Incorporating Cottagecore Elements Into Any Home

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Cottagecore is a popular trend that has gained popularity across all social media platforms. As a style of interior design, cottagecore blends traditional country-style aesthetics with coziness and practicality.

However, cottagecore also weaves a hint of enchantment into its aesthetic. You can almost imagine a fairy settling down on the windowsill in a cottagecore home, and cottagecore designers make great use of the natural world to create a hobbity style in contemporary homes.

Even though most of us don’t live in a hobbit-hole or countryside cottage, that doesn’t mean you have to abandon your aspirations to create a cottagecore home — you just have to get a little creative. So, here’s a guide to help you incorporate cottagecore elements into any home.

Finding Inspiration

Transforming a home from sleek modern design to cozy cottagecore takes time and effort. Fortunately, you won’t be without inspiration on your journey to convert your home into the cottage of your dreams — even if your cottage is really an apartment in a large urban city.

You can find inspiration for cottagecore through social media pages like thehouseofcottagecore and Rachel Maksy. These pages will give you inspiration and often highlight other cottagecore influencers so you can take a deeper dive into the aesthetic. You can also find practical tips to help you do some cottagecore DIY on a budget and cover up elements of your home that don’t align with the cottagecore style.

It is worth remembering that cottagecore is more than a trend on social media. Inspiration for cottagacore can be found in the real world by visiting places like Monk’s House in the south of England or the Dyckman House on Manhattan Island. Visiting historical houses can help you notice little interior design choices and may help you spot vintage appliances that suit your dream style.

Vintage Appliances

Cottagecore exists at an imaginary juncture between traditional and modern life. This means that ultra-modern appliances like stainless-steel fridges and microwaves will likely stick out and look a little odd when juxtaposed with handwoven baskets and vintage tea sets.

The next time you go thrifting, try to look for vintage appliances that compliment your current style. You’d be surprised by how easy it is to fix or renovate old appliances, as most folks throw away outdated appliances even if they’re in perfect working condition.

You can even help old appliances like fridges last longer by treating them with some TLC. Avoid overburdening older appliances, and treat them with the same care that you show to interior decore. If you do use older appliances, just be sure to check your energy usage, as old appliances may demand massive amounts of energy compared to newer models. This will help ensure you live a sustainable, vintage-inspired life that is good for your soul and the planet.

Making Use of Space

The cottagecore influencers you see on social media usually have plenty of space and financial resources to achieve their dream aesthetic. However, it’s entirely possible to incorporate cottagecore elements into your home, even if you’re living in a small rental apartment.

Start making space for cottagecore elements by reassessing your use of storage space. Most folks make poor use of closets and cabinets, and could easily cut down on clutter by utilizing space-saving hacks like track shelves, compression bags, and over-the-door organizers. This will make it easier to reclaim space in your home for cottagecore elements.

It’s worth bearing in mind that cottagecore suits smaller spaces. You’re going for a “cozy” aesthetic, so filling a space with knick-knacks and cushions is perfectly acceptable. If you’re on a budget, you can still lean into cottagecore elements by handmaking your own statement pieces. You might, for example, follow simple crochet patterns to make your own throws and pillows.

DIY and Staging

One of the joys of cottagecore is that it is seldom perfect. Unlike other modern interior design styles like Scandinavian and mid-century design, cottagecore elements can be made with your own two hands and thrive off the character inherent in dropped stitches and frayed rugs.

When creating a cottagecore aesthetic, remember that staging is just as important as the actual furnishing you have in your home. Start with a simple space like your living room. When someone walks in, what kind of scene should they find? Perhaps you’ll stage the area by storing a ball of yarn in a wicker basket beside your armchair. Maybe you’ll leave flower cuttings to dry beside the windowsill. The idea is to create a space that makes use of your DIY both for practicality and for impromptu stylizing.  

Conclusion

Cottagecore is all about making the most of what you already have. But, if you do need to add some statement pieces, consider heading to the local thrift store and picking vintage goods that suit a dreamy cottage vibe. Once you’ve gathered your cottagecore decore, try your hand at staging, and make use of DIY’d materials to invoke a cozy, enchanting feel.

