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Interior: Comfy guest cottage

We have 10 ways to create a relaxing guest space -- on a budget, too!

Nearly six years' worth of kids, puppies, teenagers, friends and relatives have passed through the doors of this homey guest cottage in Surrey, B.C., owned by Linda Edworthy, a teacher, and her husband, Sam, a dentist. Backing onto a quiet lane where roses climb the fences and kids weave happily on bicycles, the cottage features an interior that's as inviting as its surroundings. Linda credits decorator Colleen Sawatsky, a friend and owner of Vintage Home in Abbotsford, B.C., for its appeal. Colleen started by choosing paints in breezy hues of blue and aqua to refresh flea market and hand-me-down furniture, accessories and even floors. Adds Linda, "By also using dishes and fabrics from the past, Colleen brought the feeling of a simpler time to the cottage."


Budget-friendly decorating tips
Beautiful fabric stretched over a frame creates eye-catching art.

2 Cushion covers stitched from vintage tablecloths jazz up a classic white slipcovered sofa.

3 Paint in crisp white and soft blue freshens up furnishings and unites the disparate shapes.



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