English Cottage Decor Inspiration {Kate Winslet’s Cottage in The Holiday}

It’s cold outside, and I’m craving
more than ever.

Shall we pay a visit to Kate Winslet’s
cottage in The Holiday and dream
of owning a storybook charmer
of our own?

Cameron Diaz-cottage front door-large

What makes it cozy?

Spaces that are just the right size,

that don’t overwhelm…timeworn textiles


Iris's living room-still-large

Pillows and nothing too precious.

Thoughtful lighting and a tub

for soaking.

I could kiss this front door on the lips.

Iris's mantel-Christmas

A fire.

Books always make it cozy.

 Iris's cottage bedroom-still

Casual, natural baskets and little trays
to keep clutter minimized.

In my own home, candles, linen, and throws
that beg to be touched keep it cozy.

As well as twinkly lights in a lantern
(in our bedroom).

building the cottage 2

It’s Hollywood, baby…I love surmising
the scale of Kate’s make believe cottage from this
perspective with the humans in it.

A key element of cozy in fact,
is human-scaled, approachable pieces.

Remember when you were a child?
Did you dream of a playhouse
with vaulted ceilings, or was it
just your size?

What are your own personal tips for
making a space extra cozy?

Peace to you right where you are.



  1. January 17, 2013 / 3:50 pm

    Oh, I just love that house!

  2. January 17, 2013 / 4:36 pm

    Beautiful door and tub, loved this post!!

  3. January 17, 2013 / 4:54 pm

    Love that movie. And that cabin is just so cosy!
    Have nice nigth 🙂

  4. January 17, 2013 / 5:15 pm

    Love it. Every time I see that movie I find something new I love in that cottage. And, here she had a fabulous house in LA. Nope, the cottage is the dreamy home. Love it! Your house is pretty dreamy too!

  5. January 17, 2013 / 5:32 pm

    The little cottage in that movie is amazing…I was so sad when I first found out it wasn't an actual house:( I think a fireplace always cozies up a home!

  6. January 17, 2013 / 6:18 pm

    Cozy = warmth…
    little lighting RE: your adorable lantern full of lights,
    small lamps in unexpected places
    art lighting
    dimmers on overhead lighting
    night lights (I even have a clear bubble night light that we leave in place all year :^)
    small lamps on timers
    small electric candles inserted into things like bird houses, tea cups, pitchers….(thank you Lord for a handy hubby who can do these things)
    incandescent light bulbs
    string lights in odd places….
    and if it's too "hot in Texas"…candles in the fireplace box :^)
    Thanks for asking and sharing your lovely pictures with us.

  7. January 17, 2013 / 6:32 pm

    You made me laugh out loud at work with your comment about kissing that door on the lips… oh my god, that's funny, plus… me too! I want to kiss it on the lips, and that blue tufted ottoman too! I LOVED that cottage to death. I wanted to live there! I think lighting is a huge deal for making things cozy, and a fireplace, i so wish i had a real wood fireplace…
    Your house looks so pretty, wow… i love your style!


  8. January 17, 2013 / 6:53 pm

    Oh, I a could use an escape to a cozy little cottage. But truly what I am missing most is my own home sweet home. Looks like it will be another month or so until I can get back to my own little life. But I know these days with my family are doing everyone good, so I'm staying focused on my blessings, and knowing that my home will be there when this phase in our lives comes to an end.

    Your wit and humor always makes me smile, smart girl! XOXO

  9. January 17, 2013 / 7:06 pm

    I too love this little cottage. Cozy to me means warm (fireplace), comforable and sized perfectly to wrap you in it's quaintness! The Holiday is one of my all time favorite movies!! Thanks for this fun post!

  10. January 17, 2013 / 7:48 pm

    I posted something about this cottage awhile back. I love this little place.
    I think a home with all your favorite things makes it COZY. (Oh I love that word, hah) Having mixed furniture, painted and original wood, antiques and modern……more of a mix than a match add to the coziness.

  11. January 17, 2013 / 8:32 pm

    I just love that movie, and the house is perfect 🙂

    Love from Norway

  12. January 17, 2013 / 10:45 pm

    I loved that movie ! And who wouldn't want to get cosy with Judd Law?!

  13. January 17, 2013 / 10:52 pm

    now you're talkin, barbara! don't you love him in this!?! that discussion merits an entire post!


  14. January 17, 2013 / 11:14 pm

    Oh how I love that house, Michele! The first thing I noticed was the layering. Layering of textures, patterns, fabrics….all makes it so warm and cozy. Yeah, I could be very happy living there! 🙂

    xoxo laurie

  15. January 17, 2013 / 11:59 pm

    I knew that first picture looked familiar..loved that movie and never tire of watching it!! Sooo cozy indeed. I would take just the blue ottoman as a souvenir and call it a day! Hope you are feeling better…and glad you are loving the apron and towel:)

  16. January 18, 2013 / 12:00 am

    What!!!? You mean that cottage was all make believe? I didn't know that. I love it and could watch that movie over and over just to stare at the rooms. Loved the U.S. house too! Great post! It's been very gloomy, rainy, snowy and cold here. A lot of people don't like it but I love this weather. With warm soft lighting, wonderful smelling candles, something in the oven all the time….it's very cozy here. 🙂

  17. January 18, 2013 / 12:06 am

    i know! i am feelin your brand of cozy…wonderful smells from the oven–yes! that is totes cozy!

