It all started with a cup of coffee. In 1997, I was an at home mother, seeking a lovely place to have a delicious perfect cup with my children. I was looking for a cafe like many that I enjoyed in my years of international travel. Being Turkish, coffee and good food should always be readily available. It occurred to me that my little town of Kensington, Maryland needed just that. A place to call your own. With a little luck and a lot of support, The Cafe Monet was opened. It was charming, fashioned after Monet’s Giverny Home. Pink exterior, green shutters, warm yellow interior walls and a lovely outdoor area with a mural of Monet’s Gardens. Perfect.

As the Cafe continued to bustle, a small shop next door became available and I saw a need for a lifestyle boutique that would give my Cafe customers a place to find the perfect gift and home accessories. Branching off the idea of Monet’s love of color and hospitality, I chose The Cottage Monet as the name that exemplified my love of distinctive items of quality and design.