Our artisan rustic farm tables | Winsome Cottage

Winsome Cottage Unfinished Farm Table

How it began

While we aim to inspire our customers with our restyled creations, often it works the other way around and our customers inspire us. Over the years we’ve had frequent requests from customers looking for large, rustic tables. With so much demand, we realized it was time to start sourcing someone to make tables for us. But then one day, we stumbled across a friend’s beautiful outdoor table that he had made for himself. It was serendipity. And the result was partnership to produce locally made, 100% handcrafted farm tables in Waynesville, OH

Finishes

Once the pine table is lovingly built, we receive it raw at the Winsome Cottage shop and then we get to work on the finish. Each finish is one of a kind. We take custom orders and can provide a range of unique stained and painted finishes. One look we love that’s become quite popular is to have the top table stained and bottom painted with Chalk Paint®. We’re also using creative washes of color that let the beautiful wood grain show through. 

WInsome Cottage Farm Table Finished

Sizes

The tables can be custom ordered in the following sizes: 5’, 6’, 7’, 8’.

Giving back to the community.

On Thanksgiving we did our first Annual Pay it Forward Give-Away in which we gave away one of our custom farm tables to a family nominated by our customers. The Petrocelli family, a family of 8, were the deserving recipients. They were delighted with the table. We loved delivering it to their house and seeing their excited faces.

The positive feedback and excitement from our customers is an inspiration to keep growing our farm table business. Customers love the beautiful, rustic look and say that tables are extremely well-made. If you’re interested in ordering a custom farm table or finding out more details contact us here.

Pantone’s color of the year 2015 revealed! | How do we use it?

20141216_112821Pantone’s color of the year 2015 revealed! | How do we use it?

The Pantone Color Institute considers itself the authority on colors in consumer trends. This month they’ve announced that their 2015 color of the year is, drum roll please…..MARSALA. A strong divergent from the colors of recent years passed (you may remember Emerald from 2013 and Radiant Orchid from 2014), Marsala is an earthy color, resting somewhere in between rose and brown. While the last two “colors of the year” were a little too garish to use in interior decor, we can see getting some mileage out of versatile Marsala. 

“Marsala is a subtly seductive shade, one that draws us in to its embracing warmth….This hearty, yet stylish tone is universally appealing and translates easily to fashion, beauty, industrial design, home furnishings and interiors.”  

–Leatrice Eiseman,  Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute®

THE FORMULA. 

We’ll be playing around with designs using Marsala in the coming weeks at Winsome Cottage.  If you’d like to get a close Marsala match mixing Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan at home, try this:

Mix equal parts BURGUNDY &PRIMER RED + a dash OLD WHITE = MARSALA

So how would we use it?

We see Marsala as big statement color but due to it’s brown undertones, it could be used as a neutral base to combine with bolder colors. On it’s own it feels heavy and needs a lift with saturated or lighter color compliments. 

Our favorite color combination with Marsala is a light pool shade–as demonstrated in Pantone’s styled feature photos. The two colors combined look really fresh and sophisticated. It also looks opulent paired with jewel-toned blues, greens and teals. And it make a perfect neutral base for layering with metallics in bronze or copper and exotic tribal patterns, in rich earthy colors.

Will you use Marsala this year? We’d love to hear your ideas.

Holiday party season is here. Need a gift idea for the hostess?

Winsome Cottage Unique Chrismas Ornaments Hostess GiftsHoliday party season is that time of year most of are making the rounds to festive shindigs. According to etiquette guru Emily Post (or at least her great-great grand children who carry on her tradition at emilypost.com) it’s customary to bring a gift to casual dinners and cocktail parties. While it’s easy to get in the spirit of giving at this time to year, it’s often so hard to come up with the perfect gift for a host or hostess.

When we go to dinners and parties, we like to thank our hosts with a distinctive gift to show our appreciation. Here are some ideas for choosing the right gift:

  • Focus in on your host’s style, interests, or hobbies. For your foodie friend–try specialty locally made chocolates, pastries, or gourmet spices. In our hometown of Waynesville, OH, Braden & Sons Sweet Shop carries a delicious line of fudge and other candies that are the perfect treat for chocolate loving hosts. If your friend enjoys cooking, a set of sea salts, a bottle of truffle oil, or some exotic saffron will likely be a big hit.

Winsome Cottage Christmas Ornaments

  •  A unique Christmas ornament is always a fail-safe gift option for a December party. We carry a menagerie of sparkly Christmas ornaments at Winsome Cottage.

WInsome Cottage Hostess Gifts Jewelry Ribbon Roses

  • For more personalized, special gifts for your close friends and family, we also carry ribbon roses and jewelry. Our handmade ribbon roses are great for pinning on handbags, headbands, belts, and lampshades.
  • If you don’t know your host well enough or just can’t come up with an original idea, you can always stick with the classics–flowers, guest soaps, and candles. If you opt for flowers, bring them in a vase or simple mason jar since your hostess will be too busy to arrange the flowers. We carry a line of sweet smelling natural soaps and lotions made in New Hampshire by Sweetgrass Farms that any hostess is sure to love.

