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Rooms To Love: Making a Splash

Colorful Breakfast Nook | Rooms To Love: Making A Splash
Image: BHG

Color, color, and more color! This adorable, colorful breakfast nook is a perfect way to start your day, and if the coffee doesn’t wake you up, than the color certainly will. Bright orange, hints of blue, and zesty lime greens create a fun and vibrant space that exudes happiness and cheer.  

The contours of the chair design, the circular print on the cushions, the scalloping of the curtains, and the varying sized stripes in the rug make a bold and creative statement.  Choosing a table with a simple silhouette allows all of these other elements to really shine.  This room is a well balanced space, because it achieves both a playful and fun environment, while also showing a sense of restraint.

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We Turned ONE!

We wanted to share with you, all of our faithful readers, that September marks our One Year Milestone!  We couldn’t be more excited to celebrate this momentous occasion.  And what better way to celebrate than to look back on all of our favorite articles, projects, posts, and cumulative creativity that this blog has shared over the past twelve months.  The Distinctive Cottage is proud to be able to continually expand on our original mission: to create, inspire, share, and highlight ideas & trends about living beautifully in today’s home.  Here are a few of our favorites to recap a spectacular year in the world of home decorating!

Staff Picks: Jennifer’s Living Room

Distinctive Cottage Decorating | Jennifer's Living Room

This was the first of many Staff Picks! We often encounter customers who want a coastal look without being “over the top nautical”.  Jennifer’s Favorites is a perfect example of how to create and capture an ocean-inspired theme without cluttering every nook and cranny with seashells.  The colors in this space are the perfect interpretation of the sea, sandy beaches, and natural driftwood.

Project: Deck Design Dilemma

Deck Dilemma Product Specs Deck Dilemma Open Umbrella


This was a really fun project, and a great example of one of our long distance design projects.  Our store is located in Cape Neddick, Maine and we work with clients all across the country.  It’s amazing what you can accomplish through emails, photos, videos and phone calls.  This project was for a couple that live near New York City, and needed a little help making their patio and backyard into a functional extension of their home.  Click
here to find out more about the creative and space-saving suggestions we gave them!

Get The Look: Balanced Bedroom

Distinctive Cottage Decorating | Get The Look
Inspiration Image: Houzz

To help our readers recreate a room from an inspiration photo, we introduced “Get The Look”.  By clicking on any image you will find where to find the piece, and any custom options that may be available, including changing the color!  These fun and inspiring posts take the guesswork out of putting together a beautiful room.

Rooms To LOVE: Rustic Dining Charm

Distinctive Cottage Decorating | Rooms To Love
Image: Southern Living

A key part of re-decorating is to first find inspiration photos to get your creative energy flowing.  That is why we created “Rooms to Love,” to help you find photos that will inspire a fresh perspective.  It can be very difficult to express your own decor style; by collecting inspiration photos you love, it can help you identify what elements you want to re-create in your own home.  With each of these posts, we include an overview of the space, why it works, and identify the key design elements that make it unique.

Inspiration Board: Whimsical Sun Porch Dining

Distinctive Cottage Decorating | Inspiration Board

We love putting together these inspiration boards, to do just that, inspire our readers!  Textiles, lighting, finishes and accessories are all highlighted around a central theme or color(s).  We typically start with a rug, or a pillow that we LOVE and work around the inspiration piece to create a complete look.  All we need now are a couple of beverages and a delicious meal to enjoy this backyard dining experience!

Design Tip: Colorful Dining Room Chairs

Distinctive Cottage Decorating | Design Tip
Image: Home Owner Buff

Article: Pros and Cons of Stylish Trends

Distinctive Cottage Decorating | Article
Image: Matters of Style

Each month we post a design tip and a featured article to explore specific topics in the world of interior decorating.  In order to create reliable, informative, and relateable articles we combine research and personal experience!  So much of decorating can be trial and error, and we want to share our experiences and knowledge with you to help save time and money!

