1. Textures are really important in cottage/country decor. Think wicker and wrought iron for the furniture, or any antique pieces, as they epitomize the cottage feel. For all your linens, play with textures like ruffles, lace, cotton, knits, and sheers.
2. While many cottages are simple, there are lots of instances of excess in this design scheme. You can use lots of pillows, lots of pictures on your wall, and even try more than just two curtain panels on your curtain rod.
3. It would be really cool if you had a collection to display, a shelf full of stuffed animals, a jar full of buttons, or even just a tray full of 'found things' like mismatched earrings, random charms or scraps of ribbon.
4. Colors that go well in a cottage are pastels, like lavenders, pinks, and periwinkles.
5. Girly knick-knacks and doo-dads look lovely in this setting. What kind of girly accessories do I mean? Teddy bears, figurines, pretty books and watercolor paintings are all dainty and charming.
6. Add antiques like old lamps, double bell alarm clocks, cross-stitch samplers or other vintage goodies you have, or go find some at secondhand stores, yard sales, flea markets, or ask around your family members to see if they might have something you could use.
7.Some motifs that go over well in this design are butterflies, flowers, birds, patchworks, and sewing.
Have fun decorating!