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Rural Living #cottagecore

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Rural Living #cottagecore

So many people have been packing up from the suburbs and city life. They are moving to the country, buying acreage, starting a hobby farm, renovating an older home, or building their dream home on the property. We have been seeing the style Cottage Core emerge with a yearning for slowing down, farm to table gardening, antiquing and incorporating designs for a simpler life of yesteryear.


I personally have helped and guided many friends, family and coworkers on this journey. I have given advice on chickens, bees, gardening, etc. But the biggest advice I get asked as a self proclaimed farm girl is decorating advice. (Can you relate?) I’m happy to give my two cents.

Shaw Floors has so many options for you whether you are a city slicker or dreaming of going cottage core. Take a peek for some favorite homestead worthy floors.

Easy to clean and maintain products are a must.

For hardwood what is trending is lighter to mid-tone oaks in wide planks. Lighter colors tend to show less wear and tear in general. Also a matte finish and a wire brushed texture are very forgiving against everyday living. We suggest Perspectives for a fresh farm look and feel.

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Look for styles featuring our Repel splash proof technology on the surface to help protect your floors.

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Our Made in the USA Floorté vinyl planks aptly named Pride Plus emulates the beauty of real hardwood. This is perfect for your kiddos and pets and critters ~ your fur babies. Waterproof, pet proof and easy maintenance are attributes that make Pride Plus a must for your farmhouse.

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Laminate is another great alternative for your hard surface needs. Style Flagship Plus works hard with scratch resistance and Repel splash proof technology. It’s just as durable as it is beautiful. Here’s a great compromise to the great debate of grey or beige (Greige) in Flagship Plus color Boulder Skies.

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Sink your toes into our high performance carpet Endurance in style Grand Turk.

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So soft underfoot, easy to clean, resistant to harsh chemicals like bleach with our color guard technology and super durable... There are so many reasons that Grand Turk in color champagne toast would work for your lifestyle.

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Next up is tile. Think brick pavers and rustic appeal. Old world brick adds a layer of texture while bringing nostalgia. Style Boho has a cottage core look and feel where each brick has a unique handmade feel. Boho is great for floors in a mud room or a kitchen backsplash as you are stewing and canning tomatoes. #farmtofork

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You can also use Boho as you sip your iced tea on your porch as it is a porcelain rated for outdoor use as well.

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Here’s an ode to the traditional white picket fence in your pasture, style Gateway. This timeless look has a modern wink perfect for a kitchen backsplash.

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Enjoy the simple life with our innovative shower wall system Floorté Wall. It's so easy to clean and maintain with no grout to scrub. Style Elements in color Bone gives you a quiet place to unwind after a long day on the farm.

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Rural living naturally invokes biophilic design. Bringing the outside in and the inside out. So if you are going bold and love the color of the trees, grass and leaves try Unrivaled Herringbone. It is a glass mosaic for your shower walls or your backsplash in a stunning emerald green in color Viridian.

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All of these styles can be used by any active lifestyle. But from your resident chicken lady, honey harvester, plant mama and farm girl that is raising her family on five acres in SC… these styles are all "muck boot approved."

Y'all take care now!

Tracy