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Inspiration Board: Cottage Kitchen Island

Inspiration Board Cottage Kitchen Island #cottagedecor #cottagekitchen #cottagestyle http://thedistinctivecottage.com/

Inspiration Board: Cottage Kitchen Island #cottagedecor #cottagekitchen #cottagestyle http://thedistinctivecottage.com/
1.  Brushed Nickel 3 Pendant Chandelier 43″W x 12″D x 55″H $1,390  |  2.  Windsor Swivel Stool Counter: 18″W x 19″D x 40″H with seat 24″H, Bar: 18″W x 19″D x 45″H with seat 30″H, shown in Nautical, starts at $295 each  |  3. Carolina 4 Drawer Kitchen Island  customizations: 60″W x 25″D x 35″H, 3/4″ thick pine top, Sealed English stained top and Sunset painted base, $3,040  |  4. Tempo Stripe Woven Wool Rug 5 x 8 $518

If space permits, having a center island in the kitchen can be a life saver for additional storage, extended counter top space, and a great place to gather around when entertaining.  This cottage kitchen island has a butcher block top for food preparation, and a painted base for a great kick of color.  If you want to allow space for stools, than ensure your custom kitchen island has at least a 12″ overhang for plenty of knee room. 

What wall color do you envision for this lively kitchen?

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Style Board: Cottage Upholstery

Style Board: Cottage Upholstery #slipcoveredfurniture #slipcoveredsofas #cottageupholsteredfurniture #cottagefurniture http://thedistinctivecottage.com

Style Board: Cottage Upholstery #slipcoveredfurniture #slipcoveredsofas #cottageupholsteredfurniture #cottagefurniture http://thedistinctivecottage.com
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Out with the old decorating notion that every upholstered form needs to match!  Once you let that idea go, furniture shopping gets a whole lot easier. Finding the right pieces for your home should be dictated by comfort, style, and color, and in today’s industry there is something for everyone.

Whether you are mixing upholstered pieces with slipcovered ones, or tight back pieces with loose back ones, the overall look and feel should reflect you.  In this cottage upholstery style board, we feature a wide arrangement of frame styles and fabrics, that together, demonstrate the variety of looks you can achieve when you mix and match. 

What do you prefer, upholstered or slipcovered pieces?

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Rooms To Love: Christmas Country Living

Rooms To Love: Christmas Country Living #christmasdecorating #christmaslivingroom #countrychristmas #farmhousechristmas http://thedistinctivecottage.com

Rooms To Love: Christmas Country Living #christmasdecorating #christmaslivingroom #countrychristmas #farmhousechristmas http://thedistinctivecottage.com
Photo: House & Home

The holidays have arrived at this beautiful country style home.  The vaulted ceilings provide plenty of space for the huge Christmas tree that is adorned with white lights, colorful ornaments, and a metal star as the finishing touch.  The tree stands center stage in the home and can be enjoyed by family and guests from almost any room.  There is nothing prettier than the warm glow the tree bestows for the perfect holiday ambiance in this Christmas country living room!

Do you have a favorite holiday decoration that you set up each year?

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Design Tip: Sizing and Hanging Chandeliers

Design Tip: Sizing & Hanging Chandeliers #chandeliers #cottagechandeliers #cottagelighting #coastalchandeliers #designtip http://thedistinctivecottage.com

Chandeliers are an important design element in the home that bring both fashion and function to a space.  Lighting defines and accentuates the ambiance you want to create in your home by creating either a soft and relaxing space, or a bright and productive space.  Just like colors, the lighting you choose for a space can drastically affect the way you feel, see, and perform tasks in a room. 

Once you decide where you would like to hang a chandelier, you will need to determine the size you need, how to hang it, and what style will fit your decor. Here are a few hints to help you choose the perfect chandelier:

Size

  • If you are hanging a chandelier in the center of a room, like the entryway or foyer, the best way to determine size is to add the length of the room and the width together, change that number into inches, and that gives you the maximum diameter for your chandelier.
  • For example, if your space is 10′ long by 16′ wide, add those together for 26′, and change that to inches – that gives you a maximum diameter chandelier of 26″.

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  • To determine the best size chandelier to place above your dining table, take the width of your table and subtract 12″ – that gives you the maximum width for your chandelier.
  • For example, if your table is 72″ long x 40″ wide, subtracting 12″ from 40″ gives you a maximum width of 28″ for your chandelier.

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Image: Home Bunch

Hanging

  • If the chandelier is suspended in the center of a room, like the foyer or living room, than you want the base of your chandelier to be no less than 7 feet from the floor.  This allows ample height for walking without interfering with head room.

