My name is Holly, and I have a love for all things home...decorating, cooking, antiquing, re-purposing, DIY-ing (is that a term?!). I have been a Realtor, an Ethan Allen Design Consultant, an Interior Decorator...if the task involves homes and decorating, I'm all over it! For me, pillows and soft-goods have always been the ultimate decorating tools. They add coziness, personality, color, pattern and overall interest to each and every room of the home. They can be swapped out with the changing mood or season, and can satisfy your craving for change without breaking the bank. No room in my home is ever completely "done", because what is the fun in that? Change is good, and there's always room for room-improvement...a little tweak here, a little furniture rearrangement there, a new pillow or two, and voila, mini room makeover!
My husband and I live on Boston's North Shore, and we absolutely love exploring each of the beautiful seaside towns that surround us. In 2011 on a weekend trip to Ogunquit, Maine we stopped into the gallery of an artist that we both admired. After speaking with the artist for over an hour about his methods and making a living as a creative professional, we felt inspired and invigorated. It made us start to think seriously about being able to make our artistic outlets a form of income rather than just something we did during our limited free time. After years of trial and error with designs, textures and materials The Salty Cottage has evolved into what it is today - a fresh mix of graphic designer pillows, inspired by New England, made by hand with nearly all American-made materials, in my studio in the heart of Beverly's Arts District.
Since 2015 I have been making all of my pillows in my Cabot Street studio, which I share with my friend and fellow artist Alyssa Watters of Art By Alyssa. In the past year The Salty Cottage has grown from a one person operation to a small team of local artisans and seamstresses that work from their homes or alongside of me in the studio. My original designs can be found online on my Etsy store, at my studio at 110 Cabot Street in Beverly, or at over 50 retailers throughout the United States. My daughters have truly become little studio helpers to both Alyssa and myself, and I LOVE that they are experiencing the day-to-day workings of two female entrepreneurs running busy creative businesses. My days are crazy busy, and it can sometimes be a challenge to find the proper balance, but I truly couldn't imagine it any other way, and I am so very thankful.