We, Keith and Tricia Nelson, began importing antiques from Europe thirty years ago. Our first container landed in Red Bank, NJ in February 1986 and we have spent the ensuing years happily running around to auctions, antique stores and markets throughout England and the Continent.
For years we specialized in antique English & Irish waxed pine furniture that had become the mainstay of the American country look, a mid-1980’s antidote to all the over-polished, often gloomy, dark oak and mahogany furniture that was everywhere at the time.
At some point we started having custom farm tables built for us because old ones were growing scarcer and scarcer. Next we started building hutches because the only antiques available were crazy money and too delicate for daily use. After that came beds made in pine to match the antique chests of drawers and armoires we were importing, and gradually we had a whole line of British Cottage designed pine furniture.
Now, in 2017, we have all of our furniture designs built in a small factory in Hungary using antique pine or new pine and oak. Each piece is bench-made to our specifications and customizable. If you need something in a specific hue or shape chances are we can get it made for you.
In addition to our own British Cottage designs, we offer a selection of European reproduction hardwood furniture in a variety of finishes from other manufacturers. This year we added a line of Hickory White Upholstery, basically the most incredibly comfortable, custom made couches and chairs you will find ever–at a very reasonable price.
And, because no home is complete without accessories, we offer a curated selection of blue & white Chinese pottery in traditional designs as well as a whole range of Chinese porcelain lamps in a variety of colors.
Whether you need to furnish an entire house or a single room, chances are, if you are looking for casual yet elegant products, a stop at British Cottage would not be remiss.