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What does It Mean to Live Cottage Style?
Your home is a highly personalized space that has a powerful influence over the way you feel about your life. It should surround you with objects that offer you comfort, serenity and peace as well as reflect your interests and passions. It should be a place to rejuvenate and restore from your hectic daily life- providing a peaceful haven to come home to. It is a place that you can come to leave your worries behind so that you can unwind and relax. A place to center and to refocus on what is so important in life. It is more than just a way of decorating - it is a way of living.
What is Cottage Style Decorating?
The cottage style has become quite popular as it offers more comfort, easier living and a wider range of decorating options then any other style. It is casual and comfortable incorporating elements that sooth the senses. It is versatile enough to allow for the blending of the personalities and interests of all of the members of the household thus making sure everyone will be comfortable in the space. It combines treasured heirlooms and vintage accessories with favorite new home decor pieces. It brings in the elements of nature with liberal use of shells, rocks, pinecones, plants and florals. It is eclectic, using fabrics and decorative accessories in a wide variety of textures, patterns, and colors and materials. It can be adapted to small or large living spaces, as well as various architectual styles. It is fresh and simple emphasizing sparceness over clutter. It even allows for touches of whimsy and imagination. It is a house that welcomes you home.