Monday, August 20, 2012

Sunset of Summer Sale!

It's Monday again, and that means back to work. But we hope that everyone had a fun and eventful weekend! While out and about this weekend, Marci and I realized that Summer will soon be coming to an end. Although fall doesn't make it's grand entrance until the latter end of September, the stores are certainly pushing it a little early this year with all of their back to school sales.

In honor of our beloved Summer months, we're offering 15% off all of our "Summer Themed" products at Point Breeze Cottage. Each product will be noted with a special SALE title, or you can check them out right here!

Adorable Child's Rattan Chair - now only $27.20!

Blue Glass Vase - now only $10.62!

Beautiful Crystal Decanter - now only $14.00!

Flower Cash Box - now only $12.75!

Japanese Plates - now only $25.50!

Pink Vine Glass - now only $5.95!

Groovy Glass - now only $5.95!

Blue Cream and Sugar - now only $13.60!

Butterfly Pyrex - now only $12.75!

Store 'n Serve - now only $17!

Tropical Chair - now only $28.05

Bakery Bliss - now only $27.62!

Friday, August 17, 2012

Happy, Beautiful Friday!

Friday is finally here! Anybody else out there looking forward to the wonderful weather this weekend so they can do some picking and thrifting?! I know I am!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Distressed Chalkboard - Photography Prop

I don't have a lot of time to blog today, but how cute is this picture?! Sorry, my puppy is not for sale, but the vintage mirror/frame turned chalkboard sure is! Created by our very own designer Donna, she took an old mirror/frame and painted the inside with chalkboard paint, and the frame with a custom creamy white paint and a light overcoat of brown for the perfectly distressed look. This piece would be a perfect prop for a photographer taking family, children's or even engagement photos!

Visit our Etsy site today to purchase this adorable piece. Before purchasing, send us a Convo and tell us that you read all about this piece here on our blog and receive an extra $5 off!!!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Oh, What's in a Name?!

For today's "Tuesday Tip", I'm actually going to tell you about some tips I read about recently while contemplating a color update to the kitchen at Point Breeze Cottage. But first, I thought I'd tell you about the name of our shop and the REAL Point Breeze Cottage.

As you've more than likely figured out, the name of our small business and Etsy shop is Point Breeze Cottage, or PBC for short. And if you are a close friend or family member you probably know why that is the name of our shop and the inspiration behind it. But for the rest of you, I'll fill you in. In January of 2009 my boyfriend (who consequently is now my husband) and I began renting a quaint little cottage in Colton's Point, Maryland. Though it had been remodeled on the inside in recent years, the outside desired more than a little curb appeal. But we didn't care. It sits peacefully overlooking the Potomac River on Point Breeze Rd. And the road certainly lives up to it's name. The cool, river breeze is absolutely heavenly in the mornings and evenings.

After moving in and putting our own touches on the house, I began to realize how truly inspiring the spot was. I found myself yearning to lounge on the porch for hours, sit on the pier and stare out at the water, and there is nothing quite like watching the sunrise over a hot cup of coffee before work. Everything about this place inspired the small creative spark inside me. I even began writing a blog to document our life on Point Breeze Road. You'll have to forgive me though, as I've pretty much neglected it as of late.

About 2 months after Bubba and I were married, we received a phone call from our landlord. It was unusual, since we knew we'd paid our rent and weren't having any other problems, but then she shocked us both. She asked us if we'd be interested in buying the house we were living in. She was so pleased with us as tenants and wanted to offer it to us first before she sold it to anyone else. Jaws gaping wide, we told her we were flattered and would love to talk to her more about price, etc. as soon as possible. Upon coming to a fair agreement, we signed on the dotted line and the little cottage on Point Breeze Road was officially ours! I'll be posting more about this process in the future, there are far too many exciting details to outline here...

I've been watching my mother repurpose and reuse items to decorate her home for years, and after a particularly unpleasant day at work, I told her I needed a change, an outlet. She told me if I was serious about it that she would help me in anyway she could. I showed her how to use Etsy and we both decided, "We can do this." We started out with old pieces from home, items from the thrift shop, and yard sale finds. Once we had a couple of pieces finished, we were ready to post and sell, but under what name? What else, but the place that inspired me the most, my beloved home; Point Breeze Cottage.

So, that brings me to the "Tuesday's Tip" portion of this post. I found this adorable color scheme for a kitchen on Pinterest, and it just so happens that the layout of the kitchen in this picture looks exactly like my kitchen.

I took it as a sign and am hoping to update my large kitchen this fall to reflect the bold color palette. Are you thinking about giving your home a breath of fresh air, or a fresh coat of paint? Check out HGTV's "Color Palette's Made Easy" tutorial for some beautiful inspiration!

Monday, August 13, 2012

Birds of a Feather

To me, there is something so calm and peaceful about our small feathered friends. Though I must admit I was somewhat scarred and terrified after watching the Hitchcock classic, "The Birds" as a child, I've come to see the beauty and ease of the peaceful creatures. I think Allie and Noah, from The Notebook, had it right; being reincarnated as a bird wouldn't be such a bad thing. For the most part birds are cute, happy, and most importantly, live a free and easy life, gliding through the air wherever the wind takes them.

Anyway, I've found that we tend to draw inspiration from the creatures of the sky in a lot of the pieces we sell here at Point Breeze Cottage. Here are a few of our current bird items that are for sale:

Beautiful Bird Candy Dish and Lid in Amber - $16.50

Small Green Bird Table - $23.50

Bookends Blue Glass Matching Swans Stunning Clear Blue Very Old Rare - $26.00