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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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Get the Look: Spanish Moss

Get the Look: Spanish Moss #greens #naturals #cottagelivingroom thedistinctivecottage.com

Get the Look: Spanish Moss #greens #naturals #cottagelivingroom http://thedistinctivecottage.com
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1. Chatham Grande Long Slipcovered Sofa, 101″ W, $1,885 | 2. Twin Lakes Coffee Table, from $750, customizable | 3. Sandy Point Leather Accent Chair, $2,860, available upholstered | 4. Cottage Wicker Round Inset Ottoman, $330  | 5. Ivory on Green Pompeii Vinyl Floor Cloth, 5′ x 5′, $390, various sizes | 6. Nevis Moss Jute Woven Rug,   5′ x 8′, $389, various sizes

Like the verdant orange groves of the Spanish countryside, the mossy green tiles in this country cottage living room call to mind bountiful harvests and time-honored traditions. French doors with Moorish arches open to a sunny courtyard, while a hooded fireplace with moulding guarantees comfort for grey days. A natural fiber rug and low, movable seats blend with wood and leather for a rustic yet refined comfort. We love how the classic cottageness of this living room is embellished with Mediterranean touches such as scrolling sconces and exotic tiled floors.

Conjure up the effect of ancient and luxurious tiles with our Ivory on Green Pompeii Vinyl Floor Cloth. Durable, non-skid and easy to clean, our vinyl floor cloths offer an alternative to tiled floors. From our Shoreline Slipcovered Furniture, the Chatham Grande Long Slipcovered Sofa in a neutral color adds length and light to any room, and is available in 400 fabrics.  A classic cottage piece, the Twin Lakes Coffee Table offers a beadboard shelf and is customizable in size and color. A fast favorite, the Sandy Point Leather Accent Chair has clean, curving lines with nailhead embellishment (available in 50 colors). Adding a dash of texture is the Cottage Wicker Round Inset Ottoman, which can also be used as a small seat or table, and the jute / cotton blend of the Nevis Moss Jute Woven Rug (available in other colors).

Does your home have any Spanish touches?

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Color Board: Taupe & Honey

Color Board: Taupe & Honey #browns #taupe #cottageliving room thedistinctivecottage.com

Color Board: Taupe & Honey, #browns #taupe #cottagelivingroom http://thedistinctivecottage.com

  1. Tin Ladder Stripe Rug, 5′ x 8′, $532, various sizes | 2. Sandstone Rug, 5′ x 8′, $680, various sizes | 3. Brentwood Entertainment Console, shown in Taupe and Honey, $2,170, 70.5″ W | 4. Seurat Neutral Wool Rug, 5′ x 8′, $872, various sizes  | 5. Hickory Wool Rug, 5′ x 8′, $995, various sizes

Sliding into autumn, the grey-brown bark of a silent oak topped by startling golden and caramel leaves prompts us to explore an infrequent pairing: taupe and honey. Taupe, a greyish brown (or a brownish grey?), exudes a steely sophistication, while honey triggers a primal warmth on sight. The two colors may at first seem like old schoolmates who haven’t talked in a while, but once you bridge the tonal gap with a little ivory or cream the two colors start to really reconnect.

Shown here in both Taupe and Honey, the Brentwood Entertainment Console is also available in 25 other finishes. A distinctive and versatile piece, it will fit right into your cottage living room, dining room, office or even bedroom. Its medallion-embellished doors call to mind an antique tin ceiling, while its faux bamboo frame adds a bit of exoticism. With an adjustable interior shelf, this long and lean storage unit can serve many purposes.  We can’t decide which color we like best, so we’ve pictured them both along with four wool rugs to illustrate the possibilities.

What is your favorite shade of brown?

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Inspiration Board: Wonderful Wicker

Inspiration Board: Wicker License #wickerfurniture #armchair #earthtones http://thedistinctivecottage.com/

Inspiration Board: Wonderful Wicker #wickerfurniture #armchair #earthtones http://thedistinctivecottage.com/
1. Countryside Pendant, 24″H, $710,  |  2. Wormwood Mirror, $54, Red or Light  |  3. Outer Banks Wicker Chair, 31″W x 30.5″D x 40″H, shown in Colonial Red (25 color options) , cushion optional, $670  |  4. Amber Crackle Glass Table Lamp, 28″H, $235  |  5. Cottage Wicker Hexagonal Table, 29.5″L x 25.5″W x 29.5″H, shown in Pecan (25 color options), $530  |  6. Northport Chair, 30″W x 29″D x 35″H, shown in Black with stained cane (26 color options), $1,905  |  7. Tweed Stripe Woven Wool Rug,   5′ x 8′, $518

Wicker furniture and accessories bridge the gap between rustic and polished, winter and summer, earthy and formal. Wicker can be painted any color or left in its natural state. It is a year-round favorite that you can mix and match with many other styles, including woodsy lodge decor, cottage painted furniture and pieces with natural fiber details. Wicker is not just for the porch anymore.

