21 July 2009



I'm Tess Carter- the voice behind Cozy Little Cave! A Texas native, I currently live in Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania (outside Pittsburgh) with my amazing husband Jesse, spunky daughter Pippa, and two pesky dachshunds; we are expecting our second bundle of joy September 2013! Our new (old) house serves as a backdrop for our experiments in design & decor and the general, wonderful chaos of life. I'm a fan of old time radio, colorful art, spaghetti, mid-century style, the UK, science fiction, Dr. Pepper, and am a devoted follower of Jesus Christ. I couldn't be happier, and I'm so thankful to have such a blessed life!


After moving across the country in the summer of 2009, I set up this blog to keep friends & family back home plugged in to my chaotic line-up of projects. It has since developed into an engaging hobby, an outlet for my voice & decisions, and most importantly- a vibrant, visual carousel of things that make me smile. Cozy Little Cave is a home and design blog that zeros in on art, decor, DIY ideas, design, lifestyle, and pretty much anything with popsicle-like color!


I currently do not offer side-bar style advertising on CozyLittleCave. I do consider giveaways and product reviews provided they're consistent with the feel of the blog and I feel that our readers would enjoy/appreciate them. Contact me for more information!


With a background in painting, graphic design, digital animation, architecture, and education, my work is inspired by bold color, dynamic composition, and the whimsical nature of the world... with a touch of playfulness thrown in for good measure of course! I hold a Bachelor's of Environmental Design with a minor in Dance as well as a Master's of Education both from Texas A&M University. Be sure to check out the Paintings section for more information on commissions as well as other freelance graphic work.

You can also check out Cozy Little Cave textiles currently sold over on Envelop!


I might have a slight obsession with wiener dogs.
Our two pups are Pepper and Pickle- they're sisters and darling little imps that are always up for a snuggle! They're also quite good at sneaking into any photos I take. Our chinchilla's name was Skitchman Boo Radley, and he passed away in the summer of 2010 - at nine and a half years old. He was pretty much the most majestic pet you'd ever seen. Our pets find their way into my posts often, but they're such a big part of our lives, I wouldn't have it any other way!

Photos and site design by Tess Carter...
Please contact me for permission before reproducing any of my images or posts. Thank you!

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