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A feminine cottage style bedroom with romantic soft floral print curtains and pillows. (KhongkitWiriyachan/iStock)
A feminine cottage style bedroom with romantic soft floral print curtains and pillows. (KhongkitWiriyachan/iStock)

The cottage decor style is very welcoming and cozy. It is bursting with romance and personality and intended to make family and guests alike feel...




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