The Tweed Stripe Woven Wool Rug in taupe, tan, cinnamon, rust red and apricot is in a sturdy blend of wool, jute and cotton. Tying together the many pieces pictured above, including the Cottage Wicker Hexagonal Table and the Outer Banks Wicker Chair, the rug is available in several sizes. Even the refined Northport Chair in painted alder wood works with the wicker pieces due to its stained cane side panels. The stylish rattan Countryside Pendant light, the Wormwood Mirror and the Amber Crackle Glass Table Lamp add extra options for you to complete your look, in whichever direction you want to take it.

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Inspiration Board: Cottage Style Study

Inspiration Board: Cottage Style Study #cottagedecor #cottagestyleoffice #cottagestudy thedistinctivecottage.com

Inspiration Board: Cottage Style Study #cottagedecor #cottagestyleoffice #cottagestudy http://thedistinctivecottage.com
1. Santa Cruz Leather Chair32″W x 40″D x 41″H, As Shown: Madison Melon Grade 9 Leather, Standard Cushions, Java Finish Leg, $3,240  |  2. Santa Cruz Ottoman28″W x 21″D x 17.5″H, As Shown: Cowboy Saddle Grade 7 Leather, Same Welt, Small Pewter Nailhead, Java Finish Leg, $1, 135  |  3. Tea Caddy Table Lamp, 32″H, $420  |  4. White Elegance Canvas, 36″ x 36″, $290  |  5. Southhampton Entertainment Console66″W x 21″D x 30″H, As Shown: Stony Brook Knobs, Black, Extra Rub/Distressing, $2,225  |  6. Boucle Woven Wool Rug, 85% Wool/8% Polyester/5% Nylon/2% Other, As Shown: 5 x 8, $728

Today’s cottage study Inspiration Board was put together with comfort and style in mind. The pieces we chose are ideal for creating a relaxed place to work that still provides a refined style. Who needs a desk when you can kick up your feet and work from your laptop in this amazingly comfortable leather chair and ottoman?!

Whether you need storage for office components, like a printer or fax, or books, the open and closed storage options found in the entertainment console are there for you. We selected a painted black finish on the console for a high contrast to the intense cinnamon color leather on the chair. To bring the colors and style of the space together, we chose a plaid designed woven rug, which is super cozy on the toes, and provides that sophisticated look we wanted.

Click on any of the descriptions above to learn more about each cottage style product!

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Rooms to Love: Understated Cottage Style

Room to Love: Understated Cottage Style #whitecottagedecor #cottagepalette #cottagegreatroom thedistinctivecottage.com

Room to Love: Understated Cottage Style #whitecottagedecor #cottagepalette #cottagegreatroom thedistinctivecottage.com
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Relaxed, refined and simple are just some of the ways to describe this understated cottage style great room. The space flows easily from casual dining area to the relaxed living room, all while maintaining an inviting and open ambiance. The use of similar textures, colors, and furniture styles, makes this a seamless and cohesively designed space. Among the simple and understated color palette of creams and grays are a few special pieces that jump out including the large, antler chandelier and the botanical prints that adorn the wide board walls.

Do you gravitate towards a neutral palette or a colorful kaleidoscope in your home?

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Get the Look: Lake House Porch

Get the Look: Lake House Porch #lakehouse #lakehousedecor #lakehousefurniture #countryporch #countrydecor thedistinctivecottage.com

Get the Look: Lake House Porch #lakehouse #lakehousedecor #lakehousefurniture #countryporch #countrydecor thedistinctivecottage.com
Inspiration Image: The Cottage Market

 |  1. Reflection Sconce17″H x 19″D x 14″W, $650  |  2. Cottage Wicker Oval Drink Table20″W x 14″D x 23″H, As Shown: Pecan, $225  |  3. Bentwood Rocker23″W x 41″H. Seat: 17″H, 19″D, As Shown: Walnut Stain, $505  |  4. Blue Mountain Coffee Table18″H x 19″W x 44″L, As Shown: Custom Color, $665

This lake house porch is a beautiful blend of rustic, country and farmhouse decor, all bundled up to create a cozy home away from home. The vibrant emerald green makes this porch pop, and is the perfect shade of green to balance the natural look of the rustic twig furniture. Click on any description to learn more about these furniture pieces that make this porch such a charming little retreat.

Would you add any other accessories to this space?