Color Board: Jewel Tones

Jewel Tones Board

Want to see unique and creative color concepts?  Come check out our color boards!  They are a great way to help brainstorm colors you might like and combinations that will be stunning!  Anytime we use Benjamin Moore or Sherwin Williams colors we will label them, so you can head right to the store.

Thank you to all of our dedicated readers who continue to support our blog, and we hope you are enjoying it as much as we are!

Featured Image: Nest of Posies

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Inspiration Board: Shades of Yellow

Inspiration Board: Yellow

Decorating with Yellow | Inspiration Board: Shades of Yellow

Carolina Secretary customizations: 30″W x 20″D x 76″H, large bun feet, plantation shutter doors, english beaded drawers, wood knobs, one color, classic yellow $2,295  |  Carolina Small Cabinet customizations: 30″W x 18″D x 32″H, bracket feet, wood knobs, beadboard doors, one color, classic yellow $1,195  |  Riverhead Side Table 22″W x 18″D x 29″H customizations: one color, yellow, standard distressing, northport knob painted $725  |  Yellow Traditional Table Lamp 35″H $490  |  Chesapeake Upholstered Accent Chair 32.5″W x 34.5″D x 45″H $1,495  |  Westhampton Arm Chair 23.5″W x 22.5″D x 41.5″H, yellow, standard distressing $740  |  Oceanside Bed queen customizations: standard footboard, with shell applique, one color painted, yellow, standard distressing $2,200  |  Carolina Extra Wide 2 over 2 Drawer Chest customizations: 48″W x 20″D x 40″H, french legs with scalloped apron, english beaded drawers, one color painted, classic yellow $2,795

Depending on the amount of red or blue it contains, yellow can have many different color personalities, making decorating with yellow easy in any room.  A yellow that has a red undertone creates a warm and welcoming feeling, and are best used on larger pieces of furniture, such as the bed pictured, and walls.  A yellow that contains an undertone of blue has a cooler effect and should be used on small pieces of furniture, such as the end table pictured.  Buttery yellows, such as the upholstery pieces pictured, can really be used anywhere because they provide a neutral feeling in a room.  Experiment with different shades of yellow to see what works for you and your home! 

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Color Board: Jewel Tones

Bold Painted Furniture | Color Board: Jewel Tones

Creating a rich and luxurious look is effortless when working with jewel tones because of their natural ability to transform the mundane.  The bold and vibrant tones in the rose rug, shown above, sets the stage for a dramatic look. Choosing this colorful rug as your focal point is not meant for the faint of heart.  We paired it with a snappy teal, artichoke green, deep marine blue, and a sunny marigold.  These colors highlight the liveliness of the rose rug without drowning it with too many accent colors.

This color palette would be a beautiful choice for bold painted furniture in a family room.  The tones are rich and energetic while also creating an undeniable warmth.  Since the sofa is typically the largest piece in a living room, the marigold would be a perfect fabric color.  Choosing the color with the smallest quantity in the rug for the largest piece of furniture highlights the color palette without overwhelming the senses.  For example, if you chose the purple or red hues for the sofa fabric, that color would now dominate the palette and drown out all of the other beautiful colors.  Jewel tones are bold and daring, so use them wisely!

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Get The Look: Happy Home!

Happy Living Room | Get The Look

Blue Orb Glass Lamp Blue Orb Glass Lamp Bridgehampton Buffet Labyrinth Lake Rug Destin Leather Chair Shoreline Slipcovered Sectionals

This is a family room outfitted for comfort, fun, and togetherness!  With the large overstuffed sectional, everyone gets a comfy seat for movie night or room to gather around the large coffee table for game night.  Whatever the occasion, this living room has plenty of seating, so everyone can find a cozy spot.

The tall wainscotting is a cottage style detail that really stands out against the seagreen walls.  Flanking each window with curtain panels in luscious marigold brings sunshine and a touch of softness to the space.  The color palette is lively, soft, and friendly – making it a perfect gathering place for family and friends.

Image: This Old House

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