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Inspiration Board: Orange & Aqua

Inspiration Board: Orange & Aqua

Bright oranges and corals pair well with cool aquas and blues for a great beach house living room.  Add a few natural wood elements to round out the look!

Orange & Aqua Inspiration Board #beachhousefurniture #beachhousedecor #coastalstyle #cottagefurniture #aquas #decoratingwithorange http://thedistinctivecottage.com

Carolina Two Door Bookcase customizations: 55″W x 14″D x 84″H, straight base, arched top, fluted stiles, carolina basket weave doors, two tone painted, snow with jambalaya back, wood knobs $2,870  |  Port Side Canvas Giclee 30″ x 25″ $245  |  Orange Recycled Glass Fluted Urn Lamp 25″H $230  |  Red Lobster Hooked Pillow 18″sq $90  |  Watercolor Hand Loomed Rug 6′ x 9′ $1,540  |  Atlantic Upholstered Chair 35″W x 36″D x 36″H $1,475  |  Atlantic Upholstered Ottoman 30″W x 22″D x 18.5″H $700

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Carolina Two Door Bookcase Port Side Giclee Canvas Recycled Fluted Glass Urn Table Lamp Red Lobster Hooked Pillow Watercolor Sand Dune Wool Rug Atlantic Chair & Ottoman

Design Tip: Kid’s Rooms

Design Tip: Kid's Rooms

Decorating Kid Rooms | Design Tip: Kid's Rooms
photo: houseandhome.com

Designing a children’s room is both a joy and a challenge.  The room must be practical and functional, yet be vibrant and aesthetically pleasing.  It is too easy to get trapped into the practical aspect and forget to have fun with color, furniture, and accessories.

Pick a fun color scheme and choose to accent a wall or piece of furniture with a bright color.  Pick durable furniture pieces and flooring and, always, allow for extra storage.  Dress up the room with sophisticated furniture and lighting.  But most importantly, make it personal with displays, pictures, etc.  Make the room a space a child can enjoy in the present and easily transform in the future.

source: Home Rules, Nate Berkus 

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Color Board: Red, Navy & Gold

Color Board: Red, Navy & Gold

Classic navy pairs beautifully with rich reds and golds in this cottage style color palette.  The nautical fabric is a natural fit, while the more geometric prints adds a modern touch.  Tans and browns anchor the scheme!

Cottage Style Color Palette | Color Board: Red, Navy & Gold

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Interior Decorating Ideas: Starting A Project

Vermont Lake House Living Room

For the writer, it’s the tyranny of the blank page.  For the artist, it’s the white canvas.  And for the home decorator … it’s the empty room.  Where do I start?  How do I make all those creative ideas a reality?  And, what if I make a mistake?

Don’t worry, you are not alone.  Getting started is always the hardest part of any creative endeavor – whether it’s a poem, a painting, or an interior décor.

While everyone has their own way of working, here are some suggestions that may well help you make your interior cottage style decorating projects easier – and more fun.  It’s based on our years of experience helping our customers design rooms that work.

Interior Decorating Ideas | Vermont Lake House Living Room

First and foremost – start by providing a structure.  Before you even think about colors and fabrics and all those nice touches, you need to lay the foundation.

