|Cottage in Stansted, England.|
I suppose I could re-read a few fairy tales, or perhaps a novel or two by Charles Dickens, and vicariously enjoy my time in a hamlet of stone houses on a winding lane.
|Image via Desde My Ventana.|
There's something about the steeply gabled roofs and beamed interiors that recall the excitement of childhood stories set in forests and countrysides with damsels and charming princes who come calling.
|Photo still from the Nancy Myers film 'The Holiday' via Hooked On Houses.|
Cottages are so serene, even when they may be far from their pastoral, English roots. That same warm personality can be created with rustic, eclectic, worn and overstuffed furnishings.
|Image via Cote de Texas.|
Or, the decor can go high style with a modern English country interpretation.
A mix of patterns, collections, and classic upholstered furniture are the personal embellishments that make a country cottage so inviting. Images above via A Quick Succession of Busy Nothings (left) and Home BB (right).
|Image via Dept of The Interior.|
Comfort and practicality are the hallmarks of an English cottage, and loads of great photos and design advice can be found in Perfect English, a book by Ros Byam Shaw.