Hi there... I'm Heidi and with my mom, I run a little gift boutique in Dunellen, NJ called Heidi's Cottage.
It's filled with supercute things for your home or to give as friends (Customers have told me that often something that was purchased as a gift didn't get to the final destination "They wouldn't appreciate as much as I do..."). The store reflects a combined style from the two of us... I'm more Midcentury meets 40s Vintage meets Victoriana. She's more French Country meets Americana meets European Handcrafts. We've thrown in some Primitives and of course some Jersey Shore. The magazines are calling it "Country-politan" or "Modern Country Style"... but whatever it is, we like it and our customers do too!
Because of my "job" (I hate to call it that because that sounds so formal), I attend A LOT of trade shows during the year, and get to see what the latest trends are in interior design, jewelry, gifts. Honestly, it's pretty darn cool!
I've also been involved with social media and web design/SEO for over a decade: Creating and maintaining websites for million-dollar companies and local nonprofits. In addition to this blog, you can find me on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and my newest obsession, Pinterest (If you would like to join any of my holiday community boards on Pinterest, please contact me). My food journeys are chronicled at Heidi's Hungry and my community event site, Dunellen411 can be found on Facebook and Twitter. (FULL DISCLOSURE: Sometimes I do link to things on Amazon where I have an affiliate account).
My husband and I just purchased a house in my hometown, and are in the process of bringing it up to speed. Don't get me wrong, it's a good house, it's just that the previous owners were in their 90s when they sold it to us and hadn't changed anything since 1971. Oh, and full disclosure here... when I say "just purchased" I mean "a few years ago." When we first moved in, I had this crazy idea that I could just do my "I Dream of Jeannie" impersonation and everything would get done. Then we meet an older couple who congratulated us on the purchase and informed us that they had been working on their house for the past 60 years.
I guess with that story, you now know that the house is NOT finished, and I will be sharing some of our projects on this blog. I'm hoping that this will be a kick in the youknowwhat for me since it is soooooo easy when things are livable to just sit down at the computer and...
write about it? Oops, gotta go!