Are you someone who loves the idea of living in a cosy, quaint cottage surrounded by nature but finds yourself living in a bustling city instead? Fear not, because embracing cottagecore principles in a city setting or wherever you live is possible and can add a unique charm to urban life. With a little effort and creativity, you can bring the rustic charm of the countryside to your city lifestyle.

When you think of cottagecore, you might picture a pastoral setting with rolling hills, wildflowers, and farm animals grazing in the distance. But did you know you can also bring these elements into your city life? Imagine having your little oasis amidst the hustle and bustle of the city – a cosy little space that feels like it’s straight out of a fairytale.

Cottagecore kitchen with wooden dining table and chairs and fresh flowers

Here are several ways to incorporate cottagecore principles into your city lifestyle, from creating a balcony garden full of wildflowers and herbs to decorating your apartment with vintage furniture. By embracing cottagecore, you can add a touch of whimsy and nostalgia to your life and create a serene space to give you a break from the fast-paced world outside.

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10 Ways to Embrace Cottagecore Principles Wherever You Live

1. Try Container Gardening

If you don’t have the space for a large garden or traditional garden, there are so many other options to try. Use containers to transform your small balcony, windowsill, or apartment corner into an indoor garden oasis. Grow herbs, potted plants, and small vegetables to bring a touch of nature into your city home. Not only does an indoor garden add beauty to your home, but it also has several health benefits, like improving air quality and reducing stress levels.

2. Shop at Thrift Stores

Explore the city’s thrift stores and vintage shops for unique finds. Look for vintage clothing, old books, quaint home decor items, and furniture pieces that add a rustic and nostalgic touch to your urban space. Think knitted sweaters, wooden dining chairs, pretty floral crockery or crystal vases for your flowers.

Check out my guide to thrift shopping for your home for more tips.

3. Make Handmade Items

Try crafting projects that reflect cottagecore aesthetics. This could include knitting cosy blankets, creating floral arrangements, making homemade candles, or learning some of these cottagecore hobbies:

4. Visit Your Local Farmers’ Markets

Visit farmers’ markets in the city to support local farmers and artisans. Purchase fresh produce, homemade jams, artisanal bread, and handcrafted goods. Incorporate these locally sourced items into your daily meals. You’ll support your local community and provide your family with quality food.

Here are some things you could consider buying locally:

  • Milk
  • Cheese
  • Fruit
  • Vegetables
  • Sourdough or artisan bread
  • Honey
  • Eggs
  • Meat
  • Chutney
  • Olive oil
  • Coffee
Farmers market stalls in the city with people shopping

5. Create a Cosy Reading Nook

Create a cosy reading nook in your apartment with soft cushions, a warm throw blanket, and bookshelves. Add fairy lights or candles for a magical ambience that encourages relaxation.

If you don’t have the space in your home, head out to the local park with a picnic blanket and lay down in the sunshine to read.

Cosy reading nook in cottagecore style home

6. Celebrate the Seasons

Make the most of each season by engaging in activities that are common to that season. For example, you can decorate your living space with freshly picked flowers in spring and summer and pine branches in winter. Whenever possible, bring the beauty of nature inside your home. You can bake seasonal treats like pumpkin spice cookies or muffins during the fall season.

7.      Practise a Slow Living Mindset

Embrace a slow-living mindset by prioritising quality over quantity. Invest in well-made, sustainable items for your home and wardrobe: practice mindfulness, gratitude, and appreciation for the simple pleasures of urban life.

8. Attend Community Gardens and Workshops

Participate in community gardening activities to learn about sustainably growing your vegetables and herbs. Attend workshops on sustainable living to learn about eco-friendly practices and ways to reduce waste.

Learn traditional crafts such as knitting, sewing, and basket weaving, and connect with like-minded individuals who share your passion for a cottagecore-inspired lifestyle. Engage in meaningful conversations about the benefits of living a simple and sustainable life and discover new ways to live harmoniously with nature.

9. Cook from Scratch

Discover the joys of cooking with fresh, locally sourced and seasonal ingredients. Delight in the process of kneading dough and baking your own sandwich bread, or experiment with making your own homemade preserves with ripe fruits and berries. You could also try preparing traditional recipes that highlight the rustic and wholesome flavours of the ingredients.

Homemade apple pie with a gingham table cloth in a kitchen

10. Embrace Nature Escapes

Take a break from city life by visiting parks, botanical gardens, or nature reserves. Enjoy outdoor activities like picnics, birdwatching, or simply enjoying the natural surroundings. These places offer fresh air, a peaceful atmosphere and a chance to recharge your batteries. So, immerse yourself in nature and enjoy the beauty of the outdoors.

Conclusion

By infusing these Cottagecore principles into your city lifestyle, you can create a harmonious blend of urban convenience and rustic charm, enhancing your daily experiences with a touch of nostalgia and simplicity.

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