Cottagers rely on trusty hardware stores for everything from water toys to matches and mosquito coils, but there’s so much more on those shelves. Big-box stores can be a surprising source for stylish decor items that offer an instant refresh for cottages. Click through to see our edit of surprisingly stylish cottage decor you can find at the hardware store.
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Nautical lights are a perfect fit in a cottage. Brighten up a dark corner without rewiring with this plug-in version, a budget find that comes with hardware and a 15-foot cord.
Turn a bland wall into an instant gallery. Display a rotating collection of favorite photos taken at the cottage or found items on a pared-down wall shelf in matte black.
A quirky wall clock adds character, even when you are off the clock (and on the dock). The vintage styling makes it look like an original find unearthed at a local shop.
It may be summer, but the nights can be chilly in cottage country. An easy-care throw in classic buffalo plaid is handsome and toasty, with a cozy sherpa lining for softness.
Skip the moose motifs and singing bass and use this 26″-square abstract piece to add some edge in a white bedroom, or lean it casually on a mantel set off to one side.
This budget-friendly faux-marble and wood serving board looks equally chic propped up against a backsplash, or laden with apps or cheeses on the table.
Wicker is a cottage classic, but can be prone to rotting when wet. This durable resin version has vintage charm but can withstand rain and wet bathing suits, as can the reversible cushion which flips to a punchy floral print or solid.
Morocco is a hot destination, so bring a touch to cottage country with two rich side tables with a hammered look and antique finish. These versions can be used indoors or outside, and are easy to move around to where you need them most when entertaining.
Gathering around a cottage campfire or beach bonfire is a beloved tradition, but you can make things much easier with a gas firetable that creates an instant focal point, plus heat (and unlike a campfire, offers a spot to place drinks). It’s fueled by a propane tank and has a protective cover to conceal the lava rocks when more surface area is required.
Portable and intensely pretty, this perforated Moroccan-style lantern would look lovely grouped in an empty fireplace in summer, or set in multiples on the deck.
Need a spot to park your
summer cocktail? Why not try this Scandi-style side table.
The base’s nubbly texture resembles an aran knit sweater, or maybe a sea urchin. Either way, this table lamp has naturally beachy connotations.
Sweep away the pine needles and lay this outdoor carpet on the deck for a Cali beach house touch, or set it in an entrance to give wet feet some traction.
If you haven’t fallen for flameless candles, you will. The candle in this cheery lantern can be set on a timer, so it magically comes to life as soon as the sun sets. Try it as a sunny centerpiece; it’s safe enough for the kids’ table.
This candelabra’s brass accents and rustic iron base are a quick way to update a heirloom table that’s been in the family cottage forever.
A classic criss-crossed caning print on a turquoise background makes this outdoor pillow a sweet addition on a Muskoka chair, and it’s sophisticated enough for the living room.
Using real coral is a no-no, but there is nothing wrong with a coral-inspired bowl in a warm metal. It’s just the thing to glam up a communal cottage dinner (or cradle the bananas), and looks pretty on a table by candlelight.
Four decorative porcelain plates depicting major ports are a fresh spin on traditional framed nautical maps. A graphic design and bright aqua blue delivers visual punch on a wall.
A luxe pastel throw can mean the difference between enjoying the stars for a little while longer, or calling it a night. (And they look fetching folded over the side of lounge chairs).
did you leave the keys to the boat last weekend? Keep them safe in a shagreen box that could conceal any number of cottage necessities and keep them organized.
Author: Wendy Jacob
Canvas Souk Patio Lantern