5 Must-Have Items For Cottage Season By Natalie Ast

Summer is in full swing, and with a couple long weekends ahead, a trip to cottage country is the perfect escape from the humid city. Whether you’re hosting guests at your cabin or looking for the perfect hostess gift, here are some must-have items to elevate your cottage style.

Turkish Towels

A towel and hat on a dockDitch the classic terry beach towel in favour of a stylish, lightweight Turkish towel. These towels come in a plethora of striped colours and are quick drying. They make excellent hostess gifts as an accompaniment to a bottle of wine or selection of fruit.

Set Up A Hydration Station

While cottage life usually means BBQs, beer and festivities, it’s important to stay hydrated in the summer heat. Set up a hydration station with a chic glass water pitcher and add some citrus slices or fresh mint for flavour. Add ice as the water warms up to keep everyone cool.

Be A Kid Again

Natalie Ast (author) floating on inner-tube on a lakeCottages are an excellent opportunity to channel your inner kid. Nothing screams more fun than a pack of novelty inflatables! One cottage hack is to attach a rope to your inflatable so you can float on the water without worrying about drifting away.

Decorate With Baskets

Wicker baskets stacked on the floorNothing says summer like a picnic! A classic woven picnic basket also makes an excellent decor piece for your summer home. Plus, they can also store extra linens, plate wear or toys out of sight. Stack three different sized baskets on top of each other for a chic summer look.


Natalie Ast (author) standing in front of a lakeWhether you use linen as a drapery fabric, towels, bedding or as your cottage wardrobe, this summer-ready fabric is chic as ever. This season, look for linen in cheery pastel colours, nautical stripes or in washed-out hues. Natural linen looks gorgeous for cottage bedding, or on accent shams.

About The Author

Natalie Ast holding a purseNatalie Ast is a fashion and lifestyle blogger from Toronto. She is the brains behind Nataliastyle, a destination for fashion, travel guides and beauty reviews. A lawyer by trade, she also gives style and life advice to young women on their own professional journeys. With a passion for travel, Italian handbags, and her pets, Natalie hopes to inspire other young professional women to pursue their goals.