Vintage Cottage Decor Inspiration

There is something nostalgic about the summers when you were a kid. They usually remind us of a time when life was simple. The long hazy days of summer were those happy days when you didn’t have a care in the world.

I often think that those days are one of the reasons people love vintage items and decor. They remind us of a time when life seemed perfect… when summer felt like it would go on forever.

My summers were spent at the family cottage and those days filled with swimming in the lake, laying in the field looking for four-leaf clovers, and having the freedom to roam and explore. They were endless days of happiness.

red green canoes camp

Those days have most definitely fed into my love of vintage and especially anything with a cottage theme. It’s nostalgia at its finest for me and those days were the inspiration for my book Cottage Projects With a Vintage Flair.

With summer feeling like it is winding down, I wanted to celebrate those perfect summer, cottage days.

If you love vintage cottage decor as much as I do, I hope you will be inspired to add a little to your space. There is still lots of summer left to capture those cherished days…

lake sign rustic

an old fishing pole turned into a sign holder


Chandelier turned into bird houses

a broken chandelier turned into a camp for the birds


camping pillow cottage

a favourite t-shirt turned into a cozy pillow


child chair camp

a child’s folding chair turned into a nightstand


cottage porch

fabric scraps turned into a porch rug


vintage game tray cottage

a vintage game board turned into a campfire tray


tablecloth bunting picnic cottage

an old tablecloth turned into picnic bunting

All of these projects (and many more!) with their complete step-by-step directions can be found in my book Cottage Projects With a Vintage Flair.

I hope that you enjoy this last month of summer and don’t forget to take some time to do something carefree (and worry-free!) like those magical days of our childhood summers.

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