Monday, March 19, 2012

The Cottage Collective

Hello girls! What a whirlwind week it has been! We had our "soft opening" of the shop last Thursday, and threw a party for our friends and family to come and be the first to shop The Cottage. This also gave us a great chance to work out the kinks with the check out/credit card process, and get a feel for how things will sell. It was an amazing night to say the least! Next to my wedding it was truly the most exhilarating, exhausting, exciting night of my life.

We had the fabulous Sara of Sara Mac photography capture the space beautifully before we opened, and I wanted to share those photos with you today. Please join me on a tour of The Cottage Collective : ) I'm just going to warn you there are a TON of doesn't seem like as many in a Facebook album but it's a lot on a blog...sorry! Just for some background, there are 7 vendors. Abbe of All Dolled Up and I sell out of the same space (she does furniture and I do smalls) and the other girls have their own "rooms." So that's why each picture looks totally different...each girl has her own unique style that is amazing! Trying to mix it all together though would be chaos...haha. So each is a separate, special space. It truly makes up a unique, vibrant shopping experience to have so many different "boutiques" in one place.

You'll get a beautifully wrapped package when you shop The Cottage : )

Fun party straws from Paper Goods Creative

Gorgeous baby flower bows/clips

This is one of my favorite rooms...Tiffany of A Lady With A Baby. She makes phenomenal handmade pillows, wreaths, totes, aprons, bibs and more. Don't you just want it all?!

This is part of the kitchen area where the "colorful" stuff is. Whites and neutrals are out front in the main room.

Part of Mindy of Marigold Road's fun and colorful! She has awesome retro homewares and darling handmade accessories.

This is some of my stuff : )

Me again

Love the bold black and white look Abbe created.

Part of the "main room" where Abbe and I sell.

More of the "kitchen"

Poema Creations' space. She makes the most incredible jewelry out of polymer clay. She hand makes each bead and will also teach classes on her techniques. How cool!

That's me!

Part of the "main room"


Don't you love all the shades of divine twine (baker's twine) from Paper Good's Creative?!

All my beloved ironstone tureens.

There she is...Abbe and my space!

Pretty little antique bed

That's Willemina in the corner, modeling the apron : )

Do you hear the angels singing?!

Awesome baby and kids stuff from Tara of Zerbers!

mmm old luggage!

A little shabby chic

The kiddo room

Doesn't the Paper Goods' space just make you want to throw a party?

There it is! The Cottage! The thing my heart has been longing for for years and it's finally a reality! I got to work there all day Saturday and it was such a joy to watch women shop and enjoy the space. 

For the locals, our Grand Opening is March 30 and you can learn more here. Hopefully the pictures have convinced you, but trust me, you'll want to come join us! : )

I wanted to say a quick thank you to those of you who so sweetly commented on my last post ... it really meant a lot to me because that week was definitely the height of my "I'm so stressed I think I'll pass out" phase (in case you couldn't tell : ) Thanks so much for your support and understanding!

{live beautifully}


  1. Anonymous3/19/2012

    Love, love, love, LOVE! Can't wait to see it in 2 weeks!! :)

  2. WOW! Awesome work :)
    Your corner is my favorite!! The neutral colors are so relaxing and cozy. I am in LOVE with that aqua striped suitcase *sigh*

  3. It looks amazing Courtney! Well done, you must be so proud, can't wait to hear more about it in the future! :) xo K

  4. Courtney! How darling and beautiful!! I would be like a kid in a candy store in the way all of the incredible offerings are merchandised. You did GOOD, girl! I hope you are so happy and fulfilled in your new business venture and that God blesses you abundantly as you begin.

  5. Now I am utterly excited to come to the store. You have amazing finds. Just my style + taste. Thank you for doing what you do!


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