Cottage Life Show roundup: Simply Cottage

By Michelle Kelly »Michelle Kelly

April 8th, 2010

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Spring Cottage Life Show, held a few weeks ago at the International Centre, was a smashing success. I had a great time hanging out in the Cottage Life Booth, meeting exhibitors and attendees alike. The Show is one of the only times that we’re able to meet our subscribers face-to-face, and it’s fantastic to hear first-hand what they love—and don’t love—about the magazine. We love feedback! (Aside: If you have something to tell us, please write in!)

The Show is also a great place to scout for new products, and I found all sorts of goodies to share with you. I’ll be posting about them over the next few weeks. First up is Simply Cottage. Simply Cottage has two cottage-country locations, their original shop in Bracebridge, and a newly opened outpost in Parry Sound. They also carry a huge selection of new and antique furniture and even offer design consultation services. Well worth a visit!

What first made me stop at their booth was the sight of this:

Toaster collection

We published a short article on vintage toasters a few years ago, and I’ve been drawn to the look of them ever since. It’s amazing how these designs elevated a simple household appliance into a work of art. This display also made me realize that the folks at Simply Cottage share of few of my own decor sensibilities! While this is the owner’s private collection and, sadly, not for sale, there were a ton of other vintagey goods on offer, including cool old beach toys, tin bread boxes, and funky signage. Here are a few shots from their show booth and from their website.

Simply Cottage has two cottage-country locations, their original shop in Bracebridge, and a newly opened outpost in Parry Sound. They also carry a huge selection of new and antique furniture and even offer design consultation services. Well worth a visit!

Special thanks to Gary Davidson for the photos of the toasters, globes, and bread boxes. All other photos are from Simply Cottage.

I love to travel, and what's more inspirational than a spinning globe?

Likely not mouse-proof, but a great place to put chelsea buns or some other such pastry that doesn't stick around for long, right?

Have you ever seen anything quite like this chair?

This old automotive part reminds me that even the most unexpected item can be art.


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Cara S.

Apr. 9, 2010

12:52 pm

Great post Michelle - I actually inherited a vintage toaster (I had no idea what the contraception was until my grandmother asked me if I still had it or donated it to the thrift store). Apparently it is close to 100 years old!


dougdebb@persona.ca

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Apr. 9, 2010

10:31 am

I missed the show this spring, but I think I remember this booth from last year and it was one of my favs to browse! I am a retro-freak, but these finds are hard to 'find' here in Sudbury. If I do find them, they are crazy over-priced! However, I do have one of those old toasters at camp. I find it funny that it has such a long power cord. I guess back then, there were only one or two outlets in the kitchen!!?


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