Somewhat suddenly, and a year and a half after closing up shop, we have dusted off the signs and taken a little shop space once again. And I do mean little. During the break we visited all the children and grandchildren all over the country, twice! After years of shop keeping, being at leisure felt so long overdue.We have kept an "undressed" booth space in a large antiques mall all during that time, but now it's time for the fun again.
We are fortunate to be part of a primo vintage shop perfectly suited for us at Vintage Market & Design in Albuquerque. A five by ten space is not much bigger than a window display, but is plenty of room for putting together some entertaining seasonal vignettes. Pure bliss for a compulsive arranger!
We barely have our foot in the door so what you see here is bare bones. But I feel the old excitement again like when I started out nine years ago. I keep saying "we" because I couldn't do it without Mr. Cottage taking the other end of the bench and wielding a paintbrush now and then, and the occasional muscle and skill of my ever willing and talented boys.
It's been fun to pull out some of the old store fixtures that were stored away like this beautiful vintage iron clothes rack. The decorative lattice overhead was a perfect fit too! The space was otherwise beautifully designed and ready to go.
A vintage Hartmann suitcase cradles a few shop lovelies inside.
I wanted to show you Edward and Huy's space opening right off of mine so that you could see how compatible our styles are. They are the shop owners, and have fantastic design talent. Just look at this wonderfully instinctive arrangement of space and color in an area that is still being put together. I think it's perfect just the way it is!
These next two shots show basically the whole space. Pretty doable. Let the fun begin!
I also learned today that Kerryanne of Shabby Art Boutique gave a nice plug to Cabin & Cottage in her beautiful new online magazine Simply Shabbilicious. Thanks so much Kerryanne! Be sure to check it out! Many of our fav shabby blogs are in this gorgeous issue. You won't want to miss it!
Thanks so much for tuning in!