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Cottage style decorating can have many variations depending on personal taste, but one thing is certain – the convenience, ease of life, and a cozy feeling to have priority. The style lends itself well to small spaces, if you live in a house, condo, or apartment. My husband and I have decorated all 11 of our homes during our 25 years of marriage in several country-style changes and have found it is a flexible and inexpensive way to create a comfortable and welcoming home.

What is your favorite Cottage Style?

Romantic: Think of a bunch of colorful flowers on everything from upholstery frames, dishes and linens. The colors are often soft pastels of pink, peach, green and pink, but can be more vibrant shades of gold and burgundy and dark green. The antique wooden furniture, with soft curves are often blended with curved wrought-iron gates and beds. Furniture dark wood finishes can be original, or painted white or a favorite color.

Eclectic: Think artfully arranged collections of the owners, both furniture and accessories. Treasures items purchased during the holidays, or at flea markets and art fairs are proudly displayed. Owner's favorite colors are also used. On entering this house, has a sense of personal style.

Beachy: Easy-breeze! This can include a lot of white and blue, and perhaps a touch of color yellow or red. Furniture lines are often simple and slightly rustic in keeping with the casual lifestyle at the beach. Think white clad sofas, blue striped cushions, painted wood floors with sisal rugs, Adirondack chairs, and of course, the deposits are in interesting containers.

Garden: Homes often mix both indoors and outdoors for a comfortable garden "-y" look. Just do within what you are doing your outside garden! Think Pink cabbage prints on linens, vines and leaves emblazoned on a wall, aviaries and latticework. Textures found in nature are furniture, cane, or twigs.

English: This style is aristocratic house – the result of the landed aristocracy gradually reduced after changing economic circumstances – A mixture of large with the invitation. Think large wardrobes, Camelback floral sofas with rolled arms, leather-bound books, and generational family photos. A look old lost including oriental rugs and upholstery stools and chair seats is typical.

Shabby Chic: This style was initiated by Rachel Ashwell. Usually includes many of the walls white with pink, green and Robin's egg blue clothing and accessories, old chandeliers, with peculiar crystals, loose white covers assembly, distressed painted furniture with a touch of Old World French style pitched the charm.

Modern: Forget the cozy clutter. This is modern furniture with simple lines, but perhaps accented with a touch of softness and favorite colors in throw pillows or texture on the couch. A few carefully chosen and favorite accessories and art are present but not overwhelming.

Cabin / Camp: If a cozy retreat in the forest is your passion, then this is the country style for you. Knotty pine walls and shelves, red berries and forest green plaid blankets, furniture and fixtures industry Indians, like arrowheads are the hallmark of the cottage look of the camp.

Vintage: generational family photos on the curtains in black and white, lace and linens, furniture, family heirloom antiques, and the curtains of flowers used to make this tapestry style cottage. Collections may include older figures, pottery, scarves and jewelry.

French: This style combines the tradition with a twist. Graceful curves in certain furniture combined with other home furniture lasting for a look elegant yet rustic. Colors are often the mustard and navy blue. Toile prints on canvas and paper painted are very popular.

Never mind that the variation in country style is her favorite, by cleverly organize your personal things, you will en route to its own cozy, comfortable country house style.

c2005 Kathryn Bechen. All rights reserved worldwide.

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Kathryn Bechen is a veteran freelance writer, and a former interior decorating consultant and professional organizer who has been interviewed by and featured in San Diego Home & Garden Lifestyles magazine, the Omaha World Herald, RealtyTimes.com and others. Her originally authored articles have been published in newspapers, a national decorating magazine, and across the internet. Kathryn is also author of two e-books: 191 Tips for Indoor & Outdoor Cottage Style at Home and Moving With Ease: The 8 Week Plan for an Organized & Stress-Free Move Whether You Hire a Mover or Do It Yourself! In addition, Kathryn has taught organizing seminars and spoken to groups as large as 400, and has also taught writing. For more information, go to http://www.kathrynbechenink.blogspot.com

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