CottageElementsLanette Lorsung, Andover, MN, US
My tastes have evolved over the years, starting out with strictly old and ultra feminine and evolving into a mix of old and new, with a more contemporary feel. I try to stay ahead of a trend so my design doesn't become outdated and stale, always more on the cutting edge. But I will always love old things, I think mainly because I love to think about the people who originally owned the item.
I started selling antiques in the early 90's when collecting was huge! It again started with more feminine pieces, chintz, English china, Japanese collectibles, and 40's pottery. I was very much into Victorian Cottage, with ornate oak pieces, calico slip covered furniture, wallpaper...you get the picture.
Then in early 2000 I decided to change my focus, not so much into collectibles and antiques, but more vintage with an emphasis on pieces used for decorating. Larger pieces, not so nicky-nacky. I started looking for more industrial and architectural pieces, and I mix it up with newer contemporary pieces like white slip covered sofas and leather club chairs. I love also still adding those original chippy white pieces that nature has added its own patina, along with some scrubbed pine European pieces. I really love this look!
My business name is Cottage Elements, and you can find my goods at GETFRESH Vintage in Lanesboro, MN at the Round Barn Potting Co. in Andover, MN and other local shoppes and events. I also have my own blog at CottageElements.com and can be found on Twitter as CottageElements (tweet tweet). I would love to have you stop by!
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I found this piece a while back with the intent of reselling it, but found I just couldn't part with it. So I needed to make it useful!
This was an inexpensive curtain rod I made for my family room. Without the corbels (which I already had), the piping cost about $16. For the length I needed, this was a very cheap solution.What I did...
Do you have a new home and want to add some vintage charm to it? Add some architectural elements!
Turn simple and inexpensive rebar wire into some fun Spring flowers!
So I'm doing it! I'm biting the bullet during this busy time of year and having a sale in my home. Here's a smattering of what you'll find!
I purchased this "Bar Traveller" suitcase a while back. And this piece works perfect for the gal on the go!
If you know me, I like industrial. Did I say like? No, I actually "LOVE" industrial! And lookie-lookie what I found!
Okay, maybe I didn't build 'em, but I did stack 'em up!
As Labor Day signals the end of summer vacation, I thought we'd celebrate and go out with a retro bang!
Sorry, I've been out of the loop for awhile. Here are some simple Easter projects for busy people like me . . .
The holidays are over, but winter will last for the next few months. No need to take down all those decorations just yet....
Sometimes things just seem to go together...naturally.
If you know me, most of my home is decorated to the 9's for Christmas. Even my main floor bath. Hey, can't let if feel left out now can I!
Finally got all the presents wrapped. Let the celebrating commence!
My mannequin that stands beside my front door is all dressed up and ready to celebrate Christmas!
Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree...I didn't make this beauty but I sure love it!
After seeing Sue's "Home for the Holidays" tablescapes, I was inspired to bring a little nature to my Thanksgiving Table.
With the cool weather in Minnesota, I thought I'd share a throwback post from October of 2010. Hope it gets you in the Fall spirit!
This is not something new. Sue originally did it in one of her books, but I've had the fencing and the insulators, so thought it was about time I did something with them!
And no, we're not taking about food here....
I purchased this amazing green cart a few years back and I finally got around to doing something with it. And with just a little love, I love how it turned out!
This was a great vintage find!
I picked this darling bike part up on a recent visit to Arizona. I knew it's purpose as soon as I saw it!
Well actually in it's former life, it was some type of gas can cover. But with it's perfect patina and pre-made holes, a wall pocket was a perfectly reuse!
I'm Lanette Lorsung and I have a Christmas Tree obsession......
Sometimes you find that piece that after looking at it for awhile, you realize that there are a plethora of uses. This is one of them!
This summer has been quite busy and needless to say I didn't get a very good start in getting my flower pots planted. So I thought maybe I'd go back into the archives of JMS and pull up a post from the summer of 2009! That way I can still enjoy my porch...at least what it looked like back in 2009! I hope you enjoy it, too!
We found this piece in Ohio. Sue and I had to wrestle for it...and I won!
I'm sure you've been wondering where we've been? Well, unfortunately we were way too busy to post while Vintage Marketplace was in full swing. But we didn't want you to feel left out, so here's some pictures of this amazing event!
Sometimes serving up your favorite drink can be much more fun served up in an out of the ordinary vintage container.