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Get the Look: Farmhouse Charm

Get the Look: Farmhouse Dining Room #farmhousedining #farmhousedecor #farmhousestyle thedistinctivecottage.com

Get the Look: Farmhouse Charm #farmhousedining #farmhousedecor #farmhousestyle thedistinctivecottage.comInspiration Image: Beneath My Heart

1. Hart Cove Buffet and Hutch, 82″W x 18″D x 85″H, As Shown: Painted, Beachwood, $4,555  |  2. Natural Jute Woven Rug, As Shown: 5 x 8, $379  |  3.  Cottage Style Fabrics: Sonnet Moonstone, Grade G, $95 per yard  |  4. Square Leg Farm Table, Customizable, As Shown: Large Square Leg, 60″L x 38″W x 30-32″H, Thick Pine Planked Top, 2″Breadboard, All Stained Espresso, $1,235  |  5. Shoreline Slipcovered Parson’s Chairs #5026″W x 27″D x 40″H, As Shown: Grade A, Starts at $465

Shades of white and tall ceilings give this farmhouse style dining room a light and airy ambiance. The space holds an eclectic blend of old farmhouse charm, like the open cupboard and rustic table, and elegant features, like the delicate paisley slipcovers and blown glass chandelier. Everything comes together beautifully, and you could have this look with just a few unique pieces.

What special pieces would you display in the open cupboard?

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Get the Look: Stylish Front Porch

Get the Look: Outdoor Dining #gardenfurniture #wickerdining #cottagedecor #patiodecor thedistinctivecottage.com

Get the Look: Stylish Front Porch #gardenfurniture #wickerdining #cottagedecor #patiodecor thedistinctivecottage.com
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1. Nantucket Wicker Conservatory Chair, 25″W x 25″D x 41″H. Seat: 16.5″H. Arm: 26.5″H, Shown As: Pecan Finish, Standard Muslin Cushion, $807  |  2. Cottage Style Throw Pillow, Please call for pricing and availability  |  3. Cottage Wicker Garden Table, 48″Round x 30.5″H, Shown As: Pecan Finish, $1,175  |  4. Samode Sprout/Ivory Indoor/Outdoor Rug, Shown As: 4 x 6, $171

Today’s Get the Look is a modest yet stylish front porch that has everything you need to carve out a small outdoor eating area.  Starting with comfort, you want a place to sit and relax, where you can have coffee in the morning or a dinner and drink in the evening.  To replicate the look we chose our favorite wicker garden set, which offers a high back chair for comfort and a table that can accommodate up to six people, if you have the space to entertain.  To really capture the beauty of outdoor ambiance, we suggest adding potted plants, hanging flowers, and lanterns.  These small but essential items will make all the difference in creating a beautiful outdoor dining area.

Do you have any tips or tricks to keep the bugs away while you dine outdoors?

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Inspiration Board: Quaint Cottage

Inspiration Board: Quaint Cottage #cottagestyle #cottagedecor #cottagecolors #countrydecor #countrystyle thedistinctivecottage.com

Cottage Living Room Inspiration Board: Quaint Cottage #cottagestyle #cottagedecor #cottagecolors #countrydecor #countrystyle thedistinctivecottage.com

1. Spring Mix Canvas Giclee, Available in several sizes, As Shown: 24″ x 24″,$180  |  2. Dockside Table Lamp, 34″H, $490  |  3. Carolina 3 Door Buffet, Customizable, Shown As: 60″W x 18″D x 34″H, Barrel Feet, two raised panel doors and one Bermuda shutter door, Painted Sand over Classic Brown, $2,602.50  |  4. French Country Market Basket, 17″L x 14.5″W x 35″H + 10″ handle, $240  |  5. Medium Blue Kill Devil Hill Braided Rug, As Shown: 7’6″ Round, $596   |  6. Seaport Petite Slipcovered Accent Chair, 30″W x 35″D x 34″H, Shown As: T-Cushion, Grade A Fabric Pebble White with Weave Truffle Bias Cut Contrast Welt, $965.00, Swivel Glider Optional for +$60

The beauty of cottage style decorating is that anything goes!  Putting together a cottage look is really about choosing pieces that are comfortable, casual and colorful.  For today’s cottage living room Inspiration Board, we choose a braided rug as the main source of color, as it is filled with oranges, blues, reds, purples, and greens for a lively focal point.  To create a comfortable seating area we chose our most popular accent chair, the Seaport Petite Slipcovered Accent Chair, which is shown in a crisp white, washable fabric for a casual feel.  For a TV console, we chose a 3 door unit, and designed it with one Bermuda shutter door, so that you can use remote controls for components even when the doors are closed. The variation in door styles and the two color rubbed finish on the console gives the piece a unique cottage style look.

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