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Lodge Decorating 

Lodge decorating ideas to help you create a cozy summer vacation or winter holiday feel in your lake side cabin year round. Our lake house and lodge decorating posts include Get the Look, Inspiration Boards, Rooms to Love, Color Boards and Design Tips to help stimulate your ideas. All of the posts include numerous sorting tags to help you focus on specific colors or rooms. For additional discussion and help please feel free to contact our designers.

Get the Look: Farmhouse Dining

Get the Look: Farmhouse Dining #farmhousedecor #farmhousestyle #farmhousediningroom #farmhousetables #cottagedecor thedistinctivecottage.com

Get the Look: Casual Farmhouse Dining Room #farmhousedecor #farmhousestyle #farmhousediningroom #farmhousetables #cottagedecor thedistinctivecottage.com
Inspiration Image: BHG

1. Coastal Life Orb Chandelier, 26″Round x 29″H, $2,240  |  2. Carolina Farm Table, customizable, As Shown: 72″L x 36″W x 30″H, Turned Farm Leg, Poplar Wood, All Painted, color Snow, $1,895  |  3. Slipcovered Parsons Chair #70, 20″W x 24″D x 42″H, customizable fabric and leg options, As Shown: Grade Level C Liverpool Bleach Fabric, $485  |  4. Susan Upholstered Settee, 55″W x 33″D x 48″H, fabric customizable, As Shown: Grade Level 5 Cozy Dove Fabric, Pepper Finish Legs, $1,620  |  5. Cottage Wicker Chair, please call for pricing  |  6. Summer House Throw Pillows, 18″ Square in Martin Spruce fabric, and 16″Square in Boho Swirl Jade fabric, please call for pricing  |  7. Trimaran Stripe Platinum and Ivory Indoor/Outdoor Rug, 100% Polypropylene, customizable size, As Shown: 8.5 x 11, $550 

We love this welcoming farmhouse style dining room for its laid back atmosphere, and fresh clean look.  A key element to a cozy dining room is to provide your family and guests with comfortable seating.  Here they chose three different styles of seating for an eclectic and gathered look, but all have one thing in common, they all have cushioned seats. Using parsons or wicker chairs instead of wooden chairs can make for a more pleasant dining experience.  They tend to have a wider seat, higher back, and cushioned seat allowing more room to really get comfortable!  You may feel skeptical of using white fabric on the chairs, but having the pieces slipcovered makes cleaning a breeze.

What is your favorite style dining room chair?

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Inspiration Board: Rustic Twig Porch

Inspiration Board: Rustic Twig Porch #rusticfurniture #countrydecor #countrystyle #countryfurniture #lodgestyle #lodgedecor #lodgefurniture thedistinctivecottage.com

Inspiration Board: Rustic Lodge Style Porch #rusticfurniture #countrydecor #countrystyle #countryfurniture #lodgestyle #lodgedecor #lodgefurniture thedistinctivecottage.com

1. Twig Dining Chair, 17″W x 16″D x 37″H, Shown As: Bishop Blue, $435  |  2. Large Forest Chandelier, 26″Round x 25″H, $1,190  |  3. Table for Two, 24″Round or 32″Round, Shown As: 24″Round, Walnut Stained Base with Moss Painted Top, $640  |  4. Forest Floor Hooked Pillow, 18″Square, $90  |  5. North Woods Cone Hooked Pillow, 18″ Square, $90  |  6. Swedish Rag Indoor/Outdoor Rug, 100% Polypropylene, 4 x 6, $148

This week’s inspiration board features one of our favorite types of furniture, the Rustic Twig Collection.  We love this lodge and lake house style collection for it’s au naturel beauty and the unique way it brings the outdoors in.  Furniture pieces are handmade from steam-bent hickory & oak, and each piece is a true part of American folk art.  This look would be perfect for a little cabin in the woods.  We highlighted an earthy palette of brown, blue, moss and black, with hints of red and orange for a real woodsy feel.  The twig chairs and table for two would be a perfect place to sit with your morning coffee and watch the beautiful summer sunrise!

What is your favorite earthy color from this palette?

