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What is Cottagecore Decorating?

Cottagecore decorating is one of those timeless decorating styles. Have you ever wondered what is cottagecore decorating?  Are you finding you are attracted to a more cottagecore style? It’s a style so adaptable to almost any home. It tends to focus on simplicity, vintage, and finds beauty in the slightly worn and chipped, and embraces pretty florals and bringing the garden inside. While it changes names over time, from Cottage to Cottagecore, it always stays constant in creating a warm and inviting home.
Vintage style cottage core table and mirror

Here are a few great examples of cottage decorating ideas. Cottagecore style starts with many foundational elements that are classic and timeless such as subway tile, board and batten and beadboard wall treatments. I love these wall options because they are so timeless they can lend themselves to many vintage and classic styles.
Bathroom with white subway tile in bond pattern with gray grout
This vintage boys room at Alabaster Rose features the simple and clean look of a vintage bed with grainsack pillows and a chippy wardrobe.
Cottagecore also uses lots of colorful florals and vintage items such as gorgeous vases. You can find these inexpensively at the thrift stores, so there is no need to break the bank when decorating! Mixing and matching is always a great idea!
Vintage Asian Style vases and smoke bush clippings as a mantel dedcorating idea for late summer and early fall
A beautiful dining room and buffet update at My Sweet Savannah uses vintage elements such as a painted buffet, architectural embellishments and ironstone to add cottage style to her home. The neutral side of cottage has a simple feel.
 Cottage dining room with old table and open shelves with ironstone on them

What are some key ways to bring in Cottagecore style? Bring in florals with pillows, drapery and fresh flowers. Add the rustic, chippy and worn. Use natural woods contrasted with painted pieces, and embrace the handmade, home baked, hand sewn and the idea of simpler living.

This gorgeous bedroom refresh at Saavy southern style uses soft linens and tufting to create a soft and welcoming bed with layers of quilts.

Flowers and fresh blooms everywhere speaks to a cottage style. Pansies on a windowsill in vintage apothecary bottles adds a pretty and simple touch.

Flowers on a kitchen windowsill in vintage bottles
 The Wicker House’s fabulous living room and entryway is warm and open!
Cottage entryway with a basket and a chair and mirror
We love this fresh take on stenciled  floral curtains  in the dining room at The 2 Seasons.  They feel cottagey and sweet! Floral curtains with either big, or small flowers on them can play a big part of cottagecore style.
Floral curtains with a afghan with flwoes and a yellow pillow
As do handcrafts such as a crocheted or knitted blanket or quilt. These softer touches add to the cozy and warm feel.
Guilded Junkyard vintage mantel with frames and silver
 This pretty mantel at The Gilded Junkyard has some of my favorite vintage and cottage elements! Vintage silver, mirrors and frames! Creating a collage wall in cottage style speaks to the eclectic and gathered feeling.
Make a gallery wall with these simple steps
A pretty dining room  at Worn Cotton I love the use of a worn table with a wicker chair. While this almost borders on farmhouse, they do meet in the middle many times.
Simple cottage and farmhouse dining room with a wood table wicker chair and fern on the table
I hope you were inspired by these cottage decorating ideas to add warm,beautiful and welcoming touches of your own!

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  1. Wow some gorgeous fresh looks here, very inspiring! Love your blog and would love to join in next time (is it every Monday?) I’ll be checking back in between breaks of a bedroom redo! Now for some reason I’m thirsty for some lemon tea?

  2. Oh my goodness Jennifer, I was just looking through your blog and saw that you featured my boy’s room and I was in shock!! I’m so honored, thank you so much!!
    There were some amazing looks and such wonderful inspiration!!
    Thanks so much for hosting!
    Hope you have a beautiful Sunday.

  3. This was a fun post to read. And yes, I have wondered what exactly is Cottagecore decorating. You did a real nice job explaining this concept, and sharing some beautiful pictures. I’m now going to go back and click on some of the links. Thank you for this… I really enjoyed it.

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