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Aug 5, 2015

10 easy ways to get classic cottage style

By: Style at Home
10 easy ways to get classic cottage style

Beautiful, easygoing displays are what classic cottage style is all about. Author: Janis Nicolay

Design Lesson
Aug 5, 2015

10 easy ways to get classic cottage style

By: Style at Home

Our 10 favourite ways to inject classic cottage style in your own space.

 

Here's to barefoot days and long, easy evenings - carefree summer style at its best! From pastel-painted furniture to delicately stitched bed linens, here are our favourite ways to inject classic cottage style.

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10 easy ways to get classic cottage style

Reinvent furniture

Transform time-worn furnishings with a few coats of pastel-hued paint. To add a well-used cottagey patina after painting, lightly rub the edges with a piece of fine-grit sandpaper.

By: Style at Home Source: Donna Griffith Credits: Style at Home

10 easy ways to get classic cottage style

Layer in some loveliness

Customize an inexpensive mirror by spraying on a lacy pattern. Now, it's a romantic addition to a cottage-style bedroom or bathroom. Find the DIY here.

By: Style at Home Source: Ryan Brook Credits: Style at Home

10 easy ways to get classic cottage style

Decorate the beds

Make beds look inviting by layering linens that have detailed stitching and embroidered edges.

By: Style at Home Source: Virginia Macdonald Credits: Style at Home

10 easy ways to get classic cottage style

Contain your collectibles

Store seashells and other treasures in vintage glass preserving jars. They're right at home on a counter or shelf and even make delightful doorstops.

By: Style at Home Source: Janis Nicolay Credits: Style at Home

10 easy ways to get classic cottage style

Stick with pale paints

Use soft colours - such as seafoam green and cotton candy - to make rooms look and feel soothing.

By: Style at Home Source: Virginia Macdonald; styled by Ann Marie Favot Credits: Style at Home

10 easy ways to get classic cottage style

Make an artistic statement & add some sparkle

Choose flea market paintings with weathered frames to provide contrast in a traditional room. A simple floral still life looks like a million bucks over a formal fireplace mantel. Create a sense of occasion with the addition of a stunning chandelier and crystal candle holders. In a grand dining room, there's no such things as too much glitter.

By: Style at Home Source: Stacey van Berkel Credits: Style at Home

10 easy ways to get classic cottage style

Put personal items on display

Hang jewellery and scarves from furniture pulls on doorknobs - classic cottage style celebrates easygoing creativity.

By: Style at Home Source: Janis Nicolay Credits: Style at Home

10 easy ways to get classic cottage style

Embrace flower power

Forget crystal vases and perfectly composed arrangements. Fresh-cut flowers are charmingly informal when placed in a ceramic jug and set atop a stack of books.

By: Style at Home Source: Stacey van Berkel Credits: Style at Home

10 easy ways to get classic cottage style

Clean up your laundry

Craft a cute laundry-sorting system with a store-bought drapery panel and just a few stitches.

By: Style at Home Source: Ryan Brook Credits: Style at Home

 

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