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Country Decorating

Use our country decorating ideas to generate the warm and cozy feeling of a beautiful country farm. All of our country style decorating posts are sorted by Color Boards, Rooms to Love, Inspiration Boards, Get the Look and Design Tips to help you with ideas for your specific design project. If you have a target color in mind or are decorating a specific country room all of these country decorating articles can be sorted by the tags listed below each article.  We are interested in your feedback.  Please let us know which posts you like the most and subjects you would like us to cover in the future.

Inspiration Board: Rustic Chic Dining

Inspiration Board: Rustic Chic Dining #cottagedecor #rusticfurniture #inkbluedecor #cottagestyle thedistinctivecottage.com

Inspiration Board: Rustic Chic Dining #cottagedecor #rusticfurniture #inkbluedecor #cottagestyle thedistinctivecottage.com
1. Shoreline Cottage Style Fabrics: Riya Red Fabric, $85 per yard  |  2. Summer House Cottage Style Fabrics: Epic Navy, Grade 8, Suggested for the Parsons Side Chair  |  3. Large Ava Chandelier, 35″ Rnd x 55″ H, $1,940  |  4. Benjamin Moore Paint Color Shy Cherry #2007-20  |  5. Elizabeth Upholstered Parson’s Chair22″W x 26″D x 40.5″H, Seat: 17.5″D x 20″H, As Shown: Standard Cushion, Fruitwood Leg Finish, Fabric Grade 8, Upholstered in Epic Navy Fabric, $725  |  6. Twilight Rug, 100% Wool, Available in several sizes, As Shown: 8 x 10, $2,445  |  7. Old Pine Malt Leg Table, Customizable, As Shown: 72″L x 38″W x 30″H, Rectangular, 1″ Thick Reclaimed Wood Top, No Breadboard, Medium Brown Wax Finish, $1,550

Trying to pull together a rustic chic look for your dining room?  Look no further than today’s Inspiration Board!  We pulled together our favorite rustic reclaimed wood furniture pieces, like the old wood table and tear drop chandelier, to set the tone for an all natural style.  To introduce color into the space, we chose a warm cherry red for the wall color and suggest using the amazing tapestry style fabric called Riya Red for curtains.  This fabric is a soft linen blend and would be a perfect complement to the ink blue modern rug!  To tie the space together, and ensure top comfort while dining, we suggest the Elizabeth Parson’s chair upholstered in the dark ink blue fabric called Epic Navy.  

The pieces we chose are not only stylish, but family friendly and practical too.  The table has a waxed finish for easy care, and the Epic Navy fabric we suggest for the chairs is stain resistant.  Bring on the big family dinners in this low maintenance dining room!

Do you like mixing rustic and modern pieces in your home?

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Rooms to Love: Farmhouse Living Room

Farmhouse Living Room #fireplace #whitelivingroom http://thedistinctivecottage.com/

Rooms To Love: Farmhouse Living Room #whitelivingroom #farmhouse #rustic #decoratingwithwhite http://thedistinctivecottage.com
Image: Southern Living

We love this farmhouse living room with its cozy fireplace seating area, use of natural elements and unassuming charm.  With couch and armchairs placed to appreciate the fireplace rather than in a more traditional configuration, an intimate grouping takes root.  Although turned out mainly in crisp whites, this room is grounded by the warm, honeyed tones of the wood flooring and woven fiber rug.  A console table behind the couch unifies the room’s warm tones and whites in its semi-distressed state.  Rustic pine cones and a horseshoe crab shell work alongside the bright blossoms and leafy green plants to add pinpoints of interest.  All these treasured objects, including the juxtaposition of art upon the mantel, are placed in a non-structured yet welcoming way.

Do you enjoy fireside chats?

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Rooms to Love: Lodge Style Dining Room

Rooms to Love: Lodge Style Dining Room #lodgedecor #lakehousedecor #lodgedecor #lodgestyle #lakehousestyle thedistinctivecottage.com

Rooms to Love: Lodge Style Dining Room #lodgedecor #lakehousedecor #lodgedecor #lodgestyle #lakehousestyle thedistinctivecottage.com
Image: Houzz

We love this lodge style dining room and all of the rustic elements that make it so unique.  Who uses birch tree wallpaper?  A designer who really knows how to make a statement!  Huge exposed natural timbers lining the walls and gambrel roof, and a massive twig chandelier hanging in the center of the room, create large scale focal points.  The ambiance must be truly amazing in the evening with the lights low.  It probably feels like you are dining in the middle of the great outdoors!

