ALL POSTS TAGGED "cottage style"

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If you’ve been following along on my antiquing adventures then you know 2 things about me:
1) That I spend a fair amount of time at estate sales.
2) That I’m all about a serious bargain.

Enter this perfectly distressed, cane-backed French Provincial headboard that I recently found in an Oak Ridge, TN garage for… wait for it… just 10 bucks! I couldn’t believe the estate sellers had priced it SO low — especially considering how hot French antiques are right now. I vaulted over a pile of old lumber, pulled off the price tag and hot-footed it straight to the check-out table to pay before anyone else could lay claim.

Once I placed it in my guest room, I remembered one small detail about older headboards — they’re short. Often much, much shorter than modern headboards. So short, in fact, that the pillows dwarf my new French beauty:French Provincial Headboard Before Learn my designer trick for making this headboard much taller

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So I thought I’d continue Home Improvement Month with another easy project. This idea comes from our very own Sarah Richardson, who spruced up a wall in her summer house with straw hats. If you have a cottage style home (or even if you don’t), the hats can really add an extra lighthearted touch. You can incorporate some colorful hats or stick to neutral ones like Sarah did — you really can’t go wrong whichever way you choose to display them. Plus, you will save some room in your closet so you have an excuse to go shopping!

 Sarah's Summer Home

What other simple home improvement projects are you doing this summer? Tell us in the comments below.

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I’m kind of obsessed with vintage vignettes. (Okay, majorly obsessed.) Apparently, so is Jeska, the creator, writer and editor of Lobster and Swan, a blog dedicated to sharing decorating ideas, daily discoveries, inspiring photos and recipes too amazing to look at when hungry.

Blog of the Month Lobster and Swan
Jeska says, “I live to make my (and hopefully your) surroundings a happier, more beautiful place by taking pleasure in the simple joys of everyday life and the theatre and wonder of some things that may be out of our reach but are delightful nevertheless.” Her blog does exactly that.


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Working as a contributor on Design Happens at HGTV is almost too much of a good thing (keyword – almost). Five days a week, I’m pleasantly besieged by opulent designs from around the world. And while I can’t help but drool over the design porn…

…it paradoxically helps me to me appreciate paired down, effortlessly attainable style all the more. I get extra excited when I see a blog post and think, “I can do that!” Well, I knew I had found a blog I could love immensely when I came across The Newlywed Diaries and the post “Could I do this?”


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As a star-struck fan of cottage-style decor, A Beach Cottage is my daily (and healthy) dose of eye candy. Sarah, the blog’s author, is a wife, mother, decorator and lover of all things sea-inspired, vintage and unique. She created A Beach Cottage as an outlet for her projects and decorating ideas, as well as inspiration for those trying to achieve their own cozy beach cottage look.


The Joys of Cottage Living

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What better way to enjoy your outdoor furniture year-round than by bringing it inside? Check out these creative and playful ideas.


I love the whimsical, yet modern feel of these indoor swings.

Lacking outdoor space? Bring the comfort and freedom of a hammock right inside.

Nothing complements the cottage style more than this white picnic table.

Kick off your shoes and relax in an indoor cushioned porch swing.

The Little Bird Swing doubles as a swing for adults and a rocking chair for children.

Rattan and wicker are perfect for beach house decor and coastal living.

These modern indoor hammocks are chic and relaxing.

Check out this collection of outdoor/indoor furniture that’s sure to inspire.

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