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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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Rooms to Love: Red, White & Blue

Rooms to Love: Red, White & Blue, #reds #whites #blues #july4th thedistinctivecottage.com

Rooms to Love: Red, White & Blue #reds #whites #blues #july4th http://thedistinctivecottage.com
Photo Credits: clockwise from top left corner (79 Ideas, Evaru Design, Chinoiserie Chic, SR Gambrel)

This week we pay tribute to the Red, White and Blue, the winsome and revered trio of colors in the United States flag. Just as this nation is a mix of ethnicities and creeds, our picks above represent a spectrum of styles, shades and tastes, from traditional to edgy decor. From bold, billowy patterns to reserved stripes and solids. . . From understated hues to bold primaries. . . . From white with navy and cherry red to variations such as turquoise and persimmon. . . From a nautical bent to an exotic vibe. . . These rooms all make a patriotic statement, yet can definitely also fit into your everyday repertoire. Happy 4th of July to everyone!

How do you red, white and blue?

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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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Color Board: Multi Madness

Color Board: Multi Madness #stripes #multicolor #cottagestyle thedistinctivecottage.com

Color Board: Multi Madness #stripes #multicolor #cottagestyle http://thedistinctivecottage.com
1. Kitchen Sink Indoor/Outdoor Rug, 5’x’8′ (other sizes available), $264,  Seaside Cottage Rugs  |  2. Basket Mushroom Fabric  (D), $65/yd,  Shoreline Slipcovered Furniture  |   3. Beach Paint Color,  Carolina Painted Furniture Collection  |  4. Spectrum Indigo Indoor/Outdoor Fabric  (C), $55/yd,  Shoreline Slipcovered Furniture |    5. Rope Sprout Indoor/Outdoor Rug, 6‘x’9’ (other colors / sizes available), $836,  Seaside Cottage Rugs  |   6. Shrimp Paint Color,  Beach House Painted Furniture Collection 

Part of the fun of decorating is discovering that colors you never knew went together actually do! The lovely mix of deep and bright tones in the striped Kitchen Sink Indoor/Outdoor Rug is an eye-opener. From indigo to pale aqua, bright leaf green to rich brown and carnation pink to plummy berry, these far-flung colors have outdone themselves in surprising harmony. Mixing and matching is easy when there are so many colors involved: highlight your favorite color or pick out one that you would never have thought of to mix things up.

Beach and Shrimp, colors hand-picked from two of our painted furniture collections, bring out the brighter tones in the Kitchen Sink Indoor/Outdoor Rug. Choose from coordinating and customizable chairs, benches, nightstands and more from our Beach House Painted Furniture Collection as well as the Carolina Painted Furniture Collection. Both fabrics pictured on our Color Board are machine washable: the Spectrum Indigo is for indoor/outdoor use and the Basket Mushroom is 100% cotton. The great thing about them is they are equally pairable with our featured multi-color rug or with neutral choices. And the two rugs pictured above are both appropriate for indoor/outdoor use and are incredibly easy to care for. We want your summer to be well coordinated as well as hassle-free!

Are you a multi-tasker?

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Rooms to Love: Something Blue

Rooms to Love: Something Blue #blues #aqua #rustichic #salvaged http://thedistinctivecottage.com/

Rooms to Love: Something Blue #blues #aqua #rustichic #salvaged http://thedistinctivecottage.com/
Photo: Mix and Chic

As another season of weddings steals upon us, it’s comforting to have a place to curl up and browse bridal magazines – or to simply escape from the stress. Either way, this cottage living room has all the necessary elements for success, as in the traditional bridal saying: “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue”. Just like a carefully selected bridal trousseau, this sitting area is made up of weathered pieces and hand-me-down heirlooms standing alongside modern textiles.

Achieving a relaxed charm is as easy as mixing slightly different favorites, like a slipcovered sofa with a slightly more formal exposed leg chair. The pairing of a round and square table is nicely echoed in the large round clock and the rectangular shutter wall art. Crisp whites and neutral naturals play with bright accent colors like citrus green and turquoise hues. The antique open front hutch – a real rustic show-stopper – gets a new lease on life with an aqua painted interior. Blending old and new, whether salvaged or newly-found, creates a unique, stay-awhile feel.

Are you a collector of old and new?

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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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Rooms to Love: Library Blues

Rooms to Love: Library Blues #blues #builtinbookcases #cozylibrary http://thedistinctivecottage.com/

Rooms to Love: Library Blues #blues #builtinbookcases #cozylibrary http://thedistinctivecottage.com/photo: travel for design

The winter is fading, but there’s still enough left to merit finding a cozy space. Grab a book and a cup of tea and sink into the calm solitude of this deep blue library. This reading nook boasts floor-to-ceiling bookshelves painted in a cadet blue, a fresh change from more commonly seen shades of navy and china blue. Renowned for its calming properties, blue perfectly suits bedrooms, porches and just about anywhere you want to relax. This library’s particular hue of blue lends a sense of reassuring solidity, not stuffiness.

This small area plays with cool tones and warm: plush apricot pillows and a rusty red occasional table lend a dusting of warmth to the palette. Also, the traditionally tailored sofa juxtaposed with an animal print partner and a rattan coffee table creates a slightly playful and informal area. This room is not taking itself over seriously, and the antique lion figure surveying the scene approves.

What’s your favorite book: a classic or a new work? 

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Color Board: Spices, Silks & Sea

Color Board: Spices, Silks & Sea #earthtones #striped rug #reds http://thedistinctivecottage.com/

Color Board: Spices, Silks & Sea #earthtones #striped rug #reds http://thedistinctivecottage.com/
1. Chalet Stripe Wool Woven Rug, 5×8, $573, other sizes available | 2. Shoreline Cottage Style Fabrics: Americana Red $75 per yard | 3. Diamond Bark Sisal Woven Rug5×8, $372, other sizes available | 4. Shoreline Cottage Style Fabrics: Hickory Slate, $45 per yard | 5. Shoreline Cottage Style Fabrics: Constantine Ruby $35 per yard | 6. Shoreline Cottage Style Fabrics: Artemus Capri, $65 per yard | 7. Shoreline Cottage Style Fabrics: Queensland Spa  $95 per yard 

Yearning to wander the stalls of an open-air market of an ancient seaside town? Let us conjure up images of rich silks and heady spices swirling about some refreshing aqua hues in case you can’t steal away. Vessels of rich brown nutmeg and deep red paprika brimming full alongside yards of peacock blue silks and rich gold floral damasks against bright scarlet fields…

It can be exciting to find that colors you may not have pictured together blend so seamlessly. The Chalet Stripe Wool Woven Rug embodies a mix of warm, earthy colors with some multiple cool blue tones. Fashioned from a sturdy wool and cotton blend, this rug will tie together many elements of your decor with seasonless style. It would be equally at home in a rustic study, a lodge entryway or a cottage living room. Also pictured are a variety of patterned and solid fabrics with which to accessorize, as well as a brown sisal rug that pairs well with the Chalet Stripe.

Which seaside city do you look to for decor inspiration?

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