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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.

Inspiration Board: Denim and Daffodils

Inspiration Board: Denim and Daffodils #blues #yellows #denimblue #beachcottage thedistinctivecottage.com

Inspiration Board: Denim and Daffodils #blues #yellows #denimblue #beachcottage http://thedistinctivecottage.com
1. Five Skippers at Sea Canvas Giclee, 30″ x 45″ (other sizes available), $380  |  2. Lake Murray Bench, customizable length, 36″H, from $675, Lake House Furniture Collection  |  3. Gypsy Stripe Denim/Yellow Woven Cotton Rug6′ x 9′, (other size & color options), $363, Seaside Cottage Rugs  |  4. Kerr Coffee Table, shown in custom color (40 standard color options), customizable sizes, from $750, Lake House Furniture Collection   |  5. &  6. Avon Upholstered Accent Chair, 35″W x 35″D x 31″H, several fabric options, $1,285 each

Sky and sun, bluebells and buttercups, faded jeans and wheat fields. . . From azure to aqua and mustard to maize, blue and yellow is just one of the happiest combinations around.  These two colors, one cool and one warm, do their best to show one another off.  A master at pulling everything together above, the Gypsy Stripe Denim/Yellow Woven Cotton Rug meshes golden yellow with indigo and cornflower as well as a hint of chocolate and ivory.

For this casual cottage look, add a pair of the compactly curvaceous Avon Upholstered Accent Chairs with this woven multi-color rug. We also love the idea of mixing in a cheery yellow Lake Murray Bench, suitable for your porch, kitchen, living room or anywhere you need extra seating. We’ve also selected a neutral Kerr Coffee Table with similar curves as the bench, both from our popular Lake House Furniture Collection. Lastly, the Five Skippers at Sea Canvas Giclee picks up tones from the rug and casts a serenity over the ensemble.

What is your favorite duo of colors?

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Color Board: Multi Madness

Color Board: Multi Madness #stripes #multicolor #cottagestyle thedistinctivecottage.com

Color Board: Multi Madness #stripes #multicolor #cottagestyle http://thedistinctivecottage.com
1. Kitchen Sink Indoor/Outdoor Rug, 5’x’8′ (other sizes available), $264,  Seaside Cottage Rugs  |  2. Basket Mushroom Fabric  (D), $65/yd,  Shoreline Slipcovered Furniture  |   3. Beach Paint Color,  Carolina Painted Furniture Collection  |  4. Spectrum Indigo Indoor/Outdoor Fabric  (C), $55/yd,  Shoreline Slipcovered Furniture |    5. Rope Sprout Indoor/Outdoor Rug, 6‘x’9’ (other colors / sizes available), $836,  Seaside Cottage Rugs  |   6. Shrimp Paint Color,  Beach House Painted Furniture Collection 

Part of the fun of decorating is discovering that colors you never knew went together actually do! The lovely mix of deep and bright tones in the striped Kitchen Sink Indoor/Outdoor Rug is an eye-opener. From indigo to pale aqua, bright leaf green to rich brown and carnation pink to plummy berry, these far-flung colors have outdone themselves in surprising harmony. Mixing and matching is easy when there are so many colors involved: highlight your favorite color or pick out one that you would never have thought of to mix things up.

Beach and Shrimp, colors hand-picked from two of our painted furniture collections, bring out the brighter tones in the Kitchen Sink Indoor/Outdoor Rug. Choose from coordinating and customizable chairs, benches, nightstands and more from our Beach House Painted Furniture Collection as well as the Carolina Painted Furniture Collection. Both fabrics pictured on our Color Board are machine washable: the Spectrum Indigo is for indoor/outdoor use and the Basket Mushroom is 100% cotton. The great thing about them is they are equally pairable with our featured multi-color rug or with neutral choices. And the two rugs pictured above are both appropriate for indoor/outdoor use and are incredibly easy to care for. We want your summer to be well coordinated as well as hassle-free!

Are you a multi-tasker?

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Get the Look: Vintage Rustic Bedroom

Get The Look: Vintage Rustic Bedroom #ironsbeds #rusticcottage #cottagebedroom thedistinctivecottage.com

Get The Look: Vintage Rustic Bedroom #ironsbeds #rusticcottage #cottagebedroom https://cottagehomefurniture.com/

Inspiration Image: Better Homes & Gardens

1. Fiona Small Chandelier, 27″D x 33″H,  $1,400  |  2. Eva Iron Bed, Vintage Iron Bed Collection, shown in Vintage Beige, starting at $1,845, 35 standard finishes, available in all standard sizes  |  3. Barn Wood Plank Top Bench, 18-19″H, custom widths and lengths, starting at $495, available in 6 stain finishes and 42 standard paint colors

Home is where the heart is… or at least where the comfy bed is. The relaxed elegance of this rustic cottage bedroom, created by mingling the elegant with the familiar, could fuel a hearty homesickness in any traveler. Who wouldn’t want to hurry back to this tranquil chateau-inspired bedroom with its sturdy yet lacy iron bed and profusion of pillows and soft flounces?

