Sunday, February 22, 2009

~ gifts and new ventures ~

I hope every one's having a wonderful weekend! I had done a post a few weeks ago on finding some time to pamper yourself. I had featured a few lovelies to add to your Bath and mentioned I was in need of some pampering myself. So sweet Janet over at Lunada Bay Soap Company was so thoughtful and sent me some of her gorgeous Soaps to try. Well, Janet, it was just what this Cottage girl needed! Your kindness and generosity warmed my heart and pampered my soul. Thank You so so much! You all should go and give her site a look and order yourself some lovely soap too! They are just fabulous, so I thought I'd share.....

The scents are amazing! and better yet, they make your skin feel beautiful and pampered!
Thank You Janet, your Soaps are wonderful and not only that, but they are wrapped like little presents, all in my favorite colors too! You are so sweet!

Its' been such a busy couple of weeks in my office. That pampering was just what I needed. I started my online Cottage Shop a month or so ago and it's been such a fun new addition to my Design Business. I am constantly working to make it into a site that everyone can love. It started out very small, with Design Services and a few little accessories , but I am working with NY sales reps on expanding it, so I thought I'd take a minute and post some pics of things to come... My goal is to have it filled with Services, accessories, lighting, furniture , fabrics, etc. I am slowly getting there. The line I am carrying is not up on the website yet, but I thought it would be great to feature it here and get your feedback. Feel free to leave comments on the things I've started to choose for my Cottage furniture choices. If you have thoughts on things you'd like to see in an online Cottage shop , feel free to share too!
The chair above is available in any fabric, but I just adore this creamy yellow floral with red gingham trim! and the ruffled skirt is so sweet!
I love mixing Cottage looks with glorious crystal lighting, and finding a few pieces for the shop has been so much fun.
Of course it will also have that Vintage shabby Cottage feel too, with furniture that is unusual and special....
And a line of white sofas and chairs , with slipcovers that can just be thrown in the wash too, practical is just as important as pretty :) this one below made me smile , I love the ruffled welting!!

I also like mixing in a few Traditional pieces that have fabrics that blend in with the Cottage look! I am hoping to update the website within the month. It's been a bit of work laying it all out, but once it's done, I will be glad to have a place to feature my favorite things!
I Hope you enjoyed a little peek into my new venture, and also found a few things to pamper your body and soul! I am working on another post , but just wanted to fit this one in on a busy Sunday. I hope the weekend is finding you all happy and well! Thanks so much as always for being so supportive and leaving such sweet comments too! Happy Sunday!

Hugs and Thanks,

~ Cynthia ~


Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

Oh Cynthia! You are going to carrying some wonderful items in your shop! I look forward to seeing it fully stocked!
p.s. I am having a mosaic giveaway...come on over and enter!

Anonymous said...

Oh, what a lovely gesture, to send you soap, they all look so yummy!! Your new line of furnitures look awesome, the yellow chair was love at first sight!! and the ruffled welting on the white sofa is adorable.
Hope you have a lovely & relaxing weekend. BIG hugs, Jannet

cottage farm villa said...

Cynthia, the line looks beautiful. The chair is sooooo cute. I will look forward to seeing fabrics. May just have a spot for two in my bedroom. Good luck with this new endeavor of expanding your business! I know everything you choose will be just soooo pretty! Hugs, Cheryl

Adrienne said...

Hi Cynthia - You are definitely on the right track! You've got such good 'cottage' taste. I can't wait to see more. I love the yellow cabinet and the traditional chair with the flower print, especially. They would both go very well in my house. I wish you the best in your business endeavor. I know you'll do well. Can't wait to see more. ~Adrienne~

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Very beautiful furniture! You have such wonderful taste! I am going to the website to check on that soap! I love nice soaps and I need some pampering, too!

Jill said...

Those pieces of furniture are adorable. I especially love the first little yellow chair. Many years ago I had found a company that made the cutest cottage was something like granny's attic. When I get ready to purchase new living room furniture that look (little yellow chair) is what I am going to look for.

Can't wait to see your online goodies!

Dawn-Hydrangea Home said...

Beautiful new pieces you will be carrying Cynthia. I love that yellow chair and that beautiful cabinet and the white slipcovered couch too! I am going to go check out the soap company now. Enjoy your day!

Parisienne Farmgirl said...

I LOVE that yellow cabinet! And as you know, I am a huge fan of mixing crystals with junk (NOT to imply your stuff is junk...oops)
Au contraire, I am so interested in this entire "online store" thing, I would love to know more about this venture. I've got ants in my pants to try SOMETHING new!
I really enjoy your blog.

Rebecca said...

