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Rooms to Love: Quiet Cottage Porch

Rooms To Love: Quiet Cottage Porch
photo: Country Living

The porch is typically an under-utilized space, but this quiet cottage porch has a clear purpose and a practical style.  The relaxed linens and pillows piled high make the iron daybed a special spot, whether it’s a rainy afternoon with a book or a sunny morning with coffee and tea.  

The windows are draped in sheers, allowing the warmth of the sun to shine through while providing privacy and softening the light.  The scalloped quilt on the bed and the vintage woven rug sets the tone for this soft color palette of washed blues, lilacs, and crisp white.  The potted fern and fresh flowers are a wonderful touch to bring the outdoors in.

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Color Board: Shades of Sage & Persimmon

Country Style Color Palette | Color Board: Sage & Persimmon

Blending the warm tone of persimmon with the cool hues of sage and eucalyptus creates this complex color palette. The most interesting spaces tend to be those in which the colors are layered to create a multi-visual statement.  As long as the colors balance and complement one another, a space can be as layered as you like.  Here you see a well rounded country style color palette that is unique and tasteful.  It will bring interest and personality into the space with the spicy shades of persimmon and the serene hints of sage and eucalyptus.

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Sage and Gold Flat Weave Rug Zander Cherry Zen Eucalyptus Zen Persimmon

Sage/Gold Flat Weave Zander Cherry Zen Eucalyptus Zen Persimmon

Shopping for a Sofa? It’s More Than Just Good Looks!

Buying A Sofa

Many people consider the sofa to be the crown jewel of the living room.  It sets the style for the whole room and it’s usually the item that everything else revolves around.  It’s an important purchase – and often an expensive one.  Before you set out to shop, do a little homework first.  It can save time and help you avoid some costly mistakes.

Sofas Shopping Tips | Buying A Sofa

It may sound obvious, but first and foremost, consider size.  In our guide to Starting A Design Project, we recommended that you plot out the dimensions of your room and the placement of your furniture on a computer design program or on graph paper.  Measure the space where you plan to place your sofa – whether it is against a wall or freestanding in the room.  The sofa should be big enough to fill the space, but it shouldn’t overwhelm the room.  A small loveseat sofa generally measures 58 – 65 inches, an apartment or townhouse sofa usually falls between 73 – 80 inches, while a standard sofa is in the range of 81 – 88 inches. One word of caution — make sure that the size you select will fit in the front door!

Sofa Shopping Tips | Upholstery ConstructionA savvy buyer will ‘look under the hood’ at how a sofa is made.  Generally considered the ‘bones’ of the sofa, a quality frame is made from kiln-dried hardwoods such as oak, maple or poplar that won’t warp or crack.  Usually measuring 1 ¼” thick, these frames are securely screwed together.  The feet should be part of the frame or affixed by a dowel and peg; they should not be glued.  Inexpensive sofas are often framed in plastic, particle board or metal. With a shorter lifespan, an inexpensive sofa may be right for a starter home or a student apartment. 

Seat support and construction also adds years of life – and comfort – to your sofa.  8-way hand-tied springs are the time honored traditional method of support where the springs are hand-tied in eight directions to give even wear and suspension. A newer choice is a drop-in coil suspension that is pre-assembled and machine-made, making them less labor intensive and less expensive.  Drop-in coils are the preferred seat suspension system today because they wear and give evenly. 

Sofa Shopping Tips | Standard CushionCushion and pillow filling is key to comfort and durability.  Dense poly cushions are the most popular because they hold their shape well, have some give, and are very supportive.  For a softer, more relaxed effect, down-wrapped cushions have the same dense poly center wrapped in a blend of down feathers to give the cushion added padding.  Full down is the softest cushion—and the most expensive.  It sinks after one use and requires daily fluffing.

Think about how you will use your sofa to help you select one that’s just right for your lifestyle. Will it be used for everyday activities such as reading, relaxing or watching TV?  Will it have to stand up to the hard use of kids and pets? Or, will the sofa be used only occasionally in a more formal setting?  A sofa used primarily for relaxation may be deep and soft with loose pillows, while a camelback sofa with its curvilinear shape and shallow seating might be the choice for a more formal or traditional setting.  But remember – there is no right or wrong. It’s a matter of personal taste and lifestyle.

Sofa Shopping Tips | Buying A Sofa

There are also choices – and decisions – to make about arm style.  The traditional rolled arm is very versatile and well-suited to cottage style or country English.  For a contemporary, modern décor, the track arm is sleek and sophisticated with its clean, straight lines.  The flare arm is an interesting blend of the track and rolled arm that makes for an eye-catching statement piece.  Parsons arm, straight arm, curved arm, or even no arm – choose a style that fits your overall décor and dimensions. Consider how it will coordinate with the other furniture in the room. 

Selecting a fabric is the fun part – but the choices can be overwhelming.  Solid or patterned?  Smooth or textured? Material? While solid colors may be easier to work with, patterned fabric doesn’t show stains as easily, while adding richness to the room. Textured fabrics also show less wear and tear than smooth ones. Synthetic fabrics such as polyester blends, nylon, acrylics or microfibers are durable, versatile, and easy to clean.  Pre-washed cotton fabrics are ideal for a casual décor. Linen is durable but wrinkles and soils easily.  Chenille is soft and durable, while leather also offers another interesting option for longevity in high usage areas.