Basing our Get the Look on a Better Homes and Gardens page for English country style, we have highlighted here a few Cottage Home pieces that will nicely match the overall feel. Aged to perfection, the Eva Iron Bed is only one of a large collection of our Vintage Iron Beds. The bed is available in 35 various standard finishes, some distressed, with classic castings. The slender chandelier with some crystal bling is the Fiona Small Chandelier. This piece is in wrought iron and makes a demure yet dazzling impression. The rustic Barn Wood Plank Top Bench in reclaimed barn wood is a perfect touch for this cottage bedroom and can be customized in length as well as varying widths. Stained or painted, this bench will become an heirloom.

Do you miss your bed the most when away from home?

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Color Board: Teal & Tangerine

Color Board: Teal & Tangerine #orange #green #coralprint http://thedistinctivecottage.com/

Color Board: Teal & Tangerine #orange #bluegreen #coralprint http://thedistinctivecottage.com/
1. Stems Coral Fabric (F), $85/yd  Shoreline Slipcovered Furniture   |    2. Teal Alhambra Vinyl Floor Cloth,  5’x5′, $390 (other sizes available)  |   3. Pepperrell Cove Upholstered Sofa, 84″W, $2,085  (other fabric options available)  |   4. Cranwell Sky Fabric (B), $45/yd,  Shoreline Slipcovered Furniture   |    5. Circa Tropic Fabric (F), $85/yd,  Shoreline Slipcovered Furniture   |    6. Emory Tangerine Fabric (D), $65/yd,  Shoreline Slipcovered Furniture         

Freshen up your soon-to-be-summer decor with a spritz of tangerine and a splash of teal – or any combination of your favorite spicy orange and refreshing blue-green. Picture a secluded and sun-baked citrus grove by the shimmering Mediterranean… To start up your thought process, we’ve pictured a few hues of orange above, from clementine to coral. Also – we admit that sometimes it’s hard to pick just one orange. All the fabric swatches above are from our Shoreline Cottage Style Fabrics collection, so browse for even more options.

The elegant backless sofa at center stage  – the Pepperrell Cove Upholstered Sofa – will instantly energize your beach house or cottage living room. With a salon-worthy silhouette and a name honoring a beautiful coastal Maine landmark, this piece has its own repertoire of fabric options available from our Summer House Upholstered Furniture collection.

Are you an orange-aholic?

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Rooms to Love: Something Blue

Rooms to Love: Something Blue #blues #aqua #rustichic #salvaged http://thedistinctivecottage.com/

Rooms to Love: Something Blue #blues #aqua #rustichic #salvaged http://thedistinctivecottage.com/
Photo: Mix and Chic

As another season of weddings steals upon us, it’s comforting to have a place to curl up and browse bridal magazines – or to simply escape from the stress. Either way, this cottage living room has all the necessary elements for success, as in the traditional bridal saying: “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue”. Just like a carefully selected bridal trousseau, this sitting area is made up of weathered pieces and hand-me-down heirlooms standing alongside modern textiles.

Achieving a relaxed charm is as easy as mixing slightly different favorites, like a slipcovered sofa with a slightly more formal exposed leg chair. The pairing of a round and square table is nicely echoed in the large round clock and the rectangular shutter wall art. Crisp whites and neutral naturals play with bright accent colors like citrus green and turquoise hues. The antique open front hutch – a real rustic show-stopper – gets a new lease on life with an aqua painted interior. Blending old and new, whether salvaged or newly-found, creates a unique, stay-awhile feel.

Are you a collector of old and new?

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Color Board: Purple Reign

Color Board: Purple Reign #purples #violet #lavender http://thedistinctivecottage.com/

Color Board: Purple Reign #purples #violet #lavender http://thedistinctivecottage.com/ 1. Purple Soumak Wool Rug  4’x6′, $770 (other sizes available)    |    2. Quartz Stripe Woven Cotton Rug  4’x6′, $112 (other sizes available)    3. Purple Alhambra Vinyl Floor Cloth  5’x5′, $390 (other sizes available)   |   4. Ghent Thistle Fabric  (H), $110/yd  Shoreline Slipcovered Furniture   |    5. Phoebe Hand Tufted Rug  5′x8′, $1,195 (other sizes available)    |     6. Lavender Paint, Hamptons Furniture Collection           7. Clarence Indoor/Outdoor Rug  5’x8′, $493 (other sizes available)

Undeniably the color of royalty, purple makes an intense and lasting impression. Whether using or a little or a lot, you can add a measure of exoticism to your cottage or beach home decor. Add a purple painted piece of cottage furniture to your repertoire or choose from rich textiles drawing on lilac, plum and violet. Purple can be paired with flashy brights or whispery neutrals depending upon your taste.

Two rugs above are hand-woven in 100% wool: the Purple Soumak Wool Rug and the Phoebe Hand Tufted Rug. The soumak rug is perfect for formal areas while the Phoebe is a bit less reserved and plays purples against some bright tropical tones. The two striped rug selections are highly versatile: the Quartz Stripe Woven Cotton Rug is in a durable flat weave and the Clarence Indoor/Outdoor Rug is welcome in dining rooms and dens as well as mud rooms and patios. Another floor covering option in proud purple is the Purple Alhambra Vinyl Floor Cloth, available in custom sizes.

