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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
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 6 days ago at The T-Cozy
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Off we go! Time to relax with my family and enjoy sun, sand and surf. We look forward to our time on Martha's Vineyard all year long. So excited it's finally time to return to our most favorite place! Before... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2014 at The T-Cozy
Our annual trip to Martha's Vineyard is approaching. No where on earth we'd rather be! Enjoy the weekend, Susan Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2014 at The T-Cozy
Today is my birthday! I am now 56 years years old, teetering at the top of the 50s hill about to roll down the other side. As I begin my descent, I must admit that the first half of my... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2014 at The T-Cozy
A couple of mornings ago, John and I headed off to the Elephant's Trunk Flea Market. The weather was sublime and we enjoyed waking the aisles in the Sunday sunshine. I wanted to find some home decor items for our... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2014 at The T-Cozy
This past week, it felt great getting back to sewing. I haven't done any projects since before we moved last fall, so this was a good test to see how well my studio's sewing area is set up. My red... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2014 at The T-Cozy
What a busy Monday! Now that my new sewing area is all set up, this week I'm making pennant banners for my Etsy shop out of vintage floral fabrics. Aren't they pretty? Look what I found! It's a 1920s child's... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2014 at The T-Cozy
How I miss my mom. She was the best, even if she made me wear a bathing cap! Susan Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2014 at The T-Cozy
In a small home like ours, taking down a few walls can make a world of difference. What was once a tiny dining room, narrow kitchen, and sliver of a family room is now one large space that's bright and... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2014 at The T-Cozy
What a beautifully sunny Saturday! How I do love spring. Have a terrific weekend, Susan Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2014 at The T-Cozy
One year ago today, we put our home of 23 years on the market. Many people cautioned us against it. They said it was too soon after Hurricane Sandy to list a place so close to Long Island Sound. We... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2014 at The T-Cozy
Now that my new studio is all set up, it was time for me to overhaul my website's Studio Tour page and Etsy shop's About page. Have a look . . . On my website, I've edited the text and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2014 at The T-Cozy
Almost every week, I receive an email or two from folks with questions about Hoosier Cabinets. Usually they have one that they'd like to restore, or have inherited one and want information about their newly acquired cupboard. How do they... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2014 at The T-Cozy