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How-to Create a Cottage Chic Style

Everyone loves cottage season; relaxing by the lake, curling up in a comfortable chair with a book, or simply doing nothing. If you can’t get away this season, you can create that feeling of ease and comfort within your home. I recently filmed a segment on cottage chic décor for Toronto’s Breakfast Television, demonstrating how to create the look by using soft whites with a natural palette, having fun with antique pieces, and adding natural materials to the mix, like a sisal rug or wicker chair. Slip covers always say cottage comfortable to me as well and they are an easy way to change up a room without buying new furniture, just slip cover it!


Thanks to IKEA & Jamie Alexander for the products!

4 Tips for Creating that Perfect Cottage Chic Style in Your Home:

1. Embrace your pine paneled walls, just add a whitewash to them for that instant fresh feel and paint those floors for that wow factor!!


(Sarah Richardson’s Cottage)

“One of the most charming aspects of cottage living is its natural, simplistic and bare-boned style. Rather than cover the small guesthouse walls in artwork” – designer Sarah Richardson

2. Fall in Love with WHITES!!


(Sarah Richardson’s Cottage)

3. Distressed Furniture! A major element to cottage style is distressed or repurposed furniture pieces. Although scouring flea markets, yard sales, and thrift stores to find amazingly priced pieces may be fun, don’t forget to consider a piece you may already have right in front of you.


(Sarah Richardson’s Cottage)

4. Cozy it up! Comfort is the feeling you immediately get walking into any cottage style home. You want the space to look and feel relaxing, easy and livable.


(Sarah Richardson Cottage)

Stay cool this summer season!!
Until next time,
Jo Alcorn

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Canadian Home Trends' Style Editor, Jo Alcorn, Principle Designer and Founder of Alcorn Home. Jo has over 15 years experiences as a celebrity interior and home product designer, expert instructor, corporate ambassador, TV personality and a strong female entrepreneur, Jo has created a fabulous fan following. To add to credentials, she is a style editor & writer for multiple publications and blogs, a public speaker, and an avid animal/environmental advocate.

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