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shabby chic style

August 1, 2012

Nicole and Andy Kurtts never set out to start a business. But on a whim, the designing duo decided to create one.

With yards of blue ticking and burlap left over from the couple’s wedding, Nicole sewed some striped burlap tote bags.

The bags became a hit at craft and holiday markets in Greensboro, NC, where the newlyweds live and work — both at The Fresh Market in different design jobs.

Inspired by the success of the tote bags, Nicole used more of the blue and ivory ticking for table napkins.

Now, the cotton napkins, with their shabby chic appeal, are the company’s top sellers.

Available in red, blue and green ticking, the 16-inch-squared napkins are sold in sets of four ($20), eight ($40) or 12 ($60). But custom orders for bigger crowds are welcome.

The Kurtts continue to add new designs, often featuring Andy’s clever woodcuts. They also have added new products, such as tea towels, vintage pillow covers ($22-$29) made from up-cycled fabric, plus tote bags ($35) and clutches ($25), shown below.

Visit www.unOriginalAmericain.etsy.com or www.unoriginalamericain.com.

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From → art, gifts, home, totes & bags

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