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Creating the Cottage Look at Wicker Emporium

Creating the Cottage Look at Wicker Emporium

Finally, the sun is making an appearance and just in the nick of time. Three days in a hammock is just what I need after a hectic five months of home staging and styling. Not yet a cottage owner, we have a fave one we rent in Spanish Ship Bay, Nova Scotia; a pristine setting with beautiful views. No cell, email or city noise, just a water view, a babbling brook and tranquility. I love the relaxed décor of cottage life. Throw the flip flops off and kick back as I share my ideas for my perfect cottage. Weathered woods, rustic painted pieces, faded shades of blue and seaside elements. My starting point:

cottage decor living room Credit:
Mahone Bay Four Basket Storage Unit Mahone Bay Four Basket Storage Unit

The cottage look can be achieved with one-stop shopping at Wicker Emporium. The "Mahone Bay" and “Halifax” collections have several beautiful pieces, perfect for relaxed living where you can put your feet up worry-free and chill. Painted furniture is quintessential cottage style because it is nostalgic, just like old cottages. Mix and match for a curated look that has been gathered over time. Second hand finds mixed with a few new elements makes for a more interesting interior.

Side tables

Distressed Look Painted Metal Tray Stand Distressed Look Painted Metal Tray Stand

A spot for cool drinks, a summer novel or an extra surface to set up a card game. Wicker Emporium has a few options, one of my picks being the distressed look painted metal tray stand.

A wicker trunk does double duty as a storage piece and the Lunenburg side table with shelf comes in a range of colours to add whimsy to a room.


Rothsay Wing Chair Rothsay Wing Chair

You can never have enough seating areas in a cottage. I love the look of weathered, rustic wicker and the “Rothsay” wing chair fits the bill. Add some plump pillows, sink back and close your eyes. Use industrial-looking metal side chairs in any room; at the side of a bed as a nightstand with an angled reading lamp, in a bathroom to hold a stack of towels or in the kitchen for those family versatile.


driftwood table lamp Driftwood Table Lamp with Jute Drum Shade

Good reading lamps, lanterns for outdoor dining and candles. I love the look of the Driftwood table lamp. The jute shade adds a textured element and blends with any décor colours. Add some sparkle with galvanized or shiny nickel. A rope table and floor lamp adds a nautical look when space is at a premium.


jute rug Gold Herringbone Jute Rug

Family-friendly, natural and durable, jute or cotton rugs are stylish and practical. Everything from subdued, calming neutral tones with texture to happy, bright splashes of colour are available at Wicker Emporium. I am partial to the Gold Herringbone Jute, the Sea-Surf Printed Cotton Chindi and the Rossi indoor/outdoor kilm (such fabulous colour).

No cottage is complete without personal touches of accessories and collections. I gravitate towards anything ‘beachy’ Shells, driftwood, birds, fish, boats…..the sea is in my blood, having lived with the ocean in view on both sides of the Atlantic.

cottage bedroom

Gotta go, my hammock and wine awaits :)

Avril Brown

About Avril Brown

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Originally from Scotland, Avril Brown has made Halifax her home for over twenty years. Avril studied commercial art and visual merchandising in Aberdeen, Scotland. Upon graduating she travelled around Scotland supplying visual merchandising services for a broad variety of businesses and trade shows. Since moving to Canada, Avril has held positions in the retail sector as a visual merchandiser, manager, and buyer of home decor, accessories, and furnishings. As a visual specialist with a passion for colour, fabrics, and creating beautiful interiors, home staging and interior decorating were the natural next steps in her career. Avril is the owner of Prep, a Halifax-based company providing home staging, interior decorating, and prop styling services.

  • Kate Barone

    I absolutely love the quilted and striped bedding. Where can I find this set? I've been looking for it for weeks now!

  • Katie Kinsey

    I too love the bedding. Where can I buy thank you Katie Kinsey

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