Sunday, May 31, 2009

Absolutely Perfect Baby Announcements

Another thing that Matt of Breathless Paper Co. does absolutely perfect is baby announcements. Besides Wedding Invitations and Save The Dates, these are really the best of the best! I love stationary and really love buying cards for the shop to sell. So, I have really seen all that is offered in the invitation and announcement department. These, Breathless Paper Co.'s, are the best. They are classic yet different. Absolutely perfect.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

The Indie Craft Experience

Carla Kaiser and I set up our Urban Cottage Booth at ICE this morning. ICE is the Indie Craft Experience and is a festival held in Centennial Olympic Park in Downtown Atlanta. It is basically a craft show where artists sell their wares. There were some really great people set up and some really awesome crafts. One of my favorites was Jeanette Zeis Pottery. We always have her wonderful neighborhood mugs. She is quite a talented potter. I bought my mom an absolutely adorable white berry bowl! She was so excited. Another artist that was their was Samantha of Talulah B. She makes jewelry out of vintage buttons and all different parts. She is also so much fun! Both Carla and I got a chance to walk around and see all the wares of everyone who set up. We have Tarot Readings by Madame Mandala and some of our handmade things from the shop on display. One very exciting thing from the day was being able to enjoy Madame Mandala's crystals. She is now selling them too. I had so much fun organizing all of her beautiful crystals.

Friday, May 29, 2009

A Little Something To Make You Feel Good

We just got a bunch of new little notebooks and books in the shop. They are a little something, just to make you feel good! You can treat yourself and one up for a good friend or family member, just as a treat!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Serenbe May Day Festival

I finally have gotten our photos from our space at the Serenbe May Day! I wanted to share them because the Urban Cottage team really had so much fun working together to create a very small version of the shop in our tent. It turned out to be quite cozy and cheery. Carla from Concrete Lace, Heather Curtis from Last Night Designs, Matt from Breathless Paper Co. and I all worked together. What a great day!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Linen Water

If you are looking for a treat to make your linens smell absolutely lovely, just add linen water. You can also add a splash to your ironing. It really makes the task a little more fun.
We have delightful linen water in Lavender.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Really Good Cookbooks

You can find some of the best cookbooks at the shop! Because they have been doing so well, we have increased what we have to offer. One that we have, is called 'The Bride and Groom's First Cookbook.' It is a great engagement, shower or wedding gift. One that I like to suggest as a great gift is 'Big Night In.' It has fabulous recipes for making the perfect things for dinner parties or just a great family dinner. Another great one for party cooking ideas is 'Simple Soirees.' We have 'The Produce Bible.' This is one I had to have for myself. Basically, it lists all different vegetables and then recipes for using the vegetable or fruit. Everything I have made from The Produce Bible, has been pretty easy to follow and everything I have made has been great! We have great cookbooks to buy for your self as well as the perfect one to give as a gift. We even have ones on making yummy fun drinks!

Monday, May 25, 2009

Summery Signs

As you know, we have great Intown Atlanta Neighborhood Signs. We also have some others that we have made for us as well. And they are just in time for your summer spots! We have Welcome to the Lake, Welcome to the Beach, Love Shack, Welcome to the Cabin and many others for you to place in your get away! Even though I think they are perfect for summer, we do have them all year round! They are great and hand crafted!

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Pictures From Our First Urban Cottage!

I was taking a peak through some old pictures that we have of Urban Cottage and found these! Just a couple from the shop when we were in our Buckhead location on Cains Hill Place.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Getting Ready For Summerfest!

Summerfest is the Virginia Highland Festival of the year. Virginia Avenue from North Highland to Monroe is closed off for a street fair. Local handmade items are set up by different vendors. The whole neighborhood gets really involved and it is a great weekend! We will have tents set up in the front of the shop with a few vendors set up. It should be a great time again this year! It starts on Friday June the fifth and lasts until Sunday June the seventh.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Books Just For Kid's!

We now have awesome books just for kid's at the shop! Books are a great gift to give to little one's for any occasion. I always bring a book as the perfect gift to my favorites. It is especially perfect when traveling. Books are flat and take no room! Leaves much more space to over pack. I am forever over packing whenever I go on any trip. Come and check out our sweet books just for the kids!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

NEW Summer Tabletop Linens!

