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Cottage Style Decorating

Cottage style decorating is casual, colorful and comfortable.  Painted furniture,  slipcovered sofas,  reclaimed wood tables,  bright fabrics,  wicker chairs and striped rugs are all part of cottage style decorating.  We have collected all of our cottage style decorating posts in one place including Color Boards, Rooms to Love, Get the Look, Inspiration Boards and Design Tips to help you develop your cottage decorating design ideas.  All of the posts include sorting tags if you need to focus on a color or need decorating ideas for a specific cottage room.  Enjoy browsing!

Rooms to Love: Victory Kitchen

Rooms to Love: Victory Kitchen #cottagekitchens #farmhousekitchen #barnboard #subwaytile thedistinctivecottage.com

Rooms to Love: Victory Kitchen #cottagekitchen #barnboard #reclaimedwood http://thedistinctivecottage.com
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Today’s renewed interest in self-reliance through gardening means that your kitchen probably serves as a daily way station for fresh essential herbs, fruits, and veggies, en route from your modern victory garden to your dining table. Creating meals is more than enjoyable when your kitchen is light, bright, and trimly stocked with everything you need within handy reach. An inspirational kitchen like the one pictured here, which is big on function but small on space, is all the more impressive as it is actually part of a tiny 200 square foot home.

Through just a few simple style decisions – heavy reliance on white surfaces, use of extra windows and placement of open, accessible shelving rather than cabinetry – a seeming abundance of elbow room welcomes the eye. The mixed media walls, done in gleaming white subway tiles as well as both rustic, unfinished and painted white barn board, deftly create a hybrid farmhouse cottage kitchen. And the contrasting vibrant color of the produce and plants in almost every nook make the roomscape anything but a whitewash.

What’s your favorite food to grow at home?

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Inspiration Board: Red Letter Days

Inspiration Board: Red Letter Days #reds #blues #cottageoffice #cottagestyledesks thedistinctivecottage.com

Inspiration Board: Red Letter Days #reds #blues #cottageoffice #cottagestyledesks http://thedistinctivecottage.com
1., 3. DeMille Red Pendant, 13″H, $410 | 2. Halley Cage Pendant, 20″H, $740 | 4. Argine Royal & Ruby Vinyl Floor Cloth, various sizes, from $60  |  5. St. Ann’s Bay Writing Desk, 54″W, from $1,085 | 6. Saddle Seat Stool with Handles, two heights, from $250

Inspiration comes in many forms – a sunset, a symphony, a speech. But if you’re stuck inside with a deadline, you must look for a muse elsewhere. Vibrant colors, clean lines that allow maximum efficiency and out of the ordinary forms that provoke thought can help your workflow along when you have your nose to the grindstone. Turn your cottage style home office into an enjoyable place to create with a few key items.

Enlist the Argine Royal & Ruby Vinyl Floor Cloth, with its richly colored and detailed pattern resembling an antique playing card, to set the mood for your revamped creation station. With a compact silhouette, the St. Ann’s Bay Writing Desk offers more than meets the eye: the center of the desk top flips up to reveal laptop storage and two additional drawers. Shown here in Blueberry, this desk is available in eight other colors. Available in two heights, the cheery and perkily portable Saddle Seat Stool with Handles comes in dozens of paint colors as well as several stains. Bolster to your industrial aesthetic with the domed Halley Cage Pendant, a sleek cross between an antique caged light and a vintage diver’s helmet. Or if a punch of color is what you’re after, hang one or more of the painted terracotta DeMille Red Pendants, also available in Ivory.

What are your favorite ideas for creating a welcoming home office?

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Get the Look: Barn Board Bedroom

Get The Look: Barn Board Bedroom #wickerbeds #aquas #cottagebedroom thedistinctivecottage.com

Get The Look: Barn Board Bedroom #wickerbeds #aquas #cottagebedroom http://thedistinctivecottage.com
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1. Shoreline Throw Pillow, customizable, from $55  |  2. Tea Time Distressed White Table Lamp, 29.5″H, $300  |  3. Pemaquid 1 Drawer Nightstand, 30″H, shown in Shrimp, $775  |  4. Cottage Wicker Headboard, 54″H, shown in Pecan, from $715  |  5. Country Farm Harvest Bench, customizable, shown in Duck Egg, from $225

Breezy aqua barn board walls makes this cottage bedroom feel like a special hideaway right in your own home. A barn board backdrop can suit a fully rustic decor, or the slightly more refined habitat above created with framed botanical prints, fun striped pillows and candlestick lamps with fluted shades. We’re sharing some of our favorite Cottage Home pieces that can help you recreate this look and give you ideas to go in other directions.

The main attraction of this room is the Cottage Wicker Headboard, which mixes and matches with many other materials, and comes in twin, queen, full and king sizes. Available in over 400 fabric choices, our Shoreline Throw Pillow comes in both square and rectangular, and is perfect for porch, living room and bedroom accessorizing. Our go-anywhere Country Farm Harvest Bench is fully customizable, and is a handy piece to have in a guest bedroom. A part of our Country Farm Furniture Collection, it is available in 40 standard colors and 6 stains. Whether you’re attracted to beadboard or scalloped edges, these cottage-friendly options come together in the fully customizable Pemaquid 1 Drawer Nightstand. And the nightstand is a perfect place for the Tea Time Distressed White Table Lamp to perch.

