Scour garage sales, antique shops and second-hand stores for cottage décor. When grouped together on a table or in a cabinet, a collection of pitchers, glass jars or bottles makes a statement.
Slipcovered furniture is your friend. Either have a cover made in a durable fabric for an old sofa or chair, or buy a slipcovered couch like this one from Ikea. Slipcovers are washable so even a pale colour is practical. Consider picking up a spare cover to swap out if needed.
Whether purchased from your favourite flower shop or picked on a walk in the woods, fresh flowers give a room instant style. Forgo a traditional vase for glass jars or other vessels for a more casual feel.