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  • If the chandelier is suspended over a dining table or kitchen island, than you want to allow 30″ – 36″ from the surface of the table to the base of the chandelier.  This allows ample room to see across the table without your line of vision being interrupted by the lighting fixture.

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Image: House of Turquoise

 Styles

Here is a break down of our favorite show stopping chandeliers!

Coastal

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Nautical Rope Chandelier 29″H x 33″ Round $1,740
White Coral Chandelier 27″H x 29″W $1,150
Portofino Orb Chandelier 33″H x 28″W $2,620

Cottage

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Catalina Medium Chandelier 48″Rnd x 44″H $3,240
Bruges Chandelier 30″Rnd x 36″H $3,240
Antoinette Large Pendant Chandelier 20″ Rnd x 30″H $1,810

Farmhouse and Country

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Celestial Chandelier 32″Rnd x 26″H $1,120
Farmhouse Chandelier 30″Rnd x 40″H $2,120
Diana Chandelier 24″Rnd x 25″H $1,240

Lodge and Lake House

 Chandelier Sizing Rules | Design Tip: Sizing & Hanging Chandeliers  #chandeliers #cottagechandeliers #cottagelighting #coastalchandeliers #designtip http://thedistinctivecottage.com Chandelier Sizing Rules | Design Tip: Sizing & Hanging Chandeliers  #chandeliers #cottagechandeliers #cottagelighting #coastalchandeliers #designtip http://thedistinctivecottage.com Chandelier Sizing Rules | Design Tip: Sizing & Hanging Chandeliers  #chandeliers #cottagechandeliers #cottagelighting #coastalchandeliers #designtip http://thedistinctivecottage.com

Silver Antler Chandelier 28″Rnd x 27″H $1,810
Ava Chandelier 25″Rnd x 41″H $1,240
Large Forest Chandelier 26″Rnd x 25″H $1,190

 What chandelier would look amazing in your home?

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Get The Look: Coastal Living Blues

Get The Look: Coastal Living Blues #coastallivingroom #coastalstyle #beachhousedecor #beachhouselivingroom #slipcoveredfurniture http://thedistinctivecottage.com

Coastal Style Cottage | Get The Look: Coastal Living Blues #coastallivingroom #coastalstyle #beachhousedecor #beachhouselivingroom #slipcoveredfurniture http://thedistinctivecottage.com
Photo: Maine Home & Design

1. Seabrook Tall Slipcovered Sofa 81″W x 37″D x 38″H $1,585  |  2.  Scattered Seahorse Canvas Giclee & Scattered Lobster Canvas Giclee 30″ x 45″ $380/ea.  |  3. Anchor Hooked Pillow 18″sq $90  |  4. Black Sperm Whale Stand 16″L x 8″H $140  |  5. Lowcountry Coffee Table customizations: 40″L x 40″W x 18″H, flush drawer, wood knobs, stained top, painted base, distressed carolina stain, snow base $1,495  |  6.  Seaport T Grande Slipcovered Accent Chair 37.5″W x 36″D x 42″H $1,035  |  7. Diamond Khaki/White Indoor/Outdoor Rug 8.5’x 11′ $550

This coastal style cottage is located right up the coast in Kennebunk, Maine!  The architect, designer, and home owner collaborated tirelessly to design this home that “aims to stay in the family for generations to come.” 

The plush upholstery and deep set frames invite people to really curl up and get comfortable.  Not to mention the abundance of throw pillows and blankets that enhance the casual and comfortable style.  Being a true beach cottage, this home needs to be as practical as it is pretty!  The designer chose Sunbrella fabrics for the slipcovered living room furniture, which is a perfect solution for areas that will encounter wet bathing suits, food, drinks, and direct sun.  They chose a vinyl upholstery on the game table chairs for the same low maintenance solution.  You want to spend your time enjoying what Maine has to offer without the constant worry that someone might spill a drink!

What is your favorite element in this Maine cottage?

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Inspiration Board: Coastal Style Nook

Inspiration Board: Coastal Nook #coastaldecor #coastalcottage #cottagedecor #coastalstyle #cottagestyle http://thedistinctivecottage.com/

Inspiration Board: Coastal Style Nook #coastaldecor #coastalcottage #cottagedecor #coastalstyle #cottagestyle http://thedistinctivecottage.com/

 1. Coastal Life Sconce 19″H x 6″D x 17″W $520 each  |  2. Carolina Wide Cupboard Painted Color Palm, 42″W x 20″D x 70″H $4,495  |  3. Sarasota Upholstered Accent Chair Rinca Coral Fabric, Grade 24, 31″W x 37″D x 39″H, $2,255  |  4. Woodmere Coffee Table 40″Round x 19″H $1,265  |  5. Diamond Khaki/White Indoor Outdoor Rug 6 x 9 $319

Creating a simple and elegant coastal style nook is easy if you have the right pieces!  A nook is any small space in your home that is tucked away, where you can escape to read, write, or watch a movie.  The perfect nook has a little storage, a lot of comfortable seating, and sufficient lighting.

