Rustic Bohemian Interior Design in a Vintage Cottage

Rustic Bohemian Interior Design in a Vintage Cottage. White kitchen with collected vintage treasures line open shelves. Design by Kara Rosenlund. #rusticdecor #cottagestyle #kitchen #interiordesign #farmhousekitchen #bohochic #whitekitchen

Rustic Bohemian Interior Design in a Vintage Cottage

If the last home we toured with its cheery, happy California sunshine chic particularly tickled your fancy, I wonder what you’ll think of today’s tour? After all, it’s more moody, edgy, and eclectic. In particular, it features plentiful texture and is decorated with natural home decor. Basically, if neutral nirvana and beachy boho paradise float yer boat, I bet you will find inspiration here.

Located in the sunshine state of Australia, this circa 1890 Queensland workers cottage in Brisbane’s Nundah is a white decor lover’s dream.

Today’s Home Tour

Firstly, this rustic bohemian interior design in a vintage cottage by Kara Rosenlund (author, photographer, and stylist) is actually her own home! A restrained color palette, a reverence for patina, and a celebration of vintage treasures (and white!) are obvious. It’s undeniably charming. It’s equally chic. While most workers cottages have been bulldozed over and erased, this one retains its history. Preservation was of utmost importance to Rosenlund and her husband. They renovated this fixer upper entirely DIY style themselves, keeping the original proportions and retaining as many original features as possible.

Her Internet Famous Kitchen!

Secondly, I’m sure you have seen images of this Aussie cottage kitchen floating around the web. It’s everywhere and features Rosenlund’s massive collection of what she calls “kitchenalia.” Specifically of interest to me is her collection of English marmalade jars. As a matter of fact, I have a collection myself. She says she loves having these kitchen objects easily accessible. Apparently, they remind her daily of her travels and treasure hunting. I love studying these images to see what she has collected!

Cottage’s History?

Thirdly, I found this from househistories.org: “The typical late Victorian designs are set on stumps with generous verandahs and contemporary features such as one or more brick chimneys, externally cross-braced VJ walls and, for the grander homes, elaborate ornamentation incorporating iron lacework.”

 

Rustic Bohemian Interior Design in a Vintage Cottage

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Lovely Rustic Bohemian Interior Design Kitchen

Rustic bohemian decor in a white cottage kitchen by Kara Rosenlund. Rustic wood cutting boards and bread boards decorate the wall. #rustic #kitchen #cottage #interiordesign #whitekitchen #bohorustic #bohemian

A rustic white cottage kitchen with easy access to essentials!

Kitchen decor ideas? First of all, how about one of these?

Rustic decor in a white cottage kitchen by Kara Rosenlund. #rusticdecor #kitchen #whitekitchen #vintagestyle #bohemian #farmhousekitchen

The Bohemian rustic decor in Kara Rosenlund’s white kitchen.

A vintage cupboard stores white dishware in Kara Rosenlund's rustic bohemian cottage dining room in Queensland. #diningroom #rusticdecor #cottagestyle #farmhousestyle

Isn’t this a casual and pretty dining room in the Brisbane cottage?

Rustic Bohemian Interior Design in a Vintage Cottage

White Aussie cottage kitchen with vintage style and rustic decor is certainly lovely!

Secondly, I spotted this beauty from Farmhouse Pottery in Vermont.

Araaucana Cutting Board, Gray/Natural

Cutting Board from Farmhouse Pottery

Rustic Bohemian Interior Design in a Vintage Cottage. White cottage kitchen with open shelves full of vintage essentials. #whitekitchen #farmhousekitchn #cottagestyle #shelves

Shelves of vintage kitchen treasures at the ready.

Rustic Bohemian Interior Design Kitchen with open shelves full of vintage treasures. Design by Kara Rosenlund. #rusticdecor #farmhousekitchen #cottagekitchen #shelves

Artful decorating and Rustic Bohemian Interior Design Kitchen Decor.

Rustic Bohemian Interior Design Kitchen of Kara Rosenlund with vintage finds including old silverware and English crocks. #vintagestyle #cottagestyle #kitchen #rusticdecor

Rustic Bohemian Interior Design Kitchen

Rustic Bohemian Interior Design Kitchen by Kara Rosenlund with framed oil portrait on counter with vintage treasures. #farmhousekitchen #cottagekitchen #vintagestyle #rusticdecor

Vintage finds and Rustic Bohemian Interior Design Kitchen.

