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Friday, February 13, 2015

A Valentine Gift for our Cupola, Francis Ford

Oh I love a good cupola.

Some of these glorious domes also have fantastic weathervanes.

St. Marylebone cuppola, London by j.labrado, via Flickr

Cupolas were often used in barns for ventilations and of course weathervanes have been used for centuries to show the direction of the wind.

Old Red Barn & Cupola

The most traditional weathervane designs are chickens, ships, arrows and horses. Not all weathervanes have the points of the compass (North, South, East West).

gorgeous weathervane. I have a secret inner desire to one day learn to weld and make really high quality custom weathervanes for people...

Antique weathervanes can command a princely sum. They are often used in interior décor.

In this kitchen, a single box beam provides a visual transition between the work zone and eating zone; planked ceiling in contrast color

Would you believe that we didn’t even know that Storybook Cottage had a cupola when we bought the house? It wasn’t until we had been living here awhile and Mr. Décor got on top of the garage roof that he discovered it. Because we are crazy people we named it Francis Ford Cupola.

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There may have, at one point, been a weather vane atop of Francis Ford but it is now long gone.

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Mr, Décor was really jonesing for a weathervane. But what to get? There are SO many to choose from. But as soon as we saw this one we knew this was the perfect selection for Storybook Cottage.

For my friend Robyn!  Dachshund, Short Haired, Standing Dog Weathervane by West Coast Weather Vanes.  This copper  Short Haired Dachshund Dog weathervane features a glass eye and distinctive tooling which gives the body realistic dimensions.  As an option, the use of gold leafing can accentuate any distinct markings of your dog.

Mr. Décor braved a VERY tall ladder as well as a steeply pitched roof.

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But doesn’t it look great?!!

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Sandi said...

a wind dachshund! I don't think I've ever seen one of those. And, yes, I had to look up how to spell that. :)

GSGreatEscaper said...

I'll bet that that touch makes the new home feel so much more 'yours' and makes you feel more at home. If it were I, I'd get a grasshopper, like the one on top of Faneuil Hall in Boston - that means 'sprung from the soil.'

CarolynB said...

It does look great and nothing would be more fitting for your household. :-)

The Boston Lady said...

I absolutely love this! Ann

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh my word, this is absolutely perfect. What a fabulous find. Love it.

Linda said...

I LOVE that!! How perfect! :)

the cape on the corner said...

love that! i got one for the boyfriend about 5 years ago with an antique truck on it, which is perfect for him. enjoy!

Rita C. said...

Oh my gosh - it's perfect! Francis Ford Cupola! (btw, I have a nephew with a French bulldog whose name is SIr Francis Bacon, tee hee).

Christine said...

It's like the cherry on top!

Vel Criste said...

Totally agree!!!! Happy V day Laura!

Linda Merrill said...

RoyRoy and I are jealous!

nonie everythingsewing said...

I love that!! How clever.

Terri Steffes said...

Could you have found a more perfect one??? I don't think so! LOVE it.

Debra@Common Ground said...

so perfect! I'd have to have one with a big fat cat on it!

Kelley said...

Perfect woof! Woof! The grandest I've ever seen!


Pat@Life At Lydias House said...

That is the perfect topper for the storybook cottage! I love it!

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

I love your cupola, its name and the weathervane (I want one!)

Denise said...

Oh I love this Laura!! I've always loved cupolas and weathervanes, too. Your dachshund weathervane is beautiful! I bet there's a Scottie one out there somewhere, too, don't you? :) I just love your new home, my friend; it's loaded with charm.

Happy Valentine's Day to you and Happy Weekend, too!


Denise at Forest Manor

Auntie Em said...

That is the perfect crowning touch for your home. You are turning it into a real Storybook cottage. :)

Katie Mansfield said...

It's so cute! How fun.