About Us


     We, Keith and Tricia Nelson, began importing antiques from Europe thirty four years ago.   Our first container landed in Red Bank, NJ in February 1986 and we have spent the ensuing years happily running around to auctions, antique stores and wholesale furniture markets throughout the United States, England and the Continent.

      For years we specialized in the antique English & Irish waxed pine furniture that was the crux of the American country look, a mid-1980's antidote to all the over-polished, often gloomy, dark oak and mahogany furniture that was everywhere at the time. 

      At some point we started having custom farm tables built for us, and then hutches--or dressers as they are called in the UK.  After that came beds made in pine to match the antique chests of drawers and armoires we were importing, and eventually we developed an entire line of British Cottage designed pine furniture.

      Now, in 2020, we have all of our furniture designs built in a small factory in Hungary using antique pine or new pine and oak.  Each piece is bench-made to our specifications.

Unlike all the retail giants that have closed their doors, British Cottage continues to expand. We now sell upholstered sofas and armchairs made by two iconic American companies, Hickory White and Century Furniture. Both modern and traditional styles are on hand and available for sale off the floor--or you can design your own. All of our upholstered furniture is higher-end custom furniture--not mass produced!  Think of the difference between a BMW and a Kia--either car will get you where you need to go, but they're quite different when it comes to production and engineering...and style. Also--unlike a $500 sofa, a $4000 sofa is never going to see a landfill!
By offering furniture that represents the very best American-made furniture, in addition to our own one-of-a-kind European imports, we have created a unique shopping experience, defying the internet explosion, and proliferation of mass produced, often shoddy products coming from overseas.

In February we added area rugs by Loloi, a company that makes a huge variety of attractive and affordable rugs. Now we can literally furnish your home from top to bottom. Come visit our store; it looks like a page out of a magazine, so even if you don't buy anything at least you can get inspired!

     Whether you need to furnish an entire house or a single room, we offer a carefully curated mix of traditional and modern and our inventory changes daily.  Visit us for inspiration; check out the newest design trends mixed with vintage and rustic styles and see for yourself what decorating in the 21st century is all about!

British Cottage 
126 Shrewsbury Avenue
 Red Bank, New Jersey 07701