Ultimate Checklist For Renovating Your Home

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The New Year has just started and this may be the best time to change things in your life. If you weren’t happy with your figure, you could try changing your diet and start a new exercise regime. If you weren’t happy with your home, give it a makeover! Remodelling your home can seem overwhelming, but the truth is that a good plan can simplify this process significantly. A renovating checklist could be exactly what you need to create your dream house. This way, you can be certain that you’ll remember everything and that you’ll get it done in the right order!

Make a plan 

Firstly, you should create an idea of what you want to achieve. Before you start gathering the materials, you should know which direction you’re headed in. You should start by examining your home – both the exterior and interior. 

Make sure that the floors, the roof, the plumbing, and the electricity are all properly inspected. Then, try to figure out what you want to do with the space and determine the possible duration of the renovation. You should also set the budget at this point. 

Start from the outside

You could do the home renovation in any way you’d like. However, starting from the outside and working your way in could be the most efficient and neat. You could start from your roof. Make sure to repair everything broken or get a new roof if necessary. 

Another thing that could need repairing or replacing is the material. Check out the paint and the materials on your house. If your doors and windows have an air leak, invest in them as well. Don’t neglect your garden either and increase your curb appeal with a simple makeover. 

Kitchen and bathroom 

The two rooms that usually need a complete transformation are the kitchen and bathroom. When it comes to these two, you should pay attention to both functionality and aestheticism. For the kitchen, you should take care of the lighting and storing options first. 

You could invest in a kitchen island if you have the time, space, and money! As far as the bathroom is concerned, you should upgrade the shower and the faucet. Good ventilation and storage space are the key parts of a functional bathroom. 

Floor plan 

If you don’t want to upgrade the existing room, but you want to add new ones, you should take this even more seriously. Nothing can increase the value of your home as professional home extensions. You can add a room or knock some walls down efficiently and inexpensively!

If you’re unhappy with the current layout of your home, you don’t have to put up with it. You can add a whole floor if you wish. Installing a built-in storage space or converting an unused space such as a basement into something else are also your options. 

Electrical items 

Electricity is more than an important part of a modern home. To keep everything functional in your home, you may want to upgrade your electrical appliances. For instance, integrated kitchen appliances are always great additions.

Next to integrated fridges and cookers, you should also install some electrical sockets and a new lighting system. With some home assistant, you can create a smart home. This will allow you to enjoy the benefits of smart home security, for example. 

Flooring 

You should be aware of the importance of flooring in interior design. Flooring won’t just affect your home design, but it will also make your house more functional and affect your health. If you have allergies, you should carefully pick your flooring options. 

When it comes to the flooring remodelling, you could update your current options or you could enhance their beauty with some carpets and rugs. You could also lay some tiles in the kitchen or bathroom and you could consider underfloor heating. 

Waterworks

When it comes to the plumbing system, it’s important to update it in older properties. If your property is of a recent date, you could simply have a maintenance check. Look for worn and old pipes and replace them. 

You could install new taps and other fixtures. If the bathroom is old, you could invest in a new bath, toilet, and shower to modernise the space. Make sure to have your sewer system checked and cleaned if necessary. 

Décor 

Finally, you can focus on making your home more personal and unique. When buying furniture, look for timeless classics. Make sure to hang some art and a lot of mirrors on the walls. Think of colour schemes for different rooms and start painting!

Get some blinds and curtains for your windows and try to match the vibe with each addition. Buy some lamps and put some flowers throughout the house. Use throw pillows and blankets to create comfort and give texture to the rooms!

Conclusion 

Home renovation is a challenging task. If you plan it carefully, though, you could make it a fun and interesting project. Make sure to create your checklist and work your way to your dream house!

Making Decorating Your Child’s Bedroom A Fun Way To Get Your Child Involved

Children are visual creatures. They love bright and colorful things. Dull colors and items do not excite them. Children also store a lot of energy within them and when left with nothing to do, they would get involved in all sorts of mischief resulting in chaos within the house. As a parent, I am sure that this is the last thing you want in your home. You, therefore, have to come up with creative ways to keep your children busy and one of the best activities that you can get your kids involved in is decorating their rooms. Since your kids will be spending most of their time in their rooms, getting them involved in the decoration is a great way to bring their creativity and uniqueness into play. Your kid’s bedroom is not just their sleep quarters but their play areas as well, and you should factor this in the decoration as well. Here are great tips on how to make decorating your child’s bedroom a fun way to get your child involved.

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  1. A blackboard wall.

