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This is a expanded post collection of cottage decorating articles to help stimulate your thoughts on improving your cottage style designs. Some examples of  post articles include how to Design a Sofa Collage, 5 Ways to Use a Barn Door in Your Designs, updates on design trends and many more. Every cottage decorating post includes sorting tags to focus on specific decorating by room or cottage decorating style. Please let our designers know which article you found the most helpful or what cottage decorating subjects you would appreciate us covering in the future.

Rooms to Love: Vive La Veranda

Rooms to Love: Vive La Veranda #porches #whites #aquas #wicker thedistinctivecottage.com

Rooms to Love: Vive La Veranda #porches #whites #aquas #wicker http://thedistinctivecottage.com
Photo: Coastal Living

Few things refresh the psyche more than a refuge, such as this cottage style veranda, which offers access to nature with a feeling of sheltered comfort. This ground-level porch affords an element of natural privacy through the surrounding screen of foliage, and a partial wall serves to separate a dining table and chairs from a sitting area without losing any feeling of openness. The white bamboo chairs, white painted console table with tapered legs and white painted open woodwork railings cultivate a clean, airy feeling. Aqua and butter yellow accents on pillows and other accessories, as well as touches like palmetto fronds, add a cheery dose of softly contrasting color.

Bamboo furniture is perfect for covered porches, and is becoming more of a staple for indoor use as well. We offer various wicker furniture collections, of which some items are rattan and bamboo, including our Cottage Wicker and Porch Wicker. Click here for more customizable bamboo pieces.

Do you have a retreat in your cottage home?

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Color Board: Touch of Tartan

Color Board: Touch of Tartan #plaids #reds #golds #greys thedistinctivecottage.com

Color Board: Touch of Tartan #plaids #reds #golds #greys http://thedistinctivecottage.com

1. Grey Aberdeen Vinyl Floor Cloth, 4’4″ x 6’4″, $390, other sizes available |  2. Highland Charcoal fabric, available in Summer House Upholstered Furniture Collection  |  3.  Gold Aberdeen Vinyl Floor Cloth, 4’4″ x 6’4″, $390, other sizes available | Middle Row: Scarlet Nouveau Vinyl Floor Cloth, Beige Nouveau Vinyl Floor Cloth, Black Nouveau Vinyl Floor Cloth, 4’4″ x 6’4″, $390, other sizes available 4. Gold Montrose Vinyl Floor Cloth, 4’4″ x 6’4″, $390, other sizes available  |  5. Grey Tattersall Vinyl Floor Cloth, 4’4″ x 6’4″, $390, other sizes available  |  6. Charcoal Montrose Vinyl Floor Cloth, 4’4″ x 6’4″, $390, other sizes available

Plaids intrigue with their ability to bring so many colors together in an orderly and reassuring manner. Hooked on these vinyl floor cloths that appear to be grand old wool rugs, we have seized on an opportunity to mix patterns with plaids in a tight knit color scheme: gold, grey, red and ivory. These combinations conjure up the warm and solid sentiment of a rich relation’s old library, where bold traditional rugs emanate elegance alongside casual throws and priceless hangings bearing family tartans.

These vinyl floor coverings are magnificently versatile, easy to clean and grip whatever surface you choose to grace with them. Available in custom sizes and in other colors. All swatches in our Color Board are of floor cloths save the Highland Charcoal, which is a handsome cotton flannel fabric available on any item from sophisticated sofas to quirky ottomans in our Summer House upholstered furniture collection.

Are you mad for plaid?

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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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Get the Look: Spanish Moss

Get the Look: Spanish Moss #greens #naturals #cottagelivingroom thedistinctivecottage.com

Get the Look: Spanish Moss #greens #naturals #cottagelivingroom http://thedistinctivecottage.com
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1. Chatham Grande Long Slipcovered Sofa, 101″ W, $1,885 | 2. Twin Lakes Coffee Table, from $750, customizable | 3. Sandy Point Leather Accent Chair, $2,860, available upholstered | 4. Cottage Wicker Round Inset Ottoman, $330  | 5. Ivory on Green Pompeii Vinyl Floor Cloth, 5′ x 5′, $390, various sizes | 6. Nevis Moss Jute Woven Rug,   5′ x 8′, $389, various sizes

Like the verdant orange groves of the Spanish countryside, the mossy green tiles in this country cottage living room call to mind bountiful harvests and time-honored traditions. French doors with Moorish arches open to a sunny courtyard, while a hooded fireplace with moulding guarantees comfort for grey days. A natural fiber rug and low, movable seats blend with wood and leather for a rustic yet refined comfort. We love how the classic cottageness of this living room is embellished with Mediterranean touches such as scrolling sconces and exotic tiled floors.

