Tuesday, October 9, 2012

I Fell For You Picnic For Two

The Aspens in Utah are absolutely stunning during Autumn so we decided that
we had to have a photo-shoot.

We created a lovely picnic full of Autumn colors to match the stunning canyon trees.

 We served Pot Pies from KFC{believe it or not, they are awesome!}, grapes, & Apple Beer.

 We also served candy apples made with Jello.  You can find that recipe {here}.

It was a beautiful, cozy picnic
on an absolutely perfect day...

We visited one of our cabins today.  We are about to start the repair process.
We will be sharing a few "before" pictures soon & a link to Hideaway Haven's blog so that you can all follow along in the process so be sure to follow our feed so that you don't miss anything.

As The Cozy Cottage Girls, we are Hosting our very first event Thursday night!
A Witch's Night Out!
8PM in American Fork, Utah.
{I will give you the address when you rsvp}
We are so excited & all women are invited!
Just rsvp to my email {here}, invite a friend,  tell me your email,
&  let me know what you would like to bring,
a loaf of  bread, a dozen donuts,
a gallon of cider/crock-pot of wassail, or a dozen cupcakes.
We would absolutely LOVE to see you there!
Even if you won't be able to attend, make sure you follow our feed {here}
so you can experience the event through our next posts...

Tata for now,
The Cozy Cottage girls

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Getting Cozy: Autumn Mornings

The other day my best friend and co-Cozy Girl and I were talking, laughing, and stylizing a few decorating and tablescaping posts. Amber says to me, "isn't it funny how, when you're involved in a project, just to be nice as a favor to someone, that it comes back to you as something beautiful? Like when we painted all this furniture, who knew that in the future, we would be photographing it, for our businesses?!

I came back to this conversation this morning as I was reading through some old posts on a design blog I started years ago, but was too busy to really do much with it.{Not that I'm not busy now, holy cow-but I'm busy...bahahahaha!!!...sometimes I feel lonely for the thought of a slow lazy day.. ahh} It says, "Pull up a chair and get cozy, comfort is the ultimate compliment..."

As you know I'm an interior designer, and whether I'm designing for residential clients or commercial spaces, my goal is always the comfort of the client and their guests. If someone feels comfortable enough to take off their shoes, push their feet into the cushions of a sofa, grab a throw, with the intention of staying for awhile, I've successfully done my part.{Smiling really big}

So when thinking about that conversation and coming across that past post, I realized that for as long as I can remember, I've been using the word cozy in my life. My 4 year old daughter says, "Mommy can I hold ja, and get cozy?" Which translates to adult language, "Can you hold me, I need to get close and warm".

Amber and I are known by our friends and family for making daily things and events extra special, just by going the extra mile on a few tiny details. It doesn't take but a few extra moments and tender loving care to make things feel cozy and intimate. Even when planning a large wedding event, my goal is beauty, intimacy, and comfort.

This all got me to thinking. Sometimes cozy is a foreign word. So we've decided, as the Cozy Cottage Girls, that it's our job to teach it!

Hi we're the Cozy Cottage Girls and we are COZY addicts! We take simple and monotonous, to simply beautiful and inspiring...some haters might say we're just crazy over achievers, but the truth is we live this way.

At the the close of each day, if I were to ask, both Amber and I could look back on our hectic day and think, there were a few, or several beautiful, cozy, reflective moments....When you are feeling tired, stressed, over whelmed and under-vacationed, we would like you to think of us and ask? What would the Cozy Cottage Girls do?

Every Friday we will post beautiful cozy themed posts, with pictures and tips on cozy-fying your life!
We would LOVE it if you would sign up to follow our feed {here} so that when you return, you would know it was your cozy time-out for that moment. To learn and embrace the cozy quiet moments that come, whether you prepare simply or extravagantly, or to just BE...

Fall mornings are made in cozy moments,
like early morning fog...

 a warm frothy mug in hand,

with yummy cinnamon and pumpkin themed breakfast morsels to nibble upon.

Focus on the fuzzy puffs of air

as you take a meandering walk in the brisk
morning breeze

or take a nice long drive and ponder the things you are grateful for as you take
in the beautiful scenery.

 Explore the wonder of the changing of the seasons.

Bathe in steamy hot water out of doors, while taking in the smells of the season

Pull on those favorite comfy knit socks,
sweaters, and tall boots
you've been dreaming of wearing again,

and cozy up to the fire with a thick
wool blanket or two,

these moments won't last forever,
but you'll be glad you did.

  Let fall wash over you and carry your burdens away...

We would also Love for you to join us on our other Pinterest Boards!
{We LOVE our Pinning Friends!}
Here are the links:

Tata for now,
The Cozy Cottage Girls

A Big Thank You to Our Photo Resources!

Cozy Window Bed:  Source unknown.  Followed to Whimsicalities Tumblr.

Girl in the Window: Source Unknown

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Fall into Chili & {Vita-Mix} Bread

Hello World!!! :)

This is our VERY FIRST Cozy Cottage Girls post!
We are so excited to be here!

We decided to open with an Autumn Tablescape.

Naturally, {even when we don't try to}when we are together,
we tend to make everything around us beautiful.
{yes, bad habit but we think it's a great habit so we decided to own it}
It doesn't take a lot of extra money
& it only takes a small amount of extra effort to feel spoiled so, why not??? Right?

On the very first ummm, {slightly} cool{er} {or ummm, cool enough anyways} day of 
Autumn we got all excited & decided to make some homemade crock pot chili & bread {mmmmm}
so, of course we HAD to make a post...{yay!} :)

This is how it turned out...

Isn't the plum tablecloth fun?  We found it at Target.
Everything else is either from Amber's house or the DI.

You can find the recipes for:

Ta ta for now!