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Inspiration Board: Timeless Style

Inspiration Board: Timeless Style #traditionaldecor #cottagedecor #farmhousestyledecor #farmhousestyle #farmhousedecor #cottagedecor #vintagemaps #handloomedrugs thedistinctivecottage.com

Inspiration Board: Timeless Style #traditionaldecor #cottagedecor #farmhousestyledecor #farmhousestyle #farmhousedecor #cottagedecor #vintagemaps #handloomedrugs thedistinctivecottage.com
1. Maine Railroad Map 1860, 34″W x 42″H, $910  |  2. Wrought Iron and Washed Wood Chandelier, 51″H x 33″W, Please Call for More Details  |  3. Mount Desert Island Coastal Maine, 26″W x 18″H, $240  |  4. West Hampton Side Chair, 20.5″W x 20.5″D x 41.5″H, Black, $695  |  5. Sag harbor Dining Table, customizations: 72″L x 42″W x 30″H, chestnut, $2,820  |  6. Soumak Weave Collection, Please Call for More Details

The Sag Harbor Dining Table is one of our most popular tables for it’s classic shape and elegant style!  Pairing the table with a refined style rug, like this hand loomed weave rug, brings out the natural beauty of this graceful table.  We added black painted chairs and the wrought iron chandelier, which are both slightly contemporary, to keep the look fresh and full of contrast.  To add a personal touch, we hung historical maps of the beautiful Maine coastline dating back to 1860. 

Do you like old maps as much as we do?

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Color Board: Aqua, Yellow, Cast Iron

Color Board: Aqua, Yellow, Cast Iron #colorboards #boldcolors #cottagedecor #cottagestyledecor #coastaldecor #coastalstyledecor thedistinctivecottage.com

Cottage Decorating | Color Board: Aqua, Yellow, Cast Iron #colorboards #boldcolors #cottagedecor #cottagestyledecor #coastaldecor #coastalstyledecor thedistinctivecottage.com

1. Shoreline Slipcovered Collection: Layout Jade Fabric, $65 per yard  |  2. Shoreline Slipcovered Collection: Capparis Fabric, $85 per yard  |  3. Country Classics Furniture Collection: Cottage Yellow, light distressing, light rub  4.  Country Classics Furniture Collection: Cottage Teal, light rub, light distressing  |  5.  Country Classics Furniture Collection: Cottage Black, light rub, light distressing  |  6. Lake House Furniture Collection: Rain Jacket, medium rub, medium distressing  |  7. Lake House Furniture Collection: Lake Breeze, medium rub, medium distressing  |  8. Lake House Furniture Collection: Cast Iron, medium rub, medium distressing

This week’s cottage decorating color board boasts cheerful colors and whimsical prints that would be ideal in a cottage or coastal style home.  Mixing yellow, aqua, and cast iron create a dominating palette full of life, personality and spunk.  Depending on how rustic you want the space to feel, we have suggested the same three colors in two different paint finishes.  The top row features our Country Classics collection paints that have a very lightly rubbed finish for a cleaner look.  The bottom row features our Lake House collection paints which boast heavily distressed paint finishes that are worn away to the wood for an aged look.  Or you can mix and match finishes for an eclectic style!

Which set of finishes do you prefer for a cottage or coastal style home?

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Rooms to Love: Farmhouse Kitchen

Rooms to Love: Farmhouse Kitchen #farmhousedecor #countrydecor #cottagedecor #traditionaldecor #casualdecor #heirloomtable #farmhousetables thedistinctivecottage.com

Rooms to Love: Farmhouse Kitchen #farmhousedecor #countrydecor #cottagedecor #traditionaldecor #casualdecor #heirloomtable #farmhousetables thedistinctivecottage.com
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This breathtaking kitchen has a lot of farmhouse character with just the right amount of modern amenities.  Elements like the old barn wood flooring, the stone hearth, and built-in cabinetry are features found in traditional colonial homes and preserve the original character of the kitchen.  Whereas the modern amenities, like the marble counter tops, beadboard ceiling design, and crisp white cabinetry are exquisitely layered into the overall design for a high-end look.  To tie the entire look together, the homeowners added a small seating area in front of the fireplace that encompasses both the traditional and casual style of the home.

Do you like the neutral style of the sisal area rug, or would you prefer to see more pattern or color?

