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Cottage Chic Has Everything to Help A Residence Feel Like A Home

By Pamela Sosnowski

Samantha Thompson's mother inspired the name and concept of her Pinehurst-based lifestyle store, Cottage Chic. "'One day I'm going to have my own little white cottage,' my mother would say," she explains. "'You know, that's all anyone really needs!' The color white for her, and women of the baby boomer generation, was key. It was reminiscent of the mystically white sofa, white carpet, white picket fence, and, of course, Jackie O's white sunglasses."

While her mother's American dream helped launch the shop, its merchandise is inspired by Thompson's visits to Europe through the years, with touches of French country and coastal looks. The store carries handmade furniture, easy-care upholstery, no-iron linens, original art, lighting, sleepwear, retro appliances, hard-to-find handmade items, and more.

The original location is still in the Village of Pinehurst where it opened 15 years ago, with a second store in Charlotte. Every item may ask be ordered through the website, and can be shipped worldwide.

The store is constantly adding new items and the showroom changed regularly to keep the shop's appearance and offerings fresh. One thing that does stay the same according to Thompson is her commitment to selling quality products that are not mass-produced; most items are handmade to order. "We're also all about easy," she adds. "All of our seating is slipcovered and all our bedding is machine washable."

Among the brands the store partners with include Bella Notte linens, Cottage Furniture, Matteo linens, Pine Cone Hill bedding, and Shabby Chic furniture. According to Thompson, the store's two most popular lines are Somerset Bay, a North Carolina-based furniture manufacturer, and Bella Notte. All pieces are handmade using traditional English methods and made of solid mahogany.

The Bella Notte line has been Cottage Chic's best selling bedding line for over 15 years and features several color and fabric combinations that lead to endless unique bedroom looks. "The bedding is also made 100% in the USA using non toxic dyes and low impact fabrics," Thompson explains. "Our favorite part is that it is all machine washable and gets softer the more you wash. Bella Notte throw blankets make the perfect luxury gift to yourself or to loved ones."

The store also offers interior design services and vow to help with the "overwhelming decision making that goes into making your house a home." Staff utilizes CAD software to configure rooms and can assist with finishing, fabric and floor samples, creating sample boards and binders, lighting and artwork options, furniture pieces, and more. To get started, one just needs to fill out the online questionnaire on the store's website.

Cottage Chic is open Monday through Friday from 10 AM to 6 PM and on Saturdays from 10 AM to 5 PM.

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