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Welcome to the Opulent Cottage blog. It’s a place for ideas about decorating your home and nurturing your garden, crafting and sewing, shopping adventures of the fiscally-creative sort, and cooking, lots of it. You’ll hear about my love of all things rescued, reclaimed and remade, and anything that can be handcrafted. You’ll see people, pets and products that I adore. Some how-to’s and resources. And hopefully, inspiration for your own home and family.
It’s been a gift to love and work in every aspect of design since I was a teenager. I started sewing my own clothes in 8th grade, and then worked for a custom drapery showroom while also working in a retail fashion store. As a young bride I juggled designing wedding ensembles with seasonal markets at the Dallas World Trade Center and part-time help at the local Pfaff dealer. Later, in order to stay home with my baby daughter, I sewed for other designers while also freelancing for an ad agency. A brief involvement with an antique store in Canton, Texas, led to showcasing my handcrafted items at local art markets and holiday sales, as well as private events at my home. Currently my items are also sold online.
I’m fortunate to possess the ability to find creative inspiration everywhere I look. Our home has been decorated from fabric remnants, client barters, and vintage & thrifted treasures. In seeing the beauty and possibility of a castoff item, I challenged myself creatively and learned the value of repurposing and recycling. It’s a passion I continue today, more than ever. We employ a do-it-yourself approach for all home repairs and updates. Our family values the self-achievement earned from hard work and sharing the task together!
As an avid cook and gardener, and someone who loves entertaining, I’m never happier than when I have a houseful of people. We all share this sentiment, and often host many happy events at our home. We spend much of our time outside, enjoying nature and local wildlife, our garden, and each other.
Opulent Cottage, the shop…Luscious Accessories for You and Your Home
Where the product selection varies greatly and is subject to my whims of fancy! You’ll find the results of my latest impulsive, creative notion in my shop. Embellished items of every type. Unique handbags and one-of-a-kind jewelry. Decorative and embellished lamp shades and pillows, vintage lighting, vintage and handcrafted tabletop accessories, even pet accessories. And seasonally, gifts and holiday decorations. This is a shop where I aim to employ every creative medium, and the products always reflect my passion for my latest new discovery.
at the cottage, we love… fabric, fabric and more fabric, everything embellished, color everywhere, the beauty of nature, giving vintage items a new life, and all things handmade.