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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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I love hearing about how vintage items I offer for sale evoke fond childhood memories. Here is a message I received this week from a lovely woman who stumbled upon my Boston Terrier string holder wall pocket on Etsy. I've... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The T-Cozy
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Since we moved in last fall, I have been patiently waiting to see what would appear in our garden come spring. As the days grow longer and the sun warmer, an assortment of pretty flowers are sprouting. How lovely —... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The T-Cozy
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An array of smile-provoking vintage finds will be making an appearance in my Etsy shop this month. Have a look . . . This pair of paint-by-number landscapes is nicely done — nice colors, too. A Cabin Craft chenille bedspread... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2014 at The T-Cozy
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One last post about my new studio. Enjoy! My antique oak Hoosier cabinet has a place of prominence along one wall of my new workroom. This beloved piece of furniture provides storage for all of the items in my Etsy... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2014 at The T-Cozy
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In a corner of my new studio, this tall, narrow wooden shelf keeps an array of useful supplies within easy reach. (How I love its original aqua paint and curvy cutouts!) To its left, you'll find my collection of wooden... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2014 at The T-Cozy
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Do you recall the small corner dedicated to sewing in my former studio? In my new space, sewing takes front and center — thanks to my new table. When I came upon the 1950s teapot embellished kitchen table at my... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2014 at The T-Cozy
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On the walls of my new studio, I pay homage to the cozy cottage with a grouping of my favorite vintage pictures: a classic R. Atkinson Fox print and several stitched beauties. To me, these relics embody all that is... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2014 at The T-Cozy
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With so much to show you in my studio, I'll be devoting the next several posts, five in all actually, to closer looks at my new workroom. I do hope you'll enjoy them. The stainless steel table, above, was from... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2014 at The T-Cozy
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Welcome to my new studio! Come on in . . . All set up at last, my sweet new workroom turned out way better than I imagined. We gutted a tiny closet-sized office and a full bathroom/laundry room to create... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2014 at The T-Cozy
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I am so excited to show you my new studio. At last, it is all set up. So this week, I'll be photographing it so that I can finally share it with the world — very soon. I promise! Susan Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2014 at The T-Cozy
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With yesterday's temps rising above 50 degrees for the first time in weeks, we got a little glimmer of the spring to come. At last! Wow, what a crazy winter we have all had. I'm sure you will join me... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2014 at The T-Cozy
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John and I spent the weekend clearing out the last of the moving boxes stored in the garage during our reno project. I'm happy to say that we are about 98% unpacked! I finally have a sense of what will... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2014 at The T-Cozy
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Here's a look at our newly completed kitchen. How do you like it? Our goal was to have the new kitchen feel like it belongs in a 1925 cottage — clean and simple with finishes that would feel fresh for... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2014 at The T-Cozy
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For over a week, I have been unpacking boxes and organizing my new studio. Now there is just one box to go, one filled with all sorts of pictures and decorative things for the walls. Before long, I will share... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2014 at The T-Cozy
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Done! Our 4-month renovation project has officially ended. Now comes the fun part — decorating! All this week, I am devoting myself to my new studio. Time to unpack boxes and figure out where everything should go. I must admit,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2014 at The T-Cozy
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Yikes! What a winter it has been so far. It seems like we have a snow event every few days. Our last one started as snow and then changed to sleet making every surface an icy mess. When that happens,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2014 at The T-Cozy
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At last! We are officially in the home stretch of our kitchen/family room/studio/dining room renovation project. Here's what has been happening recently . . . Counter tops were installed. Although I originally wanted soapstone, John and I felt they would... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2014 at The T-Cozy
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Yay! At the end of this month, the work on our new kitchen will finally come to a close. So it's time for me to ponder tableware options. You see, we sold most of our dishes at our estate sale... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2014 at The T-Cozy
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It's that time of year again — time for me to list an array of yummy vintage valentines in my Etsy shop. Here are the ones I have collected over the last few months. They are mostly from the 1930s,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2014 at The T-Cozy
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Lots of progress on our new kitchen! Last week, the cabinets, fridge, dishwasher and stove were installed. Still to come: Counter tops, sinks, range hood, back-splash, floor stain, paint, light fixtures and more. Soon, we will purchase new dishes and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2014 at The T-Cozy
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It's been a while since I've shared our renovation project with you. As you can see, we have come a long way. Our new kitchen, family room and studio have been framed and insulated. Then came the drywall . .... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2014 at The T-Cozy
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As 2013 comes to a close, my sincere gratitude goes out to my T-Cozy readers, especially those who take the time to leave such lovely comments. Your words are most appreciated and it's so nice to know you're out there... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2013 at The T-Cozy
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While riding a commuter train between Manhattan and Connecticut on December 28, 1984, I met John, the love of my life. But it wasn't easy; it took us two long months of riding the same train before we finally spoke... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2013 at The T-Cozy
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May today bring you many happy moments that will warm your heart all year long. Susan Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2013 at The T-Cozy
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While visiting our son in London late last month, we figured — why not take the train over to Paris? Jacob had already gone to France, and since he had classes that he couldn't miss, it gave John, Hannah and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2013 at The T-Cozy