Want some quick tips for creating cottage style decorating at home? Just use the following A-Z "Quik Tips."
By Kathryn Bechen
~Arrange your living room furniture in a “U” shape for great conversations.
~Birdhouses painted to match your home are wonderful.
~Cats in a windowsill are “very cottage.”
~Dogs curled up in front of the fireplace say “cottage cozy.”
~Entertain your friends around a round table with good food and wine.
~French touches in furniture say “sophisticated cottage.”
~Gates with clever signs hung on them say “instant cottage.”
~Hatboxes covered with vintage wallpaper are great for storage.
~Ingenious cottage touches are a claw-foot bathtub and thick fluffy towels.
~Junk from flea markets can be repurposed into creative plant containers.
~Knickknacks from family or collected from your travels add personality.
~Lattice lining patio walls creates charm.
~Mementos framed in shadow boxes add personality to your cottage.
~Nurture yourself with a four poster bed and sumptuous linens.
~Ottomans can be used in place of a coffee table or at the end of a bed.
~Pictures of florals, botanicals, or your travels say “instant cottage.”
~Quilts on the end of a bed or draped over a chair are pure cottage style.
~Rugs in sisal, jute, or colorful cotton add a cottage touch.
~Sink-down-in-and-rest-awhile white slipcovered sofas are very cottage.
~Texture in rugs, fabrics, and pillows creates interesting dimension.
~Upholster your furniture in coordinated florals, plaids, and stripes.
~Vintage trunks make great coffee tables and linens storage.
~Welcome signs are charming near your front door.
~Xtraordinary touches include floral painted mailboxes and fountains.
~Yellow in a bright canary shade is a great color for a cottage front door.
~Zest for living always accompanies the cottage style spirit!
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