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Gwen Debruyn

color guru, product hunter, proprieter
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Gwen Debruyn

Gwen Debruyn

color guru, product hunter, proprieter

It’s a wonderful thing when a passion and a career come together!  That happened to me in 2001... I’ve always loved color and fun, unexpected design! My passion for finding interesting design elements led me to a new career when I decided to open a curated design and decor “boutique” where guests could shop and be inspired.  I knew that I wanted to offer a cheerful mix of fresh design and quality products,  and to be that special store where our customers could find the perfect mix of merchandise they can’t find in other furniture stores or gift boutiques. Today I am blessed with a truly amazing team of very special ladies,  two gorgeous furniture boutiques, a fabulous e-commerce site and wonderful clients who charge me with seeking out the very best in design elements that make their home special. Design is a journey of discovery, and I’ve discovered a lot!

Amber Burger

decorating diva, store transformer, writer
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Amber Burger

Amber Burger

decorating diva, store transformer, writer

"When people ask me what I do, I generally tell them that I get to play with pattern and color everyday. But the reality is, everyday at Bayberry Cottage offers something totally different than the day before. I work directly with design clients and customers, offering inspiration, ideas and solutions. I design custom furniture and built-ins. I work on the floor, creating, sometimes over-the-top, vignettes (the most fun) to wow and inspire our guests. I work behind the scenes in project management, low level tech support and copywriting. And, yes, I play with pattern and color everyday. Working at Bayberry Cottage is exciting and challenging and rewarding, our customers are amazing and supportive, and our team is talented, fun-loving and inspiring. It’s truly a great place to be!"

Linda Blair

sales superstar, spirit lifter, mom to all
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Linda Blair

Linda Blair

sales superstar, spirit lifter, mom to all

"I've called South Haven home for 40 years and the city has always been a fun, unique mix of locals and visitors. Similarly, Bayberry Cottage’s clients are our neighbors, as well as those traveling through. We’re all very excited about our new website, but still, you should come see me in person!  Being at Bayberry is always like visiting with good friends."

Mary Rydecki

design diva in training, smile checker, people lover
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Mary Rydecki

Mary Rydecki

design diva in training, smile checker, people lover

"The one thing I can say is “I am so very blessed to be working with such a great group of people in such a beautiful place!” Coming to work is such a JOY! My favorite part is watching the people take it all in and the smiles that it puts on their faces. The comments they make put a smile on my face….One of the most popular is “This store makes me happy and inspires me!” So in turn, it is so much fun helping others make their home a happier place to be!"

Holly Daggett

up and comer, fact checker, infectious laugh
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Holly Daggett

Holly Daggett

up and comer, fact checker, infectious laugh

"After over a decade at Bayberry Cottage, I still find it uplifting and FUN!  Every year is a new adventure with its fashionable new décor and playful spirit! I have met so many wonderful people who adore our store as much as I do!  Getting to know new customers as well as greeting our loyal ones makes working at Bayberry a pleasure!"

Ann Anderson

bc's irish lass, style-setter, fireball
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Ann Anderson

Ann Anderson

bc's irish lass, style-setter, fireball

"You know you've hit the jackpot when you work at your favorite store in South Haven with the most amazing co-workers.  I work in sales and it's fun meeting so many interesting people and helping them select just the right item. When you come into the store you can tell how talented our design team is.....it's a team effort making it all work. We are here to help."

Sue McCarthy

Totally Independent, Incredibly Detailed, Bayberry Fact Checker
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Sue McCarthy

Sue McCarthy

Totally Independent, Incredibly Detailed, Bayberry Fact Checker

"My husband and I retired to South Haven 15 years ago and started working with Gwen on the design of our newly renovated home. Getting to know the staff during this process I decided I had to work at this place that is so much fun. This has been a good fit for me, and I love coming here everyday!"

Susan Smith

Savvy, Detail Queen, Lovely & Logical
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Susan Smith

Susan Smith

Savvy, Detail Queen, Lovely & Logical

"The first time I walked into Bayberry Cottage in Holland I was struck by all the cheerful colors. Before I knew where my mind had wandered (it happens), I heard myself ask Chris, "Do you need any more employees?" Well, lo and behold, I am now a Bayberry girl!"

Chris Pearce

California Girl, Sprited, Stager Extraordinaire
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Chris Pearce

Chris Pearce

California Girl, Sprited, Stager Extraordinaire

"Interior design has always been a passion of mine, even as a little girl. But being a stay at home Mom to raise my kids was more important to me so I gave up my career. Now, with my kids all grown, I'm helping clients again this time at Bayberry Cottage, surrounded by colorful furnishings, beautiful accessories and stunning artwork. To top it off, I work with an incredible group of women!  I'm thrilled!"

Janet Drooger

Happy & Genuine, Friend to All
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Janet Drooger

Janet Drooger

Happy & Genuine, Friend to All

"I am in my element! My love of all things colorful makes this beautiful store a great fit for me. Meeting all the people that come in everyday and making those connections is my favorite part. I have lived in this area most of my life and I am thrilled to be part of the awesome team of women who bring Bayberry Cottage to downtown Holland."

Patti Sheppard

Big-Hearted, Hand-Lender, Sharp Design Eye
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Patti Sheppard

Patti Sheppard

Big-Hearted, Hand-Lender, Sharp Design Eye

"I'm a retired interior designer who wanted to stay in touch with the business. There was only one store  where I considered working. Bayberry Cottage. I have been a fan of Bayberry Cottage since she opened her doors 15 years ago. I am so lucky to work with Gwen, Amber and all of "the Girls"! Thank you."

Terri Bastow

money watcher, muscle provider, tension breaker
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Terri Bastow

Terri Bastow

money watcher, muscle provider, tension breaker

"I have lived in South Haven for 20 years and raised my sons here. I was glad to get back to life on the Big Lake after growing up in Traverse City. As the accountant for Bayberry Cottage, I am lucky enough to work for an old friend and with many new ones. We have fun as we make our clients’ homes into their dream homes."

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