Monday, June 18, 2012

Cottage Industry - A New Business Venture!

I have just launched a new website, Cottage Industry, that offers my services in Decorating, E-Decorating, Styling, and Interior Photography with a focus on Cottage and Vintage Styles!  

I have been working on the site and ideas for a couple of months, but the idea, er little dream has been in my noggin' for much longer than that.


Over the years, I have had many careers, most in a creative field of some sort.  The most recent "job" (other than full time mom) I have had is selling vintage and handmade wares at vintage markets, flea markets, and on Etsy.  Although I have enjoyed that and it's been a learning experience, I've come to realize what I love most is not selling, but decorating, styling, and photographing.  That's probably why I love blogging so much...you have the trifecta there!

So, having figured all that out (hmmm, only took me 35 years), I decided to create my own decorating business offering Local and E-Decorating, Styling, and Interior Photography services.


An excerpt from the home page about Cottage Industry:

"Welcome to Cottage Industry, your source for Interior Decorating, E-Decorating, Interior and Event Styling, Photo Styling, and Interior Photography services, specializing in Cottage Style.
Cottage Industry mixes vintage and new, thrifty and designer, creating layered, collected, and inviting interiors.

Cottage Industry loves cottages of course, but can transform any interior:  urban, suburban, rural, and vaction homes, as well as retail shops, and work spaces.  Although comfortable, cottage style is my signature, I am not limited to one style.  Other specialties include:  Coastal and Beach Style, Shabby Chic, French Country, Swedish Country, Classic Casual, Rustic and just about anything that incorporates vintage elements.

My design recipe is to work with what you already have, add a dash of new, sprinkle with color, and mix well."


As mentioned above, my specialty is cottage style, but I am not limited to just that.  Really, the only thing that wouldn't be my forte is ultra modern and sleek...that's just not a style I can relate to.  Anything else pretty much goes!
 

I designed this site myself, so I have had little financial investment thus far in the business, so I guess you could say I've got nothing to lose...except my pride, but that's almost gone anyway ;)

I know many of you bloggers and readers are savvy in the decor and DIY department, so you may not be needing my services, however I'd be very thankful if you chose to spread the word about Cottage Industry via your social networks and/or grab the button below for your blog!

As a little celebration of the "grand opening" I am hosting a Decorating Giveaway!

One winner, chosen via random.org will receive:

To Enter:
* Giveaway Runs from 6/18 - 6/25 *
Cottage Industry
Good Luck on the giveaway and thanks so much for coming by to check out my new business! 

XO,
Stacey

91 comments:

Mippie said...

congratulations on your new venture! the new site looks fabulous!

Mippie said...

just liked on facebook!

Mippie said...

...and followed on pinterest! my fingers are crossed!

Trisha said...

Congratulations on seeing your dream into reality! Your website is beautiful...love the red, white and blue!

~Trisha

Trisha said...

I am following all of your Pinterest boards!!

~Trisha

Trisha said...

I like Cottage Industry on Facebook!

~Trisha

JoAnne Weisser said...

Oh Stacey, I so admire you for going after your dreams! Your website looks amazing ~ you did a wonderful job designing it. I just know you are going to be very successful!!

gena said...

Good luck - I just checked it out and it is adorable!

gena

gena said...

I "liked" you on FB too !

gena

gena said...

I added the button to The House on Lavender Hill - but I don't do Pinterest .... wait, let me rephrase that, I LOVE pinterest, but my version is to save the pictures I love in idea files on my desktop so I can get to them even when i don't have internet !!!!


Good luck again with your new journey,
gena

Shanon at Vintage Sparkle Chic said...

Love the new site, it looks great! The photos look amazing.

~Shanon

Shanon at Vintage Sparkle Chic said...

.....and I liked it on FB......

~Shanon

Shanon at Vintage Sparkle Chic said...

......and I'm following it on Pinterest!

Good luck with your new site, Stacey! I hope you will share redesigns with us.

~Shanon

Elyse said...

hooray little bobbsy twin!

i will be happy to help spread the word about your new venture and wish you much success. no need to count me in on the giveaway -- i already have my prize -- the sign!

i have news for you! when i get details, i will email. :)

xo
elyse

Denise at PinkPostcard. said...

