Sunday, May 16, 2010

Mosaic Monday: The Stone Cottage




Are you getting sick of Willowwood yet? Because I think I've got one more post after this. Four posts out of one visit -- that's got to be some kind of record. I've got a master bedroom project coming up at the end of the month, and a book review as well, so hopefully subjects will get a bit more varied here soon.

So, the Stone Cottage at Willowwood... First of all, can I tell you how much I love stone cottages? And stone houses? I am always drawn to them. The Mansion in May designer's showhouse that I visited this weekend was a gorgeous stone house, with a cottage and outbuildings as well. Oh how I was missing my camera! In fact, I have already written a post about a few of my favorite stone houses. So you can imagine my delight when I walked around a corner in the arboretum and discovered this beautiful example?

According to the Morris County Park Commission, the Stone Cottage at Willowwood is made of Roxbury Puddingstone, which is a kind of aggregate stone named after Roxbury, Massachusetts where it was primarily found. In the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries it was used in many foundations and walls of houses in and around Boston. I am assuming there was a local source for the stone used here. In fact, having dug in my backyard, I can assure you that the local shale looks very like puddingstone.

The cottage itself is thought to have been a possible residence for farm laborers. It is at least partially Greek Revival in style, which dates it to the late eighteenth or early nineteenth century. I just love those beautiful stone walls, with the keystones set above the door and windows, and the plants clambering up the sides. Gorgeous! So anyway, before I start actually drooling, let's get on with Mosaic Monday.

Now let's have some mosaic fun! Here are the instructions:
1. Publish your Mosaic Monday post.
2. Once it is published, click on the title of the post. This will lead you to the static link for your post. The static link is the page with only that post on it. Copy the url from your browser at the top of the page.
3. Paste the url into the appropriate Mr. Linky box in this post.
4. Type your name in the appropriate Mr. Linky box in this post.
5. Click on "Enter."
6. Please link back to this Mosaic Monday post so that your readers can find other wonderful mosaics.
That's all there is to it! It's always a good idea to then check and see if your link is working. If you have any questions, feel free to email me: mrcarroll(at)optonline.net. I can't wait to see your mosaics! Here is Mr. Linky:



72 comments:

  1. Beautiful pictures! I love stone work, too!

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  2. Well, I for one am NOT getting tired of the charming Willowwood cottage!!!
    The first mosaic with the chippy painted door is wonderful....thanks for the view of this wonderful cottage and grounds.

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  3. So lush and green. My eyes were drawn the the ferns immediately.

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  4. Stone walls, fences or buildings give a charm to any garden. The mosaic of the cottage is wonderful. I wish you a wonderful week and take care.

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  5. Hi Mary! Oh, I will not be getting tired of seeing this place! Love it! Thanks for sharing! Have a great week!...hugs...Debbie

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  6. Beautiful arboretum. I didn't realize that this was in New Jersey...informed my husband that we will be taking a field trip! Just a lovely place!

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  7. I love that cottage..REALLY love it.

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  8. Oh I really love this little stone cottage and the mosaics you created! Beautiful...

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  9. I date my love of stone houses to four years of living on the Main Line outside of Philadelphia. I fell hard for those colonial stone beauties in Haverford, Paoli and all the other pretty little towns. When I saw Pondside - a stone house with a veranda - I was hooked!

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  10. That cottage with all that thick spring greenery is just beautiful!
    Hope you had a lovely weekend!

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  11. I can see why you love these olden, stone houses and buildings. This one just takes my breath away.
    xo bj

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  12. Hi Mary: I just love old farmhouses. There is so much history there. The stone ones are especially beautiful. The people that built them were real craftsmen. Some times you see them abandoned and makes me so sad. Thanks for sharing. Valerie

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  13. Gorgeous farmhouse, such old world charm! Love your mosaic this week. Just breathtaking!

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  14. That stonework is a beautiful backdrop for all the lushness or vice versa! I have fern envy right now. Incredible images!

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  15. Mary, I just can't get over how green it is! It is so beautful...no way I could tired of these gorgeous shots!

    Thanks for having us again. Hope you have a fabulous week.

