Celebrate earth day with free DIY workshops at Loverly Cottage in Lake Bluff, IL

Juliet Abeille
Updated 4/20/2018 10:23 AM
  • Vintage Buffet from Loverly CottageJuliet Abeille

    Vintage Buffet from Loverly CottageJuliet Abeille

This weekend, Loverly Cottage will be dedicated to sharing information about how our everyday choices affect the environment. Visitors will get the chance to learn about the former beer garden turned butterfly garden as well as why it is important for the earth to repurpose and recycle as much as possible. Visitors can speak with Juliet Abeille, owner of Loverly Cottage, and find out why the paint you chose and the products you use to keep your furniture protected affect the environment.

This is a family event, so be prepared to get your hands a little dirty with free Earth Day oriented DIY Workshops. The first workshop will start on Saturday April 21 at 12:30 PM. Attendees will learn how to create wild flower bombs with recycled paper and how native wildflowers help our pollinators such as butterflies, beneficial bees and birds.

The second project will begin at 1:30 PM where attendees will be planting milkweed seeds using a unique temporary seed pot while they learn some of the benefits of planting butterfly milkweed in the garden.

Attendees will also get the opportunity to learn about the endangered Blandings Turtle, which is native to lake County IL. The Loverly Cottage is a Turtle Champion and proceeds from the weekend will be donated to the Lake County Forest Preserves for their Blandings Turtle Recovery Program.

The Loverly Cottage is a working boutique that embraces Earth Day, every day. The working boutique is located on the outskirts of Lake Bluff, IL in a building that was formerly a roadhouse for almost 55 years. The building was in dire need of repurposing and was completely transformed into what is now Loverly Cottage at the end of 2016.

The working boutique is unique because it is part boutique and part work area that features a native butterfly garden out back and an area for DIY Workshops and events. It features a retail store with French Cottage inspired home goods, gifts that are sourced from local makers and artisans or made from repurposed finds. Loverly Cottage specializes in vintage furniture, curated by Abeille, which is repurposed with either a fresh coat of paint or completely restyled. Visitors to the Loverly Cottage can also visit the workshop which features unfinished furniture waiting to be repurposed. Juliet explains, "People love to see what we are creating. Having the workshop visible is a great way to inspire and connect with our customers." Furniture from the warehouse can be chosen by the customer for bespoke painting or they can bring furniture from their home to be painted. Abeille runs the business as eco-friendly as possible. From LED lights to eco-friendly zero VOC Fusion Mineral Paint, Loverly Cottage is conscious about the products they use and impact they have on the environment.