Thank you for your interest in Cottage by Design. My products are made by me, by hand, one at a time with attention to detail. Being a "cottage" business, I am able to give you exactly what you need. It's a new way of shopping... a customized experience that precisely provides what you are looking for. Get the right item, in the right fabric, with the right specifications. I take great pride in what I do. My goal is to meet or exceed your expectations. I welcome custom orders. Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have. I look forward to us building a rapport...

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Million Dollar Decorators

One of the reality shows I'm obsessed with is Bravo's Million Dollar Decorators. I was watching it today while the kids were at school. (There's a new "no TV" rule during the school week to try and keep the nuggets from putting off chores and homework... killing me...). So, I was getting my Tivo on and gasped when I saw one of my pillows on the show!!! OK, so it's not exactly noticeable. And it's not exactly cutting edge design... but still!

That's my finger pointing to it on my tv screen...



That's me and my horn...

The Perfect Gift

These pillows are so squishy and fun to cuddle up with. They feature a generous 4" long ruffle that is triple gathered around all four sides made of 100% pure linen. I've got many in stock that are ready to ship for that someone special on your gift list including white, rice paper, off white, and natural oatmeal colors. Prices start at $45 for the larger boudoir pillow size (fits a 15" x 22" insert). Can be shipped with or without a premium down and feather insert (add $10 for insert).

Give me a call and I'll be happy to send as many as you need...

Custom Bedding for Helen

Hey there party peeps. Lots going on around here. Just had to share this bedding I've been working on for Helen, a sweet little girl who I think is 8 (maybe 6?). I haven't met her yet... just her Mommy who wanted to surprise her with a room makeover before she got too old for pink and ruffles.

: )

Mom Kim had done some fabric shopping in the past but hadn't found the time to tackle the project. She came to me with two fabrics...15 yards of a paisley and 7ish yards of a stripe. We figured on using those for curtains and a gathered bed skirt for a day bed. Using the palette of those cotton prints, it was easy to find coordinating linens to round out what we needed for the rest of the room.

What did we come up with?

Pale pink linen in a light as air handkerchief weight for the duvet. Maybe a pillow with lots of ruffles if there was any left over. Another linen of dark bronze with pale pink accents to ground the look and keep it from being too sweet. And a final reproduction print from American Folk and Fabric for an accent pillow pulling it all together.

I was so excited to get my hands on the fabric that I finished ahead of schedule. (I think the curtains and bed skirt were done within 2 days of meeting with Kim). I had to wait about a week or so to get the linen in from NY. But once that was washed and ironed, it was so fun to see it come alive.

Lots of ruffles...

Not too sweet...

Just right!


Have fabric sitting in a closet that you just haven't been able to get to (ahem... Lynette)? Need me to help out? I'd be more than happy to get it done. Let me know...


The American Dream

Just reflecting after my quarterly book keeping. As I write this, I can hear the Fullerton High School Band practicing in the stadium down the hill. I wanted to express how great it feels to do my part in making our struggling economy get a boost. From my cottage in the backyard, I sew and design and create... and from those sales, I'm able to chip in to the tax base that helps to run our city.

So often, I hear that taxes are such a pain. Nothing but negative sentiments about it really. I'd like to offer an alternative viewpoint. I am grateful for the American Dream, taxes and all. I look at my city of Fullerton, CA and all that it has to offer. Safety, education, parks, music, the library... stuff that I rely on in a very real way. 

Thank you for supporting me in my business. 

: )


Customize Your Decor with Embroidery

One of my favorite design details to use is custom embroidery. There are thousands and thousands of computer programs that can be accessed to create a unique piece. Over the years, I've gathered some gorgeous fonts and designs. Here you'll find a gallery of past work. Let it inspire something for you...

large french scroll 4" x 5"

french scroll cranberry on flax linen

french scroll bone on black linen
 These next designs are using a technique called applique. It allows you to layer a second fabric on top of the base. A zig zag stitch binds the edges after the excess fabric is cut away.

3 letter monogram 5" x 5.5"
art deco monogram pale pink on hot pink
sand dollar 5" x 5.5"
celtic cross 6.5" x 5"
fleur de lis applique 5.5" x 5"

napoleonic bee 1" x .75"

crown 2" x 4"

crown on 20" x 20 pillow
This next group is using a single letter alphabet font that features a rose and leaves woven through. They are approximately 4" tall.

 This next group shows a font that I like to use for children. It has a whimsical, hand written feel to it. I have it in several sizes although it is shown in the extra large size in the pics below.

burp cloth and stroller blanket
bib and patchwork quilt
bib, burp cloth, and blanket

The next two are a standard style script. Largest size of capital letter approximately 1.75 inches.

 This is my new favorite single letter font. Approximate height of 4 inches.


white linen pillow with 4" ruffle

half apron with ruffle

tea towels with ruffle

This monogram font is very popular. Approximate size of center letter is 3 inches although smaller fonts are available.

This next design is an old-fashioned Edwardian script. The larger center letter is approximately 2.5" tall. Smaller letters flank either side. Lower case letters available to create words and/or full names.

This is a more masculine, straight letter monogram. It can be done with or without the floral frame of leaves and rosebuds.

 This single letter font measures approximately 3.5" tall x 2.5" wide.

single letter Napoleonic font 2" tall

stamped typewriter font

 I hope this gives you some ideas about what can be done using embroidery. As always, if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask.

all the best  : )