Cottagecore on a budget.

“ The cottage represents a family seat, a place of belonging and identity…a symbol for the family”

                               Greg Halseth              

 A couple weeks ago my daughter brought up a trend that has been going on called Cottagecore.

“ What’s this Cottagecore business, I’ve never heard of it” I would say to my daughter.

She would explain back to me that it’s basically what I kind of do in my own home life. Here at Our Little Red House I always try to stay close to those simple and basic things in life that make my family happy. Plus it’s better for the planet living this way.


I always thought I was more a Haugg type of person. It would turn out they are both kind of similar in a way. Cottagecore is all about going back to the days where grandma made everything by hand. She decorated her home with natural items from outside, like bringing flowers and homemade wreaths in to celebrate the holidays. Plastics were not big back in Grandma’s time with glass mason jars used for everything from lemonade to extra buttons for mending clothes. And her drawers were always fill with handstitched hankies. Think we called this style Shabby chic back in the 90’s

Grandma cooked everything by scratch and mended clothes to be passed down to each sibling so as not to waste. These are the simple things that brought a lot of joy to Grandma’s children and many family members.

Garden’s are a big part of Cottagecore living too. Even in the city, there is room for a Cottagecore garden. A small pot here or there filled with beautiful flowers and live plants. Floral dresses and comfortable clothes that flow in breezes everywhere. A very big thing to do back in grandma’s day was to hang clothes to airdry outside.

So here I am up at Our Little Red House right now (photo above is from the city). I was thinking about how my daughter was right, we are living some Cottagecore in our home. I’m getting some much needed rest and relaxation in the country. Earlier today I stopped off at some of my favorite thrift shops and picked up a couple of items to show you all how easy it is to do a little Cottagecore in your own homes without spending a lot of money. All you need is a little creativity along with going back down memory lane to Grandma’s house.

First thing I bought was this little glass container for $1. I keep a box of faux flowers on hand for little things like this. It’s always best to pick fresh flowers but I haven’t had a chance to walk around the creek or my favorite foraging area. Later I hope to get some creek time in while up here. Maybe there will be some pretty flowers out in the woods. For now these faux flowers look really pretty in this little pot.

You can pick up grapevine wreaths at most dollar stores. I used morning glory vines that grow around Our Little Red House to wrap around the wreath. Add real or faux flowers, or keep it simple and leave it plain.

Lace sachets filled with potpourri are another Cottagecore item. This was $1 as well. Someone made this pretty little heart sachet. It has lost it’s fragrance but you can add a few drops of essential oil to refresh it.

A bag of embroidery floss for $2 will come in hand for some plain hankies I have. I also have some that have really dainty little embroidery flowers on them already. Eventually I want to make a window curtain out of them. I hope I have enough. Maybe for a small window.

Cottagecore doesn’t have to cost a lot. See if your mom or grandmother has any old dishes, or pretty items that they no longer want, to get you started on your Cottagecore adventures. You can find all kinds of Cottagecore items in the second hand shops too. Happy Cottagecore decorating everyone.   

7 Comments Add yours

  1. You’re very welcome Aviva. I didn’t know what it was all about either. It reminds me of Downton Abbey. I do love flowers and romantic things. We sorta have a small city farm with chickens, and cats and a garden. Our garden is mostly in pots.

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  2. Thank you Tanya, I am having a nice peaceful time in the country right now. I want to head down to the creek tomorrow if we have time. Been painting some doors today.

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  3. Good afternoon. This is a lovely post. This is the type of articles I like to read. Re-purposing is one of the best way to re-organise a home. By using what we have already, some paints, some tools, and just get going. The finish effect is happiness.

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  4. JOY journal says:

    It always makes me smile that what is beautiful and kind for creation is generally good for the wallet, as well! You’ve explained that beautifully. 🙂 We are trendy at last!

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    1. I know, exactly. All us sentimental and frugal thrifty types, we are finally trending. Everything always comes back to the little things as well as the simple things meaning the most in life.


  5. I really enjoyed reading your post. I shall follow you now too. I love Cottagecore but like you, only discovered the term very recently. Will read some more of your lovely posts now 😊

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    1. That is so sweet, thank you so much. Lots of new trends out there to keep up with, I think Cottage core is so pretty.


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