January 19, 2023
Feels strange to be zipping through January without complaining about the weather--sorry California! But seriously temps above forty and mostly clear skies, with each day getting a bit longer is a big win for all of us in New Jersey who have resisted (or can't afford) the life of a snowbird.
If you are looking for some design inspiration and have a few minutes, take a peek at our latest British Cottage Blog. "Location, Location, Location" about a gorgeous home in aptly named Fair Haven. It's on a corner lushly landscaped lot and could easily have been just another suburban manse with a neutral (and boring) color palette but instead it is a colorful, sophisticated, yet still family friendly and beautifully decorated home.
At British Cottage we have always embraced furniture that is as functional as it is decorative so at some point, when you are ready to foray out once again, make sure to pop into British Cottage. We've basically completed our transformation from antique importers to an all-around home furnishings retail store. While we will always have a few key antique pieces on hand, we think it just makes sense to add more lighting, artwork, upholstery and accessories to the mix. A mix, mind you, that changes all the time so make sure to keep checking in to see what's new.
For example, Keith has spent the last few weeks transforming our "store B", next door at 130 Shrewsbury Avenue into an art gallery featuring a variety of affordable fine art prints and photographs. We're featuring artwork from the renowned Trowbridge Gallery, as well as prints from our own collections.
Unlike most furniture stores today, most of the items you see in the store are available for purchase. Although our upholstery items are custom, which means you pick out your own fabric and style and place an order, generally if you see something in the store that works, that you can have that right away. (This is where Keith wants me to add a little note about being careful when you come into the store: no food or drink, no slamming pocketbooks or baby carriers on the tables, no putting your feet on the upholstery but I think that should be understood. Right?)
Our custom upholstery is made by the upscale manufacturers Century Furniture , Sherrill Furniture, Hickory White, and Lillian August. This is simply some of the best American-made furniture on the market today, and you get to buy it here in lovely Red Bank New Jersey! Right now Sherrill is offering a Design Express Program which gets you a 14 week (or so) delivery time, but the
fabric and frame selections are limited...Hickory White and Century orders take longer but hey--as we all know--time flies.
Meanwhile decorating today is all about blending; blending colors, styles, and genres. Nothing looks more boring than matchy/matchy. If you love contemporary upholstery go out of your comfort zone and add something antique or vintage to the pot. Conversely, if you skew traditional, modern lighting or artwork can bring you up to speed in no time. The good news is at British Cottage you can easily find an item to tweak a single room, or multitudes of things if you are furnishing an entire house.
Once you are here we will be happy to take the time to help you figure out exactly what your home requires and do our best to make it happen. The more information you come in with--the easier it will be. Measure, measure, and then measure your space again. We're happy to see photos but make sure you know where they are on your mobile device before you come in. Or shoot us an email
(firstname.lastname@example.org); it is easier for us to see your images on the desktop anyway.
While our background is not in interior design we have been in this business long enough to know what should go where. We also know many of the local design professionals and are more than happy to recommend someone if you wish to go that route. And take a look at our British Cottage Blog for helpful hints, recipes and stories about some of the fabulous homes we've helped furnish.
Call, 732 530 0685, if you have any questions, or, even better, are looking to purchase something. We can provide local delivery of any item, whether it be a lamp or a sofa. If you live out of the area we will ship via whatever method it takes.
Tricia and Keith
Here's what people are saying about British Cottage:
LOVE the bed! It’s perfect!
I wanted to drop you a note to say thank you: the couches look beautiful and are very comfortable! Thanks a lot for all the help!
It was a joy to work with you!
"Wow! I love it even more than I remember. "
"It’s perfect! And passes the toddler test!" "Thank you! Can’t wait to see what other goodies I can find from you."
"Sofa looks great. Thanks for your help."
"British Cottage makes decorating easy."
"I love everything in your store, in fact, I could live there!"
"Received them today. Absolutely love them. Thanks so much."
Whitewashed pine. 72 x 30h #5923
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