If someone were to ask me what my decorating style is, where others might say theirs was Traditional, or Boho, or even Eclectic… I would say mine is “vintage floral cottage.” That’s because those three little words seem to apply to nearly every decorative or even functional object that I bring into my home. And of course, that’s completely on purpose!
Whether it is a mixing bowl, or a new-to-me piece of furniture, it is going to evoke the comfortable, time-worn characteristics I have come to love and seek for my surroundings.
When I started this blog, I knew that if I was going to talk about my decorating style I would have to actually define it. Eventually, I arrived at the phrase “vintage floral cottage.” I thought that it not only perfectly described my style, but was also a great name for the blog itself! Here’s what it means to me:
Vintage – means used, from a time gone by, perfectly imperfect, showing its age and signs of previous use. Being able to appreciate a vintage item’s imperfections, and the history that it has, is very meaningful to me. I think this comes from having been given some beautiful hand-me-down pieces for my home, as well as being a long-time genealogist – I just seek that connection to the past.
Floral – I use silk and real flowers, old-fashioned floral patterns, and floral motifs on objects ranging from dinnerware to bedding. Of course, roses are a sentimental favorite flower, but so are peonies, lilacs, hydrangeas, chrysanthemums, and even pretty leaves.
Cottage – True cottages to me have a lot of architectural character: stone walls, fireplaces, porches, exposed beams and the like. But any smaller home can be made to feel like a cottage with small cozy spaces, furniture that gets painted or re-upholstered every now and then instead of replaced, over-stuffed chairs, etc. I don’t feel the need for a large home – in fact couldn’t afford one even if I wanted one. I like feeling “cozy, comfortable, and contained” in my 650 square feet.
Rachel Ashwell has dubbed her style “Shabby Chic,” and of course Joanna Gaines is the queen of “modern farmhouse.” I don’t have the books, products, and empires that these wonderful ladies have (and have earned!), but I do have my Vintage Floral Cottage!