    Best wishes,
    Natasha, Stacey and Holly.

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  16. what a beautiful little cottage.

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  17. What a beautiful spot Mary! Thanks for sharing with us. ~Jeanne

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  18. What lovely views of this wonderful stone structure and its beautiful surroundings in your marvelous mosaic!
    Hugs and blessings,

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  19. Wonderful pictures. Love the different shades of green. Cathy

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  20. That place is so beautiful...never get too much of that kind of beauty.
    have a lovely week...
    glenda

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  21. Nice mosaic with the stone house Mary. We have an area of cottages along the lake here that a group of stone masons built a long time ago and I marvel at the intricate work they did to accomplish such a beautiful structure. They also did stone fencing along the front of each place. It would be a good idea for me to photograph them one day instead of just driving by and thinking how charming they look. :-)

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  22. Beautiful cottage and photos, Mary! I love the stone cottage and the landscape is lovely!

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  23. Mary, my grandparents house looked just like this except their porch was enclosed & the stone was a bit darker in color!! Ivy growing up the sides & all! I ♥ that house & remember popping popcorn in their fireplace as a child.
    What a delicious treasure to have preserved on the grounds at Willowwood. Thank you SO much for sharing your photos of it. I'm sending your link to all my sisters for them to see & remember, too.

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  24. WOW that was easy on the eyes! What a beautiful place, and the greenery and stone work is gorgeous.

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  25. I love the stone house. We have a lot of cobble stone house in our area. I love to see old homes with history to where they were built. Have a wonderful Mosaic Monday.

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  26. Mary, those mosaics of the stone cottages are just gorgeous. I love those old stone cottages, too.

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  27. Hi Mary! No no, I'm not tired of seeing this lovely place! You've made some gorgeous mosaics!
    I'm joining you today and again, thank you for hosting this great meme.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  28. Hi Mary! You are always pure inspiration to me! See through your camera is fantastic, thank you.
    Hugs
    Virginia

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  29. Stunning as always.

    Thanks so much!
    Claudia

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  30. Mary, this stone cottage is gorgeous! I can totally understand why you are in love with it!!

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  31. Oh Mary, I love stone houses! Many years ago I dragged my husband to see a wonderful stone house I had seen in United Country Real Estate Magazine!! It was is Yellsville, AR. I kid you not! We were antique dealers at the time so we made a buying trip out of it. But the house was in the middle of no where but great! When it was first built, it was a corn cob pipe factory!! I wonder who ever bought that house! I can't believe that I never took photos but I did take video. I don't know where that ended up!

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  32. The grounds are so lush and green. Lovely contrasts in textures here, Mary. You've got a wonderful eye!

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  33. It's a beautiful place and I can never get tired of it, Mary. Your photos and mosaics are stunning, so sharp...Christine

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  34. What beautiful lush greens - these pictures remind me of Ireland.

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  35. Beautiful. The color combination of the stone and the green is just wonderful. Carla

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  36. Mary..
    this has been one of the loveliest tours..
    thoroughly enjoyed the lush greenery
    the stone walls..
    the peaceful serenity!
    thanks for sharing..
    Loui♥

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  37. Thanks for sharing your great photos. I love the beautiful ferns against the stone. I had a mosaic ready, but did not get a post ready - maybe next week.
    Have a great week.

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  38. I haven't visited Wildwood NJ in a long time, Mary so I've enjoyed looking at this post and your prior ones. I have happy memories of taking the kids to Wildwood Crest on vacations when they were young.

    Love the stone houses in these mosaics.

    ♥ Pat

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  39. The cottage is charming - I love looking at houses, wondering what stories they could tell.

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  40. Puddingstone! What a fabulous word!

    I love stone houses, too, and I'm lucky enough to live in one. Stone's great - warm in winter, cool in summer. And pleasing to the eye. :)

    Thanks for hosting another Mosaic Monday, Mary.

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  41. Meraviglioso mosaico di una casa veramente tutta da vivere per la sua bellezza naturalistica :-)
    Buona giornata.

