My decorating style is distinctly “cottage,” with farm tables, old cabinets, and lots of vintage ironstone and old mirrors sprinkled here and there. The term “cottage” has evolved over the years (thanks to some really great designers) and there are many different ways to express a cottage look. Today I am looking at what I like to call “The Modern Cottage” which is also referred to as “Industrial” or “Masculine”. This is one of my favorite examples. Comfy upholstered chair in a black and white stripe, gorgeous antique mirror in a dark wood stain, white floors and modern art on the walls.
This photo embodies much of what I love about a modern cottage. An antique french daybed recovered in cream linen, pillows covered with newer fabrics, modern lighting, an old ceiling medallion, and fabulous moldings on the walls.
This is a photo from the home of Ellen DeGeneres. The leather chairs and equestrian antiques add a touch of masculinity, while the white clapboard walls and antique mirrors say “farm house.” I love it.
No matter how you decide to decorate your cottage, remember you can mix vintage and new, light and dark, soft and hard. A cozy, family friendly home will win out over picture perfection every time.