Sofa Shopping Tips | Buying A Sofa

To upholster or to slipcover?  While loose slipcovers used to be associated with shabby-chic and romantic décor, today’s tailored slipcovered sofas are a good alternative to an upholstered sofa for every style. Ideal for a family with kids and pets, slipcovers can easily be removed for at-home wash and dry. Tired of the fabric? Swap out the slipcover without having to purchase a new sofa.  Upholstering is the most tailored option; certain sofa styles and fabrics lend themselves to upholstering only.

With all these tips in mind, it’s time to go out and shop!  Use your creativity and your intuition to find just the right sofa that will be the crown jewel in your living room. 

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Inspiration Board: Shades of Pink

Inspiration Board: Shades of Pink

Blushing shades of pink and rose are our source of inspiration on this Valentine’s Day! Soft pastels or bold hues, accent color or center stage – the choice is yours.

Decorating with Pink | Inspiration Board: Shades of Pink #decoratingwithpink #cottagedecor #cottagefurniture #inspirationboards http://thedistinctivecottage.com

Rose Crackle Mercury Glass Table Lamp 25″H $230  |  Seneca End Table customizations: 30″R x 30″H, one color painted, custom color $750  |  Acadia 2 Drawer Bench customizations: 52″W x 18″D x 19″H, straight apron, beadboard interior back, wood knobs, sunset $1,395  | Two Tone Rope Fuschia/White Indoor/Outdoor Rug 4′ x 6′ $369  |  Portsmouth Arm Chair customizations: 20.5″W x 20.5″D x 38.5″H. rush seat, one color painted, blush, no distressing $360  |  Clearwater Upholstered Ottoman 27″W x 21″D x 17.5″H $595  |  Cottage Small Writing Desk customizations: 31.5″W x 20.75″D x 30″H, standard leg, keyboard pull-out tray, one color painted, beach rose, shaker knob $475  |  Carolina Four Drawer Chest customizations: 36″W x 20″D x 42″H, one large top drawer, french trim drawers, charleston bracket feet, framed side panels, wood knobs, two color rub through, camellia over ivory $2,470  |  Stony Brook Bed customizations: twin, standard footboard, with finials, one tone painted, bubble gum, standard distressing $2,345

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Crackle Mercury Glass Table Lamp Seneca End Table Beach House Two Drawer Storage Bench Seaside Cottage Two Tone Rope Rug Portsmouth Arm Chair Clearwater Ottoman Cottage Small Writing Desk Carolina Four Drawer Chest Stony Brook Bed

Inspiration Board: Lake Effects

Inspiration Board: Lake Effects

Whether for a summer cabin or winter lodge, a touch of whimsy brings outdoor charm in with these rustic accents!

Lake House Decor | Inspiration Board: Lake Effects #lakehousedecor #cabindecor #rusticfurniture #lakehousefurniture #inspirationboards http://thedistincivecottage.com

Forest Chandelier 18″Rd x 18″H $690  |  Spicher Camping Art Prints contact us for pricing  |  Bear Fishing Pillow discontinued  |  Aspen Bark Table Lamp 30″H $230  |  Bentwood Rocker 23″W x 41″H, old red $505  |  Oar Coat Rack discontinued  |  Amber Sherwood Forest Braided Rug 5′ x 8′ oval $447.75

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Rooms to Love: Refined Country Breakfast Nook

Rooms To Love: Refined Country Breakfast Nook
photo: Inspiration for Decoration

An oval table is ideal in this country breakfast nook with the half moon shaped banquet.  The soft buttercream, beige, and mahogany tones create a warm and inviting place to share a cup of coffee in the morning or a candlelight dinner at night.  Piling pillows on the banquet increases the comfort and utilizes a great opportunity for accent fabrics and fringes.  Complementing the banquet is an open weaved wicker dining chair that allows for an uninterrupted view of the table.  This space is simple yet elegant with a clear attention to country decorating design details.  

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Rooms to Love: Mix & Match Living

Rooms to Love: Mix & Match Living

Rooms to Love: Mix & Match Living Roomphoto: HGTV

Mixing and matching old wood accents with select newer pieces gives this mix & match living room an exciting blend of old & new.  The fireplace is flanked by two different built-in cabinets; keeping them the same white seen on the fireplace creates a consistent flow across the far wall.  The heightened mantelpiece and reclaimed wood feature create a central focal point and draws the eye directly to the fireplace.  At night, we imagine the illuminating sconces and fire would create a wonderfully cozy place to sit and relax or watch a movie!

The placement of the two sofas makes for easy conversation while affording an effortless view of both the fireplace and television.  Choosing two different style sofas and upholstering them in dark complimenting fabrics unifies the dominating pieces.

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Color Board: Feeling Bold?

Bold Color Palette | Color Board: Feeling Bold?

Feeling Bold? Try combining any of these saturated jewel tones to create a colorful cottage decorating scheme.  Set the tone by choosing the diamond print in the center as a rug.  Then the rest of the prints and colors on the board can be used for upholstery and painted pieces!

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