We are so excited about the NEW Tabletop Linens that arrived today! They are super fun and totally perfect for the Summer. You can definitely use them on your kitchen table but can also use them on the porch table or even on your deck. The colors are vibrant and beautiful. Every table needs to be excited with color, especially in the summertime. You will have to come in and see what just arrived. We got in our tablecloths and napkin sets. I have grown to really love using cloth napkins. For one, it is so much better for the environment. No waste is caused. You use them and then just throw them in the washer and dryer. Second of all, they really make the table so much more homey and they just feel better! I love them because they do not need to be ironed! Do not let your Summer table be missing our new colorful linens!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Perfect Sunroom Coffee Table

We have the perfect Sunroom Coffee Table. It is a Vintage woven rattan coffee table with a glass top (that is really the original). The rattan has been redone in a white lacquer finish and is really perfect! The condition it is in actually is quite amazing. What a great piece to add to any Summer Room! Just another wonderful Vintage Piece made by Fabu Furniture!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Making Food Look Pretty

With the right serving pieces, you can make food look pretty! Back in december, we had a really great shopping event at the shop and had tons of great warm foods. They tasted great, but more importantly, they looked great on our fantastic serving pieces at the shop. Making sure to have a few really great, solid serving pieces. It is very important when wanting to entertain. Don't forget that a great table setting is a key ingredient in hosting!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Perfect Gift Finder

Sometimes it is really hard to find the perfect gift for someone. Well Jen Pete of Stories of Gen is your absolutely wonderful perfect solution! She nails it every time. You contact her, tell her what you are looking for and she will find you the most awesome gift! Go to her site and check it all out. We really recommend going to her for your gift giving needs!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

ICE Atlanta

Urban Cottage, Inc. is very excited to be a part of this summer's ICE Atlanta Festival. It is the last week of this month. Madame Mandala, Concrete Lace, Breathless Paper Co., Coleccion Luna and us will all be setting up together! It will be a great time. All of the best handmade products will be displayed all weekend long! Mark your calendars and don't miss out!

Saturday, May 16, 2009

All Natural Perfumes

Carla Kaiser made 100% natural perfumes in four different scents and we carry them at Urban Cottage. Right now, at the shop all sizes and scents are at a Summer Special of sixty percent off. That is so inexpensive and everyone should stock up! The scents are lylas (a lavender blend), rose window, wise guy and nsfw.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Bar Stools

I can not even tell you how many times customers tell us that finding good bar stools and bar chairs is one of the most difficult tasks. I had no idea until I tried to help a design client find some that would be perfect in her kitchen. It is extremely difficult. You can find cheesy boring ones and very expensive ones quite easily. We carry a few different Surroundings, Inc. styles. And as always, can custom make them as well. We have counter height and bar height bar stools and bar chairs. They are also in a very reasonable price range.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Graduation Gifts

It is that time of year! Graduation time. Do not forget to pick up a little something for the special graduate. We have found these perfect little books that people just love and they are absolutely a perfect graduation gift.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Summer Bedding

Summertime is a bright and cheery time of year. And really hot, especially hot in Atlanta! I suggest changing out your bedding ensemble to create a cool, cozy and bright feel. The weight of the fabrics is key. You do not want to use very heavy, thick fabrics. Using light weight cottons and linen are a best bet in the summer months. You can just change a down filled duvet cover in the fall and winter months to a lightweight cotton comforter or quilt in the spring and summer. I even make certain to not use heavy textiles in the shop during this time of year. Light colors create an airy feel in your bedroom. I suggest whites and light colors such as butter yellow, a light terracotta (as shown), sage, light blue and of course; baby pink. If you have two bedding ensembles that are really good quality, they will last much longer if you only use them half of the year! We carry the entire Pine Cone Hill Bedding Line which have some of the most perfect Spring and Summer Bedding!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Tea Towels

Usually I am not so into tea towels with quotes. But, I have to admit that these super girly ones are pretty cute. And, everyone loves them! We have been carrying these for years and years. We get them from a great company called Natural Life. We try to stay on top of it and make certain to always have them and not run out. The good news is, we just got a big order in! Even some new ones.

