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Cozy Tips To Make Your Home Feel Like a Cottage

Cozy Tips To Make Your Home Feel Like a Cottage

Fall is around the corner, and that means it’s time to start planning your interior decorating scheme for the next season. One of the best parts of fall is feeling warm and comfortable inside even as the temperatures start dropping outdoors. Whether you’re bringing the vibes of a French country chateau or an English garden into your space, here’s how to make your home feel like a cottage this autumn.

Natural Materials

Many of the dreamy cottages in Europe are built from wood and stone, giving them a rustic charm. You can bring some of this charm home with you this fall by incorporating more natural materials in your decorating.

For wood, you’ll want to look for benches, side tables, shelves, and other furniture you can refurbish or repurpose. A little wear and tear actually adds to the ambience.

For stone, you might consider putting out carved decorative bowls or vases. It might also be time to redo the facing on your fireplace. Here’s a little trick: manufactured stone veneers are easier to come by and no one will know it’s not real stone except you!

Softer Lighting

Something about low lighting immediately makes a room feel more intimate—perhaps it’s because we have to get closer to each other in order to see faces clearly. Regardless, lighting candles and fireplaces, and using the low setting on ceiling lights will help fill your home with the glow of autumn coziness.

Don’t have adjustable lighting? No worries. You can get smart color-changing bulbs from any hardware store that allow you to change the color of your lights from your phone.

Earthy Scents

When we talk about interior design, many people immediately jump to the visual aspects, but the feeling you get from a room comes from all five senses. Fill a wooden dish with potpourri, hang up some dried herbs, and use scented candles to make your home smell like a glorious cottage.

Domestic Aesthetics

If you stay at a real cottage, you’re likely to find lots of quilts, embroidery, and other homemade crafts in the decorations. Even if you don’t craft—or you prefer not to have your home look like a fabric store—there are ways to incorporate these items into your décor. For example, modern quilts in solid neutral colors are a fantastic alternative to more homespun versions.

Cozy Sounds

The one sense that people forget about most often in interior design is sound. Cottages are meant to be retreats from the busy, urban sprawl that many of us find ourselves trapped in. How do you get around this? One way to emulate the sounds of the countryside is to play ambient playlists whenever you’re relaxing in your home. You’ll forget you’re nowhere near a farm with chirping crickets, babbling brooks, and buzzing bees playing in the background.

Follow Your Design Compass

No two people understand coziness the same way, so feel free to pick and choose from these suggestions as you make your home feel like a cottage. Authenticity is the key to making your home feel comfortable during the coming seasonal changes.

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Karen LeBlanc

Karen LeBlanc is a freelance writer living in Orlando, Florida with many published bylines in magazines, newspapers, and multimedia sites. As a professional lifestyle writer, Karen specializes in art, architecture, design, home interiors and personality profiles. Karen is the writer, producer and host of the streaming series, The Design Tourist ( that brings viewers a global dose of design inspiration with episodes featuring the latest looks and trends from the world’s premiere design events and shows. She also publishes a quarterly magazine on design travel that you can read by clicking the link: Her journalism background includes seven years on-air experience as a TV news reporter and anchor covering a range of issues from education to politics. Her educational credentials include a Master of Arts in Mass Communications from Northeast Louisiana University and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Louisiana State University. Throughout her career, Karen has written and produced dozens of documentaries and videos for educational, commercial, corporate, and governmental clients and appeared in many TV and video productions as a professional host.

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Karen LeBlanc

Karen LeBlanc is a travel host and writer with a popular travel show, The Design Tourist, and a companion lifestyle blog. As a widely published travel journalist and content creator, Karen is a member of the North American Travel Journalists Association. She also serves as the Design and Travel editor of the national lifestyle magazine, LaPalme. Karen believes that every destination has a story to tell through its local art, architecture, culture, and craft. This immersive creative exploration begins with authentic accommodations where the narrative of place unfolds through art, accessories, accouterments, furnishings, fixtures, and food. 

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