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Rooms to Love: Buttermilk and Wheat

Rooms to Love: Buttermilk and Wheat #naturaldecor #cottagestyle #cottagedecor #earthtones #farmhousestyledecor #farmhousedecor #farmhousestyle thedistinctivecottage.com

Rooms to Love: Buttermilk and Wheat #naturaldecor #cottagestyle #cottagedecor #earthtones #farmhousestyledecor #farmhousedecor #farmhousestyle thedistinctivecottage.com
Image: Iron and Twine

This eclectic dining room is brimming with so many adorable, charming and oh-so-inspiring things.  The soft color scheme boasts warm hues of buttermilk and wheat for such a lovely and homey feel.  Small accents of copper, fern green, and dusty blue create splashes of contrast.  Using a bureau in the dining room is a great idea for storing things like extra linens, out of season decorative accents, and even dinnerware! 

How would you categorize this adorable dining room’s design style?

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Rooms to Love: Crazy About Cobalt

Rooms to Love: Crazy About Cobalt #cottagedining #cottagestyledecor #cottagestylefurniture #farmhousetables #cobaltdecor #coastalstyledecor #coastalcottage thedistinctivecottage.com

Rooms to Love: Crazy About Cobalt #cottagedining #cottagestyledecor #cottagestylefurniture #farmhousetables #cobaltdecor #coastalstyledecor #coastalcottage thedistinctivecottage.com
Image: Style At Home

We are crazy for this strong cobalt, wood and white color scheme!  This dining room has elements of both coastal and farmhouse style decor mixed together in a spectacular way.  The over-sized windows and lofted ceilings make a grand impression, and also allow the space to fill with light that just pours in from all sides.  The simple black framing along the window casings, exposed wood beams, and trestle table give the space farmhouse charm and character.  Elements like the beadboard walls and ceilings, cobalt blue dining chairs, and metallic chandelier feel more like traditional coastal style choices.  The blend of the two styles is seamless and gives the space a distinct personality.

Do you prefer a different style of chair for the two head chairs or do you like the look of a uniform set of dining chairs?

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Color Board: Lakeside Cabin Decor

Color Board: Lakeside Cabin Decor #colorboard #lakehouse #lakehousestyle #lakehousedecor #cottagedecor #cottagestyle thedistinctivecottage.com

Color Board: Lakeside Cabin Decor #colorboard #lakehouse #lakehousestyle #lakehousedecor #cottagedecor #cottagestyle thedistinctivecottage.com
1. Crossed Paddles Hooked Rug, 2 x 4, 100% Hand Hooked Wool, $125  |  2. Blue Lone Star hooked Pillow, 18 x 18, $90  |  3. Pursuit Blueridge Shoreline Collection Fabric, Dyed Acrylic, Grade D, $65 per yard  |  4. Bungalow Royalty Blue Shoreline Collection Fabric, Dyed Acrylic, Grade F, $85 per yard  |  5. Cottage Collection Paints, Color: Nautical  |  6. Cottage Collection Paints, Color: Flame  |  7. Rowboat Hooked Rug, 2 x 3 or 30″ x 8′ Runner, 100% Hand Hooked Wool, $125 – $290

Vivid red and deep blue are a striking combination that come together so well in this week’s lake house style color board.  The canoe and paddle motif hooked wool rugs are adorable designs that bring a bit of whimsy and personality to any space in the home.  Whether you need a pop of color by the front door, a bare hallway or by the bed, these rugs are comfortable and durable.  To really ensure your lake house furniture stands up against all of the wear and tear of summer fun, we suggest two striped fabrics that are made of 100% dyed acrylic.  These fabrics are mildew and stain resistant, and can be used for slipcovered sofas, loveseats, chairs, and even throw pillows for maximum durability.

What has been your experience with indoor/outdoor fabrics?

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Rooms to Love Special Edition: Bathrooms!

Rooms to Love Special Edition: Bathrooms!! #coastalstylebathroom #cottagestylebathroom #farmhousestylebathroom #bathroomdecor #bathroomdesign #countrystylebathroom thedistinctivecottage.com

Let’s daydream for just a minute and glance into the best of the best in bathroom design.  From modern to traditional, small to spacious, rustic to pristine, each bathroom has it’s own distinct style that will make you wish it was YOUR own personal spa.

Metallic Accents

Rooms to Love Special Edition: Bathrooms!! #coastalstylebathroom #cottagestylebathroom #farmhousestylebathroom #bathroomdecor #bathroomdesign  #countrystylebathroom
Image: Elements of Style

Harmonious Hues 

Rooms to Love Special Edition: Bathrooms!! #coastalstylebathroom #cottagestylebathroom #farmhousestylebathroom #bathroomdecor #bathroomdesign  #countrystylebathroom
Image: Carla Aston Designs

Rustic Stone and Timbers

Rooms to Love Special Edition: Bathrooms!! #coastalstylebathroom #cottagestylebathroom #farmhousestylebathroom #bathroomdecor #bathroomdesign  #countrystylebathroom
Image: Hooked on Houses

Charming Cottage Retreat

Rooms to Love Special Edition: Bathrooms!! #coastalstylebathroom #cottagestylebathroom #farmhousestylebathroom #bathroomdecor #bathroomdesign  #countrystylebathroom
Image: BHG

Modern Farmhouse

Rooms to Love Special Edition: Bathrooms!! #coastalstylebathroom #cottagestylebathroom #farmhousestylebathroom #bathroomdecor #bathroomdesign  #countrystylebathroom
Image: Carla Aston Designs

Simple Luxury

 Rooms to Love Special Edition: Bathrooms!! #coastalstylebathroom #cottagestylebathroom #farmhousestylebathroom #bathroomdecor #bathroomdesign  #countrystylebathroom
Image: Lonny

Oceanside Ambiance

Rooms to Love Special Edition: Bathrooms!! #coastalstylebathroom #cottagestylebathroom #farmhousestylebathroom #bathroomdecor #bathroomdesign  #countrystylebathroom
Image: Decor Pad

 What is your favorite spa retreat?

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Design Tip: 5 Ways to Keep It Cozy

Design Tip: Keeping It Cozy

When the snow is falling, the wind is whipping, and the snow plows are out, there is only one place to stay warm – inside!  Making your home cozy is essential in the long, cold winter months here in Maine. Here are our top 5 cottage style decorating essentials to keeping it warm:

 1. Bedding

  • Pillows, comforters, electric blankets!  Pile it on so that when you slip into bed, it is instant heaven.  Check out Parachute, a company that sells amazing bed sets and gives back for every dollar you spend.
  • For more tips on how to keep your bedroom warm, check out our previous post “Layering your Linens.”

Cozy Home Ideas | Design Tip: Keeping it Cozy #bedding #keepingitcozy #cottagedecor #winterblues http://thedistinctivecottage.com/
Image: Parachute

2. Lined Curtain Panels

  • Windows, especially in old New England homes, can be drafty. Use long, lined curtain panels to dress up the windows and help to keep the cold out!

Cozy Home Ideas | Design Tip: Keeping it Cozy #bedding #keepingitcozy #cottagedecor #winterblues http://thedistinctivecottage.com/
Image: Southern Living

3. Area Rugs

  • Laying area rugs in hallways, bedrooms, and the living room can help to keep the toes toasty.  In warmer months, bare wood or tile floors can be soothing, but not in the dead of winter!

Cozy Home Ideas | Design Tip: Keeping it Cozy #bedding #keepingitcozy #cottagedecor #winterblues http://thedistinctivecottage.com/Image: Modern Country Style

4. Ambient Lighting

  • Light bulbs come in a variety of colors that range from white/blue to white/yellow, and each range sets it’s own mood. In winter months, when we are craving the warmth of the sun, switch out your bulbs to a yellow tint for a warmer effect.  Energy Star recommends looking for lights that range from 2700K – 3000K for the desired effect.

Cottage Style Decorating | Design Tip: Keeping it Cozy #bedding #keepingitcozy #cottagedecor #winterblues http://thedistinctivecottage.com/
Cool White versus Warm White Light Bulbs

5. Cable Knit Blankets

  • You can’t have enough blankets, and we absolutely love the look and feel of big cable knit blankets.  Throw them on the sofa to provide color, texture, and warmth to your home.

Cozy Home Ideas | Design Tip: Keeping it Cozy #bedding #keepingitcozy #cottagedecor #winterblues http://thedistinctivecottage.com/Image: Etsy

How do you stay cozy when it’s frigid outside?

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Inspiration Board: Lake Cabin Living

Inspiration Board: Lake Cabin Living #lakehouse #cabindecor #lakehouselivingroom #cabinliving #rusticdecor #lakecabinfurniture http://thedistinctivecottage.com

Inspiration Board: Lake Cabin Living #lakehouse #cabindecor #lakehouselivingroom #cabinliving #rusticdecor #lakecabinfurniture http://thedistinctivecottage.com
1. Schell Wall Clock 23.5″D $160  |  2. Clearwater Leather Sofa 83″W x 39″D x 40″H $4,715 & Lake House Lumbar Hooked Pillow 8″ x 24″ $50 |  3. Montana Stripe Woven Cotton Rug 8′ x 10′ $390  |  4. Rope Chicory Floor Lamp 63″H $595  |  5. Blue Mountain Coffee Table 44″L x 19″W x 18″H, old red $665  |  6. Blue Mountain Table 17″Sq x 29″H, apple top with blackberry base $530  |  7. Chesapeake Upholstered Accent Chair 32.5″W x 34.5″D x 45″H $1,495

This lake cabin living room is a little bit cottage, a little bit cabin, and a whole lot of comfortable!  The soft brown leather sofa is accentuated by the rustic earth tone striped rug and hickory bent twig coffee table and end table, while the tan stripe accent chairs add a bit of brightness to the area. A wood twist floor lamp and weathered wood clock complete the look.

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Rooms To Love: Lake House Bedroom

Rooms To Love: Lake House Bedroom #lakebedroom #cottagestyle #cottagefurniture #lakehousedecor http://thedistinctivecottage.com

Rooms To Love: Lake House Bedroom #lakebedroom #cottagestyle #cottagefurniture #lakehousedecor http://thedistinctivecottage.com
Photo: Coolshire

Talk about a room with a view!  This beautiful lake house bedroom opens onto a stunning sun porch nestled among the trees, with the blue waters of the lake in the background.  Coupled with the stone fireplace, this bedroom is a wonderful retreat all year long – cozy in the winter, bright and sunny in the summer.  The furnishings are a mixed blend of patterns and colors with a dose of country cottage charm.

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Inspiration Board: Nautical Style

Inspiration Board: Nautical Living Room #coastallivingroom #nauticalstyle #beachhousefurniture #cottagefurniture http://thedistinctivecottage.com

Inspiration Board: Nautical Style #coastallivingroom #nauticalstyle #beachhousefurniture #cottagefurniture http://thedistinctivecottage.com
1. Blueprint I Canvas Giclee & Blueprint II Canvas Giclee 30″ x 30″ $200/ea.  |  2. Camden Loveseat Corner Sectional 91″W x 91″W x 37″D x 38″H $3,320  |  3. Shoreline Slipcovered Round Ottoman shown upholstered $650  |  4. Lakehouse Navy/White Indoor/Outdoor Rug 8.5′ x 11′ $550  |  5. Santa Ana Spool Upholstered Accent Chair 29″W x 35″D x 38″H $1,510  |  6. Windham Entertainment Center customizations: 70.75″W x 21″D x 82.75″H, catalina wood knobs, all stained, american colonial, standard distressing $3,350  |  7. Santa Ana Upholstered Ottoman 24″W x 20″D x 20″H $845

This living room space is a great example of embracing the nautical style, but in a tasteful and restrained way!  The color palette is simple, straight forward and makes a stunning statement.  The bold navy sofa is trimmed in a stark white fabric for high contrast, and gives the sectional a very tailored look.  Pairing the sofa with an ottoman outfitted in a classic anchor motif provides a fun and exciting accent.  Having the large navy and white wide striped rug offers another simple, yet visually stunning, element in this classic nautical decor.

Would you add any other pops of color, or keep it the calm and collected color way it is?

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