How much would you love dining in this one of a kind space?

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Color Board: Cottage Colors

Color Board: Cottage Colors #cottagecolors #cottagedecor #farmhousecolors #farmhousedecor thedistinctivecottage.com

Color Board: Cottage Colors #cottagecolors #cottagedecor #farmhousecolors #farmhousedecor thedistinctivecottage.com
1. Hayden Hand Tufted Rug, 5 x 8, $995, other sizes available  |  2. Shoreline Cottage Style Fabrics: Denman Clay, $55 per yard  |  3. Shoreline Cottage Style Fabrics: Basket Straw, $65 per yard  |  4. Lake Spectrum Hooked Rug, 6 x 9, $930, other sizes available  |  5. Shoreline Cottage Style Fabrics: Tricotte Scuba, $65 per yard

As the hot summer months cool down for a crisp September here in Maine, we start to crave the warmer tones of fall foliage.  In today’s cottage style color board, we chose warmer autumn colors, like pumpkin and marigold, but since we aren’t quite ready to let summer go, we used a couple of amazing ocean blues too.

You can find all of these spectacular colors in the Hayden Hand Tufted rug, which is made of 100% wool, and perfect for large gathering areas, like the living room or family room.  The design of the rug is a mix of traditional and transitional, and will fit many different cottage style homes.  We chose fabrics to complement the focal point rug, and they can be used in any combination for a sofa, loveseat, accent chair(s) and throw pillows.  Do you love the colors, but want to choose a more subtle rug?  Check out the Lake Spectrum Hooked Rug that brings a burst of color to the space in a simple print.

Which rug would you prefer for your family room?

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Rooms to Love: Understated Cottage Style

Room to Love: Understated Cottage Style #whitecottagedecor #cottagepalette #cottagegreatroom thedistinctivecottage.com

Room to Love: Understated Cottage Style #whitecottagedecor #cottagepalette #cottagegreatroom thedistinctivecottage.com
Image: A Thoughtful Place Blog

Relaxed, refined and simple are just some of the ways to describe this understated cottage style great room. The space flows easily from casual dining area to the relaxed living room, all while maintaining an inviting and open ambiance. The use of similar textures, colors, and furniture styles, makes this a seamless and cohesively designed space. Among the simple and understated color palette of creams and grays are a few special pieces that jump out including the large, antler chandelier and the botanical prints that adorn the wide board walls.

Do you gravitate towards a neutral palette or a colorful kaleidoscope in your home?

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Rooms to Love: Vintage Cottage Kitchen

Rooms to Love: Vintage Inspired Cottage Kitchen #cottagekitchen #mintgreen #cottagedecor #farmhousekitchen thedistinctivecottage.com

Rooms to Love: Vintage Cottage Kitchen #cottagekitchen #mintgreen #cottagedecor #farmhousekitchen thedistinctivecottage.comImage: Indulgy

We LOVE this adorable vintage cottage kitchen! The layering of white, white and more white, combined with architectural details, like the tall ceilings and over-sized windows, makes this an unbelievably bright and sunshiny space. Using hints of green accents and vintage garden chairs adds an outdoorsy feeling to this quaint eat-in kitchen. 

What is your favorite design detail in this space?

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Rooms to Love: Lake House Cottage

Rooms to Love: Lake House Living Room #lakehousedecor #lakehousestyle #cottagedecor #cottagelivingroom thedistinctivecottage.com

Rooms to Love: Lake House Cottage #lakehousedecor #lakehousestyle #cottagedecor #cottagelivingroom thedistinctivecottage.com
Image: Country Living

We love this lake house cottage for it’s cozy, family-friendly ambiance! The L-shaped sectional is big enough for the whole family to enjoy movies, game night, or to warm up by the fire on a chilly night. It’s also made of indoor/outdoor materials, so it’s tough enough to stand up against wet bathing suits and spills, which is inevitable in this NH lake side cottage.

The built-in cubbies are essential for this small, 500 square foot cottage, and is a great way to tuck away items like blankets and baskets, but still keep them easily accessible for daily use. The homeowners did such a fantastic job creating decorative vignettes that gives this cottage a very unique style. Click here to see the before and after pictures of this trans-formative renovation.

Do you prefer open shelving, like the cubbies, for storage, or more closet space to hide things away?