Repainting your child’s room is a great way to decorate your kid’s room. However, rather than going with normal paint on all the walls, you can pick one wall and paint it with blackboard paint.  The advantage of this goes beyond giving the room a fresh look in that the wall painted with blackboard paint can be used as a learning tool. Homework and school assignments can be written on the wall to serve as reminders. You can also use the wall to teach your kids math and explain other concepts using diagrams. When painting the room, you can get your kids involved by letting them help you mix the paint and painting portions of the wall.

  1. Picture walls are a great way to get your child involved.

This is another way to get your kids involved in room decoration. They can make designs of different images on paper and hang them on a thread on one of the walls. Since all the materials needed for this decoration move are items that you can find in your home or can be purchased at your local store, this decoration move is, therefore, cheap and cost effective. The children will also be amused to see their creations on display and this could spur further creativity in them.

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  1. Dual-purpose beds.

Since kid’s rooms serve a lot of purposes, it’s advisable to decorate your kid’s room with multi-purpose items for greater versatility. You can add a baby cot mattress that can be used for sleeping at night and as a sofa during the day.

  1. Organize appropriately.

The playful nature of kids could result in disorganized rooms. Disorganized rooms are a safety hazard as well since misplaced toys and furniture can trip and injure the kids and other people in the rooms. The messy nature of disorganized rooms also makes any decorations within the room not to stand out. When organizing your child’s room, get your kids involved and let them know where to keep their toys when they are done with them. It also teaches them the essence of proper organization and management. It’s advisable to have a storage unit within the kid’s room where your kids will store their toys and learning materials.

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  1. Create mini learning centers in the kid’s rooms.

Your kid’s room should not just be sleep and play centers. They should use their rooms for their homework and learning activities. This necessitates that you set up a learning center in your child’s room. For this, you will need a table, a chair and probably a table lamp. Get your kids to help you when you are shopping for these items and setting them up. Let them pick the furniture in the colors that they like as this will make them eager to use them for learning purposes.

Conclusion.

When decorating your child’s room, it is also advisable to get the children involved since after all, they will be spending most of the time in those rooms. Involving them also provides you with a great opportunity to bond with your child.

 

How To Fuse Your Bedroom And Workspace Together In A Stylish And Functional Manner

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A lot of people work from home these days. If you’re one of the home-based workers, you know how important the workspace actually is when it comes to your productivity and efficiency. But what happens when you simply don’t have any extra space for your own home office? Setting up your work corner in the kitchen or dining room is out of the question. The living room may be an acceptable choice, but things can get pretty busy and hectic there, which can disturb your concentration. In that respect, the bedroom is definitely the most plausible option. If you want to learn how to functionally fuse your bedroom with workspace, check out the following ideas.

1. Keep these areas separated

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The most important issue to address when setting up your workspace in the bedroom is to avoid these two different aspects of your life clashing with each other. Not only does this look messy and awkward, but you won’t be able to utilize the best of your work productivity or rest comfortably when it’s time for sleep. If your bedroom is not divided into several areas, you can separate your workspace from the rest of your bedroom with curtains, screen doors and other interesting dividing techniques.

2. Smart desk positioning

It’s not only enough to create a physical separation between your bedroom and workspace. If you can see your bed from where you’re sitting during your working hours, you will still struggle with work efficiency. In that respect, the best option is to position your desk so that it looks at the wall or window. Whatever position you find suitable for your needs, it’s essential that you have your back to your bed all the time.

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3. Create more space

If you’re experiencing some trouble regarding the really limited space you have in your bedroom, then create more of it! One interesting way to add more space for your working area as well as separate yourself from the rest of the room is by setting up your desk, computer and other work essentials into your wardrobe. This means that you will have to reorganize your clothes so that they could fit in another wardrobe, but if you manage to do that, you’ll be all set up. Once you’re done with work, you can just close the wardrobe doors and relax in your sleep chamber.

4. Use the right décor

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Apart from functionality, you should also consider the stylish aspect of both your bedroom and workspace. While you shouldn’t overstuff your working area with decorative pieces and mementos, it shouldn’t be completely plain either. Still, even though you should do your best to separate the workspace from the rest of your bedroom, the items and décor details that you use shouldn’t look mismatched. In that respect, try to introduce some individuality to your workspace with self-adhesive wallpaper, plants, shelves and other details that would still keep the harmony of the overall décor style you have in your bedroom.

