If you like classic interiors and a cottage look, it is possible to accomplish that easily with wooden ceilings. But just how do cottage style kitchen designs really work? Plants Which cottage is ever complete without potted plants? In California especially, few new houses have lawns. Did it cross the mind a white kitchen is really a powerful asset for rustic or cottage design schemes? You probably saw that luxurious houses have pools within their backyard. You probably pointed out that old houses pretty much look exactly the same. The smaller of both house types, the Creole cottage can be the oldest.