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Rooms to Love: White Cottage Christmas

Rooms to Love: White Cottage Christmas #whitechristmas #cottagechristmas http://thedistinctivecottage.com/

Rooms to Love: White Cottage Christmas #whitechristmas #cottagechristmas http://thedistinctivecottage.com/
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Do you feel like keeping all the familiar traditions of the holiday but making a change to keep this special time fresh and exciting?  Well, red and green called and they can’t make it this year.  Explore white, a great choice for holiday decorating, especially if you find yourself somewhere without a snowy forecast.

White, if done right, will warm the heart rather than bring on a chill. The living room above with its rustic light wood walls comes quietly alive amidst the mix of soft neutrals. Using subtle variations of tint as well as a profusion of different textures is the key to making things cozy. Ornaments in ivory, linen and snow white mixed together will create subtle depth and interest. Mix white textiles with abandon: pair beaded and brocade stockings, silky tree skirts, cable knit throws and lacy pillows — you can go for a bit of gold fringe if you want to indulge. Even white paper China balls that have little affiliation with the holidays fall in line with the color scheme and add to the festive mix.

Do you prefer a White Christmas?

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Inspiration Board: Making Spirits Bright

Inspiration Board: Making Spritis Bright #cottagediningroom #metal dining chairs #reds #pinks #oranges thedistinctivecottage.com

Inspiration Board: Making Spirits Bright #cottagediningroom #metaldiningchairs #reds #pinks #oranges http://thedistinctivecottage.com
1. Metal Bistro Chair in Red, 33″H, $110 | 2. Metal Bistro Chair in Copper, 33″H, $135 | 3. Metal Bistro Chair in Navy, 33″H, $110 | 4. Paint Chip Micro Hooked Wool Rugvarious sizes, from $104 | 5. Metal Bistro Chair in Pink, 33″H, $110 | 6. Eastport Side Table, 23″ H, $725 | 7. Metal Bistro Chair in Orange, 33″H, $110

Around the holidays it’s easy to be overwhelmed by traditional red, green and white: wherever you look there is a red velvet throw pillow, a shiny green tree skirt or a candy cane striped tablecloth. For mental health as well as variety, it can be good to inject the mid-winter scene with alternative colors. We love our Metal Bistro chairs for this purpose – they are lightweight, versatile and can be brought out at a moment’s notice. Paired with twinkling white lights and gold tulle ribbons, these multicolor mavens can make an appearance for one party, or they can be more of a permanent fixture in your cottage decor if you are craving bright color year-round.

The Paint Chip Micro Hooked Wool Rug is a natural choice for tying several colors together. From coppery brown and tangerine to scarlet and carnation pink, this rug takes on almost every color all in an edgy, modern pattern. This rug looks equally at home against a white wooden cottage floor or in a rustic wood and fieldstone lodge living room. All of our pictured Metal Bistro chairs tie in with this rug, but we do offer additional colors, as well as wood seat versions and stools. In powder-coated galvanized steel, the chairs are suitable for indoor as well as outdoor use and are stackable to boot. The Eastport Side Table serves as a companion piece to our chairs, drawing upon both a traditional and industrial look. The simply styles table is available with a stained top as well as in over 25 paint colors.

What alternative colors do you miss most during the holidays?

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Rooms to Love: Inside Out

Rooms to Love: Inside Out #cottagelivingroom #neutrals #rustic #lodgeporch thedistinctivecottage.com

Rooms to Love: Inside Out #cottagelivingroom #neutrals #rustic #lodgedecor http://thedistinctivecottage.com
Photo: The Pillow Collection

As colder weather nears, we couldn’t decide whether we were more drawn to the idea of the comforts of indoors outside or the hallmarks of outdoors inside, so we married the two scenarios in our Rooms to Love. Equally appealing to the homebody in us all, the fireplaced farmhouse living room and lodge porch above both offer rusticity as well as small touches of welcome luxury.

Hunker down by the fireplace in this farmhouse living room in an overstuffed armchair resplendent with cushy pillows in a stag motif. What sets this room apart is that despite the stark whitewashed hearth and exposed beams, the space crackles with warmth from the woodsy stash of fire logs, the honeyed antique trunk coffee table and the wreathlike antler design mirror. On the other hand, an outdoor lounging area fit for a tsar betrays none of its wintry temperature as long as the candles glow and the wood benches and chairs are covered in faux rabbit fur. These plush accessories take off the chill and make this lodge style porch one to lounge on in all seasons rather than to only pass through.  Softening the lines between indoor and outdoor spaces can create a feeling of integration and fluidity as well as alter your perspective on coziness.

Where is your favorite place to escape in the Great Outdoors?

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Color Board: Toasty Tones

Color Board: Toasty Tones #greys # natural #tans http://thedistinctivecottage.com

Color Board: Toasty Tones #greys #natural #tans http://thedistinctivecottage.com
1. Range Steel Fabric, Grade B, $45 per yard  |  2. Pebble Paint Color, available in various collections  |  3.  Aran Isle Natural Runner, $595, 2’6″ x 8′, other sizes available | 4. Lotus Rug, from $545, various sizes  |  5. Aran Isle Driftwood Runner$595, 2’6″ x 8′, other sizes available  |  6. Tucson Silver Fabric, Grade B, $45 per yard  |  7. Jumper Pearl Fabric, Grade E, $75 per yard 

As winter approaches, welcomed hints of muted color at the break of day signal the beginning of precious daylight. All the soft tints of a winter’s dawn – toasted almond, silver and champagne – that streak across the sky and snowscape are brought together in the Lotus Rug (pictured above, at center). This lushly hand-tufted rug is made in India of 100% bamboo viscose. With neutrals ranging from frosty grey to sandy browns, the Lotus Rug subtly exudes a welcoming warmth.

Flanking the Lotus Rug are runners with cable knit detailing in 100% New Zealand wool – the Aran Isle Natural Runner and the Aran Isle Driftwood Runner. Also available in standard sizes, the Aran Isle runners add traditional style and toasty texture to any lodge or cottage living room, kitchen or hallway. Coordinating fabrics from our Shoreline Slipcovered Furniture collection include the Tucson Silver Fabric in 100% cotton, Range Steel Fabric in a cotton/linen blend and the herringbone pattern Jumper Pearl Fabric in a synthetic blend. Our Pebble Paint Color, a versatile new addition to our palette, is available in four of our collections: Beach House FurnitureCottage FurnitureCountry Farm Furniture  and Lake House Furniture.

What is your favorite neutral combination?

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