A visit to my favorite shop in Newport, Cottage & Garden, is like a treasure hunt. With an ever changing array of new and vintage furniture, accessories, garden objects and sculpture, as well as a choice selection of books, candles and topiary, you never know what you will find.
Buyer and stylist Michael Sederback runs the shop that was founded by the late Eleanor Gobis and is still owned by her husband John.
Michael's genius is creating the irresistible vignettes throughout the shop.
Bronze sculpture and plaster relief, vellum books and taxidermy.
A selection of volumes from Sowerby's English Botany.
John Derian decoupage paperweights.
Sourcing much of the shop's inventory at estate sales and antique shows, Michael credits his mother with inspiring his love of antiquing as he accompanied her from the time he was a small boy. He lists the Brimfield Antique Show as a favorite.
Michael describes his personal style as eclectic. I'd say there's a little whimsy in there as well. Note the ceramic snail in the bottom of this decorative, vintage birdcage.
Outside the shop are displayed garden ornaments, sculpture, urns and furniture.
I have never left Cottage & Garden empty-handed and was charmed by the ruffled rims of these urns I saw outside.
Here is one of the pair at home in the sunroom.
The day after I stopped by to chat with Michael the shop hosted a reception for John Derian who came down from the Cape to enjoy some Newport hospitality. John on the right, Michael on the left.
Cottage and Garden is located at 9 Bridge Street in Newport, Rhode Island. Telephone: 401-848-8477.