How to Get the Cottagecore Aesthetic

by Mairead Finlay

Foraging for mushrooms with a wicker basket in tow through dewy, long thickets at dawn, to take back to your postcard-pretty thatched cottage. This picture of provincial bliss is in a nutshell (and preferably a freshly picked one), the ideal of a new lifestyle trend: cottagecore

The cottagecore aesthetic embraces simplicity, which translates into cozy, rustic visuals of rural life — especially Instagram. It is a return to nature and a purer way of living without technology or the hubbub associated with fast-paced cities.

Cottagecore influences can be seen in everything from décor to houses, to gardening, fashion and baking. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite Instagram accounts to follow for inspiration on how to get into the cottagecore trend. 

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What Stacy Did

Thatched cottage in rural countryside in England by What Stacy Did

Enchanting country cottages, historic manor buildings and charming villages dotted across the UK: photographer Stacy is a fervent fan of cottagecore houses, with a strong passion for slow travel.

@whatstacydid

www.whatstacydid.com

Twigg Studios

Pressed florals on pastry by Aimee Twigger

Aimee Twigger’s bakes are floral-themed delights that are nothing short of magical. Follow her on Instagram for wholesome yet truly innovative interpretations of classic cakes and pastries from her home in the Devon countryside.

@twiggstudios

www.twiggstudios.com

Sharon Santoni

The fireplace at Sharon Santoni's Normandy home

Of course, our own Editor-in-Chief Sharon Santoni’s Instagram is a bucolic delight if you are perusing accounts for the ultimate cottagecore aesthetic. Filled with idyllic, pastoral visuals of her beautiful home nestled deep within the verdant, flower-dotted fields of Normandy, French country living has never been so appealing.

@sharonsantoni

www.sharonsantoni.com

Osborn Interiors

Bee Osborn's charming thatched cottage in the Cotswolds.

Capturing the beauty of a slower pace of life, interior designer Bee Osborn’s Instagram is the epitome of cottagecore, living in a charming thatched cottage amid the rolling hills of the Cotswolds in the UK.

@osborninteriors

www.studio-osborn.com

Hill House Vintage

Paula Sutton outside her Georgian home in Norfolk

Cottagecore influencer and blogger Paula Sutton resides in a quintessentially English country house: a grand, 19th-century Georgian home in Norfolk. Follow for joyful, whimsical scenes of Paula adorned in vintage and celebrating simple living: whether it’s a spot of gardening, crafting an exquisite afternoon tea, or reading on long, balmy summer afternoons surrounded by lush gardens. Regular cameos are made by her lovely dog Coco, too.

@hillhousevintage

www.hillhousevintage.com

John Tanner

John Tanner's beautiful French cottage and garden in Cotignac.

English interior designer John Tanner’s Instagram is a pastel-colored, sun-dappled dream of his life in the mesmerizingly pretty Provençal village of Cotignac. You’ll find endless inspiration: from his own beautiful home to the stunning images of the lavender-washed fields of southern France.

@johntanner

www.johntannerinteriors.com

Monalogue

Fall in the countryside by Monalogue

Ramona’s account is nothing less than a cottagecore fairytale: it’s no wonder she’s gained a large following from near and far. Escape to a world of sunlit meadows, rose-covered cottages, quaint countryside strolls and tulip picking with the lifestyle blogger.

@monalogue

www.monalogue.co.uk

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