22 affordable ideas that add up to sweet cottage style.
Slipcovers reflect the easy-living attitude that's crucial to cottage style. Sewn from affordable cotton or canvas, most slipcovers easily slip off and into the wash.
Vases look charming with or without flowers. These antique perfume bottles are perfect for a blossom or two. Select flowers that might grow in the cottage garden, such as lilacs, roses, and daisies.
Vintage fabrics might seem pricey, but consider their design punch. A curtain panel should yield enough fabric for three 20-inch-square pillows. Shop for damaged or stained pieces that can be cut to make a pillow top. Add new coordinating fabric on the back.
Worn paint suits cottage furniture. Paint furniture and rough it up with sandpaper for a time-worn finish.
Bring the beach home by displaying found shells in clear glass containers. Sharing the things you love gives your home personal style.
Collections are key to cottage style. But the freshest way to show them off is with restraint. A windowsill is the perfect place to display these antique lather brushes.
Baskets give a room casual style. Keep bathroom shelves organized by storing extra towels and supplies inside matching baskets.
Style a lampshade with buttons and trim. It takes only a little craft glue or self-stick lampshade to create this look. Take it a step further and hang unique trinkets, like these keys, from the edge of the shade.
Details such as pretty ribbon and buttons on pillows sweeten the look. Keep it simple and monochromatic for fresh cottage style.
Wicker brings the feel of the porch inside. For a new twist, cover the piece with black spray paint. It's a chic alternative to traditional white.
Architectural fragments -- such as old mantels, corbels, brackets, and molding -- bring aged cottage elements into a new home. Look for vintage pieces at flea markets and antique shops.
Knobs dress up a utilitarian piece of furniture. Adding glass or crystal knobs freshens a dated sideboard. Look for new or vintage knobs at flea markets and garage sales.
Wire baskets add charm as well as storage. Below a desk, they can hold favorite books or magazines.
Claw-foot tubs offer instant cottage style in the bathroom. Check our salvage and antique stores to find a vintage tub in your area.