Winter is here so it only feels right to keep the cozy inspiration coming. (We started it right here.) Soak in the mountain lodge chic and woodsy warmth these timeless glimpses offer as we imagine what qualities our dream rustic-luxe cottage might include.
Dream Rustic-luxe Cottage Inspiration
Stunning Built-ins & Paint Color
Does your dream home have plenty of built-ins?
Would your built-ins include a cozy seating area? And are they stained or painted? Because here’s a gorgeous hue to sample:
Isn’t it stunning? It’s helpful to see it in different settings with various lighting conditions.
Those mid-tone colors are so popular right now.
Here’s a gorgeous boutique apartment in Belgium where the richly textured plasterwork seems reminiscent of De Nimes:
Do you fancy this blue-grey with orange combination? It feels so European country cozy! While this interior is refined rather than rustic (think ‘modern vintage’), the color story and laidback luxe of it all would be right at home in a cottage.
Speaking of texture, what building material and style is your fantasy rustic cottage?
Rustic Stone & Old World Style
Because if we’re just dreaming, how about a mix of old reclaimed stone?
How about Tudor architectural details? And would it have dormers and a fairytale feel?
Since I’m still crushing on all things Cotswold cottage, I like the idea of an imperfect wonky style that appears to be hundreds of years old.
And how about more stone INSIDE too?
A rustic stone fireplace is a timeless feature that feels just right for a retreat. Would yours be dramatic and extend to the ceiling…
or would it be a more subtle design:
Peaceful Setting for a Rustic Cottage
Who could cover the windows when the view outside them is as dreamy as this:
Have you noticed that some images of breakfast nooks with banquettes look a little awkward or uncomfortable and others feel just right? This cozy area feels perfect:
What a way to welcome nature into the kitchen to elevate everyday chores!
Traditional Style Luxe Wallcoverings, Murals & Textiles
Does your rustic cottage stay rustic on the outside but welcome more elegance to the interiors?
It’s hard to beat the beauty of that lovely House of Hackney scenic pattern!
Isn’t this an interesting color story (above) with the mix of cool colors, pattern, and warm wood floor? If you are drawn to warmer colors for the walls…
Not that you must ever choose between warm and cool. When they are used together, there’s an interesting tension that I have heard certain designers call ‘clashing.’ The idea of intentionally clashing colors is lost on a lot of folks, but if you look at highly sophisticated interiors, you’ll recognize it.
Is your dream rustic-luxe cottage a place where you experiment with color, or will it reflect your love of calm neutrals? While this is a magnificent home and not a rustic cottage, the color story and beautiful moldings could be just right in my own dream cottage.
And my bedroom would have to be serene and restful like this Jessica Helgerson design:
What if the “Cozy” Part of Your Cottage is Limited Square Footage?
I’m always fascinated by how creatives work with limited square footage, aren’t you? Here’s an apartment that has me dreaming about how sweet the floor plan could be for a cottage on the lake or a cottage in the woods! So clever:
So far, the closest we personally came to creating a rustic luxe cottage was the renovation of our former home. So many rustic design elements juxtaposed with elegant ones on that woodsy lot.
The snow is something I’ll miss if ever we leave the heartland!
Truth be told, I couldn’t find too many “warm and cozy” glimpses of our interiors since they are cooler and bright for the most part. But this sideboard moment from a few seasons ago felt cozy to my eyes.
Thanks for dreaming a little! Dig into my archives if you have a few minutes…who knows what unexpected loveliness awaits?
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