Photo Gallery: Dreamiest Cottage Bedrooms

Cottage decorating is all about total relaxation, and we can't think of a better place to recharge than a serene cottage bedroom. It's the ultimate retreat after a busy day on the dock with friends and family. One glance at these spaces and you can practically hear the loon calls and lapping waves. Recreate a breezy cottage bedroom look with finds from our June 2014 issue.

  • Pale Blue And White Muskoka Bedroom

    A guest room with a view.

    The creamy palette lends a calm and sophisticated vibe to this guest room. The traditional wooden double-hung windows are accented by rich grey sashes, all the better to highlight a fabulous, tree-lined view of the lake.

    Source: House & Home July 2013 issue.
    Photographer: Michael Graydon
  • Patterned Wallpaper

    A traditional room with a fun edge.

    An unconventionally polished approach to cottage decorating involves wrapping the space in a bold Chenonceau pattern by Schumacher. A Georgian fanlight from an architectural salvage shop was fused to a beadboard base to craft a statement headboard. The drapes are trimmed in rope for a nautical note.

    Source: House & Home April 2013 issue.
    Photographer: Angus Fergusson
  • Rustic Boho Bedroom

    Exotic finds make for an eclectic room.

    Designer Karen Cole displayed this hand-carved Indonesian panel as art for decades before converting it into headboard for the principal bedroom. Together with the potpourri of textiles — a quilt and sheets from Revelle, a bedcover from West Elm and a rug from The County Furniture Company — it helps establish the bohemian, slightly exotic look she was after. 

    Source: House & Home August 2013 issue.
    Photographer: Virginia MacDonald
    Designer: Karen Cole

  • Serene Cottage Bedroom

    A linen slipcover on the Ikea bed offers multiple looks.

    Suzanne Dimma and her husband Arriz Hassam can fully appreciate their cottage's leafy environs from an 8' window behind the bed. 

    Source: House & Home October 2011 issue
    Photographer: Michael Graydon
    Designer: Architecture, design, project management, Arriz Hassam; builder, Michael Carty, Level Design Build; solar system, Sean Flanagan, Flanagan and Sun; structural engineer, Christopher Cucco, Blackwell Bowick Partnership.

  • Modern Kids' Room

    Save space and add interest in a small space with bunk beds.

    In a narrow kids' room, an intentionally high upper bunk creates an airy atmosphere. Colourful fabrics, crisp metal details and traditional pine boards epitomize the modern cottage.

    Source: House & Home July 2009 issue
    Photographer: Tom Arban
    Designer: Superkül

  • Beach Access

    A peaceful principal bedroom.

    Grey painted doors frame the beach view and suit the water's palette. Cottages lend themselves to humble vintage art, such as this Churchill poster from Bakers Dozen Antiques. An exotic-looking chaise and block print-style rug from Pottery Barn define a reading area, which is painted Hardwick White (5) by Farrow & Ball. 

    Source: House & Home July 2013 issue.
    Photographer: Heather Ross
  • Shelter Island Guest Room

    White walls, black doors and seagrass carpeting are timeless elements in this guest bedroom.

    The dramatic combo of light and dark distinguishes the coastal architecture. A popular choice in vacation homes, seagrass rugs hold down dust and are more comfortable underfoot than bare wood. Old-fashioned hospital lamps from Beall & Bell are the perfect height for reading.

    Source: House & Home July 2013 issue.
    Photographer: Eric Striffler
  • Traditional East Coast Cottage Bedroom

    Dark wood and blues mix in this room.

    The canopy bed fulfills one of the homeowner's childhood fantasies in the principal bedroom. Striped bed curtains and a seagrass rug add beachy flair.

    Source: House & Home July 2013 issue.
    Photographer: Eric Striffler
  • Cottage Bedroom With Antlers

    Light colours and pinstripes create a trad space.

    In the main-floor guest bedroom, an old, monogrammed wicker trunk serves as a rustic bedside table, and adds a camp-style vibe. A whirring ceiling fan adds an authentic vintage touch and circulates the still summer air. 

    Source: House & Home July 2012 issue.
    Photographer: Virginia MacDonald
    Designer: Michael Angus

  • White Cottage Bedroom

    A serene Muskoka island retreat.

    What could be more classic in a cottage than a crisp coat of white paint and cool white sheets? A raffia headboard from John & Chris Interiors adds warmth to the airy principal bedroom. The iconic ladderback chair and rush-seated bench came with the home and reference the more traditional cottage style. Mirrored pillows by John Robshaw from Lucca and a glamorous oil portrait of Elizabeth Taylor — a housewarming gift — shake things up. 

    Source: House & Home May 2013 issue.
    Photographer: Donna Griffith
    Designer: Lloyd Ralphs Design

  • Decorate With Antiques

    Get impact with white walls and dark woods.

    In a spare bedroom, vintage wooden hat moulds form a ring above an old dresser. A wash of white creates a graphic look paired with dark furniture and floors. The old-fashioned pitcher, wash basin and spool chair emphasize the vernacular vibe. 

    Source: House & Home July 2012 issue.
    Photographer: Virginia MacDonald
    Designer: Michael Angus

  • Thrifty Cottage Bedroom

    Natural elements and a smart DIY create a personal look. 

    Homeowner Karyn Gordon reused many pieces to craft a one-of-a-kind look. "We used logs from our property as bedside tables. I painted the old trunk, which came with the cottage, a soft white. It stores extra linens. We got the striped blanket in Mexico. It's perfect for here: light but warm."

    Source: House & Home July 2012 issue.
    Photographer: Angus Fergusson
  • Boathouse Bedroom

    Gingham fabric creates a country feel.

    White wainscotting, crisp bed linens, a cooling ceiling fan and windows opened wide to lake breezes are quintessential cottage details in a boathouse bedroom. The plaid check is homespun but graphic. 

    Source: House & Home July 2012 issue.
    Photographer: Virginia MacDonald
    Designer: Michael Angus

  • Blissful Bedroom

    Paint auction and thrift-store finds with a fresh coat of white paint.

    Dark wood twin headboards, bought at an auction, feel light and airy after a paint transformation. Painting both new and second-hand finds in the same white brings a cohesive look to a room. Pale blue and white quilts and accent pillows freshen plain white linens.

    Source: House & Home July 2012 issue
    Photographer: Janet Kimber
    Designer: Sarah Richardson Design

  • Cottage Bunks

    A Muskoka cottage with extra sleep space.

    A row of built-in bunk beds saves space and makes sleepovers fun. Cottage-country fleamarkets and thrift stores can be a well-priced resource for authentic finds: the apple-picking ladder was snagged for $15 at a local antiques store.

    Source: House & Home June 2013 issue.
    Photographer: Kim Jeffery
  • Cosy Guest Room

    Vintage and antique items lend a lived-in feel.

    The aesthetic of this bunkie guest room ties in with the main cottage so that visitors who stay here feel equally comfortable. Tongue-and-groove panelling, painted a soothing sage and a bright white, creates a cosy backdrop for an inviting mix of thrift store finds.

    Source: House & Home July 2010 issue
    Photographer: Ted Yarwood