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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
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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 4 days ago at The T-Cozy
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Yikes! Where is the time going this summer? I have so much to share with you, but it has been crazy busy. So please bear with me. I promise to bring you up to date on what's new here very... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2014 at The T-Cozy
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One last detail was added to the exterior of our cozy cottage last week. A Rowayton Historical Society plaque was installed. We are officially living in the Harold and May Wilson House! The RHS plaque program calls attention to the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2014 at The T-Cozy
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There is finally light at the end of the renovation tunnel! This week, we've embarked on our last major project: transforming barren and neglected flowers beds into a lush cottage garden. This very skilled landscaping crew put in over 80... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2014 at The T-Cozy
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My vintage toy sewing machines are featured in the July 2014 issue of Homespun, an Australian publication filled with beautiful handmade textile projects, clever craft ideas and articles on all things crafty. Homespun magazine is a place of inspiration created... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2014 at The T-Cozy
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My dear friends Leslie, Kiki and Annalisa and I enjoyed beautiful weather for our very first Out of the Yardinary sale on Saturday. In fact, it was picture perfect, just like this wonderful photo of my pennant banners shot by... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2014 at The T-Cozy
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Tomorrow (Saturday, June 28), I will be hosting a yard sale and open studio. Not your typical tag sale, this "out of the yardinary" event will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at my new cozy cottage. If you... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2014 at The T-Cozy
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Did you know there are no chain stores or malls on Martha's Vineyard? So when I shop this lovely island, I get to enjoy browsing distinctive wares collected, crafted and carefully curated by merchants with talent and vision — the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2014 at The T-Cozy
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Last week, we spent our days exploring the island's many natural wonders. One of the most spectacular is the Aquinnah Cliffs which we admired from the observation deck near Gay Head Light. For an even better view, we headed over... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2014 at The T-Cozy
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I am so pleased that business was brisk in my Etsy shop while I was away on Martha's Vineyard. Here are some of the things that are traveling to new homes across the U.S. — and also to Japan! I'm... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2014 at The T-Cozy
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To my sweet husband John, and to all of the other caring, patient and devoted dads out there — Happy Father's Day! Susan Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2014 at The T-Cozy
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Another wonderful vacation on MV! I've been coming to this glorious island annually for almost 30 years and have fallen in love with it a little more with each visit. More posts about our time away to come very soon.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2014 at The T-Cozy