Living Lodge
Articles, Dining, Living, Lodge & Lake House, Porches

Living Lodge

Just the mere word ‘lodge’ conjures images of a crackling fire…the aroma of a stew cooking in the kitchen…a rustic retreat designed for comfort and warmth. Your lodge could be a cozy log cabin on the prairie or a grandiose spread on a mountaintop out West. In fact, lodge style can be interpreted to fit just about every locale – east, west, north, south and in the middle. A lodge may be a vacation retreat or a year-round abode. Most of all, it’s a home for all seasons.

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Blue, White & Natural
Coastal, Cottage Style, Living, Rooms To Love

Rooms To Love: Shades of Blue

Shades of blue, white, and natural tones bring out a beachy quality to this traditionally styled living room. This classic color combination is ideal in homes with a lot of light to accentuate the airy feeling of the tranquil scheme. The layers of various blue fabrics create an eclectic mix in this casual and comfortable room.

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Rooms To Love: Beachy Bungalow
Coastal, Living, Rooms To Love

Rooms To Love: Beach Bungalow

The white slipcovered loveseat with high flared arms sets the tone for this beach bungalow. The crisp white fabric plays beautifully with the floor-to-ceiling windows, which allows the sunlight to pour into the room. Pops of color are scattered to offset the light to ensure the room maintains balance. The blend of bold colored accents immediately takes you to a beach landscape with the aquas mimicking the ocean and the oranges evoking a brilliant summer sunset.

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Rooms To Love: Rustic Dining Charm
Dining, Lodge & Lake House, Rooms To Love

Rooms To Love: Rustic Dining Charm

Balance and symmetry are key elements in this lodge dining room, not only in the architecture, but the furnishings as well. Symmetrical vaulted beams set the tone for a dramatic dining room and give the opportunity for additional natural lighting. Sconces flank the large central window to frame the over-sized wrought iron chandelier perfectly, and all three lighting elements are made of heavy duty materials adding to the rustic charm.

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First Impression Entryway
Cottage Style, Country, Design, Entryways

Design Tip: Organize Your Entryway

Today’s front and back entryways seem to be a source of clutter, extra “stuff”, and disorganization for most homes! It is a natural drop off station, a place for reminders as you are coming and going, and where hats/mittens/coats/shoes stack up all year round. It is no wonder clutter and chaos can quickly occur in a busy household. Here are a few helpful hints to create a practical, organized, and aesthetically pleasing mudroom.

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Dining Chairs: Think Outside The Box
Articles, Coastal, Cottage Style, Country, Dining, Lodge & Lake House

Dining Chairs: Think Outside The Set

Your dining room is probably the most popular room in the house during the holidays when families and friends gather around the table for festive feasts. And, if you are planning on doing some dining room redecorating, now is the time to think out of the set. The traditional dining room table and chairs ‘matched set’ is giving way to a more creative ‘mix-and-match’ approach.

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Top Cottage Home Trends of 2012
Coastal, Color Boards

Color Board: Coral & Aqua

Stimulate, revive and rejuvenate. Modern coral is enlivening and warming, great for a bath or shower room. Fresh and invigorating, this vibrating palate of corals and turquoises is a contrasting mix of brights. Even if every other room is calm and natural, go to town in a bathroom with decorating ideas and colors you simply love.

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