  • Begin with careful room measurements.  It might sound obvious, but start with the overall dimensions of the room.  Be sure to include window and door locations, windowsill heights, stairs, fireplace, unusual wall locations or anything else that will affect furniture placement and flow.  Good measurements are the first and most important step to plan your room and avoid costly mistakes.
  • Take pictures.   Keep a record of every room for future reference.  Bring them along with you when you start to shop. Be sure to include any pieces of furniture you may want to keep.  Before and after photos can serve as a valuable reference for future decorating projects.
  • Design a rough layout.  You can do this on the computer, as we do.  There are many computer programs available that enable you to create a layout, ‘drag and drop’ actual photos of furniture and move things around with the click of a mouse.  You can access our software program here. Or, if you prefer, you can use graph paper to hand-draw your layout.  Use the grid lines to make a layout to scale.  The rule of thumb is one box on the grid equals one foot of space.  Sketch in where you want to place furniture for each room including the dimensions.
    Interior Decorating Ideas | Vermont Lake House Living Room Plan
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  • Take an inventory.  Not everyone starts with an empty room or house.  There may well be pieces of furniture you want to keep and some you wish to discard.  Take a good hard look and decide which ones are the ‘keepers’.  Can a sofa be reupholstered or recovered with slipcovers?  Can a table or chest be refinished or painted?  Is this really something that you want to keep?  Is it worth keeping?  Oftentimes, unless you plan on reworking a piece yourself, the cost of refurbishing an existing piece can be almost as much as purchasing a new item.  Once you have decided what to keep and what to replace, draw up a furniture inventory of items you will need for each room.  Include dimensions – even though these may be just ‘guess-timates’ in this phase.
  • Think about your personal style.  Are you the country cottage type, traditional or sleek modern?  Don’t forget you can mix and match styles in today’s eclectic design.  Look at the architecture of your home – and its surroundings to create a natural fit with your environment.  And don’t forget to consider your lifestyle.  Is it casual and easy-care or is it more formal?  Are there kids and pets to consider?  Start to envision your ‘dream house’ – a house that works for everyone involved.
  • Scheme about colorNow is the time to start thinking about your color scheme. Get creative. Scour websites and magazines for ideas.  What colors do you love – and which ones do you avoid?  Pick a color combination that works best for your environment – and fits with items you may already own.  Create harmony. Think about the flow of color from one room to the next.  Start with an important item that will be the focal point of your room – a sofa, a rug or a piece of art.
  • Consider your budget & timeline.  This is the hard part.  Take a good look at your finances and try to come up with a rough figure for what you plan to spend.  Look at prices – particularly for ‘big ticket’ items — and decide where you may want to splurge and where you can economize.  In addition, not every piece has to be purchased at the same time. Once you have a plan, you can always “fill in” a room when your finances permit. Consider investing in, and waiting for, high quality furniture a decision that will serve you well into the future.
  • Browse online or in stores.  Okay, now you are ready to start looking around.  The possibilities are endless.  Look at catalogues, magazines and websites.  Browse through local stores.  Ask for opinions – get design assistance.  Bring along all the elements you have put together as part of your foundation – dimensions, photos, layouts, product inventory and color schemes.  If you have any fabric swatches, bring those along too.
     

You are now ready to shop!  In the months ahead, we will take you on a room-by-room tour to help you design your own distinctive home.

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Inspiration Board: Sun & Sea

Inspiration Board: Sun & Sea

We often get inspiration from the coast – the sun, the sand, the sea – the colors can be bright & bold or soft & mellow, depending on the mood you are trying to create for your room.  The rich yellows and cool blues on this board remind us of a perfect day at the beach!

Blue & Yellow Beach House | Inspiration Board: Sun & Sea #coastalstyle #beachhousefurniture #beachhousedecor #cottagefurniture #aquas http://thedistinctivecottage.com

Blue Coral I Needlepoint Pillow 20″sq. $240  |  Coral Table Lamp 32″H $560  |  Riverhead Side Table customizations: 22″W x 18″D x 29″H, one color painted, yellow, standard distressing, northport knob $725  | Sparkling Sea Canvas Giclee 36″ x 24″ $270  |  Oceanside Highboy Dresser customizations: 40″W x 22″D x 54″H, one color painted, robin’s egg blue, standard distressing, glass knobs $2,280  |  Oceanside Bed customizations: queen, standard footboard, with shell applique, one color painted, yellow, standard distressing $2,200

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Rooms To Love: Sunny Master Bedroom

Sunny Master Bedroom

The yellow and white in this beautiful cottage master bedroom ensure this room will always be bright and cheerful.  The furniture in this room is arranged for the greatest maximum use of the space with a sleeping space, work space, lounging area, and, since we are betting there is a TV hidden in the pine armoire, an entertainment area!  Not to mention the fabulous vaulted ceilings and fantastic view. . .

Cottage Master Bedroom | Rooms To Love
source: completely-coastal

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Design Tip: Foyer Space

Design Tip: Foyer Space

Color is one of the most important elements in designing a room or space.  It sets the tone for a room and provides a background for the rest of the design.  Generally, stronger and brighter colors should be used in the smallest amounts as a tool to accent a space.

Use a bright color in a foyer to invite guests into the home and play up a smaller space.  A bright blue is clean and crisp, giving the space a bright, airy feel.  Balance the brightness by bringing in accents, such as an array of pictures, a rich runner, or a unique chair.

Foyer Design Tips

photo: House Beautiful

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