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Inspiration Board: Americana Country Kitchen

Inspiration Board: American Country Kitchen

The basic tenants of the Americana kitchen style revolve around the color choices you make.  What colors say “Americana”?  Red, white, and blue, of course!  When deciding on your color scheme, you can choose to go for brighter reds, whites, and blues, like the colors on the modern USA flag, or you can go for richer, deeper colors more associated with Colonial America (this second approach is the most traditional approach to Americana design).  The Colonial style colors are rusty reds, dark blue-grays (a la Williamsburg Blue), and beige/off white tones.

Source: interiordesign.lovetoknow.com

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Color Board: Blue + White

If crisp, classic, and fresh is what you have in mind, you can’t go wrong with blue and white decor.  Remember – all blues go together – feel free to mix and match!

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Bedrooms

Bedrooms

What do you want to see when you first wake up?  How to you want to be soothed into slumber?  Your cottage bedroom is your own private sanctuary.  Considering how much of our lives we spend asleep, investing in a bed & mattress you love is important.  Having enough storage is also important.  If you have the space, a chair or bench can be very useful for bedrooms – whether you use it as a clotheshorse or as a seat for putting on shoes!  Remember to plan for your lighting needs when considering cottage bedroom decorating ideas.

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Studies & Offices

Studies & Offices

Is your home office for personal or business use, or a little bit of both?  What sort of atmosphere should it have?  How much storage do you need?  Any unused corner of your home can be turned into a functional communication center.  The nature of the space and the requirements of the activities you pursue in it will guide the way you set it up, but remember, its still part of your home and should reflect the cottage decorating look you are trying to achieve.  Be realistic – it doesn’t matter how cute your desk & chair are if they’re not comfortable to sit and work at!

Cottage Office Decorating Ideas

Maritime Navigator's Desk


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Rooms To Love: Aqua & White Kitchen

Aqua & White Kitchen

We love the freshness of the aqua against the pristine white in this room!  Great mix of stripes, solids, and checks.  Look closely for the aqua stripes on the white tabletop – how unique!  The cute chandelier with aqua accents is the crowning glory of this bright & cheery breakfast nook.

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Double X Back Chair

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Porches

Porches

Decorate your outside “room” just like you would any indoor living space.  First, decide how you will use it.  Think beyond just relaxing and grilling – do you want an outdoor dining area or would you rather have a cozy conversation nook?  Do you need a gardening area?  Today’s all-weather furniture, fabrics & rugs allow you to create the porch of your dreams!  Whatever’s on your porch agenda, plan for privacy so you can truly relax and enjoy the space.  Consider the seasons – shading is essential in the rainy spring and hot summer, while a fire pit or outdoor heaters allows you to enjoy your outdoor space long into the autumn and early winter.

Porch Decorating | The Distinctive Cottage

Cape Charles Porch Wicker Collection


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Design Tip: Choose Your Focus

Every sitting spot needs a focal point.  If your living room has a natural architectural focus, such as a fireplace, built-in bookcases, or a great view, group seating around it.

If not, create your own!  Arrange seating to focus on your favorite painting, a grouping of prints, a decorative mirror – whatever you choose.

Source: BHG New Decorating Book
Focal Point Design | Design Tip: Choose Your Focus
 
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