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Rooms to Love: Vintage Inspired Bedroom

Rooms to Love: Vintage Inspired Bedroom #vintagebedroom #ironbeds #cottagedecor #cottagestylebedrooms #bluedecor thedistinctivecottage.com

Rooms to Love: Vintage Inspired Bedroom #vintagebedroom #ironbeds #cottagedecor #cottagestylebedrooms #bluedecor thedistinctivecottage.comImage: Country Living

We love this bedroom for the vintage inspired style and soothing color scheme.  The wrought iron beds, small end table, and simple stool all share the same rustic, chipped painted finishes that create a time worn and antique feel.  Adding the heirloom style quilts and worn-in rag rug gives the space the homey feel you want in a cozy bedroom.  This space is such a beautiful blend of both coastal cottage and farmhouse style decor.  We can see it right at home in either a charming farmhouse in the country or in a quaint cottage by the sea. 

What is your favorite accent in this quaint vintage inspired bedroom?

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Inspiration Board: Stunning Silver

Inspiration Board: Stunning Silver #platinumpalette #winterhues #cottagedecor #cottagestyle http://thedistinctivecottage.com/

Silver Painted Furniture | Inspiration Board: Stunning Silver #platinumpalette #winterhues #cottagedecor #cottagestyle http://thedistinctivecottage.com/
1. Cambridge Triple Bookcase, 84″W x 18.5″D x 88″H customizations: Tear Drop Pulls, Dover Gray Exterior with Antique White Interior $3,950  |  2. Chatham Wall Clock, 24.5″ Round $160  |  3. Wire Glass Pendant, 12″H x 12″W $810 each  |  4. Camden Grande Slipcovered Sofa, 84″W x 41″D x 38″H customizations: Two Seat Sofa, Slipcovered, Box Back Cushions, Grade A: Montford Linen Fabric, 2 Document Linen Throw Pillows $1,730  |  5. Steel Grey Serpentine Flat Weave Rug, 100% Wool, 7 x 9 $1,010  |  6. Woodmere Round Coffee Table, 40″Round x 19″H, Tarnished Silver $1,445

Blending steel gray, distressed white, and silvery blues gives this cottage style sitting room a cool attitude.  The largest piece in the room, the Cambridge Triple Bookcase, offers a rustic and distressed finish, which is a welcomed contrast to the other more pristine finishes.  When working in a uniform color palette, it becomes very important to vary finishes and mix materials to maintain visual interest.  The geometric printed rug and textured mosaic pendant also help to give the room a stylish flair.

What is your favorite silvery piece in this space?

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Color Board: Playful Personality

Color Board: Playful Personality #cheerfulcolors #cottagecolors #cottagedecor #coastaldecor #coastalstyle #cottagestyle http://thedistinctivecottage.com/

Color Board: Playful Personality #cheerfulcolors #cottagecolors #cottagedecor #coastaldecor #coastalstyle #cottagestyle http://thedistinctivecottage.com/

1.  Wheel Coral Fabric Shoreline Slipcovered Collection, Grade E, $75 per yard  |  2. Lake House Furniture Collection, Aquamarine Paint, Medium Rub, Glaze and Distressing  |  3. Country Classics Furniture Collection, Cottage Leaf Paint, Light Rub, Glaze and Distressing  |  4. Lake House Furniture Collection, Tangerine Paint, Medium Rub, Glaze and Distressing  |  5. Autumn Stripe Cotton Rug, 4 x 6 $112 

Looking for inspiration to help create a happy, playful, and whimsical look?  Check out this week’s color board!  This palette provides a well balanced design of invigorating tangerine, calming blue, and happy spring green that would be ideal for a kitchen make-over.  Being the most popular room in the house, the kitchen should have colors that reflect it’s bustling energy.  Paint your cabinets blue for an eye catching backdrop, use the tangerine as a bold choice for the center island, and the green would pop as bar stools.  Put the stripe rug as a runner in front of the sink, and the whimsical print for curtains, to tie everything together. 

How would you use these colors in your kitchen?

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Rooms to Love: Book Nook

Rooms to Love: Book Nook #farmhousedecor #cozycorners #cottagedecor #roomstolove http://thedistinctivecottage.com/

Rooms to Love: Book Nook #farmhousedecor #cozycorners #cottagedecor #roomstolove http://thedistinctivecottage.com/Image: Buzzfeed

All book lovers would jump at the opportunity to carve out a cottage style book nook like this that is dedicated solely to curling up with a good read.  The large built-in window seat provides a creative and unique space that is large enough for the whole family to curl up with their favorite books.  The natural sunlight through the window is perfect for afternoon reading, while the sconces provide the task lighting needed when your book is just too good to put down, even after the sun has set.  We love the way the thick drapes frame the book nook, and can be drawn when you want a little more serenity.  Pile on the plush pillows and soft quilts for added warmth, comfort, and style.

