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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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Get the Look: Trestle Trove

Get The Look: Trestle Trove #cottageporch #aquas #greens thedistinctivecottage.com

Get The Look: Trestle Trove #cottageporch #aquas #greens http://thedistinctivecottage.com
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1. Country Farm Craftsman Trestle Table, customizable, from $1,225 | 2. Metal Bistro Chair Silver, 17.5″W x 18″D x 33″H, $110 | 3. Metal Bistro Chair Navy, 17.5″W x 18″D x 33″H, $110 | 4. Country Farm Collection Colors, Aquamarine and Pear

Essential at all times of the year, farmhouse tables can even accommodate warm weather gatherings depending upon the wood used to craft them. We love the non-traditional look of this farmhouse trestle table surrounded by industrial chic seating. The architectural interest of the trestle base and the unexpectedly bright color of the table paired with the metallic chairs is going to start all kinds of conversation.

Our Country Farm Craftsman Trestle Table can be made of cypress for outdoor use, or other woods for indoor dining only.  It is available in 6 standard stains and 40 standard paints, including Aquamarine and Pear (shown), as well as custom paint colors. A combination of paint and stain can also be chosen. The length, width, height are all customizable, as well as the top thickness, top shape, planking, breadboards and optional extensions. Our Metal Bistro Chairs, also available as stools, come in several other colors to mix and match and serve as a sassy sidekick to your farmhouse table.

Where do you host your favorite large gatherings?

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Rooms to Love: Vive La Veranda

Rooms to Love: Vive La Veranda #porches #whites #aquas #wicker thedistinctivecottage.com

Rooms to Love: Vive La Veranda #porches #whites #aquas #wicker http://thedistinctivecottage.com
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Few things refresh the psyche more than a refuge, such as this cottage style veranda, which offers access to nature with a feeling of sheltered comfort. This ground-level porch affords an element of natural privacy through the surrounding screen of foliage, and a partial wall serves to separate a dining table and chairs from a sitting area without losing any feeling of openness. The white bamboo chairs, white painted console table with tapered legs and white painted open woodwork railings cultivate a clean, airy feeling. Aqua and butter yellow accents on pillows and other accessories, as well as touches like palmetto fronds, add a cheery dose of softly contrasting color.

Bamboo furniture is perfect for covered porches, and is becoming more of a staple for indoor use as well. We offer various wicker furniture collections, of which some items are rattan and bamboo, including our Cottage Wicker and Porch Wicker. Click here for more customizable bamboo pieces.

Do you have a retreat in your cottage home?

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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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Rooms to Love: White Cottage Christmas

Rooms to Love: White Cottage Christmas #whitechristmas #cottagechristmas http://thedistinctivecottage.com/

Rooms to Love: White Cottage Christmas #whitechristmas #cottagechristmas http://thedistinctivecottage.com/
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Do you feel like keeping all the familiar traditions of the holiday but making a change to keep this special time fresh and exciting?  Well, red and green called and they can’t make it this year.  Explore white, a great choice for holiday decorating, especially if you find yourself somewhere without a snowy forecast.

White, if done right, will warm the heart rather than bring on a chill. The living room above with its rustic light wood walls comes quietly alive amidst the mix of soft neutrals. Using subtle variations of tint as well as a profusion of different textures is the key to making things cozy. Ornaments in ivory, linen and snow white mixed together will create subtle depth and interest. Mix white textiles with abandon: pair beaded and brocade stockings, silky tree skirts, cable knit throws and lacy pillows — you can go for a bit of gold fringe if you want to indulge. Even white paper China balls that have little affiliation with the holidays fall in line with the color scheme and add to the festive mix.

Do you prefer a White Christmas?

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Inspiration Board: Making Spirits Bright

Inspiration Board: Making Spritis Bright #cottagediningroom #metal dining chairs #reds #pinks #oranges thedistinctivecottage.com

Inspiration Board: Making Spirits Bright #cottagediningroom #metaldiningchairs #reds #pinks #oranges http://thedistinctivecottage.com
1. Metal Bistro Chair in Red, 33″H, $110 | 2. Metal Bistro Chair in Copper, 33″H, $135 | 3. Metal Bistro Chair in Navy, 33″H, $110 | 4. Paint Chip Micro Hooked Wool Rugvarious sizes, from $104 | 5. Metal Bistro Chair in Pink, 33″H, $110 | 6. Eastport Side Table, 23″ H, $725 | 7. Metal Bistro Chair in Orange, 33″H, $110

Around the holidays it’s easy to be overwhelmed by traditional red, green and white: wherever you look there is a red velvet throw pillow, a shiny green tree skirt or a candy cane striped tablecloth. For mental health as well as variety, it can be good to inject the mid-winter scene with alternative colors. We love our Metal Bistro chairs for this purpose – they are lightweight, versatile and can be brought out at a moment’s notice. Paired with twinkling white lights and gold tulle ribbons, these multicolor mavens can make an appearance for one party, or they can be more of a permanent fixture in your cottage decor if you are craving bright color year-round.

The Paint Chip Micro Hooked Wool Rug is a natural choice for tying several colors together. From coppery brown and tangerine to scarlet and carnation pink, this rug takes on almost every color all in an edgy, modern pattern. This rug looks equally at home against a white wooden cottage floor or in a rustic wood and fieldstone lodge living room. All of our pictured Metal Bistro chairs tie in with this rug, but we do offer additional colors, as well as wood seat versions and stools. In powder-coated galvanized steel, the chairs are suitable for indoor as well as outdoor use and are stackable to boot. The Eastport Side Table serves as a companion piece to our chairs, drawing upon both a traditional and industrial look. The simply styles table is available with a stained top as well as in over 25 paint colors.

What alternative colors do you miss most during the holidays?

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