Thursday, December 23, 2010

Happy holidays!

We wish you all a wonderful holiday. May Santa bring you everything you wished for!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Thanksgiving reflections

I realize I've been remiss and haven't posted since July...but we've been very busy! (Poor excuse, I know, but it's all I've got.) And this will be just a short post, but I remembered today that it has been exactly three years since we first visited Eureka Springs and decided we had to stay! Shortly thereafter, we bought a building, settled in and began to put together Cottage Caboodle. Three years later, and you know what? We love Eureka Springs even more now than we did then. We've had a blast.

This year at Thanksgiving, I'm thankful that we found this beautiful town and I'm thankful for our fabulous, wonderful, superb customers who have made living here and running a store so enjoyable and rewarding. I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving and that you have a lot to be thankful for!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Big News!!

Things have been buzzing at Cottage Caboodle this week! Thanks to the genius of Heather and John Snow, designers extraordinaire, our store has been transformed! This clever local duo helped us make Cottage Caboodle more glamourous and exciting, and in the process more easily navigated and explored. Take a peek:

Better yet, come in and see our transformation for yourself !

Thursday, July 1, 2010

These new brooms sweep clean

Just in! A big shipment of Sweep Dreams broom assortments. These beautifully crafted brooms are made by hand in the lush forests of Thailand of 100% renewable sorghum and bamboo and colored with non-toxic dyes in a gorgeous array of colors.

Take a look at how they are made:

Now really, don't you need a turquoise or hot pink broom?

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Blog love

 With the dearth of decent decorating magazines on the market, I rely on design blogs for inspiration and entertainment, skimming about a hundred or so each week. I just discovered three new-to-me blogs that really speak to my aesthetic. Each features glorious photography, interesting commentary, and just the style I love. Check them out:

The first is The New Victorian Ruralist, a blog by the owners of Finderskeepers Market in Kentucky:

The next is these roving eyes, a visual feast written/curated by clever Canadian chap Jason Hudson. (He also writes these roving ears which, as is probably obvious, is a music blog. Also pretty interesting.)

And last though certainly not least is myleshenryblog. I don't know where Myles finds his gorgeous images, but I could look at them for hours:

(Note: we carry the phrenology hand shown above. Cool. Call me if you want one.)

These boys certainly inspire me to do more with my blog. (We'll see how that works out.) And speaking of inspiration, I'm going to Dallas in a few days for market...and hopefully lots of new ideas and interesting merchandise. Check back later!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Get the look: blue and white

Blue-and-white is one of the most timeless decorating schemes ever. It just never goes out of style. And touches of blue-and-white can be added to the most modern to the most traditional of rooms.

It even looks good in rustic settings, as shown above.

(All photos courtesy of House Beautiful.)

And guess what? Cottage Caboodle has all the blue-and-white accessories that you love:

Stop by and start or supplement your own blue-and-white collection.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Blues Festival!

The annual Eureka Springs Blues Festival started last night, and there are scads of people in town. Every bar and restaurant in town has blues bands playing, and the streets are alive with music. We went to the New Delhi tonight to hear Charles Woods with G Funk the Tree Trunk...fabulous!  Here's the thing: we can walk less than a block in any direction from our place and hear world class music. Does it get any better than this? I think not.

Anyway, there's still two more days of great music, so get here if  you can! Here's a link to the event:

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Springtime in Eureka Springs

I was finally able to fill my outdoor pots with beautiful spring flowers. Next will be arranging some large hanging baskets in front of the store. Spring is so gorgeous up here!

Lots going on around town. The May Festival of the Arts is in full swing. If you are thinking of visiting Eureka Springs, now is the time! For a full list of events, visit Two things in particular promise to be fabulous. One is the Grand Illumination, May 13-16, when Eureka Springs will be aglow with thousands of paper lanterns. The other is the annual White Street Walk, when artists along White Street open their homes and studios (and lawns) to the public to exhibit and sell their artwork. This event is always very festive, with food and drink and entertainment, giving both locals and tourists a chance to meet and greet their favorite artists.

On another note, take a peek at some of our new merchandise! These exquisite soaps are beautifully made and smell divine: