As the warm breeze carries the scent of blooming flowers and the sunbathes the countryside in a golden glow, it’s time to embrace the enchanting charm of a Cottagecore summer. Picture yourself in a charming cottage surrounded by lush greenery and the soothing sounds of chirping birds.

This is where magic happens, simplicity meets beauty, and each moment feels like a cherished memory waiting to be made. In this guide, we’ll explore how to infuse your summer with the delightful essence of Cottagecore, from homemaking to fashion, hobbies, and recipes.

Vintage white jug filled with wild summer flowers in a cottagecore home.

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Bring Cottagecore Charm into Your Home this Summer!

Let’s start with your home by making it a comfortable and charming place to hang out this Summer. Embrace natural materials like wood, stone, and cotton to bring a rustic touch to your living space. Incorporate floral prints, soft lighting, and vintage decor to evoke the cosy warmth of a countryside retreat.

I encourage searching thrift shops and flea markets for unique treasures that add character to your home. Grandma’s old crockery, cane baskets for storage, and vintage furniture can all contribute to the cottagecore aesthetic. Integrate potted plants, herbs, and wildflower bouquets to infuse your space with nature.

Cottagecore Aesthetic Basics for Summer

  • Decorate your home with cottagecore-inspired floral decor, including floral-printed cushions, curtains, and tablecloths.
  • Display Summer flowers in vintage vases or mason jars throughout your home. Incorporate wildflowers, roses, and herbs like chamomile, mint, and sage.
  • Embrace the rustic charm of natural fibre textiles such as linen, cotton, and hemp.
  • Opt for lightweight curtains, airy bedding, and soft throws from these materials to create a breezy and comfortable summer atmosphere.
  • Use vintage-inspired kitchenware such as floral-patterned plates, ceramic mugs, and enamelware to evoke a nostalgic and whimsical feel in your kitchen.
  • Display thrifted collections of antique teacups or rustic pottery for added charm.
  • Use fairy lights, lanterns, and candle holders to illuminate your spaces and enhance the warm and inviting atmosphere of cottagecore living.
  • Bring nature inside by decorating your walls with botanical prints, nature-inspired artwork, and vintage posters featuring flowers, herbs, and pastoral scenes.

Decor Ideas to Do Now

  • Give new life to vintage floral fabrics by repurposing them into summer-themed items like aprons, ruffled pillow covers or pot holders.
  • Plant a mini herb garden in vintage-inspired pots or containers on your windowsill or balcony. For a countryside feel, try growing fragrant herbs such as mint, basil, and chamomile.
  • Pick wildflowers from nearby meadows or your garden to create charming bouquets in rustic vases or mason jars.
  • Decorate your walls with botanical prints, watercolour paintings of summer blooms, or vintage floral postcards.
  • Fill your home with the scents of summer by burning candles infused with fragrances like lavender, citrus, or fresh-cut grass.
  • Pack away the heavy-knitted throws and add lightweight blankets around your home.
Cottage style home with beautiful pink hydrangeas outside

Cottagecore Summer Hobbies to Try

Summer is the perfect time to explore new hobbies. You can dive into cottagecore gardening, sewing, knitting, or embroidery. You can also create handmade crafts that reflect your individuality and bring joy to your surroundings.

Take leisurely walks through nature, gathering inspiration for watercolour painting or sketching. Pack a picnic basket with homemade treats and venture into meadows or parks for a day of relaxation and connection with loved ones. Embrace the slower pace of summer, savouring each moment.

Nourishing the Soul with Cottagecore Homemade Delights

No cottagecore summer is complete without indulging in homemade delights nourishing our bodies and souls. Try baking bread, making jams from fresh fruits, and crafting seasonal dishes using local ingredients. Embrace the farm-to-table ethos, celebrating the abundance of nature’s bounty.

Sip on herbal teas infused with aromatic herbs from your garden, or enjoy a leisurely afternoon of baking cookies with loved ones. Share recipes with friends and family, creating a sense of community through the joy of food and shared experiences.

Cottagecore Summer recipes to try:

  • Bake fresh loaves of sandwich bread to take on picnics with your loved ones. Fill slices with fresh tomato, lettuce, and your favourite protein.
  • Turn abundant summer fruits into bursting jars of delightful homemade jam. Try strawberry, raspberry, apricot, peach, and blueberries.
  • Make batches of quick and easy condensed milk ice cream and add in your favourite homemade jam or fresh fruit.
  • Bake batches of cookies to take on outdoor adventures as a sweet treat. Try my famous chocolate chip cookies or these buttery melt-in-your-mouth shortbread cookies.
  • Bake an easy, self-crusting quiche and add whatever fresh produce is in your garden or fridge for a nourishing but delicious easy weeknight meal.
  • Make fruit crumbles bursting with the flavours of summer’s bounty. Try berries, cherries, summer stone fruits or rhubarb.

Cottagecore Summer Fashion

When it comes to cottagecore fashion, think of flowing dresses adorned with floral prints, oversized knitted cardigans, and relaxed accessories. Channel Taylor Swift’s ‘Folklore’ album for inspiration, opting for muted tones and earthy hues that blend seamlessly with the summer landscape.

Choose breathable fabrics like cotton and linen for comfort during sunny days. Complete your look with straw hats, strappy sandals, and dainty gold jewellery. Embrace relaxed silhouettes that allow you to move freely and enjoy the simple pleasures of summer.

Beautiful orange floral maxi dress hanging in a light breezy cottage bedroom

Patterns and Colours

Summer fashion infused with cottagecore elegance is simple and charming. Imagine yourself strolling through a sun-drenched meadow, surrounded by floral patterns that mirror the beauty of summer blooms. Embrace lightweight dresses in pastel hues, floral and delightful gingham patterns, evoking the essence of a sun-kissed summer morning.

Essential Wardrobe Additions

Consider finding vintage-inspired dresses and white or cream knitted cardigans for a chic and comfortable summer look. Layering lightweight cardigans over your favourite outfits ensures cosiness and style. For a touch of old-school allure, opt for collared shirtdresses with charming patterns.

Try a simple white or vintage tee paired with a tiered maxi skirt and Birkenstocks for an easy-going summer day outfit. If it’s chillier, try high-waisted wide-leg pants paired with a pretty billowing floral blouse and a knitted sweater.

Accessorise with Nostalgic Touches

With the right accessories, you can elevate your look. Embrace timeless sophistication with loafers and gingham accessories. Embroidered details on clothing or accessories evoke fond memories of bygone eras.

Satchel bags are perfect companions for carrying craft supplies or essentials for summer picnics. Pearls, embroidered handkerchiefs tied onto the bag strap, and sun hats are indispensable for summer adventures, adding a touch of elegance and whimsy to outfits.

Embracing the Cottagecore Essence

In essence, a cottagecore summer is about embracing the simple joys of life, connecting with nature, and finding beauty in the everyday moments. Whether you’re tending to your garden, donning a flowy dress for a summer stroll, or baking a batch of homemade goodies, let the whimsical charm of cottagecore guide your path.

Practice mindfulness and gratitude, appreciating the abundance that surrounds you. Take time to pause, breathe, and immerse yourself in the enchanting world of cottagecore living. As you embrace this timeless aesthetic, may your summer be filled with serenity, creativity, and heartfelt connections!

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