Conjure up the effect of ancient and luxurious tiles with our Ivory on Green Pompeii Vinyl Floor Cloth. Durable, non-skid and easy to clean, our vinyl floor cloths offer an alternative to tiled floors. From our Shoreline Slipcovered Furniture, the Chatham Grande Long Slipcovered Sofa in a neutral color adds length and light to any room, and is available in 400 fabrics.  A classic cottage piece, the Twin Lakes Coffee Table offers a beadboard shelf and is customizable in size and color. A fast favorite, the Sandy Point Leather Accent Chair has clean, curving lines with nailhead embellishment (available in 50 colors). Adding a dash of texture is the Cottage Wicker Round Inset Ottoman, which can also be used as a small seat or table, and the jute / cotton blend of the Nevis Moss Jute Woven Rug (available in other colors).

Does your home have any Spanish touches?

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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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Rooms to Love: Rising Tide

Rooms to Love: Rising Tide #blues #whites #nautical decor #cottagelivingroom #coastallivingroom

Rooms to Love: Rising Tide #blues #whites #nauticaldecor #cottagelivingroom #coastallivingroom
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As the unofficial end of the summer season draws near, we aren’t quite ready to let go… and this converted attic room is just the remedy. A profusion of blues, aquas and whites along with nautical nostalgia provides a quaint hideaway at the end of a day filled with outdoor activities. Covering the main barnboard wall are paintings of grand ships a-sail, salty old skippers, technical sketches and silhouettes. The shipshape sofa creates an unassuming base for comfort while retro and refined matching tufted seats provide a seating twist. The tables are sturdy and unique, possibly flea market finds, not to mention the numerous kitsch mariner statuettes and knick-knacks. The modern lighting fixtures near the peak of the ceiling bring to mind bubbles escaping the roiling waves.

This cozy arrangement could also work in a covered porch area, preferably one with exposed beams. If your nautical wall art collection has not reached this level, you could easily take up half the wall with painted white beadboard or weathered shiplap. This room shows its wooden floors to full advantage, but the furniture could also be drawn together with an area rug, possibly a hand-me-down Oriental or a sun-bleached natural fiber rug. And of course the color scheme can be changed up on a whim by changing out the sofa slipcover and incorporating other throw pillows.

Where is your favorite hideaway at home?

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Inspiration Board: Regatta Have It

Inspiration Board: Regatta Have It #blues #reds #nautical #stripedrug www.thedistinctivecottage.com

Inspiration Board: Regatta Have It #blues #reds #nautical #stripedrug http://thedistinctivecottage.com
1. Studio Round Wood Top Metal Pipe Pedestal Table, 30H, from $1,530  |  2. Studio Metal Adjustable Backless Stool, 19-31″H, $435 each |  3. Regatta Stripe Indoor/Outdoor Rug, 5‘ x 8’, (other size & color options), $280, Seaside Cottage Rugs  |  4. Pensacola Leather Sofa, shown in Bassano Cherry (several color options), customizable, 86″W, $5,085, Summer House Leather Collection  |  5. Race Point Leather Ottoman, 49″W, shown in custom combination (several color options), $1,215,  Summer House Leather Collection

The Regatta Stripe Indoor/Outdoor Rug captures the best of summer in its bold navy, cornflower, red and white stripes.  Bringing to mind the open seas, crisp white sails and nautical pennants whipping in the wind, it looks dashing both with a leather sofa and ottoman bench and in an edgy kitchen with steel and wood pieces. This lightweight and low-maintenance rug has engaging color, classic nautical style and serious decor versatility.

The dining pieces from our new Industrial Studio Collection are only a small representation of our new, totally urban chic line. The Studio Round Wood Top Metal Pipe Pedestal Table has twelve color choices for its customizable oak top, and the Studio Metal Adjustable Backless Stool is only one of many coordinating seating options. Also pictured here in a custom combination of Deer Run Bisque and Deer Run Navy leathers, the Race Point Leather Ottoman is available in a larger square version and can also be upholstered in any of the Shoreline Cottage Home Fabrics. The Pensacola Leather Sofa also comes in an upholstered version, and has companion pieces such as a loveseat, chairs and an ottoman. 

What are some of your favorite nautical accents?

