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Susan Borgen
Rowayton, on the Connecticut Coast
Designer, blogger, Etsy seller, collector, stylist, photographer, writer, tea enthusiast, wife and mother.
Interests: All things vintage!
Recent Activity
I recently found two old globes that are ripe for repurposing. Both are in rough shape and no longer geographically accurate, making them perfect for some crafty projects. A vintage primer, titled We Are Neighbors, provided the images for my... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The T-Cozy
I've never been afraid of a little dirt, which is a good thing because you wouldn't believe some of the estate sales I attend. Many take place in neglected houses that are grime-encrusted from attic to cellar. But to find... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The T-Cozy
I have a favorite new decorating book! Written by best-selling author Mary Randolph Carter, it’s titled Never Stop to Think... Do I Have a Place for This? I have long admired Carter's approach to decorating. She embraces living stylishly while... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2014 at The T-Cozy
Remember my inspiration book? Filled with tear sheets of wonderful rooms from my favorite shelter magazines, it really came in handy over the past year. When we moved to our new house last fall, it was the first place I... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2014 at The T-Cozy
That is the question. You see, even though I no longer have my tea room, I still get requests for tea. Every so often, someone calls my cell phone asking to book a private party or make a reservation for... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2014 at The T-Cozy
365 days ago, we became the proud owners of a house brimming with potential. From the very first time I set eyes on it, I knew this humble abode had everything I wanted. All it needed was a little TLC.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2014 at The T-Cozy
And finally, presenting “Part III”. . . . . . a Little Miss toy sewing machine, pair of crochet dress pot holders, Ransburg Pottery sugar bowl and creamer set, instant collection of thread in a cut glass jar, children's book... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2014 at The T-Cozy
As promised, here is “Part II” of what's new . . . . . . a teapot-shaped salt and pepper set, tea time apron, red metal shelf, three lots of 1940s greeting cards, Syracuse China flower pattern berry bowls, Pretty... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2014 at The T-Cozy
All day long, I've been busy photographing my latest vintage finds to ready them for their Etsy debut. A few have already made an appearance in my sweet little shop. The rest will be listed very soon. Here is “Part... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2014 at The T-Cozy
To ready my Etsy shop for a busy autumn and holiday season, I did some shopping myself last weekend. On Saturday, I visited an estate sale at this historic house, below. Unoccupied and shuttered for over 20 years, this three-story... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2014 at The T-Cozy
Oh, how I love this weather! Love the crisp, cool air; love wearing a warm, cozy sweater; love the colorful leaves. Happy Fall! Susan Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2014 at The T-Cozy
You may have noticed that I am a fan of using vintage objects in new, creative ways. Always on the lookout for inspiration, I love to meander through Etsy shops and stumble upon talented sellers who dazzle me with their... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2014 at The T-Cozy
Check out this car I spotted a few weeks ago in Oak Bluffs! Being a Prius owner, I always thought I had a "green" car. But this vintage, ivy-encrusted Volkswagen Beetle is even greener. Speaking of my Prius . .... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2014 at The T-Cozy
It has been a while since I've blogged about my new studio. Hard to believe that I've been in the space for seven months already! As time marches on, I continue to tweak my lovely new workroom, making small changes... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2014 at The T-Cozy
What a magical night! I will be forever grateful to my sweet son Jacob for letting me tag along on his spur of the moment getaway to Martha's Vineyard. BTW: the morning after this glorious event, I rode my bike... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2014 at The T-Cozy
Grand Illumination Night is the annual summer event that is most emblematic of the magical Martha's Vineyard Camp Meeting Association. This historic community in Oak Bluffs, MA, has over 300 charming homes embellished with gingerbread trim and painted in every... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2014 at The T-Cozy
Last week's unexpected visit to Martha's Vineyard was such a treat. Here's how I was able to go back a second time this summer to my most favorite place on the planet... Before returning to college, my son and his... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2014 at The T-Cozy
Talk about spur of the moment... I have just taken an unexpected trip to Martha's Vineyard. Again? Yes!!! And it was all because of an opportunity that arose that allowed me to be there during an event that has been... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2014 at The T-Cozy
A concrete birdbath seemed like a good idea when I acquired it over a decade ago. For years, it resided in our garden under a shady tree. In all that time however, I never once saw a bird bathing in... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2014 at The T-Cozy
Look what I found . . . a 1960s Singer sewing machine in a pretty shade of blue! This classic machine had been very well kept, so a little oil and a quick dusting was all it needed to ready... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2014 at The T-Cozy
A funny thing happened to me. Recently I was told that my collections are not large enough. Apparently I don't have enough 1950s picnic tins . . . Or enough hand-tinted antique photographs . . . Or enough colorful 1940s... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2014 at The T-Cozy
Don't you just love a good "Before and After"? Me, too! So have a look at what our vintage cottage looked like when we put in a bid to purchase it last fall. And here is what it looks like... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2014 at The T-Cozy
Have you seen the movie Chef? In a nutshell, it's about an uber-talented chef who loses his restaurant job. In an effort to regain his cooking mojo, he restores a broken-down food truck, which also restores his confidence and family... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2014 at The T-Cozy
Over the past two weeks, I've been hitting up local estate sales and the Elephant's Trunk Flea Market to search for fun items brimming with vintage appeal. I've even rooted though my personal collections to assure that by September, my... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2014 at The T-Cozy
When we first moved into our cozy cottage last October, our living room did triple-duty. During the home's four-month-long renovation, it served as our family room, kitchen/dining room and studio. Then, once the construction was complete, the living room went... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2014 at The T-Cozy