What is it about a cottage that charms us so?


Mm…I know what it is about this one.

  • The petunias spilling from window boxes on all the lower windows inviting passersby to stop, come in, browse awhile. 
  • The glimpse of white picket fence through pale pink roses, circling round to the cobbled brick pathway, revealing a garden tended with love. 
  • The quaint shop sign hung out from the building sideways on curvy wrought iron, evoking the England of storybook pictures.  

And, most of all, oh! that narrow brick chimney winding upwards from stone base!  Hansel and Gretel, in a good way! 🙂

Even as I just knew this one had to have that classic book illustration and story feel, I couldn’t resist the pop of soft color… bringing out a mood of coziness that paints this real life spot! 

The shop owner’s eyes sparkled as I held this rendering out to her last week.  “I never would have thought of this view, but it is perfect for us – and how you caught the garden!” she exclaimed, recounting to me how her sister is the gardener and it has such sentimental meaning for them both, confiding how she herself imagined the window boxes and thinks they added the perfect touch.   “Love it!”

Every cottage tells a story… and, knowing how this speaks to theirs, makes this cottage drawing even more alive to me… and I hope to you! 

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Are you a lover of storybook cottages?

Ask about a print of  Georgie’s in Primrose Time and warm up a nook in your home with  English-style cottage!  (I can even envision this one in miniature frame on a bookshelf!)

Like a pen and ink twist on a Thomas Kincaid style charmer,

or a favorite classic black and white film,

 there is just something that takes us into a picture like this…

inviting as the cozy arms of a favorite chair!

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Look for more cottage illustrations at my Picture it in Pen and Ink Blog,  pamdepoyanblog.wordpress.com ,  in days ahead!  Coming next…one that is dressed for fall!



©   Pam Depoyan

Pen and Ink, “Georgie’s, in Primrose Time,”  mine.

Ask about “Georgie’s,  in Primrose Time,” for purchase.   :)   See more in my Quaint Shops and other Architecture collection at https://pamdepoyanblog.wordpress.com (Picture It in Pen and Ink!)  (Please do not copy without permission. See my copyright info button on the sidebar.  :)  )


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4 Responses to What is it about a cottage that charms us so?

  1. Mother Hen says:

    Such beautiful detail!!

  2. Eileen says:

    You are so very gifted with your fine art skills! I love all of your pen and inks. I love the one especially, of the Michigan lighthouse. It reminds me of the Cape Elizabeth lighthouse, in Portland, Maine, where my mother grew up. Lighthouses stand so beautifully, and so proudly. They are awesome! Keep drawing those lovely stately homes, cottages, cafes, and lighthouses. We love seeing all of your beautiful drawings! Love, Eileen

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