TheCozyCasita

Handmade decor to help create your perfect cozy space!

Los Angeles, California · 69 Sales

TheCozyCasita

Handmade decor to help create your perfect cozy space!

Los Angeles, California 69 Sales On Etsy since 2015

5 out of 5 stars
(26)

Announcement   The Cozy Casita offers handmade home decor to help you create your perfect cozy spaces wherever you need to connect with yourself, your loved ones, or your communities. We aim to comfort and enliven the creative and sensitive soul by bringing calm and beauty to living and working spaces and by providing a connection with the earth and ancient cultural traditions through customized handcrafted artistic functional decor.

Our signature items are serving trays and other decor made with decorative and colorful Talavera tile. All decor is designed and handmade in Southern California. We source our handpainted and handcrafted tile from various traditional artisans in Mexico.

***Inquire about CUSTOM ORDERS including large orders for big events, weddings, staff gifts, etc.***

PLEASE READ BEFORE PURCHASING: As Mexican Talavera tiles are all hand-painted and hand-cut by artisans as opposed to factory cut and stamped, there are variations in size, color, pattern, and any ‘flaws’ are inherent in the tile. As a handmade item, there may be these minor variations and blemishes. I think this makes the item more charming, as every single item is unique and one of a kind. Customer satisfaction and happiness is my primary concern so please email me for any reason at Marina [!at] thecozycasita.com.

Also, I do my best to accurately photograph all trays and boxes. There may be some slight color variation between the image and actual item due to fluctuations in lighting and difference in monitors between users. I usually photograph all trays in natural daylight (near a large window) and don't use a flash.

CUSTOM ORDERS: Let's collaborate to design and choose a color scheme to complement your decor within the parameters of the Talavera style tiles that are available.

HOW TO CARE FOR PRODUCT:
• Not for outside use unless brought back in at night. Do not allow the wood to sit in water or it will eventually damage the finish and even wood. The grout is waterproofed with a sealant however, and can just be wiped clean.
• Items are sealed and should bead off water, but please do not wash in a full sink of water or dishwasher.
• Harsh cleansers may scratch, dry, or damage the tile.
• Use a microfiber cloth and gentle soap and water to clean. The microfiber will make your tiles shine.
• You can use mineral oil (such as that for cutting boards) to buff clean the wood. Apply lightly with a cloth and let sit for a few minutes, and then remove any excess oil from the wood. It will soak up the oil and look brand new. However, this is not necessary as the wood is well finished. You can simply use a tiny bit of water on a cloth and wipe it clean. Make sure to remove any excess water, however.


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me!

Thank you for purchasing these unique hand-assembled wood tile serving trays and boxes. Each item by The Cozy Casita is hand-crafted in Los Angeles by me, using Talavera tiles from Mexico, hand painted and cut by master artisans. Follow me on instagram at @thecozycasita and on FB at www.facebook.com/thecozycasita for special offers and giveaways!

HISTORY: As I have progressed in my love and work with these tiles, I have come to learn the cultural history of these beautiful works of art. Each tile is hand-painted and hand-cut by master artisans in Mexico, thus each tile is unique, using a method passed down for centuries, originally brought over by the Spanish (learned from Arabic artisans) in the 1500s. Mexican Talavera tiles (made from earthen clay, fired, glazed, painted, and then fired again) are a connection to history, while bringing a modern and colorful flair to your home.

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Last updated on Oct 15, 2016

The Cozy Casita offers handmade home decor to help you create your perfect cozy spaces wherever you need to connect with yourself, your loved ones, or your communities. We aim to comfort and enliven the creative and sensitive soul by bringing calm and beauty to living and working spaces and by providing a connection with the earth and ancient cultural traditions through customized handcrafted artistic functional decor.

Our signature items are serving trays and other decor made with decorative and colorful Talavera tile. All decor is designed and handmade in Southern California. We source our handpainted and handcrafted tile from various traditional artisans in Mexico.

***Inquire about CUSTOM ORDERS including large orders for big events, weddings, staff gifts, etc.***

PLEASE READ BEFORE PURCHASING: As Mexican Talavera tiles are all hand-painted and hand-cut by artisans as opposed to factory cut and stamped, there are variations in size, color, pattern, and any ‘flaws’ are inherent in the tile. As a handmade item, there may be these minor variations and blemishes. I think this makes the item more charming, as every single item is unique and one of a kind. Customer satisfaction and happiness is my primary concern so please email me for any reason at Marina [!at] thecozycasita.com.

Also, I do my best to accurately photograph all trays and boxes. There may be some slight color variation between the image and actual item due to fluctuations in lighting and difference in monitors between users. I usually photograph all trays in natural daylight (near a large window) and don't use a flash.

CUSTOM ORDERS: Let's collaborate to design and choose a color scheme to complement your decor within the parameters of the Talavera style tiles that are available.

