Decorating Ideas Using Home Sweet Home and Collectible Cottage Themes
Country cottage, beach cottage, English cottage – each of these conjures images of cozy, comfy, and casual homes. From Victorian times, cottage décor has casually reflected love of home and friends. Here are ideas for decorating with vintage cottage motifs.
Vintage Cottage Theme Wall Décor
Vintage textiles provide a good source of cottage motifs. Antique miniature quilts, or doll quilts featuring house or cabin patterns, or pictorial segments cut from old worn quilts make impressive wall décor. If you enjoy needlework, you might appliqué or piece a small scenic wall quilt, painting a fabric picture with vintage designs. Pictorial themes, especially houses, farms etc., began to be popular with quilters in the 1920s.
Vintage hooked rugs are another idea for wall art. Antique primitives offer charmingly simple designs based on home life and the craftsman’s personal interests. You could feature one or more antique rugs with homey cottage patterns, hanging them on walls or even the ceiling. Some of these pieces incorporate inviting phrases; “Welcome Friends” or “Home Sweet Home” into their designs .You might also hook your own rug, creating an original pattern or adaptation from historical rugs. Consider multiple cottage shapes in a design or a single cottage shape surrounded by a border of flowers or other favorite objects.
Antique needlework pictures or samplers featuring cottage motifs would make special sentimental wall décor. Retro embroidery, needlepoint and other stitcheries from later periods look attractive as well. Hang vintage pieces with homey sayings or cottage designs in locations that provide close up viewing of details. And consider the option of working your own pieces based on vintage needlework reproduction patterns.
Vintage Cottage Theme Decorative Accessories
Many vintage objects, shaped like cottages or decorated with their images, can add inviting, casual touches to your décor. Kitchenware in particular offers many possibilities. For example, a 1930s Cottage Ware tea service with figural pieces, or a Carlton Ware jam pot from the same era, would look cheerful decorating the kitchen. Or a collection of cottage motif salt and peppershakers displayed on a windowsill or shelf. Perhaps a figural cookie jar could be used as a whimsical focal point. Cottage shaped collectible figurines, such as a Wade shamrock cottage from the 50s, would mix well with these decoratives.
Vintage fabric scarves, hankies, dishtowels, napkins etc., that feature cottage designs and “home sweet home” sentiments can be used to create cozy accessories and usable items. For instance, silk scarves could be made into pillows and other fabric into table runners, dresser scarves, chair cushions, or curtains. And older paper items, such as the covers of home and garden magazines from the 1960s to 1800s, or those from vintage booklets of cottage or bungalow house plans, may be simply placed on coffee tables, nightstands and other prominent places to add a finishing touch.
Hooked Rugs, Leslie Linsley
Clarkson Potter Publishers, 1992
The Quilt Encyclopedia Illustrated, Carter Houck
Harry N. Abrams, Inc., Publishers, 1991
Victorian Cottage Rugs, Pat Hornafius
Stackpole Books, 1995