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How to Design Your Dream Cottage

A cottage is meant to be your personal sanctuary, a place to retreat and unwind. However, design and décor can make a huge difference in terms of your cottage experience. Decorating to achieve comfort, relaxation and charm are key when creating the cottage of your dreams. These five simple steps will make the design process a breeze and ensure you end up with your own personal paradise.

Natural Elements

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 Cottages are commonly associated with rural landscapes; they are a place to reconnect with nature and escape the city. Therefore, it is only fitting to incorporate natural elements into your cottage décor. Wood paneled and stone walls and rustic wood floors create an organic look and bring the outdoors inside. Live edge wood tables and furniture help complete the space, for a truly unrefined, natural style.

Comfortable Seating

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Typically enjoyed in the company of family and friends, comfortable and ample seating are a must for your cottage. A large, plush couch with lots of pillows is exactly what you need to relax and spend time with each other. A big, comfy couch brings everyone together and creates a common space for everyone to talk, laugh and unwind.


Porch/ Dock

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 An outdoor space is a must for any cottage, whether you’re by the water or not. A porch and/or a dock allow you to enjoy the lush greenery around you and are a great way to truly appreciate your escape from the city. Breath in the fresh air, enjoy a glass of wine with great company and take in the beautiful sights around you.


Vintage/Reclaimed Items

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 Vintage and reclaimed furniture bring charm and character to your second home and help create the classic cottage look; rustic and cozy. Having all brand-new pieces in your cottage can make it look and feel cold and sterile. Older pieces create a homey feel, that can only be achieved over time.

Relaxing Colour Scheme

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Because your cottage is a place to relax, your colour scheme should compliment this mood. Neutral and earthy tones create a calming environment, bringing the serenity of the outdoors inside. However, because this is a vacation home, pops of colour are important to make your cottage lively and fun. Colourful pillows, picture frames and knick-knacks are great ways to incorporate colour into your décor. However, if you’re looking to make an even larger statement you can choose bold coloured furniture and paint colours.




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