Cottage Style 49 Ideabooks

My mind is hardwired to go straight to Hansel and Gretel or The Three Little Bears whenever I hear the word "cottage" — and there are places like Carmel, California, where cottages do have that fairy tale allure. However, with so many versions, I didn't limit the style to the daintiest of these...
So Your Style Is: Cottage
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,...
Houzz Tour: Simplicity a Virtue in an English Country Cottage
When interior designer Nicola O’Mara and her partner, John Merriman, from Inspired Design, bought a 19th-century cottage, they knew it would require some attention. After one...
10 Recipes for Shabby Chic Style
Vintage and antique finds; distressed, cracked and imperfect finishes; antique linens; sparkling chandeliers; and lots of white. Though certainly not for everyone, for those who love the style, Shabby Chic is utter...
My Houzz: Creativity Flows in a New Hampshire Cottage
When painter and felting artist Lauren Decatur was searching for a new place to call home, a little isolated cottage tucked away in the woods of New Hampshire had the perfect balance of peacefulness,...
Cute, Cook-Friendly Cottage Kitchens
I drool over cottage kitchens, but then, my husband does most of the cooking. (I cooked for the first 25 years, so it seemed only fair that he cook for the next 25.) Naturally, his response to cottage kitchens is distinctly different from mine. Where...
Decorating a Cottage? Think Flea Market Style
What do flea markets, thrift stores and antiques shops have in common? You are likely to find the most fabulous stuff buried under piles of blankets or sitting in a dark corner. This is the kind of stuff that brings story and humor and a bit of...
8 Challenges of Cottage Living
In a past ideabook I discussed the benefits of cottage living. Now it’s time to flip the coin, so to speak, and discuss the challenges that cottage dwellers...
Lessons From Camp: Cottage Inspiration for Home
Tereasa Surratt and husband David Hernandez bought a decrepit summer camp from a group of expatriate Latvian priests. The next step was to spruce the place up. Surratt, the designer behind Tereasa...
Houzz Tour: A Beach Cottage Gets Its Vibe Back
“You’ve got to get the details spot-on in a small home,” says interior designer Clark Collins. In his case “small” means 900 square feet in a charming...
Room of the Day: Cheery Cottage Style for a Master Bedroom
One antique stained glass window was the driving inspiration for this cozy master bedroom redesign. In addition to their desire to show off their antiques in the best light, these homeowners wanted a comfy, family-friendly atmosphere in every room of...
5 Comfy Decorating Styles That Say 'Welcome!'
Do decorating terms like “Shabby Chic,” “farmhouse,” “cottage,” “Western” and “bohemian” sound like a collection of esoteric terms used only by some secret cabal of interior designers? Actually, these...
Houzz Tour: Lowcountry Charm for a South Carolina Cottage
This compact new home outside of Charleston, South Carolina, is brimming with a blend of traditional farmhouse character and Lowcountry cottage charm. The family who lives here wanted to build a house that made the most of its small footprint, but...
Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen's Guesthouse Brims With Charm
Hollywood actors Mary Steenburgen and Ted Danson's creative lifestyle called for a retreat where they could host friends and family, rehearse scripts and get some writing done. "Because everything we do begins with a written word, whether it is acting...
Outfit a Cottage-Style Remodel, Top to Bottom
If you are planning to make changes to your whole house, whether it's all at once, or over time, it pays to come armed with a plan to keep the look consistent. In this series we will be rounding up ideas and inspiration for updating fixtures, finishes...
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