A gathering place for family and friends alike, a welcoming living space is essential to the ideal Southern cottage. An abundance of windows that let natural light abound creates an inviting place for everyone who crosses the threshold of the front door.
Coziness is key in the living room. The perfect spot to cuddle up next to a fire on a cool autumn night makes any living room that much more inviting. Relaxed linens, pillows, and throws add to a charming and comfy atmosphere, no matter how open-concept the space.
In the kitchen, touches of natural wood bring a rustic element to the space, and a large island creates the ideal area for gathering and fostering warm memories when company comes during the holidays. An open and airy layout allows for room to be busy baking family recipes with loved ones.
History also plays an integral role in a Southern space, displayed proudly with heirlooms and vintage pieces. Whether repurposed or kept in their natural glory, bringing a few antique pieces into your décor creates a space for the whole family to enjoy while adding a touch of tradition.
A gorgeous blend of styles, this living space exudes comfort and tradition. A linen slip-covered sofa with fluffed throw pillows invites guests to take a seat. The vintage-style mirror and chandelier echo the history and character of the home’s architecture, while a splash of contemporary style is added to the mix with the addition of the cowhide rug and coffee table.
As the ideal gathering spot for family and friends, the kitchen should always be warm and inviting without feeling cramped. As in any Southern space, family heirlooms are not only welcome but encouraged in the kitchen. Whether wedding china collected over the years or skillets passed down through generations, display your collected treasures for all to see by hanging them along the wall or in open shelving units.
If you have larger pieces of cookware, consider adding a hanging rack above the sink, island, or stove. Adding touches of rustic elements like shiplap and natural wood helps tie the vintage pieces in with the space.
In many Southern homes, the dining room plays host as the most formal space, with inherited furnishings and curated china collections on display. These heirloom pieces are typically dark wood, so keep the walls light and bright and windows open so the space doesn’t feel dated. Classic style is made all the more beautiful with the addition of natural greenery. Though the space has a more formal air, invite guests to gather with cozy seating and an intimate tablescape.