Cottage Furnishings opened their doors in the Spring of 1997 as a family owned and run business. Combining a love of the relaxed California beach lifestyle with a desire to surround himself with the people he treasured most, co-founder Lewis Tarter has created a store that welcomes all as if they are family, showcasing his favorite coastal inspired accessories, decor, and “one-of-a-kind” finds. Classic Adirondack chairs were one of the first items they specialized in, and remain popular to this day. They are such a part of the Cottage Furnishings heritage, they had to have them in the logo!
Located in Laguna Beach, the store has evolved over the years from traditional cottage furniture, and now features a wide range of furniture, lighting, accessories, bedding, and gifts in a variety of different coastal decor styles. Along the way, they have brought in more family members, but Lewis Tarter remains the creative force and visionary of the business. His enthusiasm, ideas and energy keep him on a constant search for unique art and authentic “one-of-a-kind” vintage pieces. His wife JoAnn can often be found in the store, working with customers, and fostering relationships with customers that have lasted for years. She assists daughter Aviella in the buying and selecting of the store’s product assortment. Aviella has a passion for helping customers find just the right thing for their individual style, and brings a fresh, modern eye and creative design sense to Cottage Furnishings. Younger brother Jonathan assists with sales, and of course the trusty shop dog Max can always be found near the register! The store has become their home away from home, and it is important to the family to make it a special, welcoming, and inspiring place for their customers, as well as for themselves.
The Tarter family invites you to stop by to shop, discover, and explore the mix of coastal, beach, rustic, and cottage style furniture, home accents, and “one-of-a-kind” finds. Throughout the years, they have met many wonderful people who share their passion for finding vintage treasures. Layers of chipping or weathered paint give their furniture and accessories a relaxed feel that perfectly fits with beach and coastal decor, and they love the time-worn elegance vintage pieces add to rooms. It’s the art of mixing the new with the old that makes your home unique and personal, and Cottage Furnishings hopes their online store is a way seasonal visitors can revisit the shop at any time, bringing a breath of beach air and coastal accents to their home. The quickly changing inventory keeps their regulars coming back often… like collecting seashells or sea glass on a white sand beach, you never know what you’re going to find!