Get the Look: Fabric-Filled Cottage

Want to re-create the look of this pretty living room in your house? We give you lots of budget-minded ideas and product picks.

By Amy Panos

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Tan and red cottage living room
James Carriere
The Look for Less

    Pretty fabrics used in inventive ways give this cottage its signature look. Here are some affordable ideas for re-creating the look at your house.

Hang It Up

    Curtains on short rods distinguish the living room from the reading nook. You could get a similar look by hanging a pair of readymade green ticking stripe panels and gathering them into oil-rubbed bronze tiebacks.

    Keep clicking to see how to get the look for less.

Hang It Up: Curtain Panels

    Lenox Ticking Citrus window panel, $64, Pine Cone Hill (pineconehillcom)

Hang It Up: Rods

    Dakota Swing Arm Rod, $50, Restoration Hardware (

Hang It Up: Tiebacks

    End Cap Tiebacks, $30, Restoration Hardware (

Berry Good

    This fabric has the same type and size motif as the red floral fabric that backs the curtains, but at $22 a yard, it's more affordable. Have a couple of yards made into throw pillows to bring its bold pattern and raspberry red color to the room.

    Campbell in Magenta, $22/yard, Calico Corners (

Turn the Tables

    The distinctive shape of the table legs make this a good stand-in for the coffee table in the room. A stainless-steel finish makes it a bit more modern than the original table, but it's still neutral enough to blend with a beige sofa and rug.

    Vika Hyttan table, $129, IKEA (


    To keep neutral colors from getting boring, choose a subtle pattern. This greeny beige comes close to the rug that's in the room and adds a little bit more color. Another option is to shop a carpet store for a large remnant of wall-to-wall carpeting and have it trimmed and bound as an area rug. (The carpet store will probably charge you a small fee for the binding.)

    Soho Dhurrie Rug in green, $328 for a 5X8, Shades of Light (

Light It Up

    The rounded shape of the metal shade and articulating arm of this affordable floor lamp make it a good fit for the room and handy for reading.

    Brookfield Deluxe Floor Lamp, $150, Target (

Pillow Power

    A pair of chairs covered in a bold pattern can be beautiful, but if flexibility for future decorating schemes is on your mind, you might be better off buying neutral furniture.

Pillow power: Club Chair

    Dress up a beige club chair with one oversize pillow in a fun pattern.

    Aberdeen Doeskin Microfiber Nailhead Club Chair, $550, Lamps Plus (

Pillow Power: Pillows

    This red flower print suggests the diamond pattern on the chairs but comes with no commitment.

    Blossom Decorative Pillow, $75 for cover, John Robshaw (

Tweet Deal

    This super affordable accent table is a great match for the one in the room and brings in a bit of organized style.

    Perched Bird Accent Table, $50, Pier One (

Office Help

    A secretary is a smart addition to a room because you can house a whole home office in it. Close it up and it's a handsome piece of furniture.

    Casabelle Mail Center, $350, Pier One (

Basket Case

    A great big basket can add interest to an empty corner. Plus, it's practical. Use it for throw pillows or blankets -- great-looking storage, right out in the open.

    Baguette baskets, $102, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams (

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