10 cottage must-haves
As soon as the temperature heats up, you suddenly find yourself with a one-track mind. On Fridays you count down the minutes to get there and on Mondays you can't wait to go back. The cottage is clearly a summer staple and no matter where it may be, it's just great to get away.
To ensure your visit to the cottage offers optimal relaxation, luxury and comfort, you will need a few essentials. Some may be an investment and some are just necessary, but I guarantee your summer getaways won't disappoint with these 10 cottage must-haves.
Nothing tastes like outdoor living like good old barbecue! The Minden Outdoor Gas Grill is a compact grill with electronic ignition, perfect for any cottage - big or small. It has three grilling burners, each with individual temperature control, and a separate burner on the side for heating sauces or sautéing vegetables. For added functionality, there's a removable tray for condiments and four hooks to hang your grilling tools. Make your entire meal in one spot and with ease - it's the perfect cottage kitchen! Williams-Sonoma, $499.95 US (on sale).
The cottage just sighs relaxation so a hammock is a perfect essential for laying out. This hammock from Pottery Barn is extra wide to fit two or to sprawl out solo. They're double-sided so you can decide what kind of pattern you'd like - solid colours, florals or stripes. Pottery Barn, $155.52.
No cottage is complete without one and you can't go wrong with Andrew Richard Designs for chic outdoor living. The Muskoka Recliner, from their Muskoka collection, is made of gorgeous teak wood and reclines. It's not only beautiful, but functional, too! Andrew Richard Designs, $895.
Your cottage may not be in Napa Valley, but this wine barrel cooler is perfectly rustic and functional for any summer spot. Made from a reclaimed oak wine barrel, it comes lined for insulation to keep your drinks cool and refreshing! Not to mention a spigot for easy draining after the party's over. Viva Terra, $339.
The Aidan Gray furniture storage crate is perfect for the cottage. The rustic look of the reclaimed wood and distressed metal evokes a feeling of casual cottage style. The tufted burlap cushioned top creates extra seating while conveniently storing blankets, games or books. Layla Grayce, $563 US.
Whether you're driving up to the cottage or taking the party to the beach, you can break out the tunes wherever you go. The Smart Duffle Boom Box is a modern day picnic basket and beach bag in one! It comes with two speakers and an iPhone or iPod connection, making it the perfect carry-on for your cottage trips. Pottery Barn, $92.94.
With all the beautiful weather and outdoor fun, you'll definitely need to hydrate. Mix up a large batch of refreshing lemonade or your favourite cocktail and keep it in this ceramic beverage dispenser to enjoy throughout the day. Not only do they make cottage living easier, but they're wonderfully colourful and come with a glass top so you can see when you're running low. But with a 2.65 gallon capacity, you probably won't have to worry about that too soon. Cheers! Horchow, $65 US.
The cottage may not be the best place for the fine China (not that it can't be done), but if you want to relax and enjoy some BBQ, a good melamine set may be best. The Pop Flower plates are 100% melamine so they're perfect for outdoor dining and the bright floral graphics give pops of colour to the table and scream summer living. Crate & Barrel, $19.88 (set of 4).
We live for the sunshine and fresh air at the cottage, but watch out for that temperature drop when the sun goes down. Be prepared for chilly nights with a comfortable, warm throw. This organic ruched throw from West Elm is made from 100% organic cotton with ruched stitching for a lush, textured look. West Elm, $49.99 US.
Whether you're laying out on the cottage deck or down at the beach, a beach towel is an essential. These cotton towels are wonderfully plush and double-sided for added comfort - French terry on one side and silky cut pile on the other. Choose from three different styles (French tile, postmark or striped) and four colours (charcoal, coastal, natural, poppy, or soleil). Restoration Hardware, $34 US each.