Hello! if you dont know me yet let me introduce myself. My name is Laura or (LC) Emond creator of Old Cottage Door Living & Elcees Original Designs. I could not be happier to meet all of you.
Ever since I can remember I was passionate about designs. I would look thru every decorating magazine I could find begging my Mom to buy them for me.
I just knew one day when I was old enough I would recreate that same upscale design on a budget from discarded and repurposed items.
When I grow up…
I think I was 11 when I realized becoming a decorator was my calling; After 20 years of working miserable jobs I made the decision in my 40’s to finally open my own Shop; it was long overdue. I literally started with absolutely nothing except the want, hard work, a little creativity, determination & luck..
Today, 12yrs later I have expanded Elcees Original Designs to include a NEW retail shop; Old Cottage Door located at the Shops at 233 Whittier in Moultonborough Nh and the newest addition to the family Old Cottage Door Living; my blog/website.
I am excited to start this next chapter and to be honest a little nervous too. I read this quote years ago and for some reason it still resonates with me today …
‘Today I will do what others won’t so tomorrow I can do what others can’t’… Jerry Rice
Creating is not my only passion.. I love my dogs (Finny & Ollie) and every other animal on the planet for that matter; flowers; gardening; painting; collecting; books and art; all kinds of music; Chris Cornell obsessed; photography and Love to pieces the best person & man on the planet my hubby Scott, without him none of this would be a reality. Love you Bunny….
My vision for this blog was to reflect my real life style with designs and ideas that were born from flea market finds. I will create then unveil beautiful pieces of the past bringing them new life and inspiration where there once was none.
‘How to’ creative process will offer step by step tutorials & live videos. I will also discuss daily living, design/redecorating tips and diy projects..
Everyday I try to reinvent myself by integrating Harmony & Balance in my life and designs. By recharging, recreating & refreshening I continue to find that same emotional balance I need as I go thru my personal journey in life….
Let’s go Shopping!
The Mercantile shop will showcase my exclusive line; Elcees Originals home furnishings & decor, Iron Orchid Designs, antiques, vintage jewelry, handbags & accessories.
I am dedicated to engage my customers on the same virtual journey that has encompassed the upscale services and addressed any wants and needs my clients required just as my brick & mortar shop offers.
On a personal note I would not be the person I am today if I did not have such an a amazing roll model my Mom, Lily.
Alzheimers is a cruel disease first I lost her mentally at a very young age of 15, then after years of watching her progressively deteriorate in front of my eyes I lost her physically at age 30.
In the end she finally found peace and was called home to become an angel, MY angel.
Keeping her memory I will be donating a portion of every sale to the ALZ foundation. I pray everyday they find a cure and finally put an end to this debilitating, mind altering disease.
I hope you enjoy being here! I cannot Thank you enough for taking the time to support me and my newest venture.
Without you my dream would never have become a reality!