Cottagecore is often defined as a romantic notion of country life, rooted in nostalgia and sustainability, but it goes beyond that. It’s a fashion trend (think: floral cotton dresses, braids), a design aesthetic (vintage teapots, doilies, kitschy trinkets), as well as a lifestyle (making your own sourdough and candles). Enthusiasts describe it as a movement of people longing for a simpler existence in the country. If you could be happily transplanted into the film Little Women, it’s arguable that cottagecore is likely for you. For a broader history and definition, we went into more detail here.
Here’s how to bring a touch of cottagecore to your cottage, home, or even your downtown apartment.
The Little Book of Cottagecore
Emily Kent’s book teaches you how to incorporate cottagecore activities into your lifestyle no matter where you live. This book includes step-by-step instructions on everything from baking your own bread, making your own soap, to the basics of beekeeping. Get the book at Indigo.ca.
A tea kettle
A grandma-approved stovetop tea kettle is the cornerstone of any cottagecore kitchen. Buy this one at Amazon.ca.
Dot your cottage plant life with little gnomes to add a cozy, kitschy feel to your garden. Buy this one at Amazon.ca.
Scented candle making kit
Up the coziness factor while doing a quintessential back-to-basics cottagecore activity. This handy kit includes everything you need to pour your own 100 per cent soy wax candle, including two types of scented oils. Buy it at Indigo.ca.
A picnic basket set
A countryside picnic is one of the most cottagecore activities you can do. Buy this picnic basket that includes a four-person place setting at BedBathAndBeyond.ca.
Herbs and flowers
Either plant wildflowers and herbs in your garden or use this English lavender planter to bring calming aromatics indoors, too. Buy it at Indigo.ca.