Create Classic Cottage Style With Cheery, Charming Furnishings
Forget fuss and frills. Set aside shabby chic. The TOH take on cottage-style furnishings is clean-lined, colorful—and guaranteed to make your place feel classic, not cute
This lively slatted seat, finished with weather-resistant polyurethane paint, makes a relaxing perch on the porch but would be equally welcome in a kitchen or sunroom.
Porch Rocker in Cornflower, about $149; gardeners.com
Printed with a replica of a pre-World War II graphic, this muslin cover looks vintage but is sturdy enough to toss in the washer.
Horse Pillow Cover, about $25; annadaisydesigns.etsy.com
Made from reclaimed paneling, this mirror frame gives color and patina to the typical white-painted wall covering.
Primitive Antique Beadboard Mosaic Mirror, about $225; usawoodworks.com
A sophisticated spin on the vase-shaped crafts-store version, this boxy glass lamp displays collections. Think river rocks, sea glass, even vintage marbles.
Atrium Lamp, about $149; potterybarn.com
With smooth surfaces, these knobs and pulls add color to cabinets, minus the usual fancy fluting.
Mushroom Glass Knob and Glass Bin Pull by Lew's Hardware, about $7.65 and $14, respectively, in cobalt, green, and amber, each with a brushed-nickel finish; atgstores.com
Originally used to hold home-canned goods, nowadays, cabinets like this 40-inch-tall one supply storage for toiletries, audio equipment, and more. Painted a lemony yellow, it's also a focal point.
The graceful shape of this magazine rack evokes that of an old cottage garden gate. It does double duty as a slim, 16-inch-wide side table.
Wrought Iron Traytop Magazine Rack, about $148; sundancecatalog.com
Draped in linen with a mattress-ticking stripe, this side chair has box-pleated corners rather than ruffles all around.
Slip-Covered Country French Parsons Chair, about $199; inessa.com
A refreshing alternative to chintz, this wall covering has a bold two-tone flower-and-butterfly pattern and a subtle sponge-painted-like texture.
Scenic Vines in Sunny Yellow and Meadow Green, about $98 for a double roll; yorkwall.com
Those graphic lines are a favorite on casual cotton rugs. Here, they're reinterpreted on an oversized, oh-so-soft cotton throw.
Ranch Stripe Woven Cotton Throw, 60 by 78 inches, about $74; dashandalbert.com
This 28-inch-high stand puts potted plants in line with windows for optimal sunlight. It has a sleek shape that's sturdy, not dainty.
Painted Cottage Plant Stand in Garden Green, about $89; llbean.com
The white ironstone pitcher gets a sunny makeover with this high-fired Dijon-yellow enamel finish. Because the clay is so dense, hot liquids stay hot and cold liquids stay cold.
about $30; lecreuset.com
Supple sea grass tends to slouch, but not when woven on a metal frame. Use this structured, display-worthy bin to stash spare linens out in the open.
Grand Portage Bin in medium size, about $40; landsend.com
Used in turn-of-the-century kitchens to access high cabinets, portable wood stairs are still valued for their utility. Given a fiery paint job, this one becomes a showpiece, too.
A symbol of warmth and welcome, the Moravian star is a popular porch light. Traditionally clad in dark metal and dangling from a chain, this updated model has a shiny finish and semi-flush-mount styling.
Moravian Star Ceiling Light in Nickel, about $179; shadesoflight.com
This single-braid rug is more glam than granny, thanks to its squared-off shape and plush spot-cleanable yarn.
3-by-5-foot Chenille Braided Rug, Rectangular, in Vintage Multi, about $199; llbean.com