Do you mix wicker and wood?

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Color Board: Scarlet Fever

Color Board: Scarlet Fever #reds #aqua #southwestern #lodge www.thedistinctivecottage.com

Color Board: Scarlet Fever #reds #aqua #southwestern #lodge http://thedistinctivecottage.com
1. Cottage RedCountry Classics Collection color option  |  2. Fort Apache Sandstone Hand Tufted Rug, various sizes, from $200.25  |  3. Elsinore-Tower Court Spa Indoor/Outdoor Rug, various sizes, from $110.25  |  4. Gava Red Clay Hand Tufted Rug, various sizes, from $222.75  |  5. Mountain Home Beige Hand Tufted Rug, various sizes, from $200.25  |  6. Civil Red Fabric, Grade F, 100% cotton, $85 per yard  |  7. Corey Herb Fabric, Grade A, polyester/nylon, $35 per yard

Scarlet red — a force to be reckoned with — does not have to dominate your cottage decor. Paired with the white painted furniture of a cottage dining room or the earthy tones of a lodge living room, this deep red punctuates the neutrality of a room in a powerful yet poised way. Incorporating scarlet can be as easy as adding red throw pillows to a white slipcovered sofa, a square red floral tablecloth diagonally over the center of a long planked farmhouse table, or a red painted end table next to a whitewashed coffee table. The red at the top left of our Color Board is one option for just such an end table from our Country Classics Collection, just one of our many furniture lines offering various styles of occasional tables.

Our featured scarlet-compatible wool rugs range from one with a solid, slightly rusty red background with a subtle and dainty border to two other boldly patterned rugs worked in many colors. Earthy colors such as mossy green and beige in the rug design, along with red, allows many color possibilities for accessories. A rug such as the 100% wool Fort Apache Sandstone Hand Tufted Rug lets you easily tie scarlet in with beige, pale aqua, indigo or even a brownish green. The solid and striped fabrics we have pictured from our Shoreline Slipcovered Fabric Collection are just two possible accompaniments to go with the overall color scheme.

How do you tie red into your cottage decor?

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Rooms to Love: Minty Fresh

Rooms to Love: Minty Fresh #greens #paintedfurniture #reclaimedtable thedistinctivecottage.com

Rooms to Love: Minty Fresh #greens #paintedfurniture #reclaimedtable http://thedistinctivecottage.com
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Spring’s signature color comes in all guises, from kelly green to moss to seafoam. As we celebrate the slow advent of Spring, we are showcasing a perfect cottage style porch graced by a rustic mint green planked farmhouse table. A comfy wicker sofa and antiqued white painted Windsor chairs serve as casual accompaniments. A cast of antique shop finds such as a weathered drop leaf side table, vintage gilt-edged tumblers and a painted milk pail serving as a vase for a profusion of pink tulips complete the cottage look.

Follow the link to view a wide selection of our custom bench-built farmhouse tables.  We work with several workshops to offer you many styles, options and color choices for your handcrafted dining table. We also carry seating options, from wood dining chairs to wicker seating to slipcovered chairs. Emerge from winter with a fresh new addition to your cottage decor.

What’s your favorite shade of green?

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Inspiration Board: Down Time Drift

Inspiration Board: Down Time Drift #blues #browns #wicker #indooroutddorrugs thedistinctivecottage.com

Inspiration Board: Down Time Drift #blues #browns #wicker #indooroutddorrugs http://thedistinctivecottage.com
1. Azure Sky Canvas Giclee, various sizes, from $405  |  2. St. Augustine Wicker Veranda Chair, 30″W, $1,015  |  3. Montserrat Side Table, 30″H, shown in Blueberry, $480  |  4. Westside Stained Rocker, shown in Mahogany, starting at $280 |  5. Habitat Fountain Blue Braided Indoor/Outdoor Rug, various sizes, starting at $46.12 | 6. St. Augustine Wicker Veranda Ottoman, 22″W x 23″D, $480

Down time is vital for maintaining a positive attitude and good health, and soothing surroundings can make all the difference in your ability to unwind. Generous and comfortable seating, attractive painted furniture with storage to put clutter out of sight, and appealing color and texture choices can all make your home an easier place in which to relax. Mixing an earthy color such as golden ochre with beachy sea-inspired colors gives an added element of depth to nudge you into a contemplative mood. Woven wicker patterns and chunky rugs may put you in mind of a cozy cottage in which you once spent a pleasant sabbatical.

Above is a sampling of cottage style furniture – wicker, painted and stained – along with a durable braided rug with an updated palette. Two veranda style pieces from our Cottage Wicker Furniture collection are appropriate for either your covered porch or living room, depending upon where you prefer to unwind. They have a definite personality but are still easy to mix with other wicker and wood furniture. The Westside Stained Rocker is a sure way to add relaxation to your routine, and it comes in several stained, painted and antiqued options. The slender turnings of the rocker are echoed in the Montserrat Side Table, a stylishly compact piece from our new Islands Collection. And finally, one of our many wall art offerings – the Azure Sky Canvas Giclee – blends faultlessly with our Habitat Fountain Blue Braided Indoor/Outdoor Rug.

