Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Finding something clever can be a challenge sometimes. When I spotted these magnet sets last year, I had to try them at the shop. They really are fun and actually are good strong magnets. They are made from recycled bottle tops in Washington. I love that they are made in the United States. The artist is Kate Grenier. The sets all have different themes. What a perfect gift for so many occasions! You can only find them at Urban Cottage, Inc. in Virginia Highland.
Monday, June 29, 2009
We try to have as much local art at the shop as possible. Currently we have Concrete Lace, which is one of my absolute favorites! Concrete Lace has wonderful Letterpress Atlanta Neighborhood postcards, Handmade Pinch Pots, Mandala Coloring Books and unbelievably awesome paper tile mosaics. Eric Underwood's Photography is another local artist I adore. His work is so different from most. We always have a great amount of his pieces. Jeanette Zeis' handmade pottery. We always keep in her Atlanta Neighborhood Mugs. A new potter we have just gotten in the shop is Charlotte Dupre. She does all oven safe serving pieces and cookware. It is simple and classic. We have Honeydoux which is handmade rings all crafted from vintage buttons and parts. A painter, Jan Eubanks who is a fantastic artist. She does oil paintings and she has a very broad spectrum. And lastly, we have Matthew Berinato of Breathless Paper Co. doing Wedding Invitations and Baby Announcements all crafted and printed in Atlanta. They are beautiful. We are constantly finding new artists to bring into the shop!
Sunday, June 28, 2009
We have some really great funky lamps! Most of them have a ceramic base and a neutral simple shade. The shapes are great and really add to them being so different. What makes them so funky, are the colors! We have them in grape, lime green, light yellow, white, black and electric orange. Only a few are left. They really would do the trick of adding a pop of color and excitement into a room! We really love them!
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Friday, June 26, 2009
During the Summer months, it is so hot! Using light colors to create a cool feeling are always a good idea. It makes your home feel cool and calm. All of our pieces come in white antique and whitewash. I think a large piece in a white can really do the trick. We have a great display cabinet that can also be used as a bookcase or even an armoire. It has a great amount of storage between its doors and drawers.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
We love Alternative Apparel so much! And, we have fallen in total love with the child's burnout tees. They are the cutest little tee's ever. We have them in many child sizes and in gray, white and pink. They are the perfect gift for the sweet little one you know!
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Sometimes it is hard to keep everything organized. We have these fantastic Italian Leather Planning Journals. They are perfect to help you organize all the information you have. For example, we have a Home A-Z Journal. You can organize all the information of resources such as handymen, drapery hangers, tile companies and so much more all in these small home journals. We also have them for Lifestyle, Wine and Weddings. They are fantastic for a gift and really great to get for yourself!
Monday, June 22, 2009
If possible in a room, I always suggest the use of pendants. Gail and I have come across some really fantastic finds with pendants. We offer a line of Pendants that are hand crafted and created by graphic designers of Paper Cloud. Some of the pendants that we have had really have looked so wonderful even just in the shop! I almost am always sad to see them go. Anyhow, we can always get any of their styles shipped to the shop. They are quite unlike most pendants you will come across in your search.
Sunday, June 21, 2009
I love when a kitchen has character and can have a Kitchen Island that is different from all the rest of the cabinetry in the room. My mom has one of our Kitce Islands in her kitchen that was made especially for her space. It is a really cute one on the space. It is in our Nordic Blue Finish with a dark brown top. It is one of the Surroundings, Inc. pieces. One of the best things on it is the towel bar on the side. It makes it really cute! The best part about the island is that it is so functional in the kitchen!
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Lighting is one thing that I have always thought absolutely can make (or break) a room. I LOVE lamps, all kinds! Gail and I are constantly on the search for fantastic lighting to offer to all who shop at Urban Cottage. We have lots of different styles of lamps. Some very modern, very rustic or even classical. Sometimes, we find fantastic objects and have them made into lamps. We pick all of the parts and have them all put together to make a great one of a kind lamp. Those usually fly out the door. We always carry Aiden Gray Lamps. These are some of my favorites primarily because they are made so well and can fit in almost any decor. If we do not have one in stock, we can always get it and the turn around time is great! Many of them have a great old world feel and can be dressed up or be in a casual setting as well. Such versatility with these! Besides the way they look in a room, they provide great light. If a room dose not have good lighting, it is so dreary. Good lighting really is so important to any room!
Friday, June 19, 2009
Everyone needs a little notebook to throw in your handbag or even your pocket. You just never know when you will need to jot down an important thought or make a list. Why not use an eco-friendly one made from all recycled products. The Think Green ones we have are quite cute and the perfect size. They have plenty of pages unlike many small pocket sized notebooks do so you will not run out so frequently.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
I absolutely love these designs! The textiles are all hand embroidered and made in India. We have many items that just arrived in these bright and wonderful patterns. Placemats and napkins just arrived. They are so bright and cheery. They make you want to run home and set your table! The detail is amazing and so different from many that I have seen. I am so excited that we have these and could not wait to put them out. Even the shop looks happier! Plus, the pillows should be arriving any day! They are sure to brighten up any room!