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  42. What a beautiful stone cottage. The landscape is so green and beautiful! The pictures makes a beautiful mosaic. ~Diana

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  43. Hi Mary,

    This cottage is beautiful..I love the warm feeling of the old stone..What a great place to visit.

    I hope you have a wonderful day...and do drop by when you have a few minutes.

    Hugs,
    Stephanie ♥

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  44. Love the combination of stone cottage and greenery!

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  45. Hi Mary!
    I love the stone cottage and the landscape is lovely!
    Happy MM!

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  46. I have been loving your Willowood posts. I have always loved stone cottages. This one looks so beautiful with the emerald green lawns and beautiful gardens. It looks like a place where you could forget the rest of the world existed. Beautiful.

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  47. It's a lovely old stone cottage!

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  48. Love the lush green color in your mosaics!

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  49. I really, really, want to live there! What a romantic cottage! Have a great Monday!!!!
    Machelle

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  50. Me? tired of seeing such a sweet cottage and made with rocks even. The perfect thing RockCandy likes to see. And only one more...
    Such a happy place to start off the week.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  51. Love the stone cottage! Everything looks so green and lush! Have a great week:)

    Thanks, as always, for hosting MM!
    Have a great week!
    Cindy

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  52. Love the Stone Cottage - the name of my first gift store was 'The Stone Cottage' which was housed in a 100+ year old stone farmhouse. Someday I will have to post about it and show photos. Thanks for the memory!!

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  53. Hi!
    That's a very pretty cottage! Love all the green around it, makes it stand out. Have a great day!

    Sherrie
    A View of My Life
    http://splummer-aviewofmylife.blogspot.com/2010/05/monday-memes.html

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  54. Hi Mary,
    Beautiful! I love old stone houses too-there are only a few here on the Island though.
    Thank you for hosting,

    Carolyn

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  55. Hello Mary,
    Beautiful stone cottages. I would love to visit back east and see the historic places you photograph (and much more, too!)

    Thanks again for hosting.
    Wendy

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  56. Green is my favorite color so, I love all the photos and the lovely old stones just add to it.

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  57. The cottage is so lovely! These photos really remind me of a cottage in England. What a beautiful place!

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  58. What a lovely stone cottage this is! And all the shades of green are so lush and saturated—it's a real feast for the eyes.

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  59. such a lovely stone cottage ~ beautiful!

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  60. Oh, how pretty! I want it to be my home.

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  61. Oh, Mary, I have been AWOL from blogging for awhile, so I loved this mosaic of the stone cottage as well as your last few posts - so much greenery and beautiful settings! Thank you for sharing such lush, cool and serene photos!

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  62. Hello Carol,
    I've relinked because first I listed the wrong post.
    We have had the same idea to post a mosaic with old stones so mine will be posted later... so instead I have chosen the first rose blooming in my garden.
    This stone cottage is a dream cottage with this beautiful garden.

    Have a nice week. :o)

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  63. Can't grow tired of these beautiful photos ~ gorgeous greens and warm stone colors are so nice to view!

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  64. I can feel the history coming through every carefully laid stone...how fun would it be to live in your gorgeous painting of possibilities. :)

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  65. Mary, This is just stunning. I love stone cottages and homes. They're just so charming and warm. One of these days I am going to figure out how to do a mosaic and join in...until then, I sure have fun seeing yours and the other participants.

    Kind wishes,

    Nancy

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  66. There are is a stone "village" in my town. There are so many stones in Vermont~the farmers never knew quite what to do with all of them? Is it same down near you? I love stone walls and I KNOW what you mean about these kinds of stone houses and cottages. They're deep and dark and cool and mossy and romantic. I'm not tired of WillowWood at all.

    A funny aside. I was taking a stroll down memory lane this summer and checked some Nancy Drew mysteries out of the library. There was one mystery that revolved around a pudding stone house. Now, I've seen one and put the name with it. Thanks!

    Katy Noelle

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  67. Thank you for your wonderful blog and the opportunity to join Mosaic Monday. Jill

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  68. Hello, I've read your blog and enjoyed it many times but today I'm joining in for the first time. The cottage you feature is beautiful and so is your photography! Coincidentally my post is about cottages too.

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