Rustic Boho Chic Interior Design in a Breakfast Room

Rustic Boho Chic Interior Design in a Breakfast Room by Kara Rosenlund in her Aussie cottage. Round vintage wood table, built-in banquette, and fireplace decorated with rustic vintage treasures. #rusticdecor #bohochic #breakfastnook #kitchen #dining #cottage

Vintage style and Rustic Boho Chic Interior Design in a Breakfast Room.

Thirdly, here’s a rustic teak stool a versatile piece that would look great in a vintage style kitchen.

Fourthly, this table is a great option if you have trouble scoring a vintage one!

Rustic Boho Chic Interior Design in a Breakfast Room by Kara Rosenlund. Saarinen marble top table with rustic rattan chair and built-in banquette. #rusticdecor #midcenturymodern #breakfastnook #boho

Midcentury-modern Rustic Boho Chic Interior Design in a Breakfast Room.

Additionally, my sixth pick is this gorgeous Mid-century modern iconic table.

Modway Lippa 36" Marble Dining Table, White

Saarinen style Midcentury-modern Tulip Table with Marble Top: FIND HERE

My no. 7 pick is this light tan hide rug.

Handmade Tan Area Rug

Tan Color Natural Cow Hide Rug

Rustic Bohemian Interior Design in a Vintage Cottage breakfast room with fireplace, Saarinen table, and cowhide rug. #rusticdecor #breakfastroom #kitchen #boho #interiordesign

White painted floor and Rustic Boho Chic Interior Design in a Breakfast Room.

Styled a different way here:

Rustic Boho Chic Interior Design in a Breakfast Room with cowhide pillow on banquiette, vintage round table, and eclectic decor. #rusticdecor #breakfastnook #dining #vintagestyle #boho

Brown tones and Rustic Boho Chic Interior Design in a Breakfast Room.

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Bohemian and Rustic Boho Chic Interior Design in a Breakfast Room

Hallway with Rustic Bohemian Decor

Rustic Bohemian Interior Design in a Vintage Cottage with white by Kara Rosenlund. White painted paneling in a hallway with rustic decor and vintage treasures. #rusticdecor #whitedecor #cottagestyle #hallway

White decor in a Hallway with Rustic Bohemian Decor.

Rustic Bohemian Interior Design in a Vintage Cottage by Kara Rosenlund. Hats on hooks in the white paneled hall. #hats #interiordesign

Cottage style Hallway with Rustic Bohemian Decor & Rustic Bohemian Interior Design in a Vintage Cottage.

Rustic Bohemian Interior Design in a Vintage Cottage hallway with bench and stacks of books. #rusticdecor #books #hallway

Chic Hallway with Rustic Bohemian Decor.

Kara Rosenlund is also the author of SHELTER.

Rustic Bohemian Living Room Interior Design by Kara Rosenlund

Rustic Bohemian Interior Design in a Vintage Cottage living room by Kara Rosenlund. #livingroom #rusticdecor #beachy #boho #shutters #wicker

Beachy cottage decor and Rustic Bohemian Living Room Interior Design. Lovely indeed!

Firstly, this living room pick is inspired by this room’s wicker pendant light.

Secondly, I love this prism table lamp and actually have a pair of them in my own living room.

Rustic Bohemian Interior Design in a Vintage Cottage Living room with vintage treasures and natural texture. #rusticdecor #beachy #livingroom #vintagestyle

White decor and Rustic Bohemian Living Room Interior Design by Kara Rosenlund.

Rustic Bohemian Living Room Interior Design by Kara Rosenlund with white sofa and cowhide pillows. #rusticdecor #livingroom #texture #beachy #vintagestyle #interiordesign

Layered and Rustic Bohemian Living Room Interior Design is simple as well as interesting.

Thirdly, a rustic vintner’s basket always looks at home in casual living rooms. (Looks like she wired one for a lamp!)

Rustic Bohemian Living Room Interior Design by Kara Rosenlund with loads of texture and vintage beachy style. #beachy #livingroom #cottage #rusticdecor

Lovely Rustic Bohemian Living Room Interior Design by Kara Rosenlund.

Bohemian Chic Home Decor in a White Cottage by Kara Rosenlund

Bohemian Chic Home Decor in a White Cottage kitchen with shelves of vintage collections by Kara Rosenlund. #kitchen #shelves #rusticdecor #vintagestyle

Charming indeed…rustic and Bohemian Chic Home Decor in a White Cottage by Kara Rosenlund.

