What is a “Cottage Necessity”?

Upon first consideration, you may think that a cottage necessity is easy to figure out.

You might think it is quite simple:  slipcovered sofas, painted furniture, antiques, shuttered windows, a mix of patterned fabrics, wall paper, a cozy fireplace with a dog and cat in lazy repose, and perhaps a cup of tea to sip as you ponder your day, while you wait for your clothes to dry outside on an open air clothes line.


If we take a more wholistic approach and look deeper into what makes a cottage necessity, the singular line that will flow through our choices will be the choosing of a life without chemicals, a life that is filled with solidly built hardwood furniture, either that has been handed down,discovered at the thrift store or flea market,  re-purposed with non-toxic chalk paints and milk paints and natural finishes like beeswax and hemp oil.

Our fabrics will be chosen for their natural fibers and lack of man-made materials or chemicals, and those will include the ones we wear.

Our decorative items will be things that we love to look at, that lift our spirits, that are made by someone’s hands with natural products that come from our Mother Earth.

Our methods of cleaning our home and our clothing will be a conscious choice to honor Nature and all of the creatures that live with us to keep our ecology in sound working order, by using baking soda and salt to scrub our pots, vinegar, borax, and washing soda to clean our homes, and our clothing.

We will also look at cooking in traditional methods, introducing ancient grain breads that are not bromated, making our own fermented foods for wellness, and choosing to support the organic farmers with our buying decisions.

Cottage Necessities are much more than just decorating a certain way.  It is a way of living consciously to protect the health and well-being of our families, and of our environment.

Cottage necessities is about choices.

Cottage necessities is trusting that we live in a benevolent Universe that supports those choices.

Cottage necessities is about embracing life in everyday occurrences.

Every day, we are faced with choices, of what to bring into our homes, what to put into or onto our bodies, what to listen to or watch, how we want to perceive a situation.  These are all choices that everyone is faced with on a daily basis. How we choose, predicts how our life will proceed.

Cottage Necessities is about making the choices that will benefit the whole, our families and our planet.  Cottage Necessities is about having gratitude for the empowerment to make these choices that will benefit our future generations.

It’s pretty simple, but does not come without a commitment to read labels, stay informed, and educate yourself, so that you can make the best choices.

“We can live well no matter where we dwell”

” a passionately pleasant home life sets you up for a very happy life in the outside world. ” (At Home with Madame Chic” by Jennifer L. Scott)

And that, my friends, is a Cottage Necessity!


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How many of us long for our own comfy cottage in the woods? I know I do! We can make our own comfy cottage, right here, right now, no matter where we live. I'm a mother of two, grandmother of two boys, interior designer who thinks out-of-the-box, up cycler, and interested in just about anything related to living comfortably and finding contentment, connecting with the Great Spirit in the natural world and respect for all beings who walk the earth.

2 thoughts on “What is a “Cottage Necessity”?”

  1. So true, Ellen. I think it is a lifetime pursuit, to figure it out. The idea is to be gentle on yourself, and take it one step at a time. So much has changed since we were raised, and the new science has changed alot of things without regard to our health and our planet. More than ever, we need to rely on our intuition and listen to our bodies, to figure things out. Thanks for commenting.


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