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Design Tip: Beadboard Paneling

Design Tip: Beadboard Paneling

Design Tip: Beadboard Paneling #beadboard #cottagefurniture #cottagebedrooms #cottagestyle #farmhousestyle http://thedistinctivecottage.com
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Beadboard paneling is an old fashioned wall treatment that is often used in cottage decorating as it creates a charming cottage style decor.  It used to be installed board by board, but over time humidity and moisture buckled the boards, and caused the paint finish to crackle.  Now furniture makers and contractors recommend investing in products that are made with medium density fiberboard, MDF, for a sturdy and long-lasting decorative finish.

This beautiful cottage style bedroom is a perfect example of how beadboard can really make a statement.  The stunning blue paint on the walls really emphasizes the horizontal beadboard wall covering, and brings a whole new level of charisma to the space.  You will also notice that the beadboard is used on the ceiling as well.  A small, but important, design detail in using multiple beadboard surfaces is to switch up the sizing of the panels as well as the direction that they run.  The ceiling slats are smaller and positioned vertically, and the wall slats are slightly larger and positioned horizontally. This helps to break up any monotony or over-stimulation you might feel if the beadboard was the same everywhere. 

The beauty of using beadboard as a decorative accent is that it comes in so many styles, cuts, and finishes.  You can easily create a custom look that is sure to reflect your own style!

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Rooms to Love: Celebrating Color

Rooms to Love: Celebrating Color #cottagestyle #cottagelivingrooms #boldcolorschemes #cottagefurniture #cottagesofas http://thedistinctivecottage.com

Colorful Cottage Living Room | Rooms to Love: Celebrating Color #cottagelivingrooms #decoratingwithcolor #cottagesofas #cottagestyle http://thedistinctivecottage.com
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As fresh and vibrant as a summer garden, this colorful cottage living room is a kaleidoscope of color and irresistible personality.  The cathedral ceiling, with the exposed timber frame, is an amazing architectural detail that contributes to the overall cottage appeal, while the bright furnishings provide a modern twist.  The bold floral drapes, set at ceiling height, emphasize the playful nature of the homeowners, and draw the eye directly to the gorgeous wrap-around windows.

The choice of using a neutral sisal rug in this space is the perfect example of creating balance when designing with an energetic color palette.  It offers a quiet foundation that allows you to build layers and layers of color. Small decorative details, like the contrast piping on the sofas, and the powder blue border along the drapes, makes this space a celebration of color and whimsy.

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Staff Pick: Linda’s Private Oasis

Staff Pick: Linda's Private Oasis #cottagestylekitchen #coastalstyle #coastaldecor #coastalbararea

Cottage Kitchen Nook | Staff Pink: Linda's Private Oasis #cottagestylekitchen #coastalstyle #coastaldecor #coastalbararea

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French Traditional Stool rush seat, bar height $460  |  Mosi Indigo Indoor/Outdoor Rug 5′ x 8′ $589  |  Medium Glass Buoy Float Pendant 8″Rd x 10″H $380  | Learn To Fly Canvas Giclee 54″ x 27″ $405  |  Oleshia Wall Clock 16.75″D $105  |  Carolina Rolling Bar customizations: 52″W x 24″D x 40″H, standard top, wood knob, sealed english stained top, blackberry painted base $2,440  |  Coastal Cottage Woven Two Bottle Carrier 9.5″L x 6″W x 7″H $55

Every home should have a special spot to unwind after a hard day’s work.  Some people want a cottage kitchen nook, or a comfy chair, while Linda prefers a glass of wine in her own private oasis!  The coastal accents immediately help her mind drift away to the beach while sipping her favorite vino.  The bar set features french traditional stools that have distinct carvings for a refined and classic style, which pair beautifully with the painted blackberry bar, and the subtle diamond print rug.

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The Distinctive Cottage Blog Small Glass Buoy Float Pendant Learn To Fly Canvas Giclee Oleshia Wall Clock French Traditional Stool Mosi Indigo Indoor/Outdoor Rug Carolina Rolling Bar Coastal Cottage Woven Two Bottle Carrier

Get the Look: Darling Cottage Decor

Get The Look: Darling Cottage Decor

Charming Cottage Decor | Get The Look: Darling Cottage Decor

Hollyhocks By the Sea Tilton Coral Molly Dot Coral

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Inspiration Image: House of Turquoise

It is easy to fall in love with this charming cottage style living room!  Quintessential cottage decor takes center stage here, from the casual white slipcovered sofa to the distressed painted furniture, it is an adorable and unique look.  The beauty of cottage and country style decor is that it is easy to mix and match to create a space that reflects everything you love.  The more eclectic, the better.

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Staff Pick: Lynne’s Laundry Room

The Distinctive Cottage | Staff Pink: Lynne's Laundry Room

Cottage Decorating Small Spaces | Staff Pink: Lynne's Laundry Room
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The laundry room can be a challenge for cottage decorating small spaces, which we tackle in this inspiration board! The Lake Pontchartrain Cabinet is an organizer’s dream, offering endless storage in a stylish way.  The large bins are perfect for off season table and bed linens, while the drawers are small enough to house sewing needles, thread, and button jars.  And everyone needs a place to fold laundry!  The sky blue console table is the perfect size to properly spread out and fold piles of laundry.  This piece also has shelves that are big enough to nicely fit baskets for additional storage.

This is typically a room in the house that easily becomes neglected, but who says the laundry room can’t be fun?  Adding the laundry themed wall decor and brightly colored drapes really plays up a whimsical and cheerful motif.  These small additions are just right to help create a more enjoyable experience while doing the more mundane tasks of daily life.

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The Distinctive Cottage Blog Wall Decor Brushed Nickel Three Pendant Chandelier Annabelle Mirror Chatham Wall Clock Heather Flax Fabric (G) Basket Straw Fabric (D) Ankara Pond Fabric (D) Calypso Flax Fabric (C) Wall Decor Lake Pontchartrain 4 Door Hutch Red Lake Console Table Coastal Cottage Woven Quilt Basket

Color Board: Sea Glass

Color Board: Seaglass

Sea Glass Decor | Color Board: Sea Glass #coastalstyle #colorboards #cottagedecorating http://thedistinctivecottage.com

Any home can become a coastal retreat by incorporating these vivid blues and greens.  By mixing and matching sea glass tones, it’s easy to create a lively and energetic scheme with a unique layered look.  The awesome round rug is a fantastic jumping off point to help build a fun and cheerful space.  Reminiscent of the sparkling sea, these hues are sure to be as alluring in your home as they are on the coastal shores.

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