Cheerful, laid back and welcoming, cottage style feels like a giant hug. Find out how to make this appealing look work its magic.
What it is
In some ways, cottage style is as much a frame of mind as it is an approach to decorating. There’s an everyday ease in the way it celebrates imperfections, ordinary treasures and blended families of furniture. Cottages tend to be humble, unpretentious and full of heart — traits most of us would be proud to claim.
Why it works
Comfy, casual and personal, cottage style is perfect for the way we really live. Fabrics are forgiving; furnishings invite us to flop down and prop up our feet. There’s a lot of leeway for the individual expression that anchors the way we think about decorating these days.
You’ll love it if
You rock the straw-hat look. Shiny surfaces leave you cold. You bought slipcovers way before they were trendy. You’d take a pitcher full of hydrangeas over a bouquet of long-stemmed roses. You’re on a first-name basis with local flea market vendors.
What does cottage style mean for you? Tell us in the Comments section.