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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Coffee anyone?

I know one of the biggest taboo's in the 
creative world is to change 
your branded name.


I'm doing it anyway.

Life is about change 
{and boy, did we make a 
big life change a couple of months ago!}.

When I opened Black Rooster Cottage
several years ago, I didn't know 
what it would become or what
it would bring to me.

I thought it was just a creative outlet.
Well, that's what my intentions were.
It brought so much more.
Extra money; a chance to make things that I love 
which come to find out, others loved them too,
a place to stage a Boutique and create and re-create 
rooms that changed with the season or
just because I wanted them to.
To travel around to different venues.
 But the best part of all,
are the friendships I made along the way.

I look back at photos from my first "show" at
the Winery and think about how
scared I was. 

I was clueless but excited.
I did good! 
Especially among 
the other vendors selling sunglasses, Jamaican
sundresses, dog leashes and honey.
Having the Winery owner
buy from me was a HUGE boost.

And looking at photos from both my last shows with
The Vintage Marketplace
to the showroom I rented at Granny's,
the evolution  of Black Rooster Cottage 
has become exactly who I am. 
Who WE are.

...My love for Country. 
My love for refined French and European.
My LOVE for crisp Black and
rough burlap.
Mixing of old, new, rough & refined
and Eclectic.

That's me.
That's my family {kinda by force}. ;)

And that is the home we are creating.

I  plan on keeping my  BRC domain because 
it is a huge part of our family but
we have found H.O.M.E....

The French Pressed Home.

Although I am not of French decent,
 I love what French signifies.
Simple beauty.
Beautiful sights.
Delicious smells.
{And my beloved Coffee.} 

That's what our home is about.
That's what we want our friends and family
to feel when they enter through the doors
of our home.

Moving to the South has opened our senses,
released our stresses and has given us
what we have so longed for. 
Peace. Love. Happiness. 

The comfort we feel here
is indescribable.

You know you are home when
you are comfortable even though
everything is new and foreign.

I picked The French Pressed Home
for several reasons
{First, let me say, Bruce isn't
crazy about the name because he said it's confusing.
I don't understand that but whatever,
it'll grow on him}:

Coffee. I love it. 
A true 
French Pressed coffee is nothing
short of delicious.
Distinct. Smooth. Dark. Aromatic.
Also,  French Pressed says to me {in a decor sense},
Crisp. Laundered. Bold. Clean lines.

That's how I feel our home is {becoming}.

In remodeling our Cottage and designing our dream home,
it has just flowed naturally.
As I continue to open boxes and slowly
put things up, I have discovered that
I have been collecting, creating, honing my skills
for this exact house.
Maybe that's why I was so uneasy in the last house.
Who would have known?

With this blog, I will take the time to make it more
than BRC's was. 
I will learn how to do things beyond the basics.
I will learn how to post video.
I will add pages.
I will add click and print things.
I will learn how to do more.

And, down the road I know I will get back to
my "creating for others"  place, and start 
selling again. But for now,
we're building our home and 
I don't want to play  tug-o-war
between the two.
I want my heart to be completely into
what I am doing at the moment.
Plus I got two handsome little boys
I need to absorb more of before they
start "out of the house" school  and 
a daughter that I need to cheer on at
her Volleyball games!

This blog will be about our adventure in 
starting a new life, creating a beautiful
Cottage home, sharing recipes, 
throwing in some of life's wisdom's but 
mostly,  making you feel like
you're sitting right in my kitchen
sipping a true French Press cafe
and having a chocolat croissant.

~Live the life you love~



  1. Amber, I miss seeing you, but am truly so very happy to see you in this blessed new life, new place, new frame of mind and new dream! Looking forward to keeping up with you here - with a cuppa' coffee at hand, of course! ;)

  2. Best of Luck in your new and exciting venture, lovely blog

  3. I l♥ve having coffee and sweets with you!!! Can't wait to see what your wonderful new world has in store for us....

  4. I love the new name and cant wait to see the exciting new life, home, and adventures ahead.


  5. Amber,

    First of all, my husband would love the name - that's how he makes his coffee too! Not sayin' he would "get" the name in relation to the rest but that's just men! Ha-ha! We'd rather them get how to build and fix our crazy projects I guess, right?

    Anyway, I love hearing how happy you are living out your dreams for you and your family. Looking forward to what's in store for you all!


  6. How Absolutely wonderful! So excited for you! Hugs

  7. LOVE!!!! So happy for you and my dear friend Bruce! Here's to family, new beginnings and the simplicity of just living life! I CAN'T WAIT!!! So looking forward to being HOME for the fall 😊 hugs to you friend and a big kiss to my hero please!! Xo

  8. So happy for you! Love the new blog!

    Happy day!

  9. Congratulations to you and your bravery for challenging yourself and taking the time for introspection and then following your own path.More folks should do so.
    i'm thinking you need some black velvet pumpkins like I made for myself.( a couple posts ago).. People think I'm nuts..Black velvet???? but they're yummy and seem to fit you...yours would be lovely and yes "move in" as long as you'll cook..but you would HATE lala land..me too

  10. I love the new name, so appropriate! I can't tell you how excited I am about your new adventure, hoping to visit you "in the real" one day, sweet friend. love you! Lidy

  11. Wow Amber! I wish I was that brave but I have all my family here and would miss them so much...but California is soooo expensive and it would be so nice not to live pay check to pay check... I would love a post on how and why you guys decided to move. That's such a big decision and I've always admired people who can do that...job, family, sick and tired of LA?(don't blame you!) For now I'll have to live vicariously through you...what a fun adventure! hugs,robin

  12. Wow Amber! So excited for you and your family...looking forward to living vicariously through you and your new adventure and would love a post on the why's and how's of your move. Take care!

  13. I love the name! Always glad to hear from you.


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