Monday, May 11, 2009

So Cool Hangers

The truth is, I was obsessed with these wire hangers. Seriously, right before we opened the shop in Virginia Highland (which is now over a year and a half ago) I felt it was one of the most important things I had to take care of. I had to have them for the Little Black Dress Room. Right before we opened, the large box of these hangers, I had to have arrived. Thank goodness at the time. I think they are so cool. I would love to have them fill up my own closet. For the Little Black Dress Room, however, I have to admit that they are not perfect for everything. So, I have decided to let some of them go and sell them. Come and snatch them up, before I change my mind!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

End Tables

Everyone always needs an end table! End tables are needed to go on at least one side of a bed, a sofa, oversized chair, in a corner, undr a plant, just to name a few. Gail & I always try to have a great variety of end tables in the shop. Different sizes, shapes and colors. We have funky ones and traditional ones. We even have a fun round retro end table in the shop with a mirrored top! It is really fun!

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Wonderful Vintage Chairs

We have the most wonderful refinished set of Vintage Chairs. They are absolutely perfect for the summer. They are thached rattan chairs done in a warm charcoal and have a white courdory fabric making them warm and cozy. They have great simple lines which allo them to be moved right into any decor to add a lot of style. We only have two, come and check out these lovely chairs which come from Fabu Furniture.

Friday, May 8, 2009


A local Atlanta gal, Kim Brown makes these really cute rustic framed stichery pieces. They have sayings and are framed with a distressed black frame. They are a great handmade item that we carry. She hand stiches all of them. Some are actually quite funny!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Kid's Furniture

Sometimes it is really hard to find really good furniture for kid's rooms. We have some really fantastic Surroundings, Inc. furniture pieces in the shop right now. One of the pieces is taller than your normal dresser height allowing it to provide more storage. The door on the left side makes it easy to put clothing folded or even diapers in a basket. The large deep drawers on the right can fit just about anything. Honestly, I love this piece. It is very versatile and can be used for years to come. Our baby and young child pieces are timeless and not something you will have to get rid of in a few years to create a more mature feel. It is a much better investment. 
Our child benches our one of the cutest things we carry, in my opinion! I love seeing kids go directly to the benches! They know they are just their size!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Carla's cat, Porky is in love with our fun tablecloth! It has apparently become his new security blanket! So cute!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009


Accessories can really make an outfit and a home complete! They just hav e to be the right ones! Our Antique Tile Rings definitely can make a pair of jeans and a tank top look so much better. They are all different and completely hand crafted. They are made from Turkish Antique Tiles and made in Brooklyn, NY. Come and check them out! We also have pendants!

Monday, May 4, 2009

It's Bench Season!

Spring and Summer is the time of year everyone needs and wants the perfect bench. Sometimes and outdoor bench and sometime an indoor one. We are lucky because we offer both! Out outdoor Teakwwod benches are absolutely fabulous. We have a carved one and a cottage style garden bench. You can see them outside of the shop all the time. We really try to always have them. Currently, we have one of the most adorable storage benches in stock! It is a one of a kind made from all old barnwood. The seat is a dark natural brown and the body is a fun grassy green. Gail & I are in love with this bench.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Serenbe May Day!

Today Urban Cottage did the Serenbe May Day. It was a ton of fun! Breathless Paper Co., Madame Mandala and Concrete Lace all were house in the Urban Cottage tent. We always work together to make our space as Urban Cottagey as possible. There were lots of local artists and farmers that were selling their wares and yummy organic plants and foods. We had our vintage jewelry by Heather Curtis, fun tabletop, furnishings, invitations and announcements by Breathless Paper Co., letterpress neighborhood cards and more. The Serenbe Community is really a peaceful place and the residents are so kind! Madame Mandala and I had a blast having our pictures taken in the Meaghan Neer Photo Booth. She had lots of different fun things to play with; wigs, jewelry, hats, glasses and other accessories. I can not wait to go back to Serenbe!