Last month’s issue of Style at Home Magazine was all about cottages. I was very excited because although I do not own a cottage, I would like to. I would mostly like to decorate a cottage. And, when I think cottage, I think gingham, rustic, sea glass, navy, a wee bit nautical (but only if my cottage was on the water… which it will be, obviously.)
Anyway, I dove into the issue with excitement but quickly discovered page after page of +2,000 square foot ‘cottages’ and almost all of them were located in Cottage Country, Ontario. Disappointed! I am sorry, but I do not feel like a mansion on a lake with an additional boat house that was decorated and designed by a professional qualifies as a cottage. Just me? Don’t get me wrong, I don’t hate these homes – for the most part, they’re stunning – it’d just be nice to see a bit of variety. It would also be nice to see more regions, after all, living in Nova Scotia means we know cottages too!
And speaking of the Nova Scotia, last weekend my sisters and I took our mom on an overnight trip to a cottage in Parrsboro for her birthday. Riverview Cottages are pretty basic but you really don’t need more (besides a bit more water in the river…) Check it out. This is rustic, but charming. I am pretty sure my cottage will be a little more white-washed but I’d take one of these! I certainly don’t expect an Editor of a magazine to coming running to shoot a spread but I know a little paint and love can go a long way.
How about you? What is your idea of a perfect cottage and where would it be?
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Photos: Taken with my Nikon D60: Riverview Cottages, Parrsboro, Nova Scotia. Style at Home Magazine cover taken from their website.
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Oh I love this post as I love everything cottages. Still working away at our cottage and I very much agree with you. I get so excited when I see a magazine featuring cottage decor and there is often great inspiration for colours, fabrics, accent pieces that can be done in an affordable way. However most of it is unattainable for the majority of cottage owners. My building for example is less than 600sqft and we got it for free. It’s been a labour of love but that makes it much more special than had a designer done it.
PS always so happy for your cottage advice 🙂
We really like cottage country in Windsor. We go there alot. Many styles to choose from!