Oh, I love that yellow cabinet too! That soap looks so divine as does all of the other goodies over at Janet's.
Have a lovely weekend!

Back Porch Blessings,

Just a little something from Judy said...

You definitely are the perfect person to get your online business up and running. The furniture is unusual and so beautifull,especially the white sofa and the last chair. I look forward to seeing all of the new pieces that you share. I'm sure it will be a success for you.

Blondie's Journal said...


I knew you had to be up to something~I hadn't seen a new post for quite awhile! So, you have been up to good things!! I can't wait to see your finished shop! The 1st chair in the yellow gingham is almost identical to one I have, a picture of it is in a Pink Saturday post from early January. See, we do think alike!


Kris said...

Cynthia, I absolutely love the yellow chair. It is a perfect blend of colors and so darn cute.

Good luck and lot's of success in your online shop.

Have a happy day


Ginger~~Enchanting Cottage said...

OH~~~~ It's all so pretty! I wish you all the luck. I will look forward in seeing your web page when it's all done.

Tracy said...

Hi Cynthia,

The soaps are so adorable I couldn't bring myself to unwrap any! Your furniture line is beautiful, every piece has a little unique flair. I love the ruffles on the white slipcovered sofa. Have a great week!

Anonymous said...

I love the pretty packaging the soaps are presented in. I know you were delighted when you received them. Even such a small gesture of kindness can really make someone's day. When I feel stressed there is nothing better than taking a long hot bath and having a glass of wine. Pampering myself with pretty soaps, shower gels, and other bath goodies is icing on the cake.

That’s exciting news about your new online store. It's a lot of hard work to stock it, but it is so rewarding once you have it finished.

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Anonymous said...

Lovely things, cant wait to see the whole shop. Good luck with your new venture! Have a great week.

Reneé DeLano said...

WOW!!!! I haven't visited in your blog in a while! amazing stuff. i need to continue reading! LOVE IT!! xo

Reneé DeLano said...

can't wait for your cottage shop!!!

Kass said...

I love that yellow chair. Im going to ordr one of your services- Ive been trying to figure out my master bedroom forever- when I get the camera out Ill shoot and buy! Good luck with it.

Ribbonwood Cottage said...

Cynthia, I am so proud of you! This is wonderful! I love all of this and I hope and pray that every thing you do will prosper in a big way! I think your blog and website are just lovely to look at! I know people are not going to be able to resist all your goodies!!!!

The Painted Garden said...

Hi Cynthia,

How exciting that you are expanding your cottage shop. The yellow chair with red and white check certainly caught my eye. I recently started adding yellow with my reds and blues and love the "pop" it gives.
Can't wait to see more!
Best wishes with your store expansion.

Barb said...

Cynthia, your blog is so soothing and lovely.

The yellow chair is fabulous!


The Old Painted Cottage said...

I can tell those soaps smell yummy just from the gorgeous packaging!!


ChaChaneen said...

Greetings! My sister at Tea Time with Melody tagged me and you in her recent post and I had to come over and visit you! She was right, you have a lovely blog! Nice to meet you!

Mimi Sue said...

I love every single thing you posted. Just gorgeous. Mimi

Janet said...

O M G Cynthia - my soaps have never looked so good! I knew they would feel right at home in Cynthia's Cottage Design studio! I'm so glad you've started an online store - I'll be shopping there for sure! Thanks so much for the generous shout out:) Hugs from the other coast! Janet:)

Tracy said...

Oh Cynthia, I wish you all the best in your new business. I can't wait until it is filled with your lovely things. I am so excited for you.

Nancy Rosalina said...

Oh, I love it all Cynthia! I can't wait to see it all stocked! Blessings, Nancy

imjacobsmom said...

I can't wait to see the rest of your furniture line. I adore your furniture choices, especially that traditional chair and the yellow cabinet. I need to re-do my living room so I will be anxiously awaiting your additions. ~ Robyn

Monica said...

Hi Cynthia! How many treasures!! All is beautiful, especially the ruffled sofa slipcover- I'm trying to become more organized this year, so I LOVE the 'practical and pretty' combo!

Michelle said...

Hi Cynthia!

Oh I'm so glad my sister's soaps arrived safely! Aren't they wonderful? She is such a wonderful soap maker. :) I love all your new products that you will be carrying. The colors are so happy and fresh!

Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

Michelle :)

Michelle, All Home and Love said...

Hi Cynthia,
The new items for your online shop are just beautiful. How exciting! It must be fun to pick everything out and "window shop." I've been trying to pick a favorite out of the things you've shared, and I think it has to be the white sofa. It has such a sweet way about it. I hope you are having a great start to your week and, as always, enjoyed your post today. Take care!

