Project Cottage Ink

Wilmington, North Carolina | 541 Sales


Project Cottage Ink

Wilmington, North Carolina 541 Sales On Etsy since 2012

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Allyson McFarlane

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Allyson McFarlane


Our Story | Project Cottage

After years of working in the restaurant business designing and opening restaurants, Colleen Gardner decided in 2010 it was time for a change - and time to put her design skills and vision to use. She started Project Cottage to fulfill her love of creating and home decorating. Her woodworking skills are self taught, but her determination to go after what she wants is ingrained. Allyson McFarlane, a graphic designer, was there from the beginning as Colleen's best friend, next door neighbor, brand designer and sounding board - for a couple of years, her consulting was repaid through a barter system which mostly involved cheap wine and a lot of laughs - but she came on full-time in 2012 as a partner and the stage was set to to take Project Cottage to the next level.

We converted Colleen's 2000 square foot garage into a complete studio and workshop over the last four years. It started by taking over small parts of the garage at first for cutting and assembling our frames and coat racks and grew to include space for painting, shipping and ultimately into office space as well. We design and manufacture all our products currently from this space. Although during busy times it seems we are busting at the seams, we have made it work by using clever ideas for storage and constantly evolving the space to keep up with our needs. The area outside is large and we love the ability to work outside too - or open the doors and bring the outside in. As busy moms, the ability to work from home is key and although we try to keep strict rules about no kids in the studio we usually have kids, cats, dogs, husbands, neighbors, etc. etc. traipsing in and out during our day.

Your favorite places can provide the best inspiration for your design style and we are fortunate to live near the ocean and doubly so because we live a short kayak ride away from a beautiful barrier island off the coast of North Carolina called Masonboro Island. Masonboro is a protected animal reserve with no development and can only be accessed by boat. Often we make the 15 minute kayak ride over to the island to have our weekly business meeting about what's on our to-do list and to plan strategy for the future. Often we are the only ones on this pristine island and the solitude and beauty is something we feel is a rare find. It helps us focus and filter out all the other many things we have to do in our daily lives to keep our family running and lets us concentrate on our business and where we want to take it. The colors and sounds and things you can only see when on the water inspires our design sense, refreshes our soul and brings clarity to our vision.

We believe quality, comfort and style are not mutually exclusive. You can have it all and we strive to deliver it with every product we make. We also believe our strength comes from the partnership between us and the skills we both bring to the table. Our support of each other's ideas is important, but the key is our willingness to push each other to find that even better idea and elevate all of our designs. And finally, we wouldn't be where we are without our customers - people's homes are often reflections of themselves, and like people, can rarely be defined by one thing or style. We like to mix it up and encourage our customers to do the same by offering different color options, sizes and styles.

Please take a look around our shops, and let us know if you like what you see!

Colleen & Allyson
Owners/Designers, Project Cottage

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Shop members

  • Allyson McFarlane

    Owner, Designer

    I am one half of the team behind Project Cottage, Project Cottage Ink and our new shop, Project Cottage Textile Co. along with my best friend, Colleen Gardner.

  • Colleen Gardner

    Owner, Designer

    I am one half of the team behind Project Cottage, Project Cottage Ink and our new shop, Project Cottage Textile Co. along with my best friend, Allyson McFarlane.

Shop policies

Last updated on April 7, 2014
Thanks for coming to our shop! We have new designs weekly, so please visit often.

Project Cottage Ink is a sister shop to The Project Cottage, a home decor shop with a range of products - from surfboard coat racks to bottle poppers to frames, which are a perfect complement to our graphic art prints.

Accepted payment methods

  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • American Express
  • Discover
  • Apple Pay
  • Klarna
  • Sofort
  • Ideal
  • Paypal
  • GiftcardAccepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
It is our goal that each customer is not only 100% satisfied but truly excited about their purchase! We inspect each print before sending to insure its quality, but if you find any defect in the prints please let us know and we will replace it ASAP. If your print does not meet your expectations for any reason, please let us know and we will work with you on a replacement or refund your money upon receipt of the returned print (buyer is responsible for return shipping fees).

We strive to give an accurate representation of all colors, but please be aware there can be color discrepancies between computers and monitors, and from what you see on your screen and what is printed out. If you have any concerns about colors, or want us to match certain colors, please contact us and we'll try to accomodate you.
I accept PayPal and payments made via Etsy's direct checkout. You can always pay with your regular credit card thru the PayPal service without making a PayPal account.
• Mailed next business day after order via USPS Priority Mail
• All Prints are carefully packaged in a cello bag, sealed with a sticker and mailed flat with hard backing for protection
Additional policies and FAQs
• Due to variances among color monitors the colors that appear on your screen may not be exact. We strive to make our colors as accurate as possible, please let us know if you have any questions.
• Artist retains all reproduction rights and copyrights.
• Sale of prints does not reflect transfer of copyright.