8 Decor Ideas from a Simple Serene White Cottage

Simple white farmhouse with metal roof in the country. (Tap for Simple Serene Cottage Home Decor Ideas.)

Simple Serene Cottage Home Decor Ideas

There’s something exquisite about a home exterior this understated, humble, and honest. I simply must tiptoe inside for a tour. Join me?

Airy minimal modern country living room decor with sling chairs and sectional. Simple Serene Cottage Home Decor Ideas

Simple Serene Cottage Home Decorating Ideas

I’m pretty much hopeless, guys. If it’s not a breezy, unfussy, light-filled modern farmhouse taking my breath away and compelling me to move and build another house, it’s a simple serenely minimal cottage like this one, renovated by Workstead. The home is 2 hours from NYC in the Hudson Valley. Maybe you saw glimpses of it a couple of years back in the New York Times or on Remodelista or marketed on the internet.

This early-American cottage was built in the 1850’s in Gallatin, NY, set between County Route 7, Sycamore Creek, and the Roeliff Jansen Kill. I love this part of the country and can’t wait to return for another visit.

The photo above depicts the tranquil, Kinfolk-esque,  modern living room on the first floor suggestive of slow living, where there is also a small kitchen, bathroom, and dining room. On the second floor are two pared down and cozy bedrooms, a den, and a full bath. The blissful, just over 1,000 square foot cottage was originally built as workmen’s lodging for an adjacent homestead and then thoughtfully restored by Brooklyn-based design studio Workstead in 2012. Original wide-plank pine floors and period windows grace the inside, while a simple deck off the dining room provides an outdoor oasis for enjoying the woods and river. If you have visited the Hudson Valley, then you already know about the beauty and peacefulness the area affords as a retreat from the busyness of city life. The eyebrow colonial has private river frontage and a Class A trout stream on the property.

There are wonderful details to note inside and out in this 19th Century farmhand’s cottage, such as modern custom light fixtures, Wishbone chairs, slingback chairs, simple furnishings, a metal roof, and more. Let’s take a peek and dream of river cottage retreat slow living goodness:

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8 Decor Ideas from a Simple Serene White Cottage

robert highsmith + stefanie brechbuehler's home | columbia county. (click through for full slideshow)

Simple Serene Cottage Home Decor Ideas

1. Plain and Simple.

Isn’t the humble, straight-forward, plain and simple architecture of this white country cottage perfectly lovely? No complicated roof design or show-offy windows to speak of.

Charming white country cottage exterior in Hudson Valley. (Click through for full house tour.)

Simple Serene Cottage Home Decor Ideas

2. Decked Out.

We don’t often see a deck added to the side of a home, and it made sense in this case in order to optimally appreciate the views of the property and river.

Side exterior of charming white country house with deck and Adirondack chairs. (Click through for full house tour.)

Simple Serene Cottage Decorating Ideas

River with lush greenery in Hudson River Valley.

Simple Serene Cottage Home Decor Ideas

3. Slow and Low Living.

In a historic home where ceilings are low, it makes sense to keep furnishings and decor lower. This daybed is just the right height for this charming little cottage window in the white paneled space with knotty pine original floors.

Cozy daybed with neutral decor and knotty pine floor in cottage den. (Click through for full house tour.)

Simple Serene Cottage Decorating Ideas

4. Modern and Country.

Modern style furniture and art juxtapose beautifully in a minimal space with gallery white walls and unadorned vintage six over six windows.

Minimal modern country style decor in a cottage living room. (Click through for full house tour.)

Simple Serene Cottage Interior Design Ideas

5. Petite Suite.

But what if the room is only as deep as the bed is long? Go with it, mama.

Humble cottage style decor in a bedroom with poster bed. (Click through for full house tour.)

Simple Serene Cottage Interior Design Ideas

6. Play with Scale.

Magnificent architects and interior designers do it everyday, and why should they have all the fun? The height of the poster bed with the low modern side table adds a playful, effortless interest and airyness in a tiny bedroom.

Modern country decor in a white farmhouse bedroom with paneled walls. (Click through for full house tour.)

Simple Serene Cottage Decorating Ideas

Modern country decor and twin spindle beds in white cottage style bedroom. (Click through for full house tour.)

Simple Serene Cottage Home Decor Ideas

Simple white cottage style bathroom with handcrafted wood clothing hooks.

Simple Serene Cottage Interior Design Ideas

Knotty pine floors in modern country den with white desk and black chairs. #cottagestyle

Simple Serene Cottage Home Decor Ideas

7. Mismatched Folding Chairs.

It may not be an obvious detail, but I love that a collection of vintage folding chairs were incorporated in this dining room as opposed to a complete matching set. This suggests a very conservative sensibility was at work (which makes so much sense in a simple sensible home such as this!) and the chairs were collected over time.

Humble cottage dining area with knotty pine flooring and modern pendant light.

Simple Serene Cottage Home Decorating Ideas

8. God is in the Details.

The white door knob. The. White. Door. Knob. I just can’t! It’s so lovely.

Detail of white siding and wood door on 1800's cottage in country.

Simple Serene Cottage Home Decor Ideas

Picturesque country lot with white cottage in Hudson River Valley.

Simple Serene Cottage Interior Design Ideas

Firepit and adirondack chairs in country lush with greenery.

Simple Serene Cottage Home Decor Ideas

Lush green grass and trees and weathered wood fence on country property in NY.

Simple Serene Cottage Home Decorating Ideas

Modern minimal pendant light over antique farm table with candlesticks in white cottage dining room.

Simple Serene Cottage Home Decorating Ideas

Simple modern cottage decor in tiny white bedroom in country house in NY.

Simple Serene Cottage Home Decor Ideas

Country style decor in small white bedroom with spindle bed and modern lighting.

Simple Serene Cottage Home Decor Ideas

Country cottage by Workstead in Galltin, NY.

Simple Serene Cottage Decorating Ideas

Cottage decor in white country house with simple modern style.

Simple Serene Cottage Home Decor Ideas

Isn’t it super sweet?

Peace to you right where you are.

~michele

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6 Comments

  1. Rhonda
    January 30, 2018 / 11:12 am

    Yes, “super sweet” and peaceful….I don’t say thank you enough for being my tour guide and taking me to so many wonderful places, Michele!

    • michele
      Author
      January 31, 2018 / 12:37 am

      So happy to have you on the journey, Rhonda.

  2. January 30, 2018 / 12:26 pm

    Simply sweet! I like how minimal and clean it is but if it were mine, I think I’d like a rug here and there to cozy things up! It’s a perfect blank canvas though for their artwork and contemporary light fixtures which look awesome.
    xo
    Holly

    • michele
      Author
      January 31, 2018 / 12:36 am

      …and the art would be outstanding! 🙂

  3. Joanna
    January 30, 2018 / 2:25 pm

    It’s very simple but that is all you need in a cottage. You mention the “white door knob”. I found an antique porcelain one and for some reason had to buy it. It sits on top of a book and reminds me of simpler times.

    • michele
      Author
      January 31, 2018 / 12:36 am

      I have a thing for white ones too! Bought a great vintage one in Paris that has great handfeel and is beautiful to look at it. Thanks for reading, Joanna. 🙂

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