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
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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.

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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.

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Hang It Up: Curtain Panels

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

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Hang It Up: Rods

    Dakota Swing Arm Rod, $50, Restoration Hardware (restorationhardware.com)

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Hang It Up: Tiebacks

    End Cap Tiebacks, $30, Restoration Hardware (restorationhardware.com)

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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 (calicocorners.com)

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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 (ikea.com)

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Floored

    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 (shadesoflight.com)

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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 (target.com)

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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.

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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 (lampsplus.com)

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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 (johnrobshaw.com)

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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 (pierone.com)

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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 (pierone.com)

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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 (mgbw.com)

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