Do you have a passion for purple?

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Color Board: Brick and Mortar

Color Board: Brick and Mortar #reds # natural #redflorals http://thedistinctivecottage.com/

Color Board: Brick and Mortar #reds # natural #redflorals http://thedistinctivecottage.com/
1. Saratoga Tan Fabric (E) $75/yd Shoreline Slipcovered Furniture  |  2. Mikayla Coral Fabric (F) $85/yd Shoreline Slipcovered Furniture  |   3. Fritz Persimmon Fabric  (D) $65/yd Shoreline Slipcovered Furniture  |  4. Kai Apricot Fabric  (D) $65/yd Shoreline Slipcovered Furniture  |  5. Brick Hearth Vinyl Floor Cloth  5′10″ x 8′6″ $770 (other sizes available) |  6. Sunset Hemp Fabric (D) $65/yd Shoreline Slipcovered Furniture  

Brick and mortar need each other to make something useful and beautiful. One has earthy color ranging from red to burnt orange to coral, while the other is always in an unassuming neutral. Decorating your cottage or beach house in a warm brick hue along with neutrals creates a pleasing tension and plenty of avenues for expression. We have pulled together some members of the brick family above, including scarlet, terracotta and peachy coral.

Perfect for accessorizing, the striped Saratoga Tan Fabric in all cotton offers just a hint of red and khaki against a creamy color. This fabric is machine washable, as are the Fritz Persimmon Fabric in a linen blend, the cotton blend Sunset Hemp Fabric and the all cotton Kai Apricot Fabric. The Mikayla Coral Fabric has a rambling floral pattern to mix and match with stripes and solids (dry clean only). And as far as a floor covering, the Brick Hearth Vinyl Floor Cloth has a subtle latticework pattern that will suit your cottage or beach decor. This hardworking floor cloth will give a vintage look to your kitchen, mudroom, covered porch or other high traffic area, and is available in five additional colors.

Is a brick home your style?

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Rooms to Love: Sky (Blue) High

Rooms to Love: Sky (Blue) High #aquakitchen #scandinavian #farmhousetable http://thedistinctivecottage.com/

Rooms to Love: Sky (Blue) High #skybluekitchen #scandinavian #farmhousetable http://thedistinctivecottage.com/Photo: barvity.net

Sky blue turns heads.  The color of the walls in this farmhouse kitchen play against white tile and cabinetry to energize the space in a quietly fresh way. Crisp and clean, this eat-in kitchen gives off an orderly confidence without looking contrived, a magical element of the Scandinavian style. Drawing from both traditional and modern styles, key architectural elements in this kitchen mesh without giving pause.

A gorgeous white antique enameled corner fireplace rules this cheery kitchen, where everything has its place, from the aqua pitcher and herbs to the incredibly mod pinecone lighting fixture.  The weathered farmhouse table grounds the area with its sturdy earthiness and ungrudgingly gives over the spotlight to the glitzy lamp. The shiny coat of white paint on the dining chairs furthers the kitchen’s signature lightness. The lesson here is to mix and match without fear, from antique with modern to linear with ornate, simply taking care to keep clutter out of the equation and to have fun.

Are you a fan of the Scandinavian style?

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Inspiration Board: Wonderful Wicker

Inspiration Board: Wicker License #wickerfurniture #armchair #earthtones http://thedistinctivecottage.com/

Inspiration Board: Wonderful Wicker #wickerfurniture #armchair #earthtones http://thedistinctivecottage.com/
1. Countryside Pendant, 24″H, $710,  |  2. Wormwood Mirror, $54, Red or Light  |  3. Outer Banks Wicker Chair, 31″W x 30.5″D x 40″H, shown in Colonial Red (25 color options) , cushion optional, $670  |  4. Amber Crackle Glass Table Lamp, 28″H, $235  |  5. Cottage Wicker Hexagonal Table, 29.5″L x 25.5″W x 29.5″H, shown in Pecan (25 color options), $530  |  6. Northport Chair, 30″W x 29″D x 35″H, shown in Black with stained cane (26 color options), $1,905  |  7. Tweed Stripe Woven Wool Rug,   5′ x 8′, $518

Wicker furniture and accessories bridge the gap between rustic and polished, winter and summer, earthy and formal. Wicker can be painted any color or left in its natural state. It is a year-round favorite that you can mix and match with many other styles, including woodsy lodge decor, cottage painted furniture and pieces with natural fiber details. Wicker is not just for the porch anymore.

The Tweed Stripe Woven Wool Rug in taupe, tan, cinnamon, rust red and apricot is in a sturdy blend of wool, jute and cotton. Tying together the many pieces pictured above, including the Cottage Wicker Hexagonal Table and the Outer Banks Wicker Chair, the rug is available in several sizes. Even the refined Northport Chair in painted alder wood works with the wicker pieces due to its stained cane side panels. The stylish rattan Countryside Pendant light, the Wormwood Mirror and the Amber Crackle Glass Table Lamp add extra options for you to complete your look, in whichever direction you want to take it.

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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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