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Creating a Timeless Modern Cottage Aesthetic: 5 tips to Transform Your Home

Updated: Feb 25

Welcome to the ultimate guide on transforming your home into a cozy yet stylish haven with a modern cottage aesthetic. If you're itching to remodel or redecorate, you're in the right place! As an interior designer serving the San Francisco Bay Area, specializing in bath design, remodels and decorating and catering to Alameda and beyond, I'm sharing valuable insights and tips that I used to turn our boring builder grade to a timeless modern cottage.


Here's how we achieved this transformation

Living Room


A bland, uninspired living room lacking personality and charm.


A cozy, inviting space filled with warmth and character, thanks to a fresh coat of paint, carefully curated furniture pieces, and thoughtful accessories.

Master Bathroom


An unwelcoming, outdated bathroom in desperate need of a refresh  


A spa-like oasis that combines style and functionality, complete with updated fixtures, beautiful tile , and clever storage solutions


Breakfast Nook


An underutilized corner with no charm or appeal.  


A cozy and inviting breakfast nook, perfect for enjoying a morning coffee or leisurely brunch, unique brass lighting, and whimsical decor accents.             

Powder Room


 A forgettable powder room with outdated fixtures and lackluster decor.    



A stylish and chic powder room that makes a statement,  featuring a wood vanity, moody color scheme and unique collections and artworks that elevate the space from mundane to magnificent 





A disorganized space with limited storage and functionality.


A functional and organized laundry room and pantry, equipped with smart storage solutions, convenient shelving, and a beautiful color scheme to make chores feel less daunting.                                            


Here's how you can achieve a timeless aesthetic in your home

Step 1: Lay the Foundation with a Thoughtful Color Scheme

Begin your design journey by selecting a versatile color palette that serves as the foundation of your space. Opt for neutral tones like Benjamin Moore's Simply White to create an airy and welcoming backdrop. Add depth and character with accent colors such as BM 's Kendall Charcoal and SW's Pussy Willow for statement walls or cozy corners. Try the “Unexpected red theory” It is basically adding anything red ( big or small ) to a room where it doesn't match at all and it automatically looks better!

Step 2: Bring the Outdoors In with Touches of Nature:

Greenery is your best friend! Introduce potted plants throughout your home to add life and freshness to your space. Consider large vintage planters or rustic terracotta pots for a touch of charm and character.

Step 3: Prioritize Comfort and Durability:

Invest in high-quality, durable furniture pieces that can withstand everyday use, such as couches, dining tables, and beds. Revive worn-out upholstery with slipcovers for a quick and budget-friendly refresh. Experiment with different fabrics and textures to create a cozy and inviting atmosphere that you'll love coming home to.

Step 4: Mix Old and New for a Unique Look:

Scour estate sales, Etsy, or local antique stores for one-of-a-kind finds and accessories that add character and charm to your space. Curate a space that tells your unique story by artfully blending vintage treasures with contemporary accents.

Step 5: Illuminate Your Space with Elegant Lighting:

Maximize natural light by strategically placing mirrors and keeping windows unobstructed. Layer artificial lighting with overhead fixtures, sconces, table lamps, and reading lights to create a warm and inviting ambiance. Layer artificial lighting sources, from statement chandeliers to soft sconces and task lighting, to create a multi-dimensional and inviting atmosphere. Consider incorporating dimmer switches to customize the mood and adapt to various occasions seamlessly.

Happy Decorating!

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