Decorating for the Artistic Soul

What is Cottage Style?

Posted on: June 16, 2009

Cottage style furnishings are very popular at this time, as is shabby chic.  The main reason for this is that most of the furniture and fabric used is second hand. Nothing has to match, so you can shop the flea markets, check out your Mom’s attic, go to resale shops, auctions, and garage sales.  Charm and comfort are all that matter. Painting, refinishing, and recovering is the general rule.

One of the things I like best about cottage décor is that you can take something originally designed for one purpose, and whimsically use it for something entirely different.  You might convert your shutters into end tables, a watering can into a lamp, or an old metal water trough into a coffee table.

Wheel barrels may become outdoor planters, while wine barrels, can be turned into chairs, stools, benches or tables.  You might take two small bookcases and flip one over on the other to have a curio cabinet, or turn an old storage trunk into a  charming open linen chest in your bathroom.  Or perhaps that trunk would look nice at the foot of your bed, and be used for blanket and pillow storage, or seating.

Wooden floors and furniture are often distresses, painted, or stenciled.  Antique or braided rugs proudly enhance these well used gems. When privacy is not required, windows can be left bare, draped in lacey fabrics, or just have valences.  Window shades, lace trimmed go well in bedrooms and bathrooms.

For a comfortable, cozy, and welcoming home, you can’t beat the cottage style!


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