Rustic Bohemian Interior Design in a Vintage Cottage: detail of fireplace mantel decorated with horsheshoe, antlers, candles, and vintage portrait. #rusticdecor #mantel #vintagestyle

Rustic and Bohemian Chic Home Decor in a White Cottage with casual as well as sophisticated style.

Bohemian Chic Home Decor in a White Cottage by Kara Rosenlund. Shelves massed with vintage treasures are artfully arranged in the white kitchen. #rusticdecor #shelves #vintagedecor #cottagestyle

Neutral colors and Bohemian Chic Home Decor in a White Cottage are undeniably charming.

White shelf topped with vintage finds and neutral palette. Bohemian Chic Home Decor in a White Cottage by Kara Rosenlund. #rusticdecor #boho #shelf #decorating

Beachy Bohemian Chic Home Decor in a White Cottage is charming as well as chic.

Dark painted shelves in a country cupboard with white stoneware and dishes. Bohemian Chic Home Decor in a White Cottage by Kara Rosenlund. #countrystyle #rusticdecor #vintagedecor #shelves #dishes

Vintage style and Bohemian Chic Home Decor in a White Cottage by Kara Rosenlund.

Fourthly, oh m’goodness, I’m a cake kinda girl, and rarely meet a cake pedestal I don’t like. My current crush?

Rustic Bohemian Interior Design in a Bedroom

Rustic Bohemian Interior Design in a Bedroom by Kara Rosenlund with salvaged arched windows and beachy decor. #rusticdecor #bedroom #boho #beachy #vintage #interiordesign

Another vintage-y moment. Casual,  beachy, and Rustic Bohemian Interior Design in a Bedroom.

The first decor pick for a rustic bedroom inspired by this one is a cotton stripey throw.

Rustic Bohemian Interior Design in a Bedroom by Kara Rosenlund with vintage oil paintings and white walls. #rustic #boho #bedroom #beachy #whitebedroom #vintagedecor

White decor and Rustic Bohemian Interior Design in a Bedroom.

Secondly, these stripey coastal shams might be right at home in this bedroom.

Rustic Bohemian Interior Design in a Vintage Cottage bedroom with fall colors and warm russet tones. Salvaged arched windows serve as the headboard. #rustic #boho #bedroom #vintage #interiordesign #cognac #fallcolors

Luxurious rusticity indeed! Cognac, velvet, and Rustic Bohemian Interior Design in a Bedroom.

Rustic Bohemian Interior Design in a Vintage Cottage bedroom with turtle shell on white wall. #bedroom #whitebedroom #cottagestyle #rusticdecor

Natural textures and Rustic Bohemian Interior Design in a Bedroom by Kara Rosenlund.

Rustic Bohemian Interior Design in a Bedroom by Kara Rosenlund with beachy vintage vibe. #bedroom #beachy #boho #rusticdecor

Rustic Bohemian Interior Design in a Vintage Cottage. Lovely indeed!

Rustic Bohemian Interior Design in a Bedroom by Kara Rosenlund layered with vintage finds and rustic beachy goodness. #vintagestyle #bedroom #rusticdecor #boho

Another casual chic moment. Warm and Rustic Bohemian Interior Design in a Bedroom by Kara Rosenlund with beachy style!

Rustic Bohemian Interior Design in a Bedroom by Kara Rosenlund with white decor and rustic vintage accessories. #bedroom #rustic #boho #beachy #cottage

Charming and Rustic Bohemian Interior Design in a Bedroom by Kara Rosenlund.

Thirdly, I love me a pharmacy lamp! Don’t you find these lamps versatile and easy to love?

Rustic Bohemian Interior Design in a Bedroom by Kara Rosenlund with neutral palette, salvaged arched windows for headboard, and charming texture. #bedroom #vintage #boho #rusticdecor #salvage

Beachy and Rustic Bohemian Interior Design in a Vintage Cottage.

Rustic Bohemian Interior Design in a Bedroom by Kara Rosenlund with salvaged vintage arch window and burnt orange accents. #whitebedroom #vintage #rustic #orange #cottage

Lovely Rustic Bohemian Interior Design in a Bedroom with fall colors.

