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Create the cottage look in your home by using pretty pastels and some of these traditional cottage accessories.
Vintage furnishings often come with weathered and worn painted finishes. Preserve the look by thinking twice before repainting or refinishing. This old chair is full of interesting detail.
Display your vintage collections on racks or shelves. Here, a trio of old straw hats brings a vintage feel to this corner location by a back door.
Go for what is authentic rather than what is a reproduction. A collection of vintage oil paintings adds more character to a room than a handful of newly framed photos or prints.
Small doses of sparkling crystal give a cottage room a bit of vintage glamour.
When shopping flea markets or other vintage outlets, eye objects for a new purpose. A flower pot can be used as a pencil cup, a flower arranging frog as a pen holder, and a muffin tin as a divider for office supplies.
Old items, like these tarnished sugar and creamer, have at least nine lives, imparting more and more vintage style with each incarnation.
Garden benches, latticework, and accessories fit well into cottage rooms. Paint everything white to unite mismatched pieces, and soften the edges with pillows and flowers.
Cottage is one of the few styles that are perfectly at home with wallpaper. Florals, ticking stripes, and tiny geometrics are just a few good possibilities.