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
We have the perfect little book to let your father know how important he is! And, we also have a fantastic blank journal. Sometimes you just want to give a little something to say that you appreciate them. What could be more perfect! Father's Day is Sunday June 21st. Don't forget!
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
One of my favorite people, Carla Kaiser (Concrete Lace) just had the Kid's Bed / Settee delivered to her house today from the shop. She had to have it! I fell in love with this piece and am so glad it has a happy home. Now, I can see it whenever I visit her! She put Coleccion Luna Pillows on it which make it so cozy! And, I love how it has one of her colorful paintings to the right on the wall. This is such a happy room.
Monday, June 15, 2009
A few weeks ago we started carrying these really fun cocktail rings. They are made in California and have a retro feel. They are quite large, but I just had to have them! I am excited because everyone seems to be excited to see them and they have been doing really well! I am going to place another order and make them be something we always have. The price point makes it great so you can even buy them as a gift!
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Even thought it is really hot in the summer, some places are cold inside and you need just a lightweight cardigan to throw on to keep you comfortable. You can find the perfect lightweight cardigan in white or black in our Little Black Dress Room! We have ones from Alternative Apparel and Aldo Fernando. Some are long and some are short.
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Friday, June 12, 2009
Rugs can be one of the most difficult parts of a room to commit to. As most designers, we suggest working from the ground up when planning your room. With that being said, the best thing to decide on is the rug. If the room is going to not have a formal feel and need something durable, the perfect thing is a wool rug. Especially since they can be scotch guarded. They are super for a room that will have heavy foot traffic. These Wool Rugs, made in the USA can take tons of foot traffic and withstand it for many many years. They are available in solid colors as well as with a stripe. Come in and check out all of the samples to pick the best one for you.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Benches that have no backs have so many different uses! You can use it right at the foot of a bed, use it against a wall and through some fun pillows on the back and make it a cozy place to sit, you can use it at a dining table for seating and you can even use it as a coffee table. Th great thing about having one, is you can always find a home for one!
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
This Scalloped Pedestal Table made by Surroundings, Inc. is the perfect accent table for anyroom. They are great for a side table, nightstand, bistro table and lamp table. I love the lines of it. Every customer has been so happy with the way it turns out in their room!
Monday, June 8, 2009
A few months ago I bought a friend the best card. Since then, I have not been able to stop thinking about how great that card was. Totally perfect in every way. Since then, I have kept thinking about it and have been researching to find out who made it and how I can offer these perfect cards at Urban Cottage. Well, finally I was able to find the artist and her company. They are Amy Smyth Cards. And finally, they can be found out the shop! The cards are absolutely hilarious and adorable. Come and check them out at the shop! They just arrived.
Sunday, June 7, 2009
The Virginia Highland Summerfest was this past weekend. We had so much fun at Urban Cottage over the weekend. A few of our wonderful friends joined us and set up in tents right in front of the shop! We had Concrete Lace, Madame Mandala, Breathless Paper Co., the Akola Foundation selling their handmade necklaces made by the widows of Uganda, Coleccion Luna with Guatemalan Handmade bags, Poppy Sam's clothing, Talulah B's vintage jewelry and Vintage jewelry maker Katherine Smith! We all had a great time together!
Saturday, June 6, 2009
No one really wants to clean, but when it is all done, the result is fabulous! The whole experience can be made so much better just by picking the right cleaning products. My favorite products are Caldrea. They are by far the best! We carry the Lavender Pine, Green Tea, Basil Blue Sage and Ginger Pomelo scents at the shop. The products are all natural so they are no harmful in anyway. The products range from dish liquid, counter top cleanser, all purpose cleaner, laundry detergent to hand soap and hand lotion. When the house has been cleaned with Caldrea products, it is wonderful!
Friday, June 5, 2009
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Heather Curtis is part of our Urban Cottage Team. In addition to that, she creates absolutely the best jewelry. She uses Vintage pieces and turns them into one of a kind necklaces, earrings and bracelets. Each piece she creates by hand with careful attention to every single detail. Because her things are so wonderful, they do not stick around the shop for long! There is so much jewelry out there but I honestly have to say that her things are so much more original that most things you come across. In fact, about a year ago she came into the shop. She had her jewelry with her and I took a peak at it. I knew she would do well with it. The funny thing about this story is that she came in looking for a job. I instantly knew she would be a great asset to the shop. So, she joined our team. I kept on her about her jewelry and told her it would do great. It became a funny joke between us and finally she started to sell it. And now, it flies out the door! People are constantly buying pieces for themselves and for gifts. Some customers keep coming back for more pieces! They have gotten hooked on Heather Curtis' Jewelry!