  18. January 18, 2013 / 12:30 am

    The house isn't real? Noooooooo!!!! I wonder if it was actually built in the English countryside tho. It sure looks it 🙂

  19. January 18, 2013 / 1:14 am

    I agree .. the size of these spaces give it a cozy feel as well as the textures and colors of the fabrics. All gorgeous and speak to me!! .. SIT DOWN and snuggle up! Love the pieces you are showing of your own home too Michele 🙂


  20. January 18, 2013 / 1:34 am

    Love it! I'll take cozy over big and showy anyday.
    Theresa N

  21. January 18, 2013 / 3:45 am

    How cute is that, had no idea it was built for the movie (: I thought they went to England to film it …smiles.
    Naive of me. Hollywood has tricks.
    Cozy means "not modern" for me I guess, I am not big fan of modern furniture or houses. I like traditional and that is just translated into cozy for me…a hint of modern in it is good, of course but I mean the very sleek modern style …we see a lot in Calgary, I like new homes and furniture as well as antiques, but the look of them must be traditional, Louis XVI or XVII …. good night…hugs Z

  22. January 18, 2013 / 8:09 am

    I was totally gutted to hear that it only existed for the movie and that it was dismantled after filming. I fell in love with it instantly! Candles, throw blankets and knitted pillows is exactly how I keep it warm and welcoming in my own home.

  23. January 18, 2013 / 9:08 am

    I adore this cottage!! I have seen the movie so many times only to enjoy that gorgeous cottage!
    Oh dear I love that picture of your home!! Beautiful linen seat!!!
    Happy weekend my friend!

  24. January 18, 2013 / 5:02 pm

    Beautiful! Well in the winter time a fireplace is very cozy where I live!

  25. January 18, 2013 / 8:03 pm

    It's freezing here in DC. I'd love to sink into your gorgeous linen chairs….enjoy a cup of tea in front of a blazing fire!!! And I think it is time to rent this movie again.

  26. January 19, 2013 / 12:21 am

    THis is my favorite movie and set! I love how they mix cottons, linens and velvets and EVERYTHING else about this "house." Thanks for sharing, I missed watching this, this year:). HAve a great weekend, Jen

  27. January 19, 2013 / 12:46 am

    I LOVE the cottage interior, and I totally covet the reading corner with ALL THOSE BOOKS! Thanks so much for the tour!

  28. January 19, 2013 / 5:23 am

    The images of your own home in this are by far my favorite….i love the art in the background and the linen and textiles….

  29. January 19, 2013 / 5:56 am

    Love this movie and those images! I could never get tired of watching that movie! really one of my favorites ever!

  30. January 19, 2013 / 7:25 am

    It's wonderful, cosy and fake ???


  31. January 19, 2013 / 3:05 pm

    I like your house better than hers. 🙂 I think soft colors, lots of texture and candles make a room very inviting – a roaring fire in winter doesn't hurt a bit either!

  32. January 19, 2013 / 9:09 pm

    I never get tired of this movie or that adorable cottage.

  33. January 19, 2013 / 11:05 pm

    One of my favorite cottages of all time! It's amazing what Hollywood can create!
    Love your living room… it definitely beckons! I love neutral linen couches with hints of color in pillows/blankets! This look is always warm and inviting… just like your living room!

    Much love,

  34. January 20, 2013 / 12:17 am

    just what i was thinking! i will. it's the fort of my dreams, and my sis knows i still plan to create one for the ultimate girly photo shoot (for fun) with grownup girls!


  35. January 20, 2013 / 6:05 am

    I dont know how many times I watched the movie but i do remember that half of the times were to steal decor ideas. Love that charming english cottage.

  36. January 20, 2013 / 10:52 am

    I am escaping to a cottage in the middle of the English countryside next weekend for my upcoming birthday (we shall not talk about the age or it's implications, mmkay?) with my boy and some of my closest friends. Its nothing like this beauty (much more modern unfortunately on the inside) but I'm so looking forward to a cozy getaway in the middle of nowhere with a fireplace, friends and lots of laughter 🙂 xxx

  37. January 20, 2013 / 8:53 pm

    I do love the idea of a cozy english cottage! i lived in a cozy little hundred year old cottage last year and the space was a challenge, but it was perfect for someone who lived alone! i tried to make it as warm & comfortable as possible. the interiors in this movie are so awesome!

  38. January 23, 2013 / 2:14 am

    M, this is my all-time
    favorite movie home,
    followed by the house
    in "Something's Gotta
    Give" and then the one
    in "Parents of the Bride."

    I think cozy is being able
    to plop down anywhere
    and it is comfortable. Also,
    not too much clutter, which
    gets to me!!

    Thanks for the pics ~ off
    to pin them, including your
    sweet home, as well : )

    xo Suzanne

  39. August 14, 2013 / 2:55 pm

    I think the smell of a home is what makes it cozy. A clean fresh scent, with a little underlying scent of the fireplace, and something sweet (vanilla,cinnamon)baking in the oven. When I walk into a home, the smell is the first thing I notice 🙂

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