Sometimes it’s not WHERE you live, it’s HOW you live. During vacation time, we all want a place to go that is calm and easy going, but not all of us can afford the luxury of a second home to accommodate that special seaside style. Here are a few ideas on how to get that vibe in your home now—or maybe just in a room in your home—so you can escape whenever you would like!
Easy Chic – A good cottage is relaxed and easy. It doesn’t need to impress anyone. It gives the feeling of “come on in” like through the back door rather than the formal front door. Make sure your “cottage” gives this relaxed, easy and unassuming vibe.
Flexible Design—When you have limited space, furniture and accessories need to have a dual purpose. No room for cabinets? Open shelving or an armoire may be the answer. Use a table as a prep space—and a dining space. Just keep the chairs out until needed. Carefully pick each piece for your “cottage” space for function and beauty.
Outdoor Living—A “cottage” space may have everything you need, but it can be very small and not have all your wants. Extending your living space to the outdoors is a great solution. Put some love and time into a space outdoors so you can extend your “relax” time with friends and family.
Don’t fight the Elements—Pick your décor elements thoughtfully. This not only applies to your extended “cottage” outdoor space, where you should choose outdoor fabrics and furniture pieces that can withstand the elements, but also pick items that can withstand the OTHER elements that will be in your space! Kids, lots of traffic, food and drinks—whatever you think will be going on in your “cottage”—make sure everything that is in there fits the space. Don’t put your priceless fragile figurine from your great great grandmother in a space where it could be easily broken. That would not promote the right atmosphere for you or your guests to relax!
It’s All About the View—If you have a beautiful view from your “cottage” window, don’t cover up the window with a lot of window treatments or obscure the view by clunky furniture. Use color to enhance the natural beauty outdoors and bring it into the room—blue sky, white clouds, flowers or greenery. Or you may not have a gorgeous view out the window of your “cottage”. If you are giving a space that “cottage” feeling, accent a beautiful piece of art in the room, by using colors and themes that go with the art. Remember it’s about the vibe of beach or vacation “cottage”.
Now use your vacation imagination and explore how you can bring your own unique “cottage style” to be!