On my couch.
I know, I know, white couches are all the rage ~ and I do own one ~ but frankly, it doesn't have the personality that my floral one possesses. It's probably deemed dated in many circles, but there's something about colorful, patterned fabric that makes me swoon. That busy sofa is the centerpiece of my Cottage Style Family Room and after almost fifteen years, it still makes me smile when I catch a glimpse of it.
Of course, decorating around a large, heavily patterned piece can be a challenge, but the essence of cottage style is mixing not matching. Layering contrasting textiles on top of one another is key. The more collected and eclectic the pieces, the better.
My couch came with eight pillows. Super generous and lucky for me since pillows are another hallmark of cottage style! I was able to pick the fabric and trim and I stuck to the basics. Even in a cottage room a few neutral pieces are a must. They provide a base on which to layer.
I figured if I got tired of them, I could always recover them or add accents to them in the future, but so far (at least a decade later) basic still works.
I have added a few cozy throws and a bolster pillow, which will be changed out shortly, due to my husband's sharp elbows, thank you very much. However, overall, I am pleased with the room and haven't had any desire to alter it.
Well, for the past several years, the room has been dressed with red gingham curtains. They were simple valances I picked up years ago at a local discount curtain shop. They have served me well, but this year when I replaced my kitchen curtains, I suddenly had a desire to lighten up the family room as well. Especially since the rooms open up into each other.
The fabric is plain, but textured for interest. It was also dirt cheap.
Now, I am not an enthusiastic seamstress, but cheap is a great motivator. Plus rod pocket panels are ridiculously easy to make...sew or no sew.
I didn't line the curtains. They are airy and let in a ton of sunshine. They also have a more rustic look this way. Now the whole family room has a different feel. Even with the wolves, decoys and fishing prints on the wall, that one swap took the room from "lodge cottage" to "garden cottage" in no time flat.
I was so excited with my new look, I wanted to take it a bit further. I swapped out the lamp shade with one from another room, added a mirror where some pictures used to hang and grabbed a pillow from the living room and popped it on the window seat.
A total transformation for less than ten bucks...and that includes the apples! They add a little life to the room and I don't have to worry about watering them.
That poor little rose bush is already on borrowed time.
The new curtains update the space perfectly, look great against the window frames that still need to be painted years after their installation (real life here people) and accent my pretty posy covered couch so it really stands out!
No hiding those flowers now, huh?
I wouldn't want to.
Do you have cottage style?
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