“I think everyone loves this building in Wakefield and they’re so glad to see something happening in it again,” says Maureen Lawton. She’s talking about the property at 119 Main Street, a charming cottage with two dormer windows and many commercial lives. On October 1, its front door will open again for business as Cottage Chic Décor.
Lawton describes a lifelong love of home decor, which stemmed from her mother. The pair would go picking for goods at antique shops, and the family home was furnished with a mix of new and old. One of those antique shops was in the very space she is now opening Cottage Chic Décor. “I always said that someday I would like to open a shop in that adorable little house on Main Street. Well, the stars aligned and it all just sort of happened,” says Lawton.
No stranger to the retail business, Lawton had Mo’s Attic in Connecticut for many years. After relocating permanently to the Ocean State, she launched a small business in a 1954 Bellwood Aloha camper selling home goods at vintage markets. “At age 63 I still have the passion, but shows are very hard when you are hauling furniture and lots of other stuff around,” she says with a chuckle.
At her brick-and-mortar, Lawton has assembled new products from a host of local artists and makers that read like a South County who’s who, along with curated antique and vintage goods, all showcased in beautiful vignettes. Decorating services are also offered. “The shop will consist of cottage and coastal chic style furniture and home decor; vintage accessories, textiles, barware, lighting, and artwork; and some specialties such as candles, soaps, nautical keychains, and some holiday decor,” says Lawton. “We are all very excited and looking forward to creating and providing beautiful pieces for your home. After all, our homes give us peace and truly are our sanctuary in this life.”
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