Urban Cottage offers reclaimed furniture, recycled art, decor and more

Two Vashon women have joined forces and opened up an ecletic shop featuring reclaimed furniture, home decor, local art, fair-trade coffee, design services, space for creating one’s own art and more.

Christine Fournier and Janet Harrington at their new shop

Two Vashon women have joined forces and opened up an ecletic shop featuring reclaimed furniture, home decor, local art, fair-trade coffee, design services, space for creating one’s own art and more.

The shop, called Urban Cottage, opened last week at 17123 Vashon Highway, in a pale green farmhouse across the street from Ober Park.

Christine Fournier, an interior designer, is the force behind Revive +, the portion of the shop that offers up what she calls a “recycled art room” — a place where Islanders can gather and make art, largely using found or recycled objects. Fournier provides the materials; the cost for the space is $18 for two hours, with five percent of the proceeds going to the nonprofit of the customer’s choice.

Fournier will also offer workshops on various aspects of art and sustainable design, she said, and already has two planned for May.

Janet Harrington, who’s been in the retail business for 35 years, handles the furniture and home decor portion of the business — a mix of refurbished second-hand items that she and Fournier say may have ended up in a landfill if they hadn’t discovered the items and fixed them up.

Much of the refurbishing work, meanwhile, is done by Fournier’s nonprofit, the Eco Institute, which employs young adults with developmental disabilities, providing them with much-needed training and vocational support, she said.

“Our whole philosophy is to be full circle,” Fournier said.

“We buy things that need a lot of repair or can be repurposed,” Harrington added. “We don’t sell any new items.”

The two women, with help from friends and family members, have been working hard to get their shop ready for prime time, painting the walls, installing new light fixtures and artfully arranging a colorful mix of pottery, baskets, lamps, chairs, tables and textiles.

Looking around, Fournier beamed. “Isn’t it beautiful?” she said.