Congrats Stacey! Awesome!

Jennifer Rizzo said...

Congrats! I know it's going to be a success!

Shasta Farrar said...

Congratulations. Your site looks great. I love your "design recipe". I'll definitely grab a button for my blog and help spread the word. Good luck!

Shasta @InTheOldRoad

Mary Ellen said...

I am so happy for you to be following your dream!! Your site looks wonderful and if very easy to get around.

Goodness I would love your talent hand in helping me with one of my rooms!!

bee blessed
mary

Mary Ellen said...

I liked you on facebook

Mary Ellen said...

I am following your lovely boards on Pinterest too!

malia said...

CONGRATS! You are going for it... and I think you are going to be hugely successful!!!! xoxoxo

ps Visited CI-- looks great!

malia said...

Liked CI on FB!

malia said...

Following CI on Pinterest!

michele said...

it's looking puuuurrrrrdy, stacey. what a terrific idea!

michele

Karah @ thespacebetweenblog said...

STACY!!! This is so awesome, I was already going to share it before you were even offering the giveaway. I'm so excited for you. I'm checking out the new site now. :)

Karah @ thespacebetweenblog said...

I like the new facebook page. :)

Karah @ thespacebetweenblog said...

and on pinterest!

{northern cottage} said...

dream come true is right! congrats sweetie! xo

{northern cottage} said...

like ya on your new fb page!

{northern cottage} said...

heading over to check out the new pinterest account now - I'm sure I'll LOVE it!

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Cozy Little House said...

Your site is very professional looking and pretty, Stacey! Is it on Blogger or Wordpress? I've come to understand the same about myself. I don't really want to sell. I want to decorate. Different strokes for different folks (like us), I suppose.
Brenda

My Vintage Mending said...

Congratulations. You will do amazingly well. No doubt. Your style is impeccable and the site is beautiful. I wish you all the best. Smiles...Renee

Beverly said...

Very exciting. Good luck on your new venture!

Debby said...

Congratulations. Loved the site. Can you follow it.

Debby said...

I liked on facebook.

Anne Marie said...

AH! I'm so excited for you Stacey!!!!!!

Debby said...

I signed up to follow on Pinterest.

judi said...
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judi said...

great business venture and website...congrats! thanks for the opportunity to enter your design giveaway.

judi said...

i added your button to my sidebar.

judi said...

i'm following on pinterest ;)

Claudia said...

Congratulations!

I hope you don't mind but I know you'd want to know that there's a typo on your site. You have vaction instead of vacation.

Great site and I like the changing photos. Is it wordpress?

xo
Claudia

traci said...

congratulations and best wishes to you in this new venture. i know you will do great. you have such a great style. i am so excited for you stacey!!

A.N.D bows said...

Visited the website - how fun is this endeavor?? Best of luck!!

A.N.D bows said...

Liked on Facebook!!!! Congrats!

A.N.D bows said...

Following on Pinterest!!!

Paula said...

The new venture and site look fantastic. Good Luck!

Sandy said...

I so wished you lived in Arizona! This is what I have been looking for, I have lots and lots of lovely items and no idea how to put them together! Good luck! I am sure you will be busier than you can imagine! :) Sandy @ 521 Lake Street

Little Susie Home Maker said...

Wow, Stacy! I am so happy that you are going for it! I am sure you will be successful! Your blog is great and this is where your passion is so enjoy it!
Blessings,
Susie

Little Susie Home Maker said...

Oh, I had already liked your facebook page! I need to make sure I am getting updates.
Susie

Little Susie Home Maker said...

Stacy, Your Pinterest is great! I am following you there, too!
Susie Reynolds

Pia @Jello said...

Your new site looks awesome!!! Congratulations!!!!!

Pia @Jello said...

Liked you on Facebook

Pia @Jello said...

Love your pins already! Following you on pinterest, too. So happy for you!

kpolhill said...

Oh, the site is great and the e-decorating idea is brilliant - particularly for those of us who live in the middle of nowhere! :)

Sally said...