What colors would you use in your reading nook?

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Design Tip: 5 Ways to Keep It Cozy

Design Tip: Keeping It Cozy

When the snow is falling, the wind is whipping, and the snow plows are out, there is only one place to stay warm – inside!  Making your home cozy is essential in the long, cold winter months here in Maine. Here are our top 5 cottage style decorating essentials to keeping it warm:

 1. Bedding

  • Pillows, comforters, electric blankets!  Pile it on so that when you slip into bed, it is instant heaven.  Check out Parachute, a company that sells amazing bed sets and gives back for every dollar you spend.
  • For more tips on how to keep your bedroom warm, check out our previous post “Layering your Linens.”

Cozy Home Ideas | Design Tip: Keeping it Cozy #bedding #keepingitcozy #cottagedecor #winterblues http://thedistinctivecottage.com/
Image: Parachute

2. Lined Curtain Panels

  • Windows, especially in old New England homes, can be drafty. Use long, lined curtain panels to dress up the windows and help to keep the cold out!

Cozy Home Ideas | Design Tip: Keeping it Cozy #bedding #keepingitcozy #cottagedecor #winterblues http://thedistinctivecottage.com/
Image: Southern Living

3. Area Rugs

  • Laying area rugs in hallways, bedrooms, and the living room can help to keep the toes toasty.  In warmer months, bare wood or tile floors can be soothing, but not in the dead of winter!

Cozy Home Ideas | Design Tip: Keeping it Cozy #bedding #keepingitcozy #cottagedecor #winterblues http://thedistinctivecottage.com/Image: Modern Country Style

4. Ambient Lighting

  • Light bulbs come in a variety of colors that range from white/blue to white/yellow, and each range sets it’s own mood. In winter months, when we are craving the warmth of the sun, switch out your bulbs to a yellow tint for a warmer effect.  Energy Star recommends looking for lights that range from 2700K – 3000K for the desired effect.

Cottage Style Decorating | Design Tip: Keeping it Cozy #bedding #keepingitcozy #cottagedecor #winterblues http://thedistinctivecottage.com/
Cool White versus Warm White Light Bulbs

5. Cable Knit Blankets

  • You can’t have enough blankets, and we absolutely love the look and feel of big cable knit blankets.  Throw them on the sofa to provide color, texture, and warmth to your home.

Cozy Home Ideas | Design Tip: Keeping it Cozy #bedding #keepingitcozy #cottagedecor #winterblues http://thedistinctivecottage.com/Image: Etsy

How do you stay cozy when it’s frigid outside?

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Get the Look: Stylish Study

Get the Look: Stylish Study #bolddecor #officedecor #cottagedecor #cottagecolors #leatherfurniture http://thedistinctivecottage.com/

Inspiration Board: Stylish Study #bolddecor #officedecor #cottagedecor #cottagecolors #leatherfurniture  http://thedistinctivecottage.com/
Image: BHG

1. Destin Leather Chair Summer House Leather Collection 27.5″W x 35″D x 34″H customizations: Grade 7 Leather Albiline Chestnut, Pepper Leg, Standard Small Antique Brass Nailheads, $2,745  |  2. Large Aqua Mercury Glass Table Lamp 34″H $620  |  3. Old English pine Tapered Leg End Table customizations: 22″L x 18″W x 26″H, Medium Brown Wax, 1″ Thick Top, Added Drawer, Added Shelf, $950  |  4. Hartcove Buffet and Hutch 82″W x 18″D x 85″H customizations: Painted Turquoise with Painted White Interior, $4,555  |  5. Natural Jute Woven Rug 5 x 8, $379  |  6. Pursuit Aqua Fabric Shoreline Slipcovered Collection 100% Acrylic, $65 per yard  | 7. Cadogan Oasis Fabric Shoreline Slipcovered Collection Flax/Viscose, $75 per yard

This stylish study area proves that leather furniture doesn’t only belong in formal seating areas. Leather furniture options have come a long way and are now offered in a variety of colors and forms to complement any design style. Here we see two leather chairs with clean, modern lines paired with a traditional tufted ottoman for a mixed style. We love the wall to wall bookcases that line the room and create a spectacular focal point. Choosing the bold turquoise for the largest piece in the space makes quite the statement in this stylish study!

Do you like the neutral rug in this space or would you prefer something with pattern?

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