Saturday, March 24, 2012

Opening the cottage ...

I would love, love to say that I'm off to open our cottage for the season. I, however, do not own a cottage ... not at the lake, nor in the mountains, nor along a beachfront. But, if I did, you could bet I'd be there this first Saturday and Sunday of spring to begin the annual rite of weekend escapes from the city.

Image via Made in Heaven.

I do love the water and can think of nothing more serene that a vista overlooking a cool lake or ocean.

Image via Shabby and Charme.

While we don't have a majestic view, my husband and I are fortunate to have an oasis just outside the hustle and bustle of city life with an expanse of trees, gardens and outdoor spaces for entertaining. It's our sanctuary and we only have to step out of home's doorway.


Images above via Heiberg Cummings Design (left) and Desde my Ventana (right).

But, I must admit that cottage life and its easy decorating style appeal to the sentimental side of me. The clean, crisp linens and soft, comfy furnishings remind me of my grandparents' house.

Image via Decor Pad.

Every cottage in my mind's eye comes with beadboard wainscoting (painted white, of course), simple cabinetry and open shelves that house vintage dishware and humble serving pieces for the litany of guests arriving throughout the days of summer. 


Images above via Shabby and Charme (left) and Maxine Brady (right).

The cottage is a perfect place to send mismatched pieces to live in harmony with all of those consignment shop finds that you just have to purchase with no specific use in mind. (You know what I'm talking about!)

Image via Content in a Cottage.

And, every cottage needs a place for vacationing friends and family to rest and relax after a day on the water.

Image via Pinterest.

Plenty of beds, hand-stitched quilts, oodles of comfy pillows and a place to store gear are the basics every cabin needs. I keep a little file with my cottage 'wants' should the occasion to build ever arise. I've previously posted on my sleeping porch desires when it comes to the cottage construction checklist, so you know that dozing is high on my vacation agenda.

Image via Peacock Feather Events.

I'm not married to the idea of roughing it, so my little dream cottage would have lots of light and a good bit of creature comfort and style, too.

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