Why the name Crown and Cottage?
I spent a summer in Italy thanks to the European Heritage Institute, Virginia Commonwealth University and the Lorenzo De’ Medici Art Institute of Florence, study abroad program. I lived in an apartment next to the Piazza Della Repubblica a stones throw from the Duomo. The Architecture was magical. The cappuccinos were the best I’ve ever known and the cobble stone streets were almost as impressive as the Italian women in their high heals walking them.
I developed a fondness for gilding, old world Florentine elements, exquisitely carved doors, flea markets filled with centuries of treasures, artwork by the masters, Botticelli, Brunelleschi, Donatello, Filippo Lippi, Mantegna, Verrocchio and Leonardo, table wine in Tuscany, the many splendors of Portofino, the Piti Palace and the beauty of Lake Como to name only a few.
I like to incorporate elements such as these with creamy white sofas dripping in linen, beautiful orchids and greenery with a lots of chippy vintage pieces laced throughout. My time spent in the mountains has drawn a great deal of attention to natural objects both found and created. I feel they bring the casual, comfortable tone I'm looking to create as well as the allure of history and well-worn pieces has never wavered for me. I believe in following your heart in design. I believe in purchasing things you love that you build on over time. Trends come and go and as long as your heart feels all cozy inside when you walk in the doors of your home your doing it right.