May 22, 2024

If you’ve spent any time on TikTok, Pinterest or Instagram lately, you’ve probably heard of cottagecore, the bucolic lifestyle that’s sweeping the worlds of interiors and fashion at the moment. If you’re a nostalgic soul that dreams of living on an 1800s farmstead or in a thatched-roof English cottage then you are guaranteed to love it. While it might be popular at the moment, the truth is, cottagecore has roots in a timeless, homey look which will guarantee to stand the test of time and will always give your home a warm welcome. 

Think cozy, historic spaces brimming with period features and filled with aged furniture, antiques and vintage finds. Handcrafted furniture in wood and wicker are a hallmark of the look, alongside handmade ceramics and plenty of vintage fabrics. To give you inspiration and a helping had for creating your own scheme we’ve rounded up nine key ways to capture the cottage core spirit, pulled from the pages of our sister magazine (and the ultimate cottagecore digest) Period Living.

1. Get gardening

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(Image credit: Future / Kasia Fiszer)

Chances are you’re already a cottagecore fanatic if you’ve spent hours swooning over the countless picture-perfect postcard snaps of traditional English homes on instagram. From Cotswold cottages of The Holiday fame, to timber-frame thatched homes, these cottages are true chocolate box gems brimming with period features and unique character. 

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