June 3, 2016
There’s really nothing better than long, lazy summer days spent at the cottage, swimming, fishing and sipping something on the dock. City dwellers flock to the water every chance they get and savor the relaxed and casual feel of lake life. In some ways, cottage style is more a way of thinking than an actual style of decorating. The best cottages are humble, natural and center on family – like a warm blanket for the soul, they honor imperfections, everyday treasures and family collectibles.
Why does it work? Comfortable and personable, cottage style has many elements that speak to everyone. Fabrics abound and the furnishings invite us to sit down and put up our feet. And most importantly, there’s a lot of room for individual expression.
The best way to design your ultimate cottage is to pull from the beauty around you. Great cabins are an escape from the typical day-to-day grind, so allow yourself a retreat and let the splendor of nature into your space. Natural materials like wood and stone are classic cottage components, and soft neutrals allow for layers of texture, paint, fabric and accessories, all seamless blending with the landscape outside the walls.
Here are some of our favorite cottage inspiration images.
What do you like the most about cottage life?