they're working with unlimited square footage and larger than Life SPACE to do it in... but how many of us actually own a Home similar to those enormous dimensions?


Though I might totally be in awe of a 20+ foot Tree decorated to the Nines with Lifesize Angels strung from the Ceiling and a working Train the G-Kids could actually ride cruising around the Tree Skirts... it's just not gonna happen at this Ole House no matter how Grandoise my Vision! *LOL*


So I need to be able to recreate something that APPEARS Larger than Life but actually FITS into my small rooms without totally overwhelming the Space... a Lot packed into a Little and yet done in such a way that it WORKS and Transports us to a Magical Christmas Wonderland within our own Home!


So my True Inspiration for the Holidays almost always comes from those Dear Friends in Retail that not only have a Gift for Styling, Vignettes and Display, but do it within the confines of actual size spaces that are comparable to the spaces many of us have to work with at Home.


Or... are even Smaller... less square footage... and yet, made to appear larger and more Grandoise, giving the illusion of so much more than you're actually working with.


Small rooms that still manage to take your breath away and give you a sense of Wonder and Awe when you behold them and walk in.


Because that is what I want to attempt here at our Home... our very own Christmas Wonderland.


So that each Day leading up to the Holidays we can be enveloped in the Wonder, the Magic and the Fantasy of it 24-7. 


Now to be sure, Photographing the Magic of a smaller Space is a particular challenge too... and sometimes you just have to BE there and experience it firsthand, which is what I strongly suggest at Carol's COTTAGE GARDENS Shops 1 & 2. 



 Because alas, my attempt to Photograph the fabulous full sized Christmas Trees in their entirety didn't do many of them justice and so I've omit those from the Post.


Along with the Full sized Trees there were the slender Apartment sized Trees and even the Upside Down Tree and they all looked beyond amazing!!!


And after visiting both Cottages I have come away Inspired and with the Creative Juices flowing...


And now... now my only delimma is to decide...


 Whether to go with the Romantic Ethereal Vision...


Or the Whimsy Fun Vision here at this Ole' House? 

Or maybe... in True Bohemian Valhalla Queen Of Excess Style I'll meld it ALL?!? *Winks* 

Decisions... decisions... decisions...

Dawn... The Bohemian

3 comments:

  1. Oh... OH My Gosh... I love all of your pics.Did you go home and decorate for Christmas.There are so many cute things at that shop.I would have to try and decide.I would want it all. he he/ I hope all is well with your husband and your family too. Have a bright and creative day.Hope to see you soon,,,,Chickie

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  2. Someone put a tremendous amount of effort into all this! Such an inspiration for people like me, who are never quite prepared for the onslaught

    xoxo
    Andie

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  3. HI THANK YOU FOR VISITING MY BLOG IS A PLEASURE TO VISIT YOUR TOO.WOOWWWW THE OWNER OF THE BEAUTIFUL BOUTIQUE OUT DID HER SELF SO MUCH WORK AT A SMALL PLACE I HOPE THAT VISITORS ADMIRE HER BEAUTIFUL WORK OF ART SO MUCH DATAIL, TO IT IS JUST WONDERFUL IS LIKE CHRISTMAS AT NEW YORK 1800 CENTURY,I CAN APRECIATE EVERY DATAIL I HAVE BEEN SEATING HERE JUST TAKING TIME TO SEE EACH TREASURE,I LOVE TO CREATE AND TRANSFORM OLD PICES INTO NEW TOO,I CAN APRECIATE DATAIL WHEN I SEE IT .PLEASE TEL THE BOUTIQUE OWNER WHAT I HAVE ENJOY EVERY DATAIL SHE IS SO CREATIVE.I LOVE YOUR BLOG TOO MADONA AND CHILD VIRGEN GUADALUPE YOU ARE AN ARTIST.I KNOW ARIZONA VERY WELL I LIVE AT TUCSON FOR LONG TIME ,LONG AGO MY FIRST SON WAS BORN THERE, HE IS 36 NOW I REMEMBER THE BEAUTIFUL NIGHTS AT THE DESERT,THE SMELL OF MESQUITE WOOD BURNING AT CHIMINYS AT NIGHT THE PINONES .I WILL VISIT YOUR BLOG FROM NOW ON,I LOVE IT I WILL TAKE PICTURES OF MY VIRGENES TOO. HAVE A BEAUTIFUL DAY..XO SANDRA

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