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Since it's the weekend, let's take a moment to browse some cottages. Did you know that House & Home has a superb Pinterest account where we pin all sorts of inspiration? Particularly inspiring today is our Cottages board. On it, you'll find a mix of different styles, from sleek contemporary weekend homes to more traditional cabins. Here are my favourites from four very different categories:

1. Nautical

Nautical-themed decor is always a popular choice for cottages, and a palette of red and blue really pops against white beadboard walls. Add stripes and rope accents, and you're ready to set sail.

2. Modern

This modern escape features floor-to-ceiling windows to maximize views of the lake and sky. Simple, low furnishings keep the focus on the views. You would almost feel like you're on a boat while lounging on this sofa.

3. Charming

Cottages shouldn't take themselves too seriously, and this colourful rug (something your grandmother likely has next to her bed) adds just the right amount of casual cosiness. Pale blue backsplash tiles in a diamond pattern and an apron sink add to the country charm of this cottage kitchen.

4. Scandinavian

This Georgian Bay cottage looks like it could be in the Norwegian countryside. The homeowners, who also own Toronto's Mjölk, combined vintage finds from their travels, raw wood furniture and mid-century modern pieces with crisp white walls for an effortlessly casual look. Take a video tour of this cottage here.

So which style do you prefer for cottages? Comment below! And follow our Pinterest page for even more decorating ideas.

Photo credits:
1. House & Home July 2009 issue, photography by Michael Graydon
2. House & Home July 2011 issue, photography by Michael Graydon
3. House & Home August 2011 issue, photography by Jean Longpré
4. House & Home June 2011 issue, photography by Stacey Brandford

Author: 

Gwen McAuley

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