Cottage decorating
Waterside cottages
Barbara Jacksier ; photography by Dan Mayers.
Salt Lake City : Gibbs Smith, 2009.
Jacksier, an editor and writer for design and living magazines, describes the interior characteristics of coastal cottages and showcases 13 dwellings, including cottages, bungalows, and a boathouse, through color photos by photographer Dan Mayers. She details their casual design approaches, color choices, and use of patterns, simple motifs, and sea themes and materials and vintage pieces, with descriptions by owners about their decorating choices. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
Mary Emmerling's beach cottages : at home by the sea
Mary Emmerling ; text by Jill Kirchner Simpson ; photographs by Carter Berg.
New York : Clarkson Potter, c2008.
Includes index.
California cottage style
Ann & Scot Zimmerman.
New York : Sterling Pub., c2003.
This magnificent tribute brilliantly showcases the variety of styles that belong to this tradition. Splendid photographs, taken by a prominent architectural photographer, present Pioneer, Queen Anne, Spanish Colonial Revival, Craftsman, and English and Tudor revival homes. See exactly what makes cottages different from other houses and how to make the most of their beauty.
Cottage style
Marie Proeller Hueston.
New York : Hearst Books, c2003.
Any home, anywhere, can have that cozy cottage style. This lavishly illustrated guide to cottage style examines both traditional takes and fresh twists on this enduring look.
Cottage style : ideas & projects for your world
Jerri Farris and Tim Himsel.
Chanhassen, MN : Creative Pub. International, c2003.
Cottage-style decorating is the practice of creating the ambience of a 19th century English cottage. It captures the romance of a simple but delightful home located in a peaceful, country landscape. A cottage-style home is fascinating in ifs attention to detail. Hand-crafted themes predominate, and the use of decorative fabric projects is striking. The most popular themes are those evoking a carefully cultivated, natural landscape. The cottage-style movement is one of the most popular trends in home decorating. It reflects a striking consumer movement toward lifestyle simplicity. This book teaches readers the key principles behind cottage-style decorating. It includes hundreds of idea photos demonstrating these principles in real-life practice, and gives instructions for more than two dozen ingenious projects that anyone can build.

Cozy and warm. Comfortable. Soothing. Cottage living evokes these ideas, and decorating in the cottage style can transform your home into the charming place of your imagination. Whether a nook, a room, or an entire house, careful selection and arrangement of elements will help you to bring a sense of simplicity to your home.

Cottage furniture should be plain with a finish in matte wood or distressed paint. Pieces need not match. This is the time to take in used furniture from family members. Memories of the givers and the history represented by these items add much to the nurturing atmosphere of your home.

Keep things simple. Focus on vignettes that set the stage for peaceful living. A quiet place for reading can be created with an overstuffed chair, a small side table, and a reading lamp. A small settee by the fire is an invitation for an intimate chat between two people. A porch can be fixed up to encourage restful contemplation of nature.

Simple shelving

Open shelves add a casual element to a dining room and a treat for the eye.

Shallow 4-inch deep shelves can hold groups of favorite photos, cups and saucers.

Deeper 10 inch shelves can hold colorful books or a collection of figurines.

A single plate rack is quick to install and will hold many plates, an easy way to bring in color and cheer. 

These furnishing elements create an inviting atmosphere:

  • Pine wood, inexpensive and warm, for furniture
  • Window treatments in light fabrics frame cheerful views of the garden
  • Wood floors, simple to clean, give emphasis to the natural
  • Vintage linens add softness and comfort 
  • Light, pale colors for the walls are timeless

This versatile style of decorating brings the charm and warmth of cottage living to your home.

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff