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June 2012

Cottage Style Furniture
Cottage Style

Cottage Style

So, exactly what is cottage style decorating? Let’s start by looking at what it is not. A cottage is not bound by traditional rules of decorating. It is not something you buy in a package of pre-coordinated furnishings. A cottage room is not one that is reserved for company or for special occasions. Above all else, a cottage is meant to be lived in.

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Coastal & Beach House
Coastal

Coastal & Beach House

All coastal beach house style homes love natural materials that are easy to care for. Use materials that can withstand the elements – sun, salt, moisture and sand. Coastal decorating uses natural nautical colors – blue, green, aqua, coral, light brown, white. Tropical beach houses tend to use more pastels – with warmer tones found more in northern climes. Pacific coastal style is often more sophisticated with a blend of Old World European furnishings and Asian accents. Atlantic and New England cottages are more relaxed with nautical themes and American Colonial motifs. Wicker rules on the Gulf Coast with a Caribbean influence in a tropical paradise.

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Farmhouse & Country
Country

Farmhouse & Country

Picture your family and friends gathered around the farmhouse dining table…the aroma of a stew simmering in the kitchen…the warmth of a crackling fire in the fireplace. Reminiscent of simpler times, the farmhouse country style cottage has an old-fashioned aura that ranges from the romantic to the rustic. With a distinctly Americana accent, décor might date back to early Colonial times or vintage early 20th Century. It can be light and airy or warm and cozy.

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Lodge & Lake House
Lodge & Lake House

Lake House & Lodge

A rustic retreat, the mountain lodge may be nestled in the woods or beside a lake. It might be a fishing cabin or a ski lodge or a family vacation home. In fact, the lodge look fits almost any place where you want a ‘get away from it all’ atmosphere in harmony with nature and the great outdoors. Lodge & Lake House style decorating combines natural, rustic and primitive design elements such as distressed and reclaimed woods.

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