How about a Blast from the Past (or rather a Post from the Past). This project was originally posted on August 21, 2009. I thought it might be fun to go back into the archives and repost it. I got this amazing elevator piece while in Oronoco the fall of 2009. I knew right away what I wanted to do with it!
Brace yourselves! On Saturday, Feb.16th The Vintage Marketplace proudly presents Country Music Artist Eric Heatherly.
After recently seeing a coffee bar in one of my friends bedrooms, and then seeing a recent post by Contributor Jasmin showcasing a coffee bar, I decided it would be a great idea to add one to my bedroom. And I think it was just what the doctor ordered!
I thought it would be fun idea to share some recipes on this site and serve them up ala-JUNKMARKET Style. I found this one online, and I do have to say, it turned out delicious!
My home has been on a local Holiday Home Tour for several years now, and after taking a few years off, I hopped on board and decided to join in on the fun again! I really love doing it, and I thought I'd share a few pictures of what I think are some fun and interesting parts of it. I hope you enjoy them and I hope you and yours have a very Merry Christmas!
My turn :-) And I have a recipe that was created by Minnesota's own Marjorie Johnson, the famous Marjorie Johnson that has been seen on The Tonight Show and the Today Show. She's a local gal from Minnesota. If you've had the chance to see her, she is definitely a hoot! I've taken her award winning recipe, and I've added my JUNKMARKET twist to display them!
So I've had real trees, faux trees, post trees, painted wall trees, but this is my first chalk tree!
Well we certainly seem to have a plethora of different wine bars on JMS. But here's one everyone can join in on, young and old!
I was able to get most of my summer garden projects/plantings done this spring, but this was one seems to have gotten missed. But as they say, better late than never!
I have a small fan collection and with summer finally being here (yes!!) it was a call to have all fans on deck....my backyard deck that is!
Does this side table stack up? I think the answer is a definite YES!!
Let's just say, I have a jewelry problem....I don't have a good place to hold my jewelry when not in use. And I have quite a bit of it.
A picked up this little beauty from Sarah Smith of Smith's Salvage at JUNKMARKET Under Glass Fall of 2011. It's a perfect fit for my industrial look and even more perfect for my tin top table!
JMS editors and contributors have come together to pick the "Top Ten" for 2012. They will appear in no particular order, but this is what we are calling "hot" for the year. First up..Lanette. Here's what she has to say..
It's a redesign from a redesign! Go figure...
Oh great birch tree, how lovely is your bark, and your branches they reach to the sky (insert sound effect...clearing throat). Okay, okay. So I'm certainly no poet by any means. But I do love the look of the birch tree and its bark. Here's my ode to the mighty birch tree.
Gosh, I have a lot of cool junk pieces (not that I'm bragging mind you...just been lucky I guess!). But I like to keep them on hand just in case I want to change things up. And I was more than ready to do a little magic on my mantel. And like "Presto Change-O"! I have a new vignette!
There's something about old family pictures. They are something I look on with great fondness. To see the heritage from which I've come, to see my parents as children, or grand parents as young adults. Here's a great project to display those special items.
"Rain drops and Roses and Whiskers on Kittens" might make Julie Andrews feel better when she's down, but for me? It's scales and cloches, along with some other great vintage pieces!
Ok...not in that way! But I have become quite found of vintage leather pieces.
It's funny how us junkers love to make wine bars. Hmmmmm....wonder what that means? But I'm no exception. Here's my version of a junker's wine bar.
Do you have a problem with losing your keys? This solution helps me keep track of mine.
Who says you need to have a picture in a frame? Not me! This frame in and of itself is way cool!!
The home desk is often a place for disarray. But with a little help from some good old vintage junk, it doesn't have to be that way.
I found this sign at the last JUNKMARKET Style event, Flea Market Underglass. The only problem, it was too long for the wall it was intended for. Oops....
What do you get when you combine a vintage broom holder, some chippy wood and some fun vintage bottles? A very cool piece of wall art!
Here's a quick peak at the happenings of Flea Market Under Glass!
Wowzers! Looks like this is gonna be one heck of a sale! You gotta check it out!
What do you get when you mix a wall hanging made soley from frame molding and a pipe organ tube? A display that brings with it, it's own kind of music!
Recently I redid a wall off my kitchen in tintable chalkboard paint. I choose the grey. But I still needed something to hold the accessories. A piece of junk in the garage fit the bill just fine!
