What's the Difference Between Cottage and Country Decorating?

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Just wondering, what's the difference between cottage and country? These are pictures of my mother's house, what do you think?
what s the difference between cottage and country decorating, home decor, This is her house it s one of the oldest in our state It looks cottage on the outside
This is her house, it's one of the oldest in our state. It looks cottage on the outside.
what s the difference between cottage and country decorating, home decor, She s been an antique dealer for 35 years These things represent a lifetime of collecting
She's been an antique dealer for 35 years. These things represent a lifetime of collecting.
what s the difference between cottage and country decorating, home decor, I made these pillows for her out of burlap rice bags You can read the tutorial on my blog post
I made these pillows for her out of burlap rice bags. You can read the tutorial on my blog post.
what s the difference between cottage and country decorating, home decor, That s my grandfather s clock in the background To me this photo looks country What do you think
That's my grandfather's clock in the background. To me this photo looks country. What do you think?
what s the difference between cottage and country decorating, home decor, I love these dainty little chairs
I love these dainty little chairs.
what s the difference between cottage and country decorating, home decor, A little Americana always looks appropriate in any decor
A little Americana always looks appropriate in any decor.
what s the difference between cottage and country decorating, home decor, Cottage or country I think this photo looks country
Cottage or country? I think this photo looks country.
what s the difference between cottage and country decorating, home decor, These pieces were in my grandmother s transfer ware collection We are a family of antique nuts Including me
These pieces were in my grandmother's transfer ware collection. We are a family of antique nuts. Including me.
what s the difference between cottage and country decorating, home decor, Mom is very partial to fine art I love this display
Mom is very partial to fine art. I love this display.
what s the difference between cottage and country decorating, home decor, Grandma s rocker It s so tiny I don t think anyone would be able to fit in it
Grandma's rocker. It's so tiny, I don't think anyone would be able to fit in it.
what s the difference between cottage and country decorating, home decor, The woman in the pastel drawing is my grandmother
The woman in the pastel drawing is my grandmother.
what s the difference between cottage and country decorating, home decor, Country or Cottage
Country? or Cottage?
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  • Becky P Becky P on Jun 08, 2013
    to me, cottage is more blues/whites.....or beachy feeling. I would say yours is more country. My main style is country.

  • Elaine Simmons Elaine Simmons on Jun 09, 2013
    I would definitely say country too if you have to put a name on it. So many people are eclectic these days that it really doesn't matter that much what you call it as long as you enjoy it.

  • Reinventing Space Reinventing Space on Jun 09, 2013
    Country! Also, show the room, not a vignette. The style of the room, built-ins and amenities will help determine too.

  • I'm with everyone else and say country - cottage has more "natural" elements to it - especially if it's beachy cottage.

  • what you are showing us is called country cottage style decorating. It is cottage style but your theme here in these photos is a country flair. The other form of cottage style decorating would be a theme related to the beach. We love how you made the pillows from the burlap rice bags!

  • Jeanette S Jeanette S on Jun 09, 2013
    Honestly, I think you can say it is a good mix of both. Cottage has the rocking chairs, quilts, etc., while the true country is a bit more rustic. Sometimes country puts in things rusty and old and your Mother's place is too polished to be true country. Just my thoughts. It is lovely whatever style you call it!

  • Debbie Gates Debbie Gates on Jun 09, 2013
    I have that same burlap rice bag. I actually bought the rice, just for the bag and was wondering what I would do with it. Now I know. Thank you for sharing, love the pictures.

  • Sharon's Interior Images Sharon's Interior Images on Jun 10, 2013
    There is definitely a country theme in this home - rustic & Americana. Cottage is more white wainscoting, moulding & trim work with lighter soft color tones on walls & in fabrics. It's great taking memorabilia and creating vignettes of collections in a fun way when you have that country vibe.

  • CindyandGeorge Schaeffer CindyandGeorge Schaeffer on Jun 10, 2013
    I would call this beautiful collection more country home. I think of cottage style as more "fru-fru" (my own word) but usually cram packed with lace, ruffles, loads of pillows and throws. It always looks like every surface is covered with some find or treasure and can sometimes be overdone. The country look is meaningful, simple and full of unique antique pieces. Just my thoughts...

  • Patricia W Patricia W on Jun 10, 2013
    Country homes should be full of wood and natural elements. It reflects country life. Hard working folk with deep appreciation of the land, the way is was meant to be used. Simple statements are shown in the photos. Quilt patterns, natural wood, and heritage. I love it!

  • Lizzy Bean Lizzy Bean on Jun 27, 2014
    I would decorate farmhouse style....your mom's home currently looks country to me.

  • Cindy Nelson Cindy Nelson on Jan 09, 2015
    My take is that your interior décor is more "colonial" than cottage or country. Very nicely done.