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Rooms To Love: Farmhouse Dining Room
Country, Dining, Rooms To Love

Rooms To Love: Farmhouse Dining Room

A traditional style farmhouse dining room that is set above the rest with crisp, clean, white elements. The overstuffed white host chairs bring in a casual feel to the more formal dining room chairs and table. The rich mahogany finish creates a stark contrast to the crisp white elements of the plush chairs, wainscoting, and framed ceiling. The large French doors allow the light to pour in creating an indoor/outdoor dining setting. The botanical prints and greenery accents also help to bring the outdoors in.

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Cottage Home Design Guide 103
Coastal, Cottage Style, Country, Design, Living, Lodge & Lake House

Design Guide: Area Rug Sizing

Area rugs usually come in a range of standard sizes. The ratio of the length to the width for standard sizes is similar to the “Golden Ratio” of 1.6, which is a popular, visually-pleasing design parameter. Size availability will vary by manufacturer and specific rug design. Custom area rugs tend to cost twice as much as a similarly sized standard area rug.

Due to the variability of room size and shape, furniture arrangements, and limited standard area rug sizes, the best way to select a specific rug for a room is to use an interactive computer layout. As a general guideline, an area rug should be sized to either have all of the furniture off the rug, all of the furniture on the rug, or to anchor the front legs of all the furniture on the rug. For living rooms and family rooms, the best option tens to be having the front legs of the furniture on the rug to anchor the furniture to a cozy seating area.

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Inspiration Board: Orange & Aqua
Coastal, Cottage Style, Living

Inspiration Board: Orange & Aqua

Bright oranges and corals pair well with cool aquas and blues for a great beach house living room.  Add a few natural wood elements to round out the look! #beachhousefurniture #beachhousedecor #coastalstyle #cottagefurniture #aquas #decoratingwithorange http://thedistinctivecottage.com

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Design Tip: Kid's Rooms
Bedrooms, Cottage Style, Design

Design Tip: Kid’s Rooms

Designing a children’s room is both a joy and a challenge. The room must be practical and functional, yet be vibrant and aesthetically pleasing. It is too easy to get trapped into the practical aspect and forget to have fun with color, furniture, and accessories.

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Inspiration Board: Sun & Sea
Bedrooms, Coastal, Cottage Style

Inspiration Board: Sun & Sea

We often get inspiration from the coast – the sun, the sand, the sea – the colors can be bright &; bold or soft &; mellow, depending on the mood you are trying to create for your room. The rich yellows and cool blues on this board remind us of a perfect day at the beach! #coastalstyle #beachhousefurniture #beachhousedecor #cottagefurniture #aquas http://thedistinctivecottage.com

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Sunny Master Bedroom
Bedrooms, Cottage Style, Rooms To Love

Rooms To Love: Sunny Master Bedroom

The yellow and white in this beautiful cottage master bedroom ensure this room will always be bright and cheerful. The furniture in this room is arranged for the greatest maximum use of the space with a sleeping space, work space, lounging area, and, since we are betting there is a TV hidden in the pine armoire, an entertainment area! Not to mention the fabulous vaulted ceilings and fantastic view. . .

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Design Tip: Foyer Space
Country, Design, Entryways

Design Tip: Foyer Space

Color is one of the most important elements in designing a room or space. It sets the tone for a room and provides a background for the rest of the design. Generally, stronger and brighter colors should be used in the smallest amounts as a tool to accent a space. Use a bright color in a foyer to invite guests into the home and play up a smaller space. A bright blue is clean and crisp, giving the space a bright, airy feel. Balance the brightness by bringing in accents, such as an array of pictures, a rich runner, or a unique chair.

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