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Cottage Porch Decorating 

Cottage porch decorating ideas for your outdoor living.  Creating a comfortable cottage style screened porch, sunroom or deck has all the design challenges of any room but with frequently an additional constraint on space.  Cottage decorating ideas for porches includes Rooms to Love, Inspiration Boards, Color Boards, Get the Look and Design Tips focused on posts to help you create a great cottage style outside living area.  Cottage decorating posts include tags to allow sorting by color or decorating style.  Please feel free to contact our designers if you would like to discuss your decorating ideas and challenges.

Get the Look: Porch Envy

Get the Look: Porch Envy #cottagedecor #porchdecor #cottagestledecor #outdoordecor #colorfulporch #colorfuldecor thedistinctivecottage.com

Colorful Cottage Porch | Get the Look: Porch Envy #cottagedecor #porchdecor #cottagestledecor #outdoordecor #colorfulporch #colorfuldecor thedistinctivecottage.com
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1. Cottage Collection Wicker, Color: Slate Grey  |  2. Shoreline Cottage Style Fabrics: Pelham Robin’s Egg, Grade E, $55 per yard  |  3. Shoreline Cottage Style Fabrics: Bungalow Coral, Grade F, $85 per yard  |  4. Outer Banks Wicker Sofa82″W x 29″D x 40″H, customizable color and cushion fabric, Shown As: Black Frame with standard muslin covered cushions, $1,815  |  5. Deer Isle End Table, 25″Round x 32″H, Shown As: painted custom color, $750  |  6. Outer Banks Wicker Heirloom Rocker, 33″W x 31″D x 39″H, customizable color and cushion fabric, Shown As: Black Frame with standard muslin covered cushions, $718  |  7. Old English Pine Tavern Stretcher Coffee Table, customizable, Shown As: 42″L x 20″W x 19″H, 2″ Thick Top, Waxed, Light Brown Wax, Rough Hewn Wood, $1,095  |  8. Lucy Juniper Indoor/Outdoor Rug, 100% polypropylene, Shown As: 5 x 8, $608

Looking for a little porch inspiration for spring? Look no further than today’s casual, cottage style front porch! The combination of neutral and vivid colors with wicker and old wood furniture creates a unique retreat perfect for so many activities.  This spot is a place for an afternoon read, family games on the coffee table, or entertaining a small group of friends.  It is outfitted with comfortable wicker furniture, which isn’t always easy to find, that has deep seats and plush cushions.  Choosing more muted tones for the furniture allows the homeowners to switch out the throw pillows, rug and/or curtains easily to re-create the overall look.

What is your favorite accent colors in this palette?

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Color Board: Beach House Pastels

Color Board: Color Board: Beach House Pastels #beachhouse #cottagedecor #beachdecor #colorboard #pasteldecor thedistinctivecottage.com

Color Board: Beach House Pastels #beachhouse #cottagedecor #beachdecor #colorboard #pasteldecor http://thedistinctivecottage.com
1. Carolina Collection, Color: Wisteria  |  2. Carolina Collection, Color: Bayside  |  3. Carolina Collection, Color: Periwinkle  |  4. Cottage Collection, Color: Deep Sky  |  5. Carolina Collection, Color: Ocean Air  |  6. Carolina Collection, Color: Aquamarine  |  7. Carolina Collection, Color: Seafoam  |  8. Sealife Canvas Giclee Series, set of six for $1,200 or individual prints for $200 each  |  9. Medium Blue Iridescence Braided Chenille Rug, 36″ Round $45

Who doesn’t love a pastel palette?  By combining shades of purple, blue, and green, we created today’s beach house pastels color board that would be perfect for a peaceful coastal retreat.  Saturated color combos of coral and aqua are a popular coastal decorating choice for an invigorating beach house look, but this palette brings out the softer side for a more relaxing ambiance.

What do you prefer, saturated colors or a softer pastel hue?

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Rooms to Love: Casual Country Style

Rooms to Love: Casual Country #cottagestyle #cottagedecor #countrystyle #countrydecor thedistinctivecottage.com

Country Cottage Porch | Rooms to Love: Casual Country #cottagestyle #cottagedecor #countrystyle #countrydecor thedistinctivecottage.comImage: Pinterest

We are thinking about outdoor spaces today, as the weather here slowly begins to get warmer!  This charming country cottage porch nook caught our eye, because even though it is small, it is packed with so much style.  The weathered finished furniture, flowing greenery, and neutral tones blend together for a simple country cottage feel.  You could hang paper white lanterns or string lights to add ambiance for those long summer nights.

Do you like the simple color palette featured or do you prefer a punch of color?

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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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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: Cottage Style Porch

Rooms to Love: Cottage Style Porch #colorfulliving #beachhousedecor #beachhousestyle #cottagedecor #cottagestyle #coastalstyledecor #coastaldecor thedistinctivecottage.com

Rooms to Love: Cottage Style Porch #colorfulliving #beachhousedecor #beachhousestyle #cottagedecor #cottagestyle #coastalstyledecor #coastaldecor thedistinctivecottage.com
Image: Style at Home

We are knee deep in snow and more is on the way here in Maine, so for today’s rooms to love we chose a cottage style porch to help us banish our winter blues!  This beautiful porch is just a snippet from a stunning home located on Muskoka’s Lake Rosseau in Ontario, Canada. Click here to see the full house tour.