Which room do you favor for your down time?

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Rooms to Love: Urban Cottage Dining Room

Rooms to Love: Urban Cottage Dining Room #cottagediningroom #pastels #whites #built-ins thedistinctivecottage.com

Rooms to Love: Urban Cottage Dining Room #cottagediningroom #pastels #whites #built-ins http://thedistinctivecottage.com
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Life in an apartment or an urban space can still hold the charm of the country when cottage style elements are given free rein. White painted barnboard walls and unfinished wood floors provide a clean backdrop for this light and bright urban cottage style dining room. Recessed nooks in whitewashed brick outfitted with rustic wooden shelves create an informal area for storing dishes, herbs and pottery. Displaying everyday staples such as crusty bread, terra cotta vessels and bottles of wine as part of the overall decor taps into a comfortingly familiar utilitarian beauty.

Familiar anchors of classic cottage style such as a reclaimed barnwood table and a painted sideboard pair with cafe chairs in untraditional springtime hues to individualize this cheery dining room. Dropped down on a lengthy chain, a pendant light hovers just above the wood dining table to create an cozy space despite the soaring ceiling. A half wall with pass-through shelves creates a continuity with the neighboring room while still preserving an intimate cottage floor plan.

What have you done to cottage-ize your non-cottage living space?

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Color Board: Made in the Jade

Color Board: Made in the Jade #stripedfabrics #floralfabrics #aquas #greens thedistinctivecottage.com

Color Board: Made in the Jade #stripedfabrics #floralfabrics #aquas #greens http://thedistinctivecottage.com
1. Auretta Peacock Fabric, E, $75 per yard  |  2. Alero Baltic Fabric, A, $35 per yard  |  3.  Sapelo Vapor Fabric, E, $75 per yard  |  4. Dartmouth Mineral Fabric, H, $110 per yard available  |   5. Ariana Spa Fabric, C, $55 per yard  |  6. Wainscott Jade Fabric, F, $85 per yard

Let the deep and soothing shade of jade help you transition from the dark tones of winter to the brighter hues of spring. Named for a rock long esteemed for its beauty and healing powers, the color jade is a perfect pick-me-up for the post-holiday decor doldrums. Here it is paired with aquas and citrus green, deep blues and hints of gold, but it would be equally restorative with some scarlet, pinks, greys and shades of plum.

All of the fabrics pictured above are available on both our slipcovered and upholstered pieces belonging to the Shoreline Furniture Collection. They would also make an ideal slipcover or accent pillow as they are machine washable. The fabrics in the left-hand column are all either 100% cotton or mostly cotton, and the others are all different blends of linen, flax and cotton with synthetic materials.

Is jade one of your favorite gems?

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Inspiration Board: Splitting Chairs

Inspiration Board: Splitting Chairs #stripedrugs #woodchairs #cottagelivingroom thedistinctivecottage.com

Inspiration Board: Splitting Chairs #stripedrugs #woodchairs #cottagelivingroom http://thedistinctivecottage.com
1. Tangerine Stripe Indoor/Outdoor Rug, various sizes, from $39.90 | 2. Bamboo Club Chair, 30.25″H, $620 | 3. Grenada Ladderback Side Chair, 42.5″H, shown in Aqua, $455 | 4. Ravenna Indoor/Outdoor Rug, various sizes, from $39.90 | 5. Grenada Ladderback Side Chair, 42.5″H, shown in Blueberry, $455  | 6. Bridgetown Stool, 41″H or 46″H, $450 | 7. Chekat Grey Micro Hooked Rug, various sizes, from $96

Building a room around a rug is one of our favorite pastimes, and it seems like the seating always falls into place second. Whether your rug pattern is intricate, with several different colors from which to make a match, or involves only unassuming neutrals, there is never just one chair that will work. Options for matching rugs with chairs are as wide open as your sense of adventure. A weathered bar stool with a farmhouse feel may suit a soft grey wool rug just as well as an urban chic white metal stool – the decision lies with your overall style goals.

We constantly add rugs in many engaging colors and patterns to our offerings. Most of our indoor/outdoor rugs have a varied, hand-tufted loop construction which gives them a soft yet durable texture. The bold orange of the Tangerine Stripe Indoor/Outdoor Rug pairs perfectly with the Chippendale look Bamboo Club Chair, shown in Mandarin. This classy rattan chair with leather bindings comes in over 40 paint colors. The eye-catching Ravenna Indoor/Outdoor Rug in a tile print is shown with two color choices for the Grenada Ladderback Side Chair, which is also available as a barstool. The Chekat Grey Micro Hooked Rug also has a bold pattern, but comes in wool with a low profile, making it perfect for high-traffic areas. Paired with this chevron pattern rug is the Bridgetown Stool, which comes in two heights and 11 color choices, including one stain and one weathered look finish. All of our featured rugs are also available as runners.

What element do you start with when decorating?

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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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