Our Story…Is Your Story
“At the end of a long work day, ahhh, I just want to unwind…”
Sound familiar? You’re in good company.
Much to the surprise of many, Charlotte’s Cozy Cottage doesn’t have a brick-and-mortar retail space, we’re not a B&B taking reservations (for those who ask)…and we don’t even consider this to be a “business” in the traditional sense of the word.
This is our passion. Our inspiration. A lifelong pursuit. But a day job it is not…
We work “regular” jobs (with the exception of our mom, who is finally enjoying retirement after a career spanning 45+ years). Just like the many women we’ve had the opportunity to meet through this journey, we’re career-focused, professional working women.
Deeply connected to our creative roots, we blend in the same sense of professionalism we bring into our work lives. Though we don’t think of this as a business, we go above and beyond to provide exceptional service – just as we expect when we make a purchase.
In the words of Mary-Kate Olsen, “You find the thing that helps you relax and if you don’t have it, you have to look for it. Or you get burned out and then you’re not productive.”
You must find something that you love. When you do, you can re-enter your “regular” life with incredible zeal, filled with energy, and rooted in a strength you never knew you had.
Read on to see what influences us and discover how our love of chenille (and everything roses, ruffles, and lace!) began…
Discoveries in Grandma’s Old Trunks
My doting grandma revealed the comfort of vintage chenille to me. I spent many joy-filled hours with her, digging through her old wooden trunks chockful of vintage clothes, bedspreads, drapes and other textiles.
There was no order to it, just one big heap of endless stories. As she gently pulled out dresses or bedspreads, she’d tell me how they came into her life…and why she lovingly treasured them.
I fell in love with those rich stories that vintage textiles and fashions from yesteryear had to tell. It was at once deeply comforting…mysterious….and beckoning with creative possibilities.
My grandma was generations ahead of her time. I feel so fortunate to have been raised by fierce, feminine women who weren’t afraid to be themselves.
From a young age, they influenced me to embrace my creativity, follow my calling, and never to overlook the unlimited abundance of life’s simple pleasures.
This firmly rooted me in a value system that emphasizes a deep meaning and interconnectedness to all of life. Today, as much as I dislike the constraint of using labels – I am a textbook professional career woman working in the digital marketing space. But at my core, I’ll forever be a 1970s “make love, not war” flower child daydreaming in color.
Together with my two sisters and our mom (who is now enjoying retirement after her own long career), we’re the foundation of Charlotte’s Cozy Cottage.
Each of us can relate to the blissful feeling after an exhausting day at work of nestling in a cozy chair, snug in a vintage chenille robe or wrapped up in a chenille bedspread.
You feel embraced in relaxation. The stresses of life are shut out. As many have shared with us, chenille is akin to cradling yourself in a warm embrace, a forever hug.
And in our fast-paced world, who doesn’t want that?!
Hugs from all of us,
Charlotte Jane, Rachel, Emily & Claire
“Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray.”
“When you recover or discover something that nourishes your soul and brings joy, care enough about yourself to make room for it in your life.”
– Jean Shinoda Bolen
Every Soul Has a Divine Purpose
Something magical happens when you make an investment in yourself, when you strive to nourish your own Soul first. Far from being a selfish act, it is a conscious choice. Find comfort by doing what you love – and loving yourself first.
No guilt. No saying I can’t. No denying yourself. Self-care nourishes your Soul and radiates to those around you.
When we make that choice, we’re able to re-enter the hustle and bustle of our everyday lives strongly rooted in our values, ever-aware of our authenticity…and better able than ever to serve and positively influence others.
We believe each Soul has a profound purpose – ours is to bring out the best and the beautiful in all that we are and all that we do.
You, too, have a purpose that only you can fulfill – a presence you alone must bring forth into manifestation in our world.
Today, whatever path you find yourself on, may you be empowered to let your own scintillating inner light shine forth…brightening your experience and the world around you.
From One Woman to Another…
When I was placed into a gifted & talented program in the 4th grade, I had an experience that stuck with me throughout my life. Rapidly nearing retirement, my instructor was a harsh, older woman who had very narrow visions of what a smart girl should be.
One day, I found a small spot of ink on my sleeve and asked her if I could wash it off. “Girls who are as smart as you are should never be concerned about their appearance, no matter what!” she erupted, clearly upset.
What a terrible message that sent – I shudder to think how many other young women have heard similar statements before and since. I was blessed to have the influence of my own mom who showed me that women could be beautifully feminine, whip smart and fiercely powerful – all in one package!
Girls today need to know that truth more than ever before. We are all beautiful. We all have incredible talents. We all have immense power. And every day is a journey of self-discovery so that we can live our true purpose – and inspire others to do the same.