Hoping you had a very Merry Christmas and wishing you a wonderful New Year!
I found these wonderful cream buckets (or so they tell me) recently at a local favorite junking haunt. And the saying goes, if you don't know what to do with something, put a candle in it! And so I did...with a little extra embellishments.
After another recent visit to Otten Bros. Garden Center, I came away with a Sue inspired oval wreath and some great embellishments to add a "junky" welcome to my front door.
I purchased this piece not knowing what it really was or what it was used for, but knowing it would be a great way to display some vintage family pictures.
A found vintage porthole from a local occasional sale got my head a spinnin'. So what was I to do with it?
This past weekend Sue and I were privileged to attend the Pfarkel Sisters' Trash to Treasure Charity Auction and Wine Tasting. The fundraiser was held with donations going to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. It was a great event for a worthy cause. Here is a sampling of this event.
Well it was an amazing weekend! I had a fab time with Ms. Amy, the Pfarkel Sisters and a bunch of JMS members. Here's a peek at the great junk I picked up!
I was thrilled and honored to able to take part in a Country Garden photo shoot. I know, pinch me! Our own Ms. Susie-Q is now a contributor to the magazine! She will be doing four articles, the first two coming out in the early Spring 2011 issue, the third in summer, and the fourth will be out in Fall 2011. Here's a sneak peek at what will be in the middle two.
What do you get when you combine found vintage corbels and black hardware piping? A very inexpensive way to create a unique one of a kind window treatment.
Amy, a fellow contributor on JMS, stayed at my house a few weeks ago and for fun, we decided to do a re-design of my great room, of course ala-Junk Style. Loved how it turned out so I had to share it with y'all!
Welcome to my deck. Though we built it a few years ago, I hadn't done much to it to make it very cozy. What it needed was a little bit of deck-orating!
This is my latest "cool" find. And let me tell you, it is really "heavy metal"! It was even more interesting getting it into my truck. But with all my effort I think it looks great on my front porch!
My baby, Rebekah, graduated this month from high school, hard to believe. And so for her Open House we did her decorations on the cheap using vintage items.
Mirror, Mirror on the wall, which mirror is my favorite one of all?
I have a confession. I have a pre-occupation with vintage medical pieces. Something about them says to me "please buy me"! Here a few of my medical finds.
Anyone need a road trip? Are you in the mood for a members get-together??? Well then we need your help . . .
JMS is on facebook, are you?
When I found these way cool log holders I knew they were a project in the making!
What do you do with a dilapidated wood settee and a set of vintage cup holders? You make a wall sconce of course!
Man is it cold outside! So how do you warm up on those chilly nights? How about some hot chocolate served up with some vintage flare!
I have a huge fondness for Ironstone. The problem, sometimes it can be way too expensive. But if you want to start a collection, and don't want to spend a ton, look for the pieces that have been well used. I seem to have more of attachment to them anyway.
After seeing Sue's post on her Top Ten at Round Top, I thought I'd contribute one of my own Top Ten, Cloches.
I had an accident. Oops . . . the wind blew my outdoor tree over and bulbs on the string of lights broke. This caused the entire strand to no longer work. That's when a light bulb (pun intended) went off in my head. Hmmmm . . . I have an idea . . .
I LOVE architectural pieces. Can I stress LOVE! Whether it be corbels, pillars, molding, doesn't matter. I guess I'm an architectural addict. LOL!
As in my previous post, I seem to be drawn to old, rusty, crusty farm equipment. Here's a couple of examples.
Happy Thanksgiving, from my home to yours!
I was privileged to have some of my items shown in the Midwest Home Show in Minneapolis. My dear friend, Sue Wolfe (another very creative Sue W), was asked to be a part of this event and I was thrilled to be able to contribute.
I found this awesome hay rack at a local antique store. Guess Ol' Bessie was all done with it! I knew from the start it would look amazing with Christmas greens on my front porch.
You all know me, I love white. And when I found this small barn door, all chippy and white, I knew it was a winner, winner, chicken dinner! It just needed a little jazzing up!
Though this may actually be a railing, it wasn't until I envisioned it as a ladder that I was able to find a successful solution to decorating with it.
Okay, I love Sue's Simple Mondays! And that inspired me to do my own. But I wasn't sure if it would be a Simple Monday, or if it would be a Simple Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday . . . you get the picture. So whatever day it is, simple is good!
