I Need Cottage Decorating Ideas
by Nancy, the Frugal Decorating Diva
Description: Creative, inexpensive decorating ideas for a cottage style living room.
Recently, the following question was asked about cottage
"I have recently repainted my living room. I have a piano and
fireplace (with a mirror above it) in that room. I have live
plants and one artificial tree. I need to store books in the
room, especially music ones. I really want to use cottage
style in this room - any ideas?"
Cottage is so my fave! Here are some ideas to use with the
"bones" you have to work with:
* Candles are a cottage staple. I think a collection of either
silver or clear glass candle holders would look good on one of
your piano. You could cover some of your music books in white
butcher paper and stack them to use as lifts for that
* With a lot of plants, mini lights would add that cottage
cozy light look. If you can put some of those in front of your
mirror, or any mirror, you'd increase their impact. Maybe
stand a mirror inside your fireplace when not in use - against
the back wall of it, and have plants with minilights fill in
the opening. Cover all your pots so they match - maybe in the
same fabric you could make pillows out of.
* Matching lace tableclothes draped over your current drapes -
not completely covering them - just so they have that layered
look would add a cottage fabric touch.
* If you cover more of your music books in the same paper, you
could stack them on the side of your sofa as an impromptu
table. I would use a tray - either silver or clear glass
(depending on which you pick for candlesticks) on top of the
* You can make tables - accent, end and coffee tables - out of
so many things - try a sled as a coffee table - or a partially
closed old wooden ironing board. Stand crates on their sides.
Store some of your books inside. I took pieces of 12x12
ceramic floor tile and glued one to each of several small
plant stands to make tables.
I love even THINKING about cottage style!
Nancy, the Frugal Decorating Diva, turning "stuff" you have
and don't want, into "stuff " you need. Read more about how to
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