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As we aspire towards a mindful lifestyle, the cottagecore movement continues to thrive. Here’s how you can infuse that dreamy and calming vibe into your abode

Additional reporting by Cheryl Lai-Lim. 


An aesthetic nod to a tranquil life that is harmonious with nature and sustainability, the cottagecore trend has blossomed over the past few years.  

“We love cottagecore! I think this trend responds to people’s desire today to be more grounded, settled, and closer to the land and the forests,” says JJ Acuna, founder of JJ Acuna / Bespoke Studio.

“That said, you don’t have to live in a remote rural location to appreciate the grounded materiality of cottagecore; you can simply find beautiful ways to incorporate the style into your urban home,” he says. For one of his clients, he created a modern rustic kitchen by using a mix of oak and wicker furnishings, as well as terracotta and brick tiles.

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To avoid an overly rustic vibe, incorporate elegant, curvy furniture pieces in vibrant hues, then anchor the look with rugs in modern patterns. Flowy pastel and nature-print drapery and upholstery fabrics are also wonderful ways to weave cottagecore elements into your home. 

“Natural, sustainable, minimalist, comfortable, and British—these are the characteristics of the cottagecore trend,” says Winnie Heimgartner-Wong, managing director of Cetec. “Cottagecore is all about choosing nature over fast-paced, high-tech living, so designs and patterns inspired by flowers, trees, stones, soil, wood and water, pastel colours, as well as natural linen, wool or cotton are ideal for creating this look.

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Need more ideas to get you started? Here, we pick out some furnishings to shortlist:

1. Cetec Upholstery fabrics from Hodsoll McKenzie 2021 collection

2. Fritz Hansen Night Owl table lamp

Available from W.Atelier

3. Ferm Living Feve desk

4. Hay Knit coat rack by Jin Kuramoto

Available from hay.dk

5. Vitra Eames Elephant plywood toy by Charles and Ray Eames

Available from W.Atelier 

6. Flexform Zeus day bed by Antonio Citterio

Available from Flexform Singapore

7. Cassina Kangaroo armchair by Pierre Jeanneret

8. Gebrüder Thonet Vienna Mos bookcase by GamFratesi

Available from Space Furniture 

9. Foscarini Twiggy wood floor lamp by Marc Sadler

Available from Space Furniture

10. Woodnotes Big Stripe rug

Available from P5 Studio

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