Rustic Bohemian Interior Design Style in a Bathroom

Rustic Bohemian Interior Design Style in a Bathroom by Kara Rosenlund with clawfoot tub, vintage bench, and neutral colors. #bathroom #rustic #boho #vintage #beachy #neutrals

Lovely indeed! Character-filled Rustic Bohemian Interior Design in a Vintage Cottage.

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Beautiful and Rustic Bohemian Interior Design Style in a Bathroom.

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Beachy and Rustic Bohemian Interior Design Style in a Bathroom by Kara Rosenlund with clawfoot tub.

Fourth, how about a Turkish bathtowel for both decoration and function?

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Rustic Bohemian Interior Design Style in a Bathroom by Kara Rosenlund with clawfoot tub.

Bohemian Chic Decor in a Vintage Cottage With White

Bohemian Chic Decor in a Vintage Cottage With White porch and vintage furnishings. #porch #whitedecor #cottage #rusticdecor

Another lovely moment. Rustic Bohemian Interior Design in a Vintage Cottage.

Bohemian Chic Decor in a Vintage Cottage With White decor inside and out. Entrance to the cottage with large potted plants. #cottage #entrance #frontdoor #whitedecor #rusticdecor

Lovely indeed! Bohemian Chic Decor in a Vintage Cottage With White!

Finally, if you love this style of interior design, be sure to check out stories featuring the work of Leanne Ford!

Peace to you right where you are.

~michele

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8 Comments

  1. May 14, 2018 / 6:32 pm

    Oh my goodness, I am in LOVE with this house! I love love love it all. What a wonderful example of a lived in and collected house. Have a great week Michele.

    • michele
      Author
      May 14, 2018 / 10:55 pm

      They have done such an incredible job doing the work themselves and keeping the look so undone! Thanks for tuning in, Elizabeth! xox

  2. May 15, 2018 / 2:38 am

    It’s amazing. It looks good because, despite a lot of stuff, the colors are harmonious so it feels collected and not cluttered. Plus, I love that it is so individual. I’d like to sit down and chat with Kara over a flat white.
    I am not a fan of open shelves in real life. I had them in my Brussels apartment–in typical fashion the kitchen had only a sink–no stove, fridge, counters or shelves–and I bought some metal shelves for restaurant-style storage. But a restaurant uses everything on a regular basis. It got SO dusty. A ton of work to keep clean. Now, I love having all that stuff behind doors!

    • michele
      Author
      May 15, 2018 / 9:20 am

      I hear you on the shelves. In our last home, we had these incredible shelves that became strictly for decoration because of the dust. The visual clutter would also not work for me, but it sure works for a stylist who takes beautiful pictures and has her house featured in every shelter magazine! 🙂

  3. Tracy
    May 15, 2018 / 11:34 am

    Another wonderful post. Makes me just want to go out and collecting antique spoons and more crocks, etc. How fun it is to study all those goodies in that boho kitchen. Love it. My problem is I like too many styles. While I love spaces like this, I also love an austere simplicity where my eyes have a place to rest. Plus I do need to cook somewhere. Hha. One thing I don’t like is decorating with animal heads or skins, that isn’t for me.

    Thanks for another lovely post Michelle!! I don’t know how you do it every day but I’m glad you do

    • michele
      Author
      May 15, 2018 / 11:42 am

      I feel the same, Tracy! I like the look of the lovely mess of vintage clutter, but I need airy expanses too. Living with hide rugs and taxidermy is also not my style, but so many wonderful designers incorporate them. I don’t know how I do it either. There’s just so much lovely to catalogue, and it’s just grace that gets it posted. xox

  4. Amanda
    May 15, 2018 / 12:44 pm

    I think what you are calling a dining room is actually a porch. I spy a rain gutter, metal outdoor roofing, and sunlight between the floor boards. I love it though. That kitchen though…while fun if it were a retail store, I could never eat anything that came out of that kitchen (not that there appears to be any room for actual cooking). Not only must it all accumulate tons of dust, all of that rusty crusty ephemera just feels dirty. Pretty to look at, but not sanitary around food. She’s definitely a talented stager though!

    • michele
      Author
      May 15, 2018 / 1:55 pm

      I’m sure you’re right — my eyes are bad from too much screen time!!! Thanks for your eagle eye! I’m guessing the drama of the massed kitchenalia is for styling purposes since the owner is a stylist. I like that so many designfreaks think more is more and like all their pretty finds out where they can see them. Even though it’s not my mantra and I like to hide clutter behind closed doors – I find these types to be highly creative, fun, and living abundantly. 🙂

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