5 Ways to Add Cottage Charm to Your Home

My style has changed several times since I first moved into my current home.  Last year I discovered the style that speaks to me and works best with my 1930s bungalow.  Here are 5 ways I've used to add cottage charm to my home.

1.   Painted furniture

Vintage furniture in the kitchen creates a charming, cottage vibe

2.  Bead board, bead board, and more bead board!

3.  Shutters


4.  Old doors and vintage pieces
Old door as a garden gate
Pie Safe

Baker's rack 

Vintage looking linen cupboard

Old shutter repurposed as jewelry rack

Gorgeous antique door as artwork

5.  Baskets, buttons and bows  (ie lighting & accessories)

Vintage china & glassware, oil lamp, anniversary clock

Straw hats, quilts as curtains and table cloths

Chicken wire, burlap, vintage boxes & baskets

old crates, colourful umbrellas, straw hat, crocks and anything galvanized

old signs

patterned dishes, galvanized plant pot


old trays and glass jars

vintage door plates

And one last tip - a cat or two REALLY adds to the charm :)

To see the details behind any of these tips, check out my project board HERE

Happy creating!


  1. You're right! All of those ideas are what makes up a cozy cottage home... like yours! Doesn't it feel nice when you find your style and can live with it how you want?! I'd love to come for a visit, it looks very comfy and homey to me :o)


  2. Great post, Anne. All these things really give your home that wonderful and unique cottage charm. I love seeing all these photos of your many various projects.You're so talented!

  3. Your transformation is so pretty. I love the shutters and doors. How did I miss the door going to the garden. I've been following you from the beginning. You're a rock star. Have a super weekend


  4. You share way more than 5 ways, you're too modest, lol. So many pretty, and charming cottage inspired projects, and they inspire me always!!

  5. You share way more than 5 ways, you're too modest, lol. So many pretty, and charming cottage inspired projects, and they inspire me always!!

  6. Your home has so much personality and it's refreshing to see colour since so many blogs and magazines show a lot of white on white or neutrals. The fact that you did the work yourself is impressive.

    Have a great weekend!

  7. oh gawd how cute....for sure one must add cats to the list, agreed!!!!! Love your stuff but of cause you already know that!!!! Happy weekend amiga

  8. You certainly created a cozy cottage style home Anne...beautifully done! That last photo is so sweet!!

  9. Anne, you have such a unique and sweet home. But you got me big time with those two beautiful and sweet kitties napping together on that chair. I hope you have your two beauties for a long long long long time.

    They sure can be dear friends, can't they? Have a fun safe Memorial Weekend!

  10. Hi Anne,
    All great ideas that make your cottage so charming. My favorite item at your house is the old vintage door for a gate. Super awesome. Love the pics of your fur babies.

  11. I love your home! Just wondering where you hide the cat boxes, I'm having trouble finding an unobtrusive place for mine!

    1. Thank you Christina! I found the perfect solution for hiding the cat box earlier this year. Check this out http://designdreamsbyanne.blogspot.ca/2015/03/quick-easy-litter-box-disguise.html

      Thanks for visiting!

  12. I agree, Anne. It's really cute, especially the buddies in the basket. xoxo Su

  13. Those were very good tips, especially the last one ;)

  14. You've done such a phenomenal job of fixing up your home to perfection!

  15. What a beautiful and cozy home you have created. Great job!


  16. Said it before, saying it again - I could just move right in and not have to change a thing. Feel as if I have just flipped through a favorite country cottage magazine. Every square foot oozes charm. A canvas coup - from blank to beautiful. Charm, style, utility created with your own hands executing your own vision. It must warm your heart every moment. Well done!!!!

    1. It does! and thank you for your sweet words - they made my day!


  17. I LOVE your home! You have done such a fantastic job making it your own. Just beautiful!

  18. Love it all, Anne.. Especially those shutters! xo ~ Nancy

  19. I love everything you've done to your cottage home Anne and always enjoy following your latest projects. Your two cats in the basket is adorable!
    Marie@The Interior Frugalista

  20. I would say you have the Cottage charm down pat.Your home is always one of my favorites. Packed full of love, charm and coziness!

  21. And your home is indeed super, super charming!!....and that is all due to your creativity and labor of love!...Loved the last pic of the kitties..such great pals now!

  22. Anne,
    Thank you for sharing all these great ideas at my Show and Share party...you will be featured at the party on Monday.


  23. Just love everything you've done Anne - but those shutters ( I seem to remember them being in a bathroom - do you have a stainless steel sink in there - or is it your laundry room - or combo? ) I want those shutters !!!


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