Happy weekend! Hope you have a wonderful one. Its another Friday and there are two sweet days before Monday. Weekends are such great times to wind down – they are meant to be so, right? But while you unwind, did you enjoy reading about cottage style this week (?) – I enjoyed a lot writing about it, and learning too because there was so much researching, brainstorming and light-bulb-thinking involved and it was fun. It sparked so much inspiration in me and gave me confidence to learn more about design and try sharing ideas that are inspire me at the moment. Anyway, in case you haven’t, do go back to find out a little more about what I shared about designing like a cottage this week; how it inspired, what elements make it come to life, the pretty colors involved and then why in the first place it works. There are so many variations and inspiring ideas that could be used in decorating a country home to make it your personal style – but have you ever thought, it could be the other way around as well. Yes, like any other style, it too can be mixed up with your personal style and give a new unique look to your home; a home that reflects you.
So, today, as the last post of this series, I would gather up a few simple things that can be done to make cottage-like feel at home.
Start with what you have. Don’t let that old dresser of your mom’s go if you don’t want to because it could still be of some use and make a statement in your home to make you proud in front of your guests. A weathered piece (and it could be anything that you love, if at all you love it) can create a lot of character and still serve in the best way it can.
Make seating more comfortable. A cottage usually has furniture that looks bulky and large but it’s more comfortable than anything. And that really needs to be comfortable anyway because you’re going to spend hours sitting there watching TV, reading books, chatting with friends or just be busy doing nothing. Even the look of a comfortable couch when you enter can relax half of your nerves. Try it!
Embrace botanicals. Bring spring in. Flowers and botanicals play such an important role in making your home feel like a home. Have you ever wondered that? A room that has live plants or flowers or even art-prints of them can make everything in the room smile and say hello. I believe that a room that has a pretty vase of flowers or plants is never empty even if there is nobody in there.
Make friends with warm woods. White looks great too, and wicker is a winner in cottage style, but the warmth and elegant feel that warm woods can create has its own charm. If you’re not a fan of warm wood furniture, then try using it in small doses. It adds character and texture to a room and looks good in small spaces.
Let florals make home. Cottage style is known for pretty feminine floral fabrics, and I just love them. Use fabrics in small scale or stripes in soft colors to create a feel of a cottage in your home. The best thing about fabrics is you don’t have to stick to them for long. Slip-covers, cushions, kitchen curtains; they can be changed according to your taste and style.
Texture up with natural elements. A few wicker baskets for magazines in the living, a rustic piece of art or an unpainted kitchen island can do the job. Anything that is closer to nature can warm up the home at once and look perfect. Just blend it in with other elements and let it become a part of whole look.
Display your best pieces. This is my favorite part – open shelves and built-in book cases! They are so much fun if you use them your way. Display things that you have a connection with – they are meant to house things that resonate with you; books, art, pictures and nevertheless, how convenient open shelves are. That’s why they are becoming more and more popular in other design styles as well. Putting up things that you use daily and need them to be at an arm’s length, it makes life easier (just in case you’re lazy).
Go casual. Country homes are usually decorated with a casual look. While being clean and well organized; they are just not filled up with expensive crystals and accessories. They have simple things that are mainly inspired by nature; yet it shows that these homes are loved.
Do what you love. At the end of the day, its your home, your life, your style. It should reflect you and not what others think. Everyone is unique and so should be their home. Do in whatever way you love to decorate your home; make it happy, pretty and comfortable. Mix in styles in what way you like; just go slow. Follow your instinct and listen to your heart; and your home will love you back.
Images: Better Homes and Gardens