Create a Colorful Cottage Living Room
Cheery paint and one-of-a-kind finds provide plenty of personality
Cottage style's upbeat informality means there's plenty of room for idiosyncratic accessories and lively color. Take this room, assembled by Annie Westermann in her turn-of-the-20th-century lake home in Georgia. "I like primitive pieces and Adirondack-style furnishings," she says, but not so much the woodsy cabin look. So she paired a whitewashed twig table and chair with a colorful chest and cottage classics, like a wicker rocker and a braided rug. Yellow paneled walls, green stair railings, and a red floor provide a spirited setting for stained glass, antique frames, and dog figurines. Want a similarly sunny, lived-in look? Read on.
Westermann thinks every living room should have a place to put up your feet. This stool gets the job done with a rich brown faux-leather top and charming splayed legs.
About $110; Hayneedle
The homeowner installed reproduction Craftsman stained-glass panels to add some color around the fireplace. You can DIY the look using liquid leading and glass paint from the crafts store.
About $3 per color; Plaid