For all your burning holiday etiquette questions (how to set a formal holiday table, which fork to use, how much to tip at Christmas time, all about corporate gift giving, and tons more) check out Emily Posts’s the Holiday Etiquette Center.

Christmas Decorating Ideas | Bring the Outdoors In

winsome cottage christmas decorOne of our favorite traditions this time of year is to bring the outdoors inside when decorating for Christmas. Filling the house with sights and smells of green and red flora–from fragrant smelling noble fir that triggers memories of Christmas past, to giant poinsettias bursting with festive color.

In the retail world, we begin decorating for the most wonderful time of year way in advance–in October!  At Winsome Cottage we deck the halls early in preparation for downtown Waynesville, Ohio’s Hearth Warming Holidays open house. We’d love to share a few Christmas decorating ideas to help you adorn your space by bringing the outdoors in.

Christmas Decor Bringing the Outdoors InDecorating with natural elements.

  1. Drape your focal points with garland–In our shop and home we like to deck our halls (as well as our front entrance, fireplace mantel, or staircase) with green garland. On the mantel we fill the gaps of the garland with large candles or pinecones. A creative idea for tying in a natural, woodsy element is to fill hurricanes with chestnuts to surround the candle. Lit candles create a festive mood and look beautiful reflected in a mirror placed behind them. And don’t forget about color! Tuck sprigs of scarlet colored berries or red shiny ornaments in between branches.Christmas garland
  2. Wreaths–Fresh evergreen wreaths on a front door can get any scrooge in the holiday spirit.  We love a twist on the usual green wreath and fell for this cheerful, bright red wreath made entirely of pepper berry. For more creative DIY wreaths check out this slide show of 34 amazing holiday wreath making ideas from Martha Stewart. Some of our favorites include adding tiny bells to a wreath so your front door rings with Christmas cheer every time someone comes through. And for a super fragrant alternative to noble fir, make a wreath from bunches of bay laurel or rosemary and then use it after the holiday for cooking.Winsome Cottage Christmas Ornaments
  3. Nothing says festive like silver and gold.  At Christmas time we want everything to sparkle. Add some sparkly elements to enhance your all natural decorations. Scatter mercury glass votives within the mantel garland. Glittery ornaments are great for more than just the tree; they add sparkle draped from a garland or tied into a wreath. Visit our store to see our selection of unique ornaments.

Merry Christmas!!!

Giving thanks this holiday and living with gratitude everyday

Winsome cottage store front winterThanksgiving is just a few days away!

It’s that special time of year dedicated to expressing gratitude for all the wonderful people and things in our lives. We’ve been reflecting on all the many ways in which we’re grateful this holiday, but also on how we can live with gratitude every day. 

Restyling furniture is showing gratitude for old forgotten things.

We live in a society that is so materially abundant. Beautiful, usable, well-made objects are often thrown or given away because they’re no longer appreciated. When we, at Winsome Cottage, find these items we often wonder, who owned this thing, what did it mean to them? And then we take that discarded thing and transform it into something new to be loved and cherished again. When we restyle a piece of furniture, we show gratitude for it and recognize it’s value.

We take to heart this message on gratitude from Oprah Winfrey– “Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” We’re fortunate to have so much abundance and creativity surrounding us in our business and community. We’re constantly inspired by the people in our lives who share the same love of repurposing old things and who are always coming up with new, amazing ideas to make those items new again. Winsome Cottage DIY workshopAs we get ready for the big holiday celebration with our family, we’d like to give thanks to our clients and patrons for helping us grow this business we love. The day after Thanksgiving you’ll find us at Winsome Cottage for the busiest shopping days of the year–Black Friday and Small Business Saturday. Like Black Friday, Small Business Saturday has grown into a powerful movement for shoppers to support brick and mortar shops like ours. Thank you and #shopsmall!

Fall decorating ideas | This season’s must-have colors.

Fall decorating blue pumpkinsEvery fall we’re bursting with excitement to begin seasonal-inspired design and decorating. This year we’re changing things up and playing with a less traditional, vibrant color in our decor. Design industry trends for fall 2014 are moving away from muted reds, oranges and browns and onto jewel-toned colors, particularly shades of blue–cobalt, royal blue, sky blue and deep teal.

Close your eyes and picture a crisp, blue autumn sky and see how it makes the the perfect backdrop for bright red, orange, and yellow fall foliage. Blue is the complimentary color of orange and sets off warm, classic fall colors beautifully. You can also make a stunning visual impact staying within a blue palette by mixing an array of inky dark blues, light blues, and vibrant teals. Recently, we custom painted pumpkins in Greek blue, Louis blue and old white Chalk® Paint Decorative Paint by Annie Sloan to go with our client’s mixed blue decor.

Blue painted dresser with fall decorations

Adding a pop of color stamps major personality in your space. 

We’ve come up with creative options to help you tie these saturated colors into your fall home decor.