Visited Cottage Industry - I'm in love!!! Congratulations :)

sally.puckett@yahoo.com

Sally said...

Following on Facebook :)

sally.puckett@yahoo.com

Sally said...

Following on Pinterest :)

sally.puckett@yahoo.com

Vicki Shead said...

Nothing more fun than starting a business! Congrats!! I love your new site, so cute, so you!

Vicki Shead said...

I am following Cottage Industry on facebook.

Vicki Shead said...

I am following Cottage Industry on Pinterest! YAY!

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

You go girl!!! It takes a lot of courage to put yourself out there and go after your dreams. I wish you the best of luck (I know you've got the talent) in your newest venture!

Eclectically Vintage said...

Yippie - you're going for it!! You will be a superstar and I wish you the best of luck!
Kelly

auntie said...

Just checked out the new site - loved looking through the photo gallery!!

auntie said...

Just "Liked" you on facebook, too.

auntie said...

And I'm following you on Pinterest too!

Holly- Cutie Pie Cottage said...

Best of luch in this new venture! I visited the site! ♥

Holly- Cutie Pie Cottage said...

I liked you on facebook but girl, I like you anywhere cuz I LOVE your style! ♥

Deborah Anne said...

Checked out the new website. NICE! Your style & my style totally mesh!

Deborah Anne said...

Liked you on FB. :)

Deborah Anne said...

Already following you on Pinterest. Does that count? Pretty please? :)

AubreyLaine said...

I visited Cottage Industry. Thanks for the chance!
family74014 at gmail dot com

AubreyLaine said...

I like Cottage Industry via FB
family74014 at gmail dot com

AubreyLaine said...

I follow Cottage Industry via Pinterest.
family74014 at gmail dot com

The Cottage Market {Andrea} ♥ said...

COOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONGRATS MISS Fairy!!!!! I wish you the absolute BEST in your new venture...I will be watching...I know that there are GREAT things in your future!!! sending cottage hugs to you and yours!

Tricia said...

Congratulations on your new venture, Stacey!! I think it's great that you're going after your dreams. I'm sure you'll be a big success. Your site looks beautiful :)

Kris Pare said...

Congratulations and what a lovely site! Best wishes, Kris

Erin said...

Congratulations, Stacey!! I'm ridiculously excited for you as you pursue your dreams! Love the name of your new business and the site is gorgeous and professional. I wish all the best times a million in this venture. :)

xo,
Erin

Erin said...

I've liked Cottage Industry on FB.

Erin said...

I'm following Cottage Industry on Pinterest! :)

Erin said...

And I'm proudly displaying the Cottage Industry button on my blog sidebar!

Suzanne said...

I visited 'Cottage Industry'. Great look and best wishes for your success! Also, hope I win !
Suzanne

Suzanne said...

Follow on Pinterest.
Suzanne

Susan said...

This is fantastic. And SO what you are meant to do. It's great that you are sharing your gifts and talents! Wishing you lots of success. :)

Free Pretty Things For You said...

oh my goodness Stacy!!
SO in awe of you!! :D You had a dream and made it happen!! Just LOVE that!! ONLY the BEST wishes and thoughts for you Sweet one!!
You are going to do Amazing!

XOXOXOXO!!
Keren

Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) said...

Hi, I'm stopping by from Susan's Maple and Magnolia blog. Love your design boards. My favourite aspect is that you incorporate beautiful colours and fabrics and make it all work.

Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) said...

I visited Cottage Industry and the design boards are my favourite part.

Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) said...

I liked Cottage Industry on Facebook and follow on Facebook. Thanks for the chances.

Katharine Devinney said...

Good luck on your new adventure. I like your style and I'm glad, for you, that you are doing what you love. I use blogs like yours for inspiration in my own home.

Katharine

Clint Shaff said...

Knowing what you like is first step to starting your own business. Always go for the one that you know best or one that you’re most familiar with and the one that you’re sure that you’ll enjoy doing. Managing a business is also about passion. Go where your heart is and you’ll never get tired of working.

-Clint Shaff