Even before COVID-19 caused us all to keep six feet away from each other, while working from home while schooling our children while scavenging for toilet paper, we were yearning for simpler times. Home decor was no exception, with design aesthetics like shabby chic and grandma chic making serious comebacks. The latest way to escape the stressors of modern life? Cottagecore, a pastoral-perfect way of living that’s making waves on Tumblr, TikTok and Instagram.
Allow us to paint a picture: A thatched cottage sits under sun-dappled trees, a few hens putter around the yard, while a freshly baked apple pie cools on the window ledge. One can imagine spending the day here tending to the vegetable garden out back, embroidering something for your friend down the lane and sipping Earl Grey from your vintage teapot. Sounds nice, right? It’s a mood somewhere between Beatrix Potter and The Secret Garden, where quotidian concerns (like bug bites or paying the bills) are seemingly nonexistent. (Check out TikTok user @sorablu and Instagrammer @withy.windle to get a better idea of what this trend is all about.)