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Spruce up Your Summer Cottage

Add some rustic chic to your summer cottage

With these last few days of summer, spending those precious weekends at the cottage becomes so much more special. I know I try and get out to my own family cottage as much as possible during July, August, and September.

Do you find though that your summer getaway spot is feeling a bit outdated, a bit too country, or too dark with all kinds of wood? Well, time to get your decorating shoes on.

There isn’t much I love more than a cottage with lots of white and light colors to keep it feeling fresh and airy, mixed in with wood tones. Soft white, greys, and a pop of color like aqua really equal perfection in a cottage space.  They are the perfect complement to the greens and blues of nature.

I like to bring in lots of painted furniture and textiles that are easy to keep clean. White slipcovers on sofas can seem impractical, but actually you can throw them into the wash with a bit of bleach and they come out looking good as new. Having painted pieces of furniture can break up the wood in a cottage space and give you a chance to bring in some white or color. Use jute or dhurrie rugs as these will stand up well to lots of action and be easy to vacuum and keep clean (no shedding!).

The most important part? Grab a cold drink, a good book, and spend lots of time listening to the breeze and enjoying yourself. Have a happy summer!


Gemma Bonham-CarterWritten by Gemma Bonham-Carter
The Sweetest Digs

Gemma Bonham-Carter has made it her mission to DIY her house into a stylishly decorated home, one project at a time. She believes that good design doesn’t have to break the bank. You’ll find her posts focus on reusing pre-loved items in surprising ways to create something new and exciting.