Do you love pieces that have been passed down in the family and thrift store finds? If so, then you will love the cottage look. It’s cozy and casual and you won’t have to worry about a few scratches. Decorate with your treasures that have been touched by time and enjoy the look.
Floral patterns add a special touch to basic white. Old white chenille bedspreads are perfect for making slip covers and with cushions covered in floral fabric you get a perfect cottage look. Look for white chenille bedspreads and floral fabric at flea markets and thrift stores.
Subtle shades of white, cream, gray, green, yellow, pink, and blue offer plenty of colors to choose from. Don’t be afraid to mix your floral fabric with checks or stripes Just stick to your color palette for combinations that work. Replace heavy any heavy draperies with light, gauzy curtains of floral that billow in the breeze and puddle gracefully on the floor.
A white table cloth dresses up a simple farmhouse table. Outfit chairs with slipcovers stitched from soft cottage fabric and add candle light with glass or crystal candle holders for glimmer. For even more glow, hang a candle chandelier over the table. Fresh flowers are a simple way to add color and fragrance. If you have a flower garden you are in luck. Use old crocks and worn pitchers for your bouquets.
A wonderful old chair or bed plumped up with pillows provides a place where you can relax with comfort. Dress beds for sink in softness. Everything should be soft and inviting. Layer on details. every touch you add whither it’s a silk lamp shade, pillow trim or an extra row of ruffles on a bedskirt. Use as many mirrors as you can handle. They move the light around to keep the room buoyant. Baskets and hatboxes can hide clutter while looking pretty and practical in every room.
Bring old garden pieces such as weathered urns, wire plant stands and metal garden chairs indoors to add texture. An old mantel worn by time set on top of a brick fireplace is one way to bring out vintage style in a small cottage. Also think about using old French doors as interior doors or making them into folding screens. Wicker also adds a touch of the garden to indoor spaces
If you don’t have great flea markets and thrift stores where you live, go online. Type in ’shabby chic’ and it will take you to a lot of Web sites that might have just what you are looking for.
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