Blue fabrics for fall decorating

  1. An easy, low-commitment way to add on-trend fall color is with richly-colored fabric on a pillow or chair.
  2. Or try painting a blue accent wall and contrast it with eye-catching teal colored furniture or accessories. We found a statement making blue paint–Bosporus–in the Fall 2014 Sherwin Williams for West Elm collection.
  3. Bright color blocking is also popular among designers this year. You can get super creative by mixing colorful, complimentary patterns of blue with orange or red, red with camel or grey. Let your creativity flow and take on a furniture painting project with our Chalk Paint® by Annie SloanBlue painted furniture color blocking

We carry a variety of beautiful blue paints in our store and can help with your design questions. We’d love to hear about your fall color inspired projects in the comments below!

Tales of this shopkeeper – Custom Furniture Painting

Recently we’ve had lots of requests for doing custom painting. Our last job took a couple of months. This rocking chair is one of seventeen pieces we painted and waxed for a very sweet family, along with this desk, we did a chair and bookcase in cream Chalk Paint®.
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2014-04-14 06.52.30As we finished each piece, we moved them into one area of the shop for the wax to begin curing–it takes up to four weeks for the wax to cure to it’s hardest state. Thanks to Chalk Paint® Decorative Paint by Annie Sloan the finish was beautiful and durable!

Tales of this Shopkeeper – A How to on Subway Art or Typography

I first became familiar with subway art on furniture by looking at Pinterest.  There were several great examples on the fronts of dressers and vintage pieces that added such interesting details and made a personal statement that I was excited to try it myself.  Here is one we did with New York locations but we have done several custom pieces with addresses that were meaningful to the customer…..

welcomePicLike this one…..

2014-01-17 03.25.36Let’s talk about the process here…..Many use stencils and that is fine but I tend to like the finished look better with vinyl letters and numbers….

2014-01-22 00.32.11These can be purchased at crafts stores or art supply stores…having a mix of fonts will make your finished piece more interesting…after deciding on your layout begin by placing your first word or numbers….in this case I want the blue to show through so I painted my base coat in greek blue Chalk Paint(R) by Annie Sloan

2014-01-22 00.33.41Next….I painted my top coat color over the whole piece including the vinyl letters….

2014-01-22 00.35.10Let this dry but not too long so that the letters are easy to remove …..once dry…carefully peel off the letter…2014-01-22 00.45.10See how the first color shows through?  Continue laying out your letters, using different fonts and creating a story on your piece….the skies the limit…

2014-01-22 00.45.30Let your imagine take you away….use different theme words…places, book titles, emotions, etc.

2013-10-17 09.00.40As always, once your piece is painted you will want to wax it with clear soft wax and buff…..enjoy!

Do you have an idea for a theme on your piece of furniture? Share it with us,please:)

 

Tales of This Shopkeeper – Snowy Day Projects

It’s 2:13 in the afternoon on a very snowy January day…..not a soul on the street.  I love the fresh white that is coming down but dislike the absence of customers.  After all, we are a retail shop!

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Time to get busy with some projects that have been hanging around waiting to be finished……We have had some “misfits” in the back that needed VERY special attention and they weren’t a priority for awhile but today was a good day to focus on them and give them a new life to shine….

2014-01-17 03.24.51My husband does a lot of the fixing and painting for our business and usually I’m the one that decides how it’s going to look ie. paint color, stenciling, etc…..BUT this time he asked me if he could have carte blanche on this piece….he had a vision and I love that he enjoys what he’s doing…..so this is it above!  Old violet on the cabinet AND the glass…..

This was a custom order that we modified for a customer and she chose Primer red to give it a very rich look….that is done and being delivered this week…weather permitting…

2014-01-17 03.25.26We double checked this next piece as it is special to the customer….it is done in “subway art” style and they sent us the addresses of where they have lived over the years to put on this cabinet and use for their flat screen….

2014-01-17 03.25.36And to round out the day…..I decided to do a mix of Antibes and old white and came up with this really nice mint green, very springy….it’s going on a dresser that I may dry brush or stencil….not quite sure yet

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Lots going on even on the slow days….a few people in to talk about their kitchen re-do’s and some looking for specific items…at one point I knocked over an open bottle of gilding size which landed, thankfully, on the floor and not on merchandise….a sticky mess but cleans up with water….:)

Did I forget anything? Oh, yes, the snow has stopped…..looking for some sunshine soon!

Tales of this shopkeeper…..Sauerkraut, anyone?

Each year in the fall on the second weekend of October, the village of Waynesville where we own our business, hosts some 350,000 Sauerkraut lovin’ souls who come to eat anything made with sauerkraut and shop the almost 500 vendors and over 60 shops.

It is a great weekend for all involved and the group of men and women who organize it work tirelessly to create this special event run it like a well oiled machine.

How many different ways can sauerkraut be made? Well, here’s a few things that seem to be favorites and are sold on the street aaaaallllll weekend long……sauerkraut sundaes, sauerkraut donuts, sauerkraut pizza, sauerkraut “dogs”, sauerkraut fudge….you get the picture?  Many say they come for the food but others come just this once a year to be a part of the whole experience.

On the Monday morning after this event, if you would happen to roll into town, you would never know that anything even close to what took place on the weekend had well, taken place.  Streets are right back to the way they were and porta potties are nowhere to be found.  It’s amazing!!  Just one more reason why we love having our business in the village of Waynesville, Ohio…….