Classic Country Cottage

A cozy country-style kitchen with a homely atmosphere and provincial aesthetic

Classic Country Cottage

How to create a classic country style setting that is cozy and welcoming

A couple of weeks ago I featured the delightful Feine Laube, a holiday cottage on the outskirts of Berlin. The interior of the cottage is a charming mix of old and new, with a classic country style aesthetic that makes it feel really cozy and homey.

This week we look at ways to create the same classic farm style or cottage look in your own home by combining second hand and antique elements, earthy tones and natural textures. I’ve also found some great pieces on Etsy, to show you how to put it all together.

CLASSIC COUNTRY COTTAGE

Cozy cottage in the countryside
Cozy countryside kitchen

The Feine Laube cottage has a cozy country-style kitchen that welcomes you in with it’s homely atmosphere and rural aesthetic. Here at their countryside retreat, owners Arne and Alex have managed to create just the perfect balance between old and new, using classic timeless pieces and a muted colour pallet. Some older pieces have been painted in brilliant white and toned-down chalk paint, to freshen up the room and make it look more contemporary.

I just love the green window frames. It gives an instant cottage charm to an otherwise quite plain and muted pallet.

Cozy cottage kitchen in the countryside
Cozy cottage in the countryside
Classic country style bathroom
Classic country style bathroom

Throughout the cottage Arne and Alex have used second hand and vintage furniture and combined them with stylish contemporary pieces. The bathroom for instance is a brilliant mix of elegant modern fixtures and old classics. I love the cement tiles on the floor. The vibrant pattern ties the room together, adding some warmth and offsets quite nicely against the sleek clean white of the wall tiles.

English style cottage in Berlin
Classic country style cottage

The beautiful scatter cushions are from Arne and Alex’s home decor shop, called Berliner Landjungs. They’re made from vintage tea cloths and adds a really lovely touch. You can actually find many of the items in the cottage on their online Etsy store.  Below I’ve made a little step by step guide on how you can draw inspiration from the landjunge’s style to create your own classic country look. I’ve also created a Country Cottage Edit on Etsy, so you can find all the items in one place.

Have any more ideas on creating a country style theme? Leave a comment below, I’d love to hear your thoughts! If you’d like to see some more of the beautiful cottage, go check out last week’s story on Feine Laube.

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1. Use well made classic second hand pieces

I think one of the most important things when creating a classic cottage look is to use elements that are truly old. Like something second hand or from a vintage market rather than something new created to “look” old. This way every piece has true integrity, with a story to tell. The aesthetic can very quickly loose it’s charm when the elements you use, lack that soul and integrity because they’re merely mimicking an old style appearance.

2. Enamel tableware for a classic country look

I’ve always loved enamel table ware. They have this great way of taking me right back to my childhood days on my grandmother’s farm. I love them even more for their capacity to last. There are tons of second hand ones out there with the most exquisite colours and patterns. Another great thing about them is that they are not merely decorative, but are functional as well. This one’s a must have for a classic country look.

2. Use natural earthy elements like wood, wicker and combine them with rough linens and soft throws.

By using wood, wicker and natural linens, you not only add some great visual texture to your space, but you add warmth as well. This contrasts really well with the cool and eggshell hues of this theme. Fabrics and soft throws or blankets with a lot of visual texture adds another level of cozy.

4. Use earthy tones and a muted colour scheme

To created a muted and calm space, use a cool and soft pallet with greens like olive and pistachio or stone grey tones. I really like this pallet from the Magnolia Market Collection. The toned down muted hues adds a calm effect to the space. And because they are cool colours, when you use them in conjunction with the warm natural colours of wood along with soft textural throws and linens, it creates that cozy feeling that you are after.

5. Add new life with some chalk paint

To bring your classic cottage into the 21 century, go ahead an give some of those old items a new breath with a lick of chalk paint. Old pieces like chairs or sideboards can be painted bright white to freshen up their look – like the kitchen table with natural top and white legs. I really like Deep Rock and Emmie’s Room from the magnolia collection.

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Create your own Classic Country Cottage look from these Etsy finds:




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Quirky Cool Candy

Grey green bedroom combined with bright pink & orange for a touch of warmth | lookbook from sitsitso.com

Quirky Cool Candy

How to bring a quirky character into your home that’s cool, contemporary and fresh

Another first edition to the blog. Yay! This new subject revisits previous home stories and look at the styles and elements that make up those creative spaces. Our first story is the curiously curated home of artist Marguerite Nel from November’s Round House feature and how to find inspiration from her quirky cool style.

“Nel has done an incredible job at curating the space. Every detail has been carefully thought out, every piece telling its story. Old iron hospital beds, -trollies and -lockers add to an industrial theme that feels surprisingly warm and modern thanks to accompanying second-hand, mid-century pieces sourced at great length by Margaret.”

What makes this room so striking is the surprising mix of colours: grey-green walls are paired with bright candy-pink hues and pale grey blues. The spots of brilliant orange and vibrant greens in the decorative elements really brighten up an otherwise cool space.

Dark grey walls and quirky artwork in this quirky artist's bedroompale blue, bright pink and grey green walls for a quirky cool space | sitsitso lookbook

The warm wooden mid-century furniture and vintage hospital trolly or bedside lamp combined with modern items like the candy-colour-block bed throw creates a contemporary look. Another way to add interest is through the creative use of quirky but well chosen deco pieces like the antique manequin and hand-made sculptures.

Grey green walls and mid century pieces | sitsitso lookbook
Grey green walls and mid century pieces | sitsitso lookbook

Style-step-by-step

1. Choose complementary colours

Here the green and reds are complimentary colours. Choosing different hues that fall into a complimentary spectrum creates a fun and unusual colour scheme. Like the different hues of green combined with spots of bright reds (in the painting) and pale pinks (in the art pieces and bed throw.) Blue and orange are also complementary, which is why the bed spread goes so well with the artwork as well as the golden yellow orange tones of the wood.

2. Combine warm colours with cool colours

Here the grey-green walls and dull blue hues creates a cool, tranquil and calm feeling. Combining this with very warm colours like pink and orange in selective areas not only creates focus but adds a dash of energy and warmth to the room.

3. Use old with new

Combining good quality vintage pieces like the mid-century modern furniture brings a timeless quality to the space while pairing it with modern pieces like the colour-blocked bedspread and artwork makes it instantly contemporary.

4. Don’t forget to breathe

It’s important not to overfill the space with too much decor. Carefully select your pieces and rather go for a few things that says more than filling the space with ornaments. Adding bright white also adds a freshness and allows the spaces to breathe.

5. Create a focus point

A focal point can be anything from a very striking chair to a brilliant piece of art. In this case the artwork by Margaret pulls the entire scene together. The bright colours draw you in while the rest of the colours set the tone and mood for the entire space. It’s often easier to choose your focus piece first and then allowing the piece to inform your decision making when it comes to choosing colour or determining a theme.

Quirky cool candy styled bedroom on sitisitso.com

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Etsy products for the quirky cool lookbook | sitsitso.com

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