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Cottage Style Inspiration Boards

Cottage Style Inspiration Boards or cottage decorating idea boards present a coordinated plan of colors, fabrics, rugs and products targeted at a specific cottage room or cottage style interior design challenge. Many of these Inspiration Boards were developed for successful cottage decorating projects. Each cottage decorating idea board includes dimensions, specification, colors, fabrics and costs for each individual product. Sorting tags are included on each inspiration post to allow focusing on a specific color, room or cottage decorating style. Questions? Feel free to call our Inspiration Board designers for color samples.

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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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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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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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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Inspiration Board: Citrus Cooler

Inspiration Board: Citrus Cooler #greens #whites #cottagelivingroom thedistinctivecottage.com

Inspiration Board: Citrus Cooler
1. Harwich Upholstered Sofa86″W x 35″D x 34″H, starts at $2,365  |  2. Knob Hill Distressed White Floor Lamp, 67″H, $640  |  3. Lowcountry Coffee Table, 40″L x 24″W x 18″H, customizable, starts at $1,295  |  4. Checks Green Woven Cotton Rug, 6′ x 9′, $285 (also available in other colors)  |  5. Green Thumbprint Glass Table Lamp, 30″H, $375  |  6. St. Simons Leather Accent Chair30.5″W x 32″D x 30″H, starts at $2,195  |  7. Barn Wood Cricket Table, starts at $615

Casting a tropical temperament over your cottage living room is easy by introducing some citrus green. Citrus green calls to mind palm fronds, exotic parrots and even lime-infused drinks, serving as a perfect mood booster. When the warmer days start slipping away, the blow can be softened by recreating a summery environment inside. Pairing bright white painted furniture with this leafy green creates a crisp counterpoint and a cottage look. Adding light wood accents such as a lamp table or a coffee table with a stained top can also add a slight touch of warmth to the decor.

Our Inspiration Board shows some cottage pieces in the top half and a slightly more formal seating ensemble on the bottom half. Tying the two looks together is the classic houndstooth patterned Checks Green Woven Cotton Rug. Our featured sofa and armchairs both come from our popular Summer House Furniture Collection, with over 350 available fabric options. Adorably styled, the Harwich Upholstered Sofa is also available in a loveseat, and the sleek St. Simons Leather Chairs (with over 55 leather choices) also come in a swivel option. Our occasional tables can both be finished in several standard paints and stain combinations, and in addition, the Barn Wood Cricket Table is in reclaimed wood and the height is customizable.

What is your favorite summery shade?

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Inspiration Board: Pebble Beach

Inspiration Board: Pebble Beach #nauticaldecor #aquas #caramels thedistinctivecottage.com

Inspiration Board: Pebble Beach #nauticaldecor #aquas #caramels thedistinctivecottage.com

Full Sail II Canvas Giclee, from $245, various sizes | Sunset Canvas Giclee, from $245, various sizes | Wheelhouse Mirror, $130 | Jasper Woven Jute/Wool Rug, 5′ x 8′, $642 (other sizes available) | Large Orleans Arm Chair, 39″ H, $625 | Shorehaven Round Dining Table, 30″ H, from $2,105

Mixing the colors of the earth and sea can instantly lend a comforting richness to any room. For this coastal dining room, we picked honeyed wood furniture, nautical wall art in bright azure, gold and rust, and an area rug in ochre, rusty orange and bluish gray. Pairing clear blues with burnt earth tones creates a perfect backdrop for the seasonal segue from summer to autumn.

Bringing it all together is the Jasper Woven Jute/Wool Rug, in a melange of fall colors and yarns of various thicknesses. The distinctively European Large Orleans Arm Chair comes in 80 standard paint colors and 12 stains, with options for the customizing the wood, seat and finish. We think these look nice with the silhouette of the Shorehaven Round Dining Table, with its curved legs and arched crossbar. Shown in burnt caramel, this customizable table is available in 7 standard stains and 19 paint colors.

Apt accompaniments to this earthy trio are the Wheelhouse Mirror, a metal piece in an aged copper finish with beveled mirror, as well as the wall art. Both giclees come in 5 different sizes and are done in a knife-gel finish for an authentic, textured look.

What is your favorite season?

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Inspiration Board: Regatta Have It

Inspiration Board: Regatta Have It #blues #reds #nautical #stripedrug www.thedistinctivecottage.com

Inspiration Board: Regatta Have It #blues #reds #nautical #stripedrug http://thedistinctivecottage.com
1. Studio Round Wood Top Metal Pipe Pedestal Table, 30H, from $1,530  |  2. Studio Metal Adjustable Backless Stool, 19-31″H, $435 each |  3. Regatta Stripe Indoor/Outdoor Rug, 5‘ x 8’, (other size & color options), $280, Seaside Cottage Rugs  |  4. Pensacola Leather Sofa, shown in Bassano Cherry (several color options), customizable, 86″W, $5,085, Summer House Leather Collection  |  5. Race Point Leather Ottoman, 49″W, shown in custom combination (several color options), $1,215,  Summer House Leather Collection

The Regatta Stripe Indoor/Outdoor Rug captures the best of summer in its bold navy, cornflower, red and white stripes.  Bringing to mind the open seas, crisp white sails and nautical pennants whipping in the wind, it looks dashing both with a leather sofa and ottoman bench and in an edgy kitchen with steel and wood pieces. This lightweight and low-maintenance rug has engaging color, classic nautical style and serious decor versatility.

