Our top picks for cot­tage fur­ni­ture and ac­ces­sories……..

Whether you want to store clothes, shoes or even your TV screen, an ar­moire will be an el­e­gant fit for your cot­tage.

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The ar­moire, also called a wardrobe, is a large two-door cup­board that can hold clothes, shoes, linens and other items.

The name comes from the Latin ar­mo­rium, a chest that held ar­mor. In me­dieval times, clothes were stored in a “press,” which had shelves but no draw­ers or doors.

The ar­moire as we know it de­vel­oped in France in the 17th cen­tury. Early ver­sions didn’t have feet and were very wide. But as the piece be­came more pop­u­lar, it also be­came more dec­o­ra­tive, and gained feet, grace­ful curves and of­ten painted still lifes on its sides and fronts. Amer­i­can colonists also de­vel­oped their own ver­sion of “hang­ing cup­boards” to store clothes in as early as the 17th cen­tury.

As de­sign tastes and trends change, the ar­moire grows wider or more slen­der, taller or shorter. But the ba­sic shape re­mains and is a clas­sic choice for any cot­tage.

1. Casa Florentina Josephina ar­moire, $1,999.20. (800) 536-7551 or bal­lard­de­signs.com.

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3. Bower­bank bed­room ar­moire, $659.99. Visit allmod­ern.com.

4. 1960s mod mango wood stand­ing 63" wardrobe, $1,099. (866) 864-8488 or sier­raliv­ing­con­cepts.com.

5. Prove­nance wardrobe, $2,290. (866) 383-4484 or ray­mour­flani­gan.com.

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