5. Don’t neglect your bedroom

The desire to make your workspace as functional as possible can make you unaware of the fact that your bedroom comfort is equally important. If you want to make this arrangement work, you need to be satisfied with both your bedroom and workspace. Therefore, make sure that your bed offers proper support. You can look into Bedworks quality mattresses online if you feel pain after waking up, declutter your bedroom of unused clothes and excess detail, put up motivational paintings, and use cushion and bed covers that suit your personal taste. Of course, don’t forget to introduce a bit of greenery to this area for some added benefits.

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As long as you don’t favor one aspect over the other, keep the two areas separated, but hold onto the same style and décor technique, you can effectively fuse your bedroom and workspace together. You’re doing all of this for yourself, so make sure that you always keep in mind the things that inspire, motivate and soothe you the best.

Everyone Deserves A Little Bit Of Nordic Style By Zoe Clark

1What comes to your mind when you think of Scandinavia? Apart from polar nights, long winters, and a penchant for technology, Europe’s far north is also famous for its stylish interior design. An expression of effortless elegance and inimitable unity of function and aesthetics, Nordic décor does away with superficial ornaments and visual noise, and it is also very simple to achieve. Everyone deserves a little bit of the Scandinavian no-nonsense vibe in their living area – and here are a few ways on how to carry out a budget-friendly home update following in the Nordic footsteps.

No carpets, please!

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Although winters in Northern Europe are known for biting winds and extremely low temperatures, carpets and rugs never gained widespread popularity among Scandinavian homeowners. To recreate the Nordic feel, pull back the carpeting and expose hardwood floors. Often coated by a matte varnish or painted white, bare floorboards in Scandinavian homes require less maintenance and are much easier to clean than lavish carpeting, so you will be hitting two boons with one simple décor tweak.

White and crisp as snow

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The dominant colour scheme in Scandinavian homes relies heavily on neutral hues. Although one would think Northerners are sick of seeing white expanses all around them, walls and furnishings in Nordic homes are often executed in white to maximize reflection of natural light during long glum winter days. Pastel tones such as beige, grey, baby blue, and light green can be used as sparing accents to break the décor monotony, but their deployment is usually limited to bed linens, cushions, tableware, or an odd accent wall. If you are looking to add an accent or two, reworking your upholstering can be the easiest and most affordable.

One with Nature

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Scandinavians are fond of nature, and they often add potted plants to their living areas as cute reminders that grim winters will eventually end, ceding the throne to verdant spring. Tiny botanical gardens in a vacant corner of the room will increase visual interest of the Nordic home, while cute cacti lined up on bookshelves or desktop, storage baskets made from natural materials, a bunch of flowers on the dining table, or a few succulents on the windowsill will help break the monochromatic look and spruce up the vibe in the room.

Clean lines and soft edges

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Even tableware in Scandinavian homes is pared down and subordinated to function rather than visual extravaganza. Nordic-inspired plates, trays, and mugs embody the straightforward, simplistic attitude of Scandinavia: no needless distractions, use of natural materials, and accent on purpose and longevity supplement the classical feel in a Scandi home. Often crafted from clay, wood, or brass, kitchen utensils and containers mimic the austerity of nature in the Nordic regions while still conveying a powerful message about simplicity and everlasting minimal style.

Let there be light

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Since Europe’s far north suffers from dire lack of natural light during winters, Nordic designers love to experiment with shapes and sizes in lamp designs. In this way, function marries form in often fascinating pieces of light art: contemporary and sophisticated, lighting fixtures in Scandinavian homes have aesthetic value and often add a note of playfulness and creativity without compromising the Nordic emphasis on purpose, colour balance, and plain décor.

A Scandinavian garden tale

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The Nordic look can be transplanted into the backyard to a highly pleasing effect. White garden furnishings, wooden benches, simplistic yard art, minimalist statues, and tables topped by large beeswax candles will help recreate the feel of a Scandinavian fairytale al fresco. You can also adorn the garden table with weatherproof fabrics in neutral hues for a Nordic-inspired outdoor makeover, and display foliage in horn-like pots, vases, and plant hangers like a true Viking.

Charming, simple, and easy to replicate, Nordic décor revolves around practicality, unity with nature, and minimalist elegance. A return to the basics and evergreen design, Scandinavian look is true eye-candy, and if executed with care, it will make you fall in love with your space like no other décor out there.

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