What we love about this cottage style porch, besides the view through the panoramic windows, is the mixture of whites used to create an uninterrupted feeling throughout the space.  The stark white floors, ceilings, and trim all create a crisp and clean backdrop, while the furniture is more weathered and distressed for a lived-in feel.  Classic navy blue brings a nautical feel to the space, which is the perfect color for cushions to help hide the dirt and spills that are inevitable in a sitting area. 

What is your favorite accent piece in this coastal cottage porch?

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Color Board: Aqua, Yellow, Cast Iron

Color Board: Aqua, Yellow, Cast Iron #colorboards #boldcolors #cottagedecor #cottagestyledecor #coastaldecor #coastalstyledecor thedistinctivecottage.com

Cottage Decorating | Color Board: Aqua, Yellow, Cast Iron #colorboards #boldcolors #cottagedecor #cottagestyledecor #coastaldecor #coastalstyledecor thedistinctivecottage.com

1. Shoreline Slipcovered Collection: Layout Jade Fabric, $65 per yard  |  2. Shoreline Slipcovered Collection: Capparis Fabric, $85 per yard  |  3. Country Classics Furniture Collection: Cottage Yellow, light distressing, light rub  4.  Country Classics Furniture Collection: Cottage Teal, light rub, light distressing  |  5.  Country Classics Furniture Collection: Cottage Black, light rub, light distressing  |  6. Lake House Furniture Collection: Rain Jacket, medium rub, medium distressing  |  7. Lake House Furniture Collection: Lake Breeze, medium rub, medium distressing  |  8. Lake House Furniture Collection: Cast Iron, medium rub, medium distressing

This week’s cottage decorating color board boasts cheerful colors and whimsical prints that would be ideal in a cottage or coastal style home.  Mixing yellow, aqua, and cast iron create a dominating palette full of life, personality and spunk.  Depending on how rustic you want the space to feel, we have suggested the same three colors in two different paint finishes.  The top row features our Country Classics collection paints that have a very lightly rubbed finish for a cleaner look.  The bottom row features our Lake House collection paints which boast heavily distressed paint finishes that are worn away to the wood for an aged look.  Or you can mix and match finishes for an eclectic style!

Which set of finishes do you prefer for a cottage or coastal style home?

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Inspiration Board: Timeless Teak

Inspiration Board: Timeless Teak #teakfurniture #patiofurniture #cottagedecor #cottagefurniture http://thedistinctivecottage.com/

Inspiration Board: Timeless Teak #teakfurniture #patiofurniture #cottagedecor #cottagefurniture http://thedistinctivecottage.com/
1. Rockland Teak Loveseat with Cushions 57.5″W x 35″D x 33.5″H  $2,375  |  2. Teak Backless Bench 24″L x 17″D x 17″H $395  |  3. Rope Denim Indoor/Outdoor Rug 4 x 6 $369  |  4. Round Teak cafe Folding Table 30″ Round $595  |  5. Rockland Teak Armless Chair with Cushions 28″W x 35″D x 33.5″D $1,250

Making an outdoor space comfortable is easy with timeless teak furniture!  These pieces have really thick cushions which make the seating oh so comfortable, and come in a variety of outdoor fabrics, so you can personalize the color palette.  The frames are made of 100% teak wood, which is naturally resistant to moisture, rot, warping, shrinking, splintering, insects, fungus, marine bores and termites, making it the ideal material for outdoor furniture.  We tied the whole look together using an indoor/outdoor rope rug in an awesome denim color, and chose throw pillows with a similar blue for added impact.

We would love to hear what your favorite outdoor furniture material is! Is it teak, wicker, or do you prefer resin?

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Our 17 Favorite Uses for Nautical Rope

Our 17 Favorite Uses for Nautical Rope #nauticaldecor #nauticalstyle #ropedecor #ropeaccents

Rope is a must have accent when creating a nautical decorating scheme. It provides a true maritime feel and can be used in so many ways. We have gathered our 17 favorite rope accents to help generate coastal decorating ideas for your home, and don’t forget to brush up on your nautical knots before attempting any DIY projects!

Nautical Accents

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Maritime Window Treatments

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Seafaring Stairs

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Furniture Fit For A Sailor

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Our 17 Favorite Uses for Nautical Rope #nauticaldecor #nauticalstyle #ropedecor #ropeaccents

Photos (from top): The Nashville Belle, Delight By Design, Etsy, Completely Coastal, Nicole Hollis, Oyknot, Traditional Home, Allegories, House Beautiful, Flickr, Lushome, Pursley Dixon Architecture, Purple Area, The Renouned Nest, Pinterest, Remodelista, Examiner

 What is your favorite use for nautical rope?

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Top 5 Reasons to Use Barn Doors

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1. Space Saver

When working with small spaces, as cottages often are, we are always looking for clever cottage decorating ideas to save space.  Decorating with barn doors in lieu of traditional swing doors, not only offers a custom look to your home, but they save a tremendous amount of space!

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2. Adds a Splash of Color

Pump up your decor with a vibrant accent color.  Painting the barn doors is a fantastic way to infuse color in a big way!

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3. Hides Clutter

Barn doors are unexpected decorating idea to close off areas, like the pantry or laundry room, while adding a ton of personality to the space.

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4. Adds a WOW Factor

For areas, like hallways, where there aren’t a ton of architectural details, barn doors can give your cottage spaces much needed visual interest.

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5. You Can Do It Yourself

To top it all off, you can do this cottage decorating idea yourself!  Check out The Hand Made Home for a complete tutorial on how to design and build your own barn doors.

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What room in your home do you feel would benefit from using barn doors?

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