HOW TO CARE FOR PRODUCT:
• Not for outside use unless brought back in at night. Do not allow the wood to sit in water or it will eventually damage the finish and even wood. The grout is waterproofed with a sealant however, and can just be wiped clean.
• Items are sealed and should bead off water, but please do not wash in a full sink of water or dishwasher.
• Harsh cleansers may scratch, dry, or damage the tile.
• Use a microfiber cloth and gentle soap and water to clean. The microfiber will make your tiles shine.
• You can use mineral oil (such as that for cutting boards) to buff clean the wood. Apply lightly with a cloth and let sit for a few minutes, and then remove any excess oil from the wood. It will soak up the oil and look brand new. However, this is not necessary as the wood is well finished. You can simply use a tiny bit of water on a cloth and wipe it clean. Make sure to remove any excess water, however.


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me!

Thank you for purchasing these unique hand-assembled wood tile serving trays and boxes. Each item by The Cozy Casita is hand-crafted in Los Angeles by me, using Talavera tiles from Mexico, hand painted and cut by master artisans. Follow me on instagram at @thecozycasita and on FB at www.facebook.com/thecozycasita for special offers and giveaways!

HISTORY: As I have progressed in my love and work with these tiles, I have come to learn the cultural history of these beautiful works of art. Each tile is hand-painted and hand-cut by master artisans in Mexico, thus each tile is unique, using a method passed down for centuries, originally brought over by the Spanish (learned from Arabic artisans) in the 1500s. Mexican Talavera tiles (made from earthen clay, fired, glazed, painted, and then fired again) are a connection to history, while bringing a modern and colorful flair to your home.

Sylvia Marina Martinez

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5 out of 5 stars
(26)
LISA WAGNER

LISA WAGNER on Oct 4, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Another beautiful creation from Marina! Purchased a custom made tray as a housewarming present for my friends! Marina worked with me on choosing tiles to match their color scheme! I have a feeling they will use their tray for many things and carry it from room to room! Thanks for making a beautiful gift for my friends, Marina!

dollrojas

dollrojas on Sep 26, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

From beginning to end, this was a pleasant experience. Sylvia was great to work with. She worked really hard to make sure I would love my order. It's exactly what I wanted. I love it!! I highly recommend her and would absolutely do business with her again.

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Some of the items that I'm working on to add to the store!!! Some of these are in process and others were custom orders that I decided to add to the product line!
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About

To comfort and enliven through colorful artistic craftsmanship!

Note from founder/owner Marina Martinez:

Each item is handcrafted with love and care in Southern California. Talavera tile are handpainted and handcut tiles popular in Mexico, Spain, Portugal, and there are similar versions in Morrocco and Tunisia. The history goes back to the Arab world. I fell in love with them as they spoke directly to my heart and artistic sensibility. Growing up in Southern California, I recognized them as being on the many beautiful Spanish-style homes throughout the southland especially in the coastal communities as well as in homes and buildings from trips to Mexico in my younger years.

I started using them to make gifts and friends and family started asking to buy them for others as well. At that point, I thought maybe people in other parts of the country might love them as much too! The business has grown and it is our honor that folks all over the country want to have these functional yet artistic pieces to their homes, adding a piece of history with a modern California flair. Whether defining a space, serving coffee or wine, corralling odds and ends, or enjoying breakfast in bed, the uses for these items are endless! We also can create custom decor using tile -- some examples we've made include mailboxes and bookends!

I have taken a lot of care and time learning and perfecting my technique, getting a lot of guidance from my stepfather who is a master carpenter. I am a perpetual student of the craft and make a conscious effort to learn as much as I can about Talavera tile, tile in general, wood working, wood, grouting, etc. I am committed to make a high-quality, handcrafted item that will last for a lifetime and bring joy to your home or office.

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  • Sylvia Marina Martinez

    Owner, Creator, Designer

    After 15 years in public health and the music industry, I found my passion by helping people make their spaces cozy and joyful with colorful and practical trays that express and share the beautiful artistry of the Mexican heritage!

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Last updated on Aug 19, 2016
Frequently asked questions

Custom and personalized orders

I love doing custom orders! In fact, about half of my orders are custom. I work with you to find out your color scheme and design aesthetic and will email you various ideas for you to choose from. I will keep looking until you have your vision manifested. I also can customize the tray color as well. I can paint the wood or I can stain it darker. I can't guarantee the colors will be an exact replica, but I will do my best!

Gift wrapping and packaging

I will more than gladly gift wrap your order and add a personalized note to the recipient. I have sent gifts for mother's days and weddings!

Sizing details

I have listed the dimensions of the trays on each listing and there are several pictures in each listing with items that show the scale of the products. Let me know if you need more exact info!

Wholesale availability

Please email for wholesale or large order inquiries! We have the capability to do large scale orders. With orders of over 100 trays, we need a significant lead time, however, at least 5-6 months due to sourcing of the materials, which are handmade, and then handmaking each item.

Care instructions

HOW TO CARE FOR PRODUCT:
• Not for outside use unless brought back in at night. Do not allow the wood to sit in water or it will eventually damage the finish and even wood. The grout is waterproofed with a sealant however, and can just be wiped clean.
• Items are sealed and should bead off water, but please do not wash in a full sink of water or dishwasher.
• Harsh cleansers may scratch, dry, or damage the tile.
• Use a microfiber cloth and gentle soap and water to clean. The microfiber will make your tiles shine.
• You can use mineral oil (such as that for cutting boards) to buff clean the wood. Apply lightly with a cloth and let sit for a few minutes, and then remove any excess oil from the wood. It will soak up the oil and look brand