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When One Door Closes, Another Door Opens
In 2016, life took a turn for Yvonne Fenn, a longtime Connecticut resident who worked as a global strategic consultant and part-time interior designer with her general contractor husband, Scott Fenn. The love of her life, best friend, and husband suddenly passed away from a pulmonary embolism, and her life was forever altered. Now gone from her life, she had to take a look at what the next steps would be for her. And she felt with her aging parents in Tampa, FL that, she should move closer to them.
Having been born in Jacksonville and having lived in various places around the globe and the United States, she thought it would be time to find her way back to Florida and settle on Amelia Island, as her family history dates back to the 1800s in Fernandina Beach.
In 2017, she arrived and began revamping the next phase of her life. She designed and built a custom home on the island, which made her feel closer to her husband, channeling their home design passion.
In 2019, she became the sole caregiver to her aging parents, who both have several health issues and dementia. When COVID subsided, Yvonne found herself in a position where her consulting work demands were pulling her back on the road to travel. Still, being the sole caregiver to her parents, this would prove to be an impossibility.
In 2022, she shifted gears and bought the assets of a failing business and began transforming it, and thus Coastal Cottage of Amelia was born. With her interior design passion and her husband’s spirit, she shifted the store to an interior design and home décor store for the surrounding area open to consumers and other interior designers alike.
Yvonne uses her business acumen coupled with her extensive design experience to turn customer homes into the sanctuary dream they desire. Her prolific travels to many
of the source areas for textiles, furniture, and accessories from around the globe fuel the unique items she can obtain for her customers.
In 2023, only one year after her ownership, Coastal Cottage of Amelia received 3 Best of Nassau County Awards as voted by the public by the News Leader local newspaper. This is an unparalleled achievement. Coastal Cottage of Amelia was awarded Best Interior Design, Best
Gift & Boutique and Best Place to Work. Additionally, the store received the Best of Florida Honorable Mention for Best Furniture store for the entire state of Florida.
The store and her story continue to evolve, so stop by and stay tuned for more to come.
Coming soon in 2024, Fenn & Co. US-made furniture line sources from High Point, NC