The Happy Cottage

Small Garden Inspiration

This blog was started in Jan. 2017 on a cold bright winter day in my 1945 cottage home in Durham, NC.  Photos of the Spring 2016 garden inspired me. Winter is after all, the perfect time for gardeners to daydream of Spring. Please join me for real world small garden inspiration interspersed with lifestyle.  

Visit the "Butterfly Compendium" to see a catalog of pollinators in the garden and host plant information.  View this and other favorites in the Featured Post section of the blog.

Gardening/lifestyle ethos at The Happy Cottage: support Mother Earth and yourself by being as natural as possible. Avoid the use of synthetic chemicals and weed instead of spray. Include host and nectar plants for pollinators. Favorite garden medium: organic mushroom compost. It's the soil that mushrooms were grown in. Full disclosure:  We do use biological mosquito dunks.

My gardening style has evolved over twenty years to include scent, food for pollinators, butterflies, birds and shelter for small creatures.  A multi-dimensional garden will bring you years of enjoyment!





Meet our Contemporary Bathroom!

It's been a long slog for Ian, but by golly he has done a phenomenal job taking our tired vintage pink bathroom to a bright contemporary look. He finished the project this week. The bathroom has been in a state of transition for ninety-five days. Here's a few photos to help you understand why it took so long. Okay. Enough of the spooky photos! Here's more of the "new" bathroom. Key changes were replacing all the tile with beadboard, and large porcelain tiles. Sherwin Williams, Dewy was used on the walls. A MirrorMate frame was added to the original mirror which we kept. The old linen closet was opened up by removing the door and installing beadboard. The splurge was the vanity and to