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Get the Look: Lake House Porch

Get the Look: Lake House Porch #lakehouse #lakehousedecor #lakehousefurniture #countryporch #countrydecor thedistinctivecottage.com

Get the Look: Lake House Porch #lakehouse #lakehousedecor #lakehousefurniture #countryporch #countrydecor thedistinctivecottage.com
Inspiration Image: The Cottage Market

 |  1. Reflection Sconce17″H x 19″D x 14″W, $650  |  2. Cottage Wicker Oval Drink Table20″W x 14″D x 23″H, As Shown: Pecan, $225  |  3. Bentwood Rocker23″W x 41″H. Seat: 17″H, 19″D, As Shown: Walnut Stain, $505  |  4. Blue Mountain Coffee Table18″H x 19″W x 44″L, As Shown: Custom Color, $665

This lake house porch is a beautiful blend of rustic, country and farmhouse decor, all bundled up to create a cozy home away from home. The vibrant emerald green makes this porch pop, and is the perfect shade of green to balance the natural look of the rustic twig furniture. Click on any description to learn more about these furniture pieces that make this porch such a charming little retreat.

Would you add any other accessories to this space?

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Inspiration Board: Farmhouse Kitchen

Inspiration Board: Farmhouse Kitchen #countrydecor #cottagedecor #countrykitchen #cottagekitchen #farmhousedecor #farmhouse style thedistinctivecottage.com

Inspiration Board: Farmhouse Kitchen #countrydecor #cottagedecor #countrykitchen #cottagekitchen #farmhousedecor #farmhouse style thedistinctivecottage.com

1. Brushed Nickel Pendant, 12-108″H (Adjustable) x 12″W, $580 each  |  2. Cottage Style Wall Decor, Redding Clock, Please call for details  |  3. Orleans Side Chair, 21″W x 19″D x 38″H. Seat: 16″D, As Shown: Maple Wood, Rush Seat, Painted Blackberry, Light Rub/Distressed Finish  |  4. Sebago Lake Hutch, 47″W x 22.25″D x 85″H, As Shown: Standard Dimensions, Flat Panel Back, Screen Mesh Doors, Standard Metal Hinges, Metal Pulls, Wood Knobs, Painted Four Leaf, Medium Rub/Glaze/Distressed Finish  |  5. Moosehead Lake Trestle Table, Customizable, As Shown: 60″L x 36″W x 30″H, Standard 1″ Top, Painted Linen, Light Rub/Glaze/Distressed Finish  |  6. Black Iola Vinyl Floor Cloth, Available in Several Sizes, As Shown: 70″ x 110″, $655

Have you seen our vinyl floor cloths yet? They come in so many colors & patterns and are the perfect accessory for your cottage style decor. For today’s Inspiration Board, we chose the classic white and ivory checker pattern to set the tone for this farmhouse kitchen. The trestle table is the perfect design for a banquette seating area, because the slender base makes it easy to get in and around the feet. For additional seating we recommend the Orleans chair with rush seats, and painted black for contrast against the ivory table. To add storage space, and a splash of color in the black and white motif, we chose the Seabago Lake Hutch, painted in a rustic finish for that farmhouse style charm.

What is your favorite farmhouse piece in today’s Inspiration Board?

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Get the Look: Farmhouse Charm

Get the Look: Farmhouse Dining Room #farmhousedining #farmhousedecor #farmhousestyle thedistinctivecottage.com

Get the Look: Farmhouse Charm #farmhousedining #farmhousedecor #farmhousestyle thedistinctivecottage.comInspiration Image: Beneath My Heart

1. Hart Cove Buffet and Hutch, 82″W x 18″D x 85″H, As Shown: Painted, Beachwood, $4,555  |  2. Natural Jute Woven Rug, As Shown: 5 x 8, $379  |  3.  Cottage Style Fabrics: Sonnet Moonstone, Grade G, $95 per yard  |  4. Square Leg Farm Table, Customizable, As Shown: Large Square Leg, 60″L x 38″W x 30-32″H, Thick Pine Planked Top, 2″Breadboard, All Stained Espresso, $1,235  |  5. Shoreline Slipcovered Parson’s Chairs #5026″W x 27″D x 40″H, As Shown: Grade A, Starts at $465

Shades of white and tall ceilings give this farmhouse style dining room a light and airy ambiance. The space holds an eclectic blend of old farmhouse charm, like the open cupboard and rustic table, and elegant features, like the delicate paisley slipcovers and blown glass chandelier. Everything comes together beautifully, and you could have this look with just a few unique pieces.

What special pieces would you display in the open cupboard?

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