I purchased this street sign from a Minnesota occasional sale a few years back. Little did I know it came from a small English town and was over 100 years old.
In an ode to Michael Jackson, I thought I'd share my favorite colors, hmmm maybe they're not colors, but I sure do like to decorate with 'em.
Okay, I have a thing with numbers. Why? Who knows. But they're sure fun to accessorize with, don't ya think?
As they say, better late then never. Ha! Here's my version of the Contributors Challenge. It's an ode to my Dad who was a DJ in the late '50s and '60s. Hey, hey, Mr. DJ . . .
I purchased this Highway Guard Rail from an occasional sale. Where they obtained it is beyond me! But it works perfect for holding your prize pictures!
I had a "ball" at the Junk-O-Rama Prom with a couple of Junk Gems! I created this fun photo holder to remind me of this fun event.
"Picture book, pictures of your mama, taken by your papa a long time ago. Picture book, of people with each other, to prove they love each other a long ago. Na, na, na, na, na na . . ."
This is my version of the piano roll project. I hope it's very en-lightening and inspirational to you!
When you're having a party, why not bring out the Junk for jazzing up your table?
This is a project my extremely creative friend, Sue Wolfe, made out of a saucer/sled.
From the Frigid Midwest, wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and the Happiest of Holidays!
This was my gift given to me by Gretchen, at our annual holiday party I give every year. What a lovely surprise!
Indy, my cat has the finest of tastes. This is a simple crystal cat collar, with the addition of postal tag.
Here as some additional pictures taken from my Holiday Home Tour. Hope you're all getting into the Spirit of the Season!
Okay, maybe I don't have a fire . . . but I do have a fireplace all decked out for Christmas!
I had the opportunity while returning my son to college to visit a quaint little store in Fargo, ND that was all decked out for Christmas.
Check out the unique window valance I used for my Christmas Home Tour two years ago!
This is a project I've shown before, but being the holidays I decided to change it up a bit and get into the spirit of things!
This is just a preview of my home tour. Can't show you the rest or I'll have to kill you! LOL. Just kidding . . . the rest of the house is still in disarray!
This is just a shout out to anyone from the Twin Cities Area in Minnesota
Yikes! Is it that time already . . . or are we just getting a head start on the Holiday rush?
Stumped for holiday decorating . . . here's a grate idea!
Signs, signs every signs . . . I've noticed I've got a theme going in my house. I think they add to the industrial feel. I love old signs, new signs that look old, signs made from old...
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!!! This is an old ice cream cone holder I picked up at one of the Buffalo ocassional sales. I didn't know what I would do with it, but...
With fall in the air, I felt like putting together a fun little setting of hot cider and cookies. Mmmmmm good!
Cheese Grater Cheese/Relish Tray. This flat cheese grater I took and drilled four wholes in each corner. Then I took crystal dresser knobs that I had purchased in bulk several years ago and placed two per screw on each...
This was a very simple project. I took a flat cheese grater and wired an old grain scoop to it which had been cleaned, embellished with a number, and poly'd. I attached an old key...
Well the weekend is over, and everyone's gone home. but all in all it was a fabulous time! There were lots of people in attendance and I think we can now say it was a success. With the...
These are some of my purchases on my Buffalo jaunt. Found some awesome things. The box and the cone holder are definitely my favorites. Can't wait 'til next month!
These were a couple of corbels I purchase in Oronoco (thanks Georgia for directing me to the dealer who had them!) I'm not one to "build" a lot of things, mainly repurpose them or build them on...
I don't know what draws me to scales, but I've accured a small collection. I've found multiple ways to display them. Here are only a few of them and some of the ways I use them . . .
These are some photo boards I used at my sons graduation open house. The first one I took two old windows that were hinged together. I took black and white graduation photos...
Here's another project I did. It's just an old tricycle wheel I hung from a vintage sign holder. I just added the "Tour de France" sign to add some fun. Great for someone who loves biking!
Here are some really cool smaller grain scoops I picked up at a flea market. All I did was add a wire to the back and stencil a number on the front. They look really awesome with a tea light in them...
This project is a table rise or lazy susan made out of an old metal wheel and an old wooden office chair base. One side of the wheel fit into the center hole in the chair base and the other...
This is an end table I made. The top, I was told, was an old manhole cover mold. I'm not sure if that is what it really was, but I thought it was a cool piece. I just attached it to the base of an...