Vintage cottage style is warm and welcoming, often with an eclectic twist—and precisely the look Trissy Holladay has achieved on her porch. With her eye for design, she has created cottage treasures from what many would call junk. Days of “antiquing” in flea markets, antiques stores, and junk stores from New York to Florida have provided her with hours of fun and entertainment.
This rusty curved iron piece was found in a box of iron scraps inside a Connecticut shop. With the addition of a base and lampshade, it becomes a stunning table lamp.
A rust-covered mechanical spring paired with cast-iron gears creates an unexpected centerpiece.
A copper scuttle may have once held coal, but today it’s the perfect ice tub for parties.
As a result of her travels, Trissy’s back porch displays a compilation of treasures that are sure to spark your own creative ideas. For instance, two large corbels, thought to be originally from New York, had been in her mother’s basement for some time when she decided they would make ideal supports for a buffet top. A 7-foot piece of iron fencing became the back, and Trissy ordered a piece of zinc for the top. With the help of a talented local craftsman, it all came together to create a unique buffet.
Text by May Knowlton
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