Cottage Guest Room with Ruffles and Florals

A guest room featuring cozy ruffles, thrifted dishes and a vintage style green dresser that oozes cottage charm

If you love cottage style home decor, be inspired by this cozy cottage bedroom filled with ruffles, flowers and more!

Inspiring guest room with ruffles and thrifted dishes

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Oh boy, today we're talking all things charming, cottage and cozy...ruffled bedding that may convince you to stay in bed all day, a mismatched assortment of thrifted dishes, pretty florals and more!

This bedroom has served both our daughter, and then our son before they moved out of the house. Now that we're empty nesters, I'm so thankful that Mr DIY has given me carte blanche to do whatever I want in this room.

What did I want?

I wanted the coziest cottage bedroom that felt a little bit like being in the English countryside. I'll let you be the judge of whether or not I achieved that goal.

What characterizes cottage style decorating?

  • the vibe is light and airy, soft and comfortable
  • furniture is often white or painted
  • florals and soft colors (handmade quilts, patchwork fabrics)
  • evokes a feeling of nostalgia (think grandma's house)
  • emphasis on feminine pieces (think lace, ruffles, floral patterns)
  • cabbage roses and heirloom flowers used in abundance
  • walls are light and often covered in bead board, shiplap or board and batten


While I don't have all the above elements in our guestroom (I would swoon if the walls were bead board - that's definitely a "someday" dream!), I have tried to incorporate many cottage vibes into this modern style rental home. This room is filled with several DIYs and projects that I've written tutorials for, and I'll link to those as I mention them.


The bedding

Ruffles anyone? 

The star of the room is definitely  this ruffled bedding and matching pillow covers! I'm a sucker for anything ruffled, and the cozy waffle weave combined with wide, luscious ruffles make this spread cottage perfection! If you want your own, take advantage of my coupon code "Cindy15" to take 15% off sitewide at Ownkoti. I was so torn between this neutral beige and the other soft colors available, I just may need to get another set!

I matched the ruffled bedding with pieces that I already own for a layered look that gives the look and feel of a boutique bed and breakfast. I mean, who wouldn't want to sleep here?

Thrifted dishes

You might have never thought to decorate a bedroom with thrifted dishes, but it's a beautiful and affordable way to add charm. These dishes were thrifted, all at different times and places. I don't think I paid more than $2 for any of them. You may have never thought to pick up the odd plate here and there, but when you can display them in a grouping, it makes a big impact.

What makes these vintage dishes work together is their florals and colors composed of greens and pinks. I propped the dishes up on the white cottage shelf that Mr DIY and I made last year, but I wouldn't recommend that if the room was being slept in regularly. 

I love displaying dishes on the wall. Some of my favorite displays include our current bedroom, our dining room and in our TX dining room. And check out this vintage plate wreath I hung a couple years ago. Thrifted dishes make affordable and unique wall art!

Because we're renting (and currently packing to move), I didn't want to add more holes that I would need to patch. But someday I will create a headboard wall of vintage dishes, just you wait!

This is the only decor on this wall. I hung a greenery wreath, the button heart hanging I made, and a cottage white basket filled with faux hydrangeas and these  white geraniums.

I repainted over an old sign to make the new guest cottage sign but I didn't write a tutorial for it. I simply layered chalk paint, starting with the same green that I painted the cottage green dresser, followed by white paint. A little distressing with a fine grit sandpaper revealed the green layer in places. Next I used my Silhouette machine to create a stencil with the words, and painted it using black acrylic paint.

The green dresser

This dresser is not vintage, but it certainly looks that way thanks to the side panels that Mr DIY added, the fresh new paint color and vintage style cup pulls. You can find more details about how we gave this dresser its vintage inspired makeover  HERE. It's hard to get a good picture because this space is very tight, but I carried the pink color and vintage dishes to the dresser top.

The layered shutters and wide framed mirror take the place of artwork on this wall. The pine piece at the top is actually the top of my primitive pine hutch! It has pegs on each side that fit into holes on top of the hutch. I opted not to use it because it tends to hide the display on my hutch top. Visit my  dining room to see what I'm talking about.

Think outside the box

I like adding wicker or woven pieces to a cottage space because it adds warmth and texture. The polka dot basket of tulips is a trash can that I spotted in the kids department at Target. I bought it specifically to display blooms. It's fun to think outside the box when decorating a space!

This lamp is another example of using something in a unique way. It started life as this side table, but I took it apart and used all three pieces in this room in different ways...can you spot them? You can purchase wicker lampshades HERE and HERE.

Vintage green books, a coffee stained doily and vintage green flower frog add some vintage vibes to the side table/nightstand, which is a piece I found on the side of the road and painted pink and then white! See more HERE. I found the small green ceramic planter at IKEA and it is a perfect match to the dresser!

Here is a better view, but it's a little blown out because of the light that pours in this window.

Are you inspired to decorate a cottage style room in your home? I hope so!

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  1. You did a fantastic job and I'd love to stay in your English countryside bedroom! It looks soothing, yet happy, and oh so comfortable. And I might have to steal the plates on the stand one day. Such a great idea!

    1. Thanks so much Cindy, you're welcome any time 😉


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