5 Ways To Create Summer Cottage Style with Krista from The Happy Housie {guest post}

Hello readers of twelveOeight! I am so excited to be back again today contributing to this wonderful blog… and can’t wait to talk about one of my favourite things: summer!!

I love the summer! And I love the feeling of living in a fresh, bright summer cottage during the long hot days summer. Today I want to share with you some easy ways to inject a little summer cottage style into your home and still have plenty of time left to enjoy the season.

Easy Ways to Inject Some Summer Cottage Style collage at thehappyhousie

Bring in Fresh Flowers Adding fresh flowers to your home is an instant way to add a bright cottage-y feel to your space. Easy, relaxed types of flowers like daisies, sweet peas, hydrangea, and lavender are some of my favourites and I love it best when they come straight from the garden. Don’t break out your best crystal vase… instead use simple containers like vintage milk jugs or mason jars to display your fresh garden bounty.

DIY Chalk Paint free mint chair in entry at thehappyhousie master bedroom for summer gallery wall flowers on dresser at thehappyhousie   super crazy easy fast ten minute one piece envelope pillow covers chair at thehappyhousie   simple summer decorating with sisal rope on lamp at thehappyhousie

Incorporate Natural Elements Using natural materials like wicker, sisal, burlap, and driftwood add a wonderful summery feel to your décor. You can wrap sisal or burlap around jars, vases, lamps, tables… really anything that strikes your fancy! You can also use driftwood in baskets, display it on surfaces, or even attach it to frames or canvases to inject some natural warmth and create a cottage-y feel.

simple summer decorating with burlap and blooms at thehappyhousie living room vignette on diy chalk paint media console at thehappyhousie texture blast table version at thehappyhousie red white blue coastal entry hall mirror hook wall 1 room 3 ways at thehappyhousie red white blue coastal entry hall driftwood basket 1 room 3 ways at thehappyhousie 

Painted furniture A key element of cottage style is that things look like they have been collected and gathered over time. Old furniture has often been refreshed with a few coats of paint either in bright white or a fresh colour. Try using chalk paint to make distressing that much easier.

mint chair in entry hall DIY Chalk Painted TV Cabinet at thehappyhousie master bedroom for summer new gallery wall over dresser at thehappyhousie diy no sew pillow from fat quarters and pink lemonade entry at thehappyhousie DIY Chalk Paint Side Table after 2 at thehappyhousie

Layer and Mix Patterns and Colours While summer cottage style might mean all white to some people, I love a cottage look with lots of pattern and colour balanced out with lots of white and neutral tones. If your walls and furnishings are fairly neutral it is easy to add some summer cottage style with the addition of pillows, throws, rugs, or by changing out your bedding for something more summery feeling. Although I never follow hard and fast rules for mixing patterns, I tend to use a smaller print, some geometric, and tie it all together with a beautiful floral or ikat.

8 Spring Changes in the Living Room at thehappyhousie super crazy easy fast ten minute one piece envelope pillow cover tutorial at thehappyhousie decked out for summer 5 at thehappyhousie   master bedroom for summer bed with mixed pattern bedding and large envelope cushions at thehappyhousie

Relax! And enjoy your space… Summer cottages are supposed to be places of relaxation and rest; friends, family, and fun… they are not galleries or museums. Throw some flowers in a glass jar, give an old table a quick coat of chalk paint, throw some new summery cushions on the sofa… and enjoy it all. Don’t take decorating too seriously and create a space that feels comfortable, personal, and full of life. After all, that is what summer at the cottage is all about. For more details on some of these projects, come by and

 super crazy easy fast ten minute one piece envelope pillow covers on chair at thehappyhousiesummer master bedroom gallery wall new bedding at thehappyhousieDIY Chalk Paint Side Table after 2 at thehappyhousie

Krista thank you for sharing your AMAZING ideas 
and beautiful Summer Cottage Style with us today!!
 I am loving that mint green chair…


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  1. Thanks for the beautiful summer cottage inspiration Krista, your home is just lovely!

  2. Krista's home is beautiful and looking at these beautiful pictures makes me dream of creating a beautiful space as well! Love everything she showed us and LOVE those beautiful pillows 🙂 happy to see Krista's house and projects over here 🙂

  3. yeah I already follow Krista…she is amazing…Greetings from Oly

  4. Gorgeous Krista! Love both your girls' blogs 😉
    Jamie @ somuchbetterwithage.com

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