Elyse said...


hi cynthia,

everything is WONDERFUL!!! i love the creamy yellows, the finishes, shapes, fabrics. it's all perfect. (did you see the link i sent you of the plates at CS post? they look so you!)

how sweet to receive that gift in the mail. blogging friends are amazing. enjoy!

also, if you'd like, i can see about removing the legs from the vanity so it would require a shorter box, less shipping $? just think about it. i can take it off my etsy shop if you want it someday. no hurry at all -- and of course -- no pressure if you change your mind.

have a wonderful week, sweetie!


Nancy Rosalina said...

Hi Cynthia, I am dropping by to invite you to a Flaunt Your Reds Friday Party...come by and check it out! I know you love red and I would love for you to attend~ Nancy

Rue said...

Hi Cynthia :)

Your shop is going to be wonderful with all that cuteness!! I just hope I get my taxes back before you sell out of everything ;)

Good luck on your new venture!!!


Janet said...

Hi again Cynthia! Thanks so much for the soap post! Come peek at my soap blog for a special thank you! ( Janet:)

Unknown said...

Oh, great stuff. Love the chair covers. mishelle

Petit Coterie said...

I am so excited that I came across your blog today, I just love it! Way to much eye candy for just one visit, so will bookmark it and stop by again.

The very best with your new shop.

Anonymous said...

Cynthia, you have me wanting to soak in a nice bubbly bath and then curl up in one of those chairs with a good book...and a glass of wine of course!

Lovely thing! Wishing you success!


Janet said...

Hi Cynthia,
Not sure if you've received this award yet, but I nominated you because I think you're great! Come for a visit:) Janet

A Southern Rose said...

I'm so excited for you! The furniture is beautiful! I love the yellow cabinet! I bet that soap smelled sooooo good.
Lee Laurie

Cindy said...

Great chair and LOVE that shabby yellow cabinet. What is it with yellow everywhere? Saw tons of it at DMC.


Unknown said...

Hi Cynthia!
Love your new line. It is just your style.

You might not remember but when you did your sweet little framed chalkboard ... I shared that I wanted to do one too. You had asked me to share it when I got it finished... Well check my blog tomorrow. I posted about it... :)

Have an awesome week!

Anonymous said...

I love all the yellow in your post! The hutch is so sweet and the chair is making me very ready for flower time!!

Kathy's Red Door Welcome said...

I love slipcovered furniture. It's my favorite. I love the red screen door on your pantry too.


Hi Cynthia,
I love the yellow chair and the couch, I love the ruffles! How exciting it's going to be when you get your site all finished, I can't wait to take a peek inside (;

Miss Janice said...

Love this cute!

Anonymous said...

Everything you do is gorgeous! Your shop will be a total success. I adore that white couch. ♥

Sandy~Romantique Inspirations~ said...

Hi Cynthia, I think you found some nice choices to put in your shop. Everythings looks wonderful!!

~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ said...

Love Love the little yellow chair. The binding on the sofa is facinating, very shabby love it too.
Congrats & Best of Luck to you!
~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

Unknown said...

What beautiful furniture you have. I love love love that yellow hutch. I have enjoyed looking through your blog. Very beautiful!

Joanne said...

I absolutely LOVE that yellow cabinet. Beautiful items! Joanne

Rhondi said...

Hi Cynthia
Evrything you showed us for your shop would be prefect in my house! I love all of it. I hoep it will be a big success.
Hugs, Rhondi

Chanda said...

Cynthia, I just sat tonight and read your whole blog. I am in love with your ingenious style. Everything you touch turns out beautiful. You are such a mentor and inspiration to me.
God bless you,

Anonymous said...

Hi Cynthia! I know I've told you before I love soaps but these look too pretty in their packages to use!lol I must check them out too! I'm wishing you BEST OF LUCK with your new venture! How exciting!!!! I DEFINITELY think the items you've selected so far are gorgeous, gorgeous!!! Very homey!!! I'm sure you are extremely busy setting up and getting things running smoothly but I do hope we will still get those beautiful weekly posts! Yes I'm pressuring you!lol lol Take care dear - Sincerely, Jeannette

Bunny said...

Hi! My first visit to your blog. I had a wonderful time you have a wonderful sense of color and style. Just so warm and cozy. Your website it nice too. Good luck with it.

Bunny said...

Hi! My first visit to your blog. I had a wonderful time you have a wonderful sense of color and style. Just so warm and cozy. Your website it nice too. Good luck with it.

Jerri at Simply Sweet Home said...

Hello, this is my first visit to your blog. You have a lot of really great stuff to look at!