When the BuzzFeed community was recently asked what were their favorite things that made them feel good, a surprising 48% chose a cottage style home, something with character and warmth. In an era of modern, contemporary, straight lined sleekness, character and warmth are beginning to be missed again. Today, builders continue to build the same, slightly modernized and modified 1980’s tract houses. They hold appeal because they are spacious, have high ceilings, large walk-in closets and all the modern conveniences. But there is little character or warmth.
Warmth is an interesting word because it’s not really tangible, like a walk-in closet or a double vanity are. The classic cottage exudes warmth with much fewer of those modern features. Warmth wraps around you. You feel it. You relax in the midst of it and you feel safe – you feel good. Most of all, warmth makes you feel like you are home. We can viscerally appreciate charm and character. So, we might get all the square footage, all the vaulted ceilings, a craft room, a laundry room and the separate home office, but that doesn’t seem to create any sense of warmth or character. When peace of mind is a priority, we tend to find that our homes reflect that first and foremost. It tends to make decision making simpler – peace of mind always wins.
Having a box to live in is a very different experience than living in a warm and charming home. Even if the box is large and spacious, it doesn’t quite satisfy the heart. We can check off all the boxes of what we need in a house, but getting all the functional rooms and conveniences don’t seem to translate into warmth, into that feeling, into heart. Thank goodness there are still cottages in this world to expand our heart and make us feel good.