Now that the hot muggy days of summer seem to be behind us and the nights are drawing in, what could be nicer than a few days in a cosy cottage for two? The Cotton Tree via the Unique Home Stays site is getting my vote for it’s fresh, organic, Scandi look. Not to mention it has a wood burning stove and a hot tub. The owners took inspiration for the interior from their own time spent on Australia’s north coast and it’s very easy to imagine you are actually in Queensland. With its thick linens, salvaged sailing relics and exposed wood it embodies the very essence of seaside living. There’s also a wraparound sun deck (complete with hammock), beach grasses and a comfortable outside seating area for those warmer autumn days. And if you are feeling energetic, it’s just a mile’s walk over undulating hills to the surf and sand.
The Cotton Tree might be a luxury cottage but pretentious it’s not. The wood cladding the walls has been left unpainted and the wood battening provides a handy and effective shelf for displaying rusted anchors, fisherman’s utensils and beach finds. Even the dining table is a re-purposed wood cable reel. The wooden floorboards have been painted white with occasional natural fibre rugs thrown about and the curtains pooling on the floor are linen. The addition of the rattan hanging chair and dining chairs give it a real beachy, Scandi look.
Other Key Elements That Complete the Look
- Sheepskins to add comfort and ward off chills.
- A wood burning stove to hunker down in front of.
- Rope and metal elements to complement the wood.
- Sack cloth cushion covers.
- Chunky reclaimed glass.
- A kitchen built entirely from reclaimed wood.
- Wooden chopping boards.
- Industrial looking metal wall lights.
- Simple kitchen shelves to hold everyday crockery.
- Wire baskets to hold fruit and vegetables.
- Bamboo trays.
- Rustic looking hooks for hanging coats on.
- A wooden chest for hats and scarves.
- Baskets for shopping and picnics.
- Fisherman’s nets, just for decoration.
- An old ladder for hanging towels on.
- Simple linen blinds tied to a bamboo pole.
- An end of bed bench.
- Bamboo bed posts.
- Industrial looking metal light switches.
- A rattan bedside table.
- A metal porthole shaped mirror.
- A free-standing bath.
- A high-level toilet cistern.
- A shady pergola for lounging outside.
- Pebbles from the beach.
- Rattan lanterns.
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- Rattan Renoir Hanging Chair from Sika Design, Cuckooland.
- Broste Copenhagen Zigzag Runner Rug, Amara.
- Lene Bjerre Hadria Vase, Houseology.
- St Ives Up and Down Light, Garden Trading.
- Vania Accent Mirror, Wayfair.
- Woven Jute Cushion, Maisons Du Monde.
- Broste Copenhagen Sally Bamboo Lantern, Amara.
- Dutchbone Lon Trunk, Houseology.