The media center has plantation shutter doors that enhance the coastal look, while also allowing for hidden storage, and is flanked by one of our all time favorite chairs.  The Sarasota chair is big enough to lounge in and oh so stylish.  The abstract coral fabric is such a great source of color in this tame and serene color scheme, while the neutral rug has an eye catching contrast design. 

Where is your favorite nook in your home?

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Color Board: Living Loud

Color Board Living Loud, #colorfullliving #cottagedecor #cottagecolor #colorfuldecor http://thedistinctivecottage.com/

Bright Color Palette | Color Board: Living Loud, #colorfullliving #cottagedecor #cottagecolor #colorfuldecor http://thedistinctivecottage.com/
1. Shoreline Collection Fabric Basket Parrot $65 per yard  |  2. Shoreline Collection Fabric Ladbroke Punch $75 per yard  |  3. Shoreline Collection Fabric Sparkle Pool $55 per yard  |  4. Shoreline Collection Fabric Sierra Botanical $65 per yard  |  5. Color Bloom Canvas Giclee Series Set of 4 – 20″ x 20″ $540

Not afraid of a little color?  Than this week’s cottage style color board is perfect for you!  These zesty tones of aqua, spring green, coral, and gold create such a playful and lighthearted effect, it is hard not to be happy just looking at them.  This would be an ideal palette for a kids play area or a busy family room, anywhere that benefits from a dose of invigoration. 

Where do you picture this palette in your home?

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Rooms to Love: Lodge Style Cabin

Rooms to Love: Primitive Cabin, #lodgedecor, #cabindecor, #rusticlodge, http://thedistinctivecottage.com/

Rooms to Love: Lodge Style Cabin #lodgedecor #cabindecor #rusticlodge http://thedistinctivecottage.com/Image: Houzz

This lodge style cabin has an open concept floor plan and cathedral ceilings for an expansive and lofty designed home.  The kitchen, dining room, and living room flow from one to the other and all share the same cinnamon toned pine flooring that glows with warmth.  The stone fireplace is a central element to the whole design scheme as it brings light, warmth, and texture to the home.  The furniture pieces in the living room are a blend of traditional and contemporary styles with tribal inspired prints for an eclectic grouping that boasts the individual personality of the home.

Would you add a rug to this living room, or do you prefer to see the exposed wood flooring?

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Design Guide: Bed Frame Sizes

Design Guide: Bed Frames #designguides #cottagefurniture #beds #bedroomfurniture http://thedistinctivecottage.com

Design Guide: Bed Frame Sizes #designguides #cottagefurniture #beds #bedroomfurniture http://thedistinctivecottage.com

Widths and lengths for common mattresses and support systems are highly standardized within the United States and Canada.  However, mattress heights are not standard and will vary by style, manufacturer, and design.  Mattresses in Europe and Asia also have different standard sizes.  Bed frames for mattresses and support systems consist of a headboard, footboard, two side rails and a slat package.  Center supports are included in full, queen, and king slat systems.  Bed frame sizes are designed to support standard mattress sizes.  Final bed size depends on the specific bed’s design.

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Get The Look: Farmhouse Dining Room

Get The Look: Farmhouse Dining Room #farmhousetable #farmhousediningroom #farmhousekitchen #barnwoodtable #farmhousestyle http://thedistinctivecottage.com

Country Style Farmhouse | Get The Look: Farmhouse Dining Room #farmhousetable #farmhousediningroom #farmhousekitchen #barnwoodtable #farmhousestyle http://thedistinctivecottage.com
Photo: This Old House

1. Marseilles Chandelier 32″Rd x 18″H $890  |  2. Wedgewood Cotton Braided Rug 9′ x 12′ oval $2,020  |  3. American Ladderback Side Chair 19″W x 21.5″D x 40.25″H customizations: maple, rush seat, no finials, painted, blackberry, no rub, no distressing $390  |  4. Barn Wood Dining Table customizations: 72″L x 36/39″W x 30″H, one inch rectangular top, breadboard, stained top/painted base, cinnamon, blackberry, medium rub, medium distressing $1,845

This 19th century New York country style farmhouse is a blend of old and new.  The wide plank pine floorboards are beautifully finished in tung oil for a natural look that provides so much warmth to the space.  The dining set is in lieu of a traditional island and really brings out the true farmhouse style of the space.  Ladderback dining chairs are a quintessential element and painting them black creates such a stunning look.  Look here for more photos of this artfully restored home!

Do you prefer an island in the kitchen, or bringing in a dining set?

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