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Get the Look: Rustic Beach Living Room

Get The Look: Rustic Beach Living Room #slipcovered #juterug #blues #greens thedistinctivecottage.com

Get The Look: Rustic Beach Living Room #slipcovered #juterug #blues #greens http://thedistinctivecottage.com
Inspiration Image: Coastal Living

1. Blue Glass Cylinder Lamp, 30″H,  $235  |  2. Azure Sky Canvas Giclee, 27″ x 54″, $405  |  3. Camden Slipcovered Sofa, 76-84″ width, starting at $1,575, available in 400+ fabrics  |  4. Natural Jute Woven Rug, 5′ x 8′, $389, other sizes available  |  5. Country Farm Estate Leg Coffee Table, customizable, starting at $550, 6 standard stains and 40 paints  |  6. Cottage Wicker Rattan Club Chair, 32.5″H, $535   

We love this relaxed and beachy living room, with its bright blue and green seaglass accents, and have picked out some Cottage Home pieces that will help you recreate this rustic seashore look. Our Country Farm Estate Leg Coffee Table is extremely versatile and can be fully finished in 6 different stains, completely painted in 40 standard colors or finished half and half as shown. It pairs easily with the Camden Slipcovered Sofa, which is available in 400+ fabrics, and in both townhouse and sofa sizes.  We have several cottage wicker and rattan seating choices, and the Cottage Wicker Rattan Club Chair has a slender cane silhouette to add interest to your cottage decor.

As far as accessories, the Blue Glass Cylinder Lamp is a narrower cousin to the lamp pictured, but has the same seaglass feel – we also have other glass lamps in various silhouettes. From our Giclee Canvas Artwork collection comes the Azure Sky Canvas Giclee, one of many abstract seascapes and landscapes. And anchoring everything is a Natural Jute Woven Rug. Check out our other natural fiber rugs for a variety of sizes and shades, from blonde to chestnut to bark.

Do you collect sea glass on your beach walks?

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Color Board: Indigo-Go

Color Board: Indigo-Go #blues #teal #mod thedistinctivecottage.com

Color Board: Indigo-Go #blues #teal #mod http;//thedistinctivecottage.com
1. Lona Plantation Fabric (Level E), $75/yd, Shoreline Slipcovered Furniture  |  2.  Cove Indigo Fabric (Level D), $65/yd,  Shoreline Slipcovered Furniture  |  3. Algura Denim Fabric (Level C), $55/yd, Shoreline Slipcovered Furniture  |  4. Cove Pool Fabric (Level D), $65/yd,  Shoreline Slipcovered Furniture  |  5. Carousel Ocean Fabric (Level D), $65/yd,  Shoreline Slipcovered Furniture 

It’s hard to resist deep ocean-borne blue and green hues against crisp white, washing a wave of relaxation over your decor.  In addition to the mood-altering power of these colors, the swatches above all share the mod sensibility of the go-go era.  These retro patterns intrigue us, ranging from the rambling paisley of the Algura Denim Fabric to the Danish mod Lona Plantation Fabric  to the psychedelic Carousel Ocean Fabric.  And with a nod to the mid-century preoccupation with all things Asian, the Cove Indigo Fabric and Cove Pool Fabric offer a bamboo trellis effect.

These indigo and teal-based fabrics are all from our Shoreline Slipcovered Furniture collection, and are 100% cotton and machine-washable. Please browse our other Shoreline fabrics, all available priced by the yard, and of course available on any slipcovered or upholstered Shoreline piece. In any event, outfit your cottage or beach house with some of these fab fabrics.

Do you incorporate retro touches into your cottage decor?

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Rooms to Love: Red, White & Blue

Rooms to Love: Red, White & Blue, #reds #whites #blues #july4th thedistinctivecottage.com

Rooms to Love: Red, White & Blue #reds #whites #blues #july4th http://thedistinctivecottage.com
Photo Credits: clockwise from top left corner (79 Ideas, Evaru Design, Chinoiserie Chic, SR Gambrel)

This week we pay tribute to the Red, White and Blue, the winsome and revered trio of colors in the United States flag. Just as this nation is a mix of ethnicities and creeds, our picks above represent a spectrum of styles, shades and tastes, from traditional to edgy decor. From bold, billowy patterns to reserved stripes and solids. . . From understated hues to bold primaries. . . . From white with navy and cherry red to variations such as turquoise and persimmon. . . From a nautical bent to an exotic vibe. . . These rooms all make a patriotic statement, yet can definitely also fit into your everyday repertoire. Happy 4th of July to everyone!

How do you red, white and blue?

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