The dining pieces from our new Industrial Studio Collection are only a small representation of our new, totally urban chic line. The Studio Round Wood Top Metal Pipe Pedestal Table has twelve color choices for its customizable oak top, and the Studio Metal Adjustable Backless Stool is only one of many coordinating seating options. Also pictured here in a custom combination of Deer Run Bisque and Deer Run Navy leathers, the Race Point Leather Ottoman is available in a larger square version and can also be upholstered in any of the Shoreline Cottage Home Fabrics. The Pensacola Leather Sofa also comes in an upholstered version, and has companion pieces such as a loveseat, chairs and an ottoman. 

What are some of your favorite nautical accents?

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Color Board: Indigo-Go

Color Board: Indigo-Go #blues #teal #mod thedistinctivecottage.com

Color Board: Indigo-Go #blues #teal #mod http;//thedistinctivecottage.com
1. Lona Plantation Fabric (Level E), $75/yd, Shoreline Slipcovered Furniture  |  2.  Cove Indigo Fabric (Level D), $65/yd,  Shoreline Slipcovered Furniture  |  3. Algura Denim Fabric (Level C), $55/yd, Shoreline Slipcovered Furniture  |  4. Cove Pool Fabric (Level D), $65/yd,  Shoreline Slipcovered Furniture  |  5. Carousel Ocean Fabric (Level D), $65/yd,  Shoreline Slipcovered Furniture 

It’s hard to resist deep ocean-borne blue and green hues against crisp white, washing a wave of relaxation over your decor.  In addition to the mood-altering power of these colors, the swatches above all share the mod sensibility of the go-go era.  These retro patterns intrigue us, ranging from the rambling paisley of the Algura Denim Fabric to the Danish mod Lona Plantation Fabric  to the psychedelic Carousel Ocean Fabric.  And with a nod to the mid-century preoccupation with all things Asian, the Cove Indigo Fabric and Cove Pool Fabric offer a bamboo trellis effect.

These indigo and teal-based fabrics are all from our Shoreline Slipcovered Furniture collection, and are 100% cotton and machine-washable. Please browse our other Shoreline fabrics, all available priced by the yard, and of course available on any slipcovered or upholstered Shoreline piece. In any event, outfit your cottage or beach house with some of these fab fabrics.

Do you incorporate retro touches into your cottage decor?

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Inspiration Board: Denim and Daffodils

Inspiration Board: Denim and Daffodils #blues #yellows #denimblue #beachcottage thedistinctivecottage.com

Inspiration Board: Denim and Daffodils #blues #yellows #denimblue #beachcottage http://thedistinctivecottage.com
1. Five Skippers at Sea Canvas Giclee, 30″ x 45″ (other sizes available), $380  |  2. Lake Murray Bench, customizable length, 36″H, from $675, Lake House Furniture Collection  |  3. Gypsy Stripe Denim/Yellow Woven Cotton Rug6′ x 9′, (other size & color options), $363, Seaside Cottage Rugs  |  4. Kerr Coffee Table, shown in custom color (40 standard color options), customizable sizes, from $750, Lake House Furniture Collection   |  5. &  6. Avon Upholstered Accent Chair, 35″W x 35″D x 31″H, several fabric options, $1,285 each

Sky and sun, bluebells and buttercups, faded jeans and wheat fields. . . From azure to aqua and mustard to maize, blue and yellow is just one of the happiest combinations around.  These two colors, one cool and one warm, do their best to show one another off.  A master at pulling everything together above, the Gypsy Stripe Denim/Yellow Woven Cotton Rug meshes golden yellow with indigo and cornflower as well as a hint of chocolate and ivory.

For this casual cottage look, add a pair of the compactly curvaceous Avon Upholstered Accent Chairs with this woven multi-color rug. We also love the idea of mixing in a cheery yellow Lake Murray Bench, suitable for your porch, kitchen, living room or anywhere you need extra seating. We’ve also selected a neutral Kerr Coffee Table with similar curves as the bench, both from our popular Lake House Furniture Collection. Lastly, the Five Skippers at Sea Canvas Giclee picks up tones from the rug and casts a serenity over the ensemble.

What is your favorite duo of colors?

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Inspiration Board: Earth and Sea

Inspiration Board: Earth and Sea #wickerfurniture #aquablue #juterugs http://cottagehomefurniture.com/

Inspiration Board: Earth and Sea  #wickerfurniture #aquablue #juterugs http://cottagehomefurniture.com/
1. Mystic Seaport Canvas Giclee, 30″ x 30″ (other sizes available), $245,  |  2. Green Crackle Porcelain Table Lamp$310, 31″H  |  3. Cottage Wicker Rattan Writing Desk36″L x 20″W x 33.5″H, shown in Pecan (25 color options), $925  |  4. Cottage Wicker Rattan Club Chair, 25″W x 26″D x 32.5″H, shown in Pecan (25 color options), $535  |  5. Zagora Jute Hand Knotted Rug5′ x 8′ (other sizes available), $936  |  6. Myrtle Leather Ottoman, 20″W x 20″D x 14″H (larger size available), shown in Echo Turquoise (several color options), $835

Wicker furniture and natural fiber rugs are the key to a summery feel, whether placed in your office, den or porch. The honeyed tones of rattan and bleached sand of jute can instantly create an uplifting tropical environment within your home. And besides simply being pretty, added accessories in green and blue sea hues balance the basic earthy palette with an aquatic coolness.

Available in many sizes, the Zagora Jute Hand Knotted Rug has a tribal vibe in chocolate brown and contrasting lighter jute. We built this fun room around this natural rug, introducing rattan pieces such as the oversized Cottage Wicker Rattan Club Chair and the compact Cottage Wicker Rattan Writing Desk. This versatile wicker furniture can be used in many different rooms, and for several uses (we thought the desk looked equally well as a table for the Green Crackle Porcelain Table Lamp). Splashes of aqua found in the Mystic Seaport Canvas Giclee and the deep turquoise of the fetching Myrtle Leather Ottoman complete the earth and sea look.

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