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Color Board: Taupe & Honey

Color Board: Taupe & Honey #browns #taupe #cottageliving room thedistinctivecottage.com

Color Board: Taupe & Honey, #browns #taupe #cottagelivingroom http://thedistinctivecottage.com

  1. Tin Ladder Stripe Rug, 5′ x 8′, $532, various sizes | 2. Sandstone Rug, 5′ x 8′, $680, various sizes | 3. Brentwood Entertainment Console, shown in Taupe and Honey, $2,170, 70.5″ W | 4. Seurat Neutral Wool Rug, 5′ x 8′, $872, various sizes  | 5. Hickory Wool Rug, 5′ x 8′, $995, various sizes

Sliding into autumn, the grey-brown bark of a silent oak topped by startling golden and caramel leaves prompts us to explore an infrequent pairing: taupe and honey. Taupe, a greyish brown (or a brownish grey?), exudes a steely sophistication, while honey triggers a primal warmth on sight. The two colors may at first seem like old schoolmates who haven’t talked in a while, but once you bridge the tonal gap with a little ivory or cream the two colors start to really reconnect.

Shown here in both Taupe and Honey, the Brentwood Entertainment Console is also available in 25 other finishes. A distinctive and versatile piece, it will fit right into your cottage living room, dining room, office or even bedroom. Its medallion-embellished doors call to mind an antique tin ceiling, while its faux bamboo frame adds a bit of exoticism. With an adjustable interior shelf, this long and lean storage unit can serve many purposes.  We can’t decide which color we like best, so we’ve pictured them both along with four wool rugs to illustrate the possibilities.

What is your favorite shade of brown?

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Inspiration Board: Citrus Cooler

Inspiration Board: Citrus Cooler #greens #whites #cottagelivingroom thedistinctivecottage.com

Inspiration Board: Citrus Cooler
1. Harwich Upholstered Sofa86″W x 35″D x 34″H, starts at $2,365  |  2. Knob Hill Distressed White Floor Lamp, 67″H, $640  |  3. Lowcountry Coffee Table, 40″L x 24″W x 18″H, customizable, starts at $1,295  |  4. Checks Green Woven Cotton Rug, 6′ x 9′, $285 (also available in other colors)  |  5. Green Thumbprint Glass Table Lamp, 30″H, $375  |  6. St. Simons Leather Accent Chair30.5″W x 32″D x 30″H, starts at $2,195  |  7. Barn Wood Cricket Table, starts at $615

Casting a tropical temperament over your cottage living room is easy by introducing some citrus green. Citrus green calls to mind palm fronds, exotic parrots and even lime-infused drinks, serving as a perfect mood booster. When the warmer days start slipping away, the blow can be softened by recreating a summery environment inside. Pairing bright white painted furniture with this leafy green creates a crisp counterpoint and a cottage look. Adding light wood accents such as a lamp table or a coffee table with a stained top can also add a slight touch of warmth to the decor.

Our Inspiration Board shows some cottage pieces in the top half and a slightly more formal seating ensemble on the bottom half. Tying the two looks together is the classic houndstooth patterned Checks Green Woven Cotton Rug. Our featured sofa and armchairs both come from our popular Summer House Furniture Collection, with over 350 available fabric options. Adorably styled, the Harwich Upholstered Sofa is also available in a loveseat, and the sleek St. Simons Leather Chairs (with over 55 leather choices) also come in a swivel option. Our occasional tables can both be finished in several standard paints and stain combinations, and in addition, the Barn Wood Cricket Table is in reclaimed wood and the height is customizable.

What is your favorite summery shade?

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Inspiration Board: Pebble Beach

Inspiration Board: Pebble Beach #nauticaldecor #aquas #caramels thedistinctivecottage.com

Inspiration Board: Pebble Beach #nauticaldecor #aquas #caramels thedistinctivecottage.com

Full Sail II Canvas Giclee, from $245, various sizes | Sunset Canvas Giclee, from $245, various sizes | Wheelhouse Mirror, $130 | Jasper Woven Jute/Wool Rug, 5′ x 8′, $642 (other sizes available) | Large Orleans Arm Chair, 39″ H, $625 | Shorehaven Round Dining Table, 30″ H, from $2,105

Mixing the colors of the earth and sea can instantly lend a comforting richness to any room. For this coastal dining room, we picked honeyed wood furniture, nautical wall art in bright azure, gold and rust, and an area rug in ochre, rusty orange and bluish gray. Pairing clear blues with burnt earth tones creates a perfect backdrop for the seasonal segue from summer to autumn.

Bringing it all together is the Jasper Woven Jute/Wool Rug, in a melange of fall colors and yarns of various thicknesses. The distinctively European Large Orleans Arm Chair comes in 80 standard paint colors and 12 stains, with options for the customizing the wood, seat and finish. We think these look nice with the silhouette of the Shorehaven Round Dining Table, with its curved legs and arched crossbar. Shown in burnt caramel, this customizable table is available in 7 standard stains and 19 paint colors.

Apt accompaniments to this earthy trio are the Wheelhouse Mirror, a metal piece in an aged copper finish with beveled mirror, as well as the wall art. Both giclees come in 5 different sizes and are done in a knife-gel finish for an authentic, textured look.

What is your favorite season?

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