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Inspiration Board: In the Mix

Inspiration Board: In The Mix #aquas #greens #greys #cottagelivingroom

Inspiration Board: In The Mix #aquas #greens #greys #cottagelivingroom
1. Footbridge Upholstered Ottoman, 48.5″W, $835 | 2. Brushed Nickel Three Pendant Chandelier, 43″W, $1,390 | 3. Medina Green Jacquard Woven Wool Rug, six sizes, from $88 | 4. Grenada Console Table, 50″W, $690  |  5. Rooster Rock Leather Sofa, 84″W, from $4,960 | 6. Myrtle Leather Ottoman, two sizes, from $835

Injecting a beach cottage feel in your home can be as easy as pairing a neutral duo, such as silvery grey and sandy natural, with seaborne hues like blues and greens. A mix of weathered grey and sand with aqua and deep sea blue brings to mind bleached driftwood set against a shimmering blue sky and ocean expanse. Offering a modern twist on a tribal pattern, the Medina Green Jacquard Woven Wool Rug effortlessly ties together this beach-driven palette. Mixing leather and upholstery, wood and metal, we have selected some pieces to play off all the great colors in this rug: dove grey, soft tan, turquoise, citrus green and deep teal.

If leather is to your liking, our Summerhouse Leather Furniture Collection offers many cottage style sofas, chairs, ottomans and more in an array of bold colors, and many of the pieces are also available upholstered. The Rooster Rock Leather Sofa, also available in an armchair, looks smart with the Myrtle Leather Ottoman. The Footbridge Upholstered Ottoman is a longer option, and can also be used as an impromptu bench or coffee table. Painted furniture always looks at home in a beach cottage living room, and the Grenada Console Table picks up the summery shade of green in this rug. Shown here for added inspiration, the Brushed Nickel Three Pendant Chandelier can add some character to really any room in your beach cottage.

What’s your favorite beachy palette?

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Rooms to Love: Rising Tide

Rooms to Love: Rising Tide #blues #whites #nautical decor #cottagelivingroom #coastallivingroom

Rooms to Love: Rising Tide #blues #whites #nauticaldecor #cottagelivingroom #coastallivingroom

As the unofficial end of the summer season draws near, we aren’t quite ready to let go… and this converted attic room is just the remedy. A profusion of blues, aquas and whites along with nautical nostalgia provides a quaint hideaway at the end of a day filled with outdoor activities. Covering the main barnboard wall are paintings of grand ships a-sail, salty old skippers, technical sketches and silhouettes. The shipshape sofa creates an unassuming base for comfort while retro and refined matching tufted seats provide a seating twist. The tables are sturdy and unique, possibly flea market finds, not to mention the numerous kitsch mariner statuettes and knick-knacks. The modern lighting fixtures near the peak of the ceiling bring to mind bubbles escaping the roiling waves.

This cozy arrangement could also work in a covered porch area, preferably one with exposed beams. If your nautical wall art collection has not reached this level, you could easily take up half the wall with painted white beadboard or weathered shiplap. This room shows its wooden floors to full advantage, but the furniture could also be drawn together with an area rug, possibly a hand-me-down Oriental or a sun-bleached natural fiber rug. And of course the color scheme can be changed up on a whim by changing out the sofa slipcover and incorporating other throw pillows.

Where is your favorite hideaway at home?

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Rooms to Love: Coastal Style Living Room

Rooms to Love: Coastal Style Living Room #coastaldecor #cottagedecor #coastalcolors #cottagecolors #beachhousedecor

Rooms to Love: Coastal Style Living Room #coastaldecor #cottagedecor #coastalcolors #cottagecolors #beachhousedecor thedistinctivecottage.comImage: Provident Home Design

The color palette was the first aspect of this coastal style living room to really grab our attention! The space is home to a beautiful collection of soft coastal colors including tan, white, gray and a light minty blue. To offset the quiet color palette, the room has rich mahogany hardwood floors. Choosing a dark tone for the flooring helps to keep the space from feeling too light or bright and brings a nice cozy feeling to the room.

What is your favorite coastal style accessory in this space?

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Get The Look: Beach Cottage Living

Get The Look: Beach Cottage Living #beachhouselivingroom #coastallivingroom #cottagestyle #slipcoveredfurniture #cottagefurniture

Get The Look: Beach Cottage Living #beachhouselivingroom #coastallivingroom #cottagestyle #slipcoveredfurniture #cottagefurniture
Photo: Beneath My Heart

1. Carolina 2 over 4 Bookcase customizations: 54″W x 14/22″D x 84″H, straight base, flat panel doors, beaded flush drawers, straight top, wood knobs, two tone painted, snow with duck egg interior back $3,415  |  2. Natural Braid Table Lamp 30″H $380  |  3. Camden Slipcovered Sofa 84″W x 37″D x 38″H $1,585  |  4. Flanders Cane Side Table 28″W x 21″D x 28″H, stained cane, black painted, standard distressing $815  |  5. Saratoga Bench customizations: 6″L x 15″D x 18″H, custom stain, standard distressing $700  |  6. Westhampton Rush Arm Chair 34″W x 30″D x 41″H, black, standard rub/distressing $1,970  |  7. Natural Jute Woven Rug 8′ x 10′ $754

This beach cottage living room has a great mix of old and new, polished and rustic elements.  A distressed wood bench serves double duty as a coffee table next to a tailored, slipcovered sofa and streamlined arm chair.  The natural jute rug and braided lamp contribute to the relaxed vibe.  And if you aren’t lucky enough to have built-in bookcases like the ones pictured here, a stand-alone can do the trick just as easily!

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Get The Look: Seaside Living Room

Get The Look: Seaside Living Room #coastallivingroom #coastalstyle #beachhouseliving #beachhousestyle

Get The Look: Seaside Living Room #coastallivingroom #coastalstyle #beachhouseliving #beachhousestyle
1. Terracotta Ivory Table Lamp 30″H $510  |  2. Clearwater Upholstered Sofa 83″W x 39″D x 40″H $2,410  |  3. Denim Rag Woven Cotton Rug 8′ x 10′ $389  |  4.  Cottage Wicker Hexagonal End Table 29.5″L x 25.5″W x 29.5″H $530  |  5. Old English Pine Winston Pedestal Coffee Table customizations: 48″L x 30″W x 19″H, quad pedestal base, rectangular thick top, no breadboard, light brown wax, light rough hewn $1,670  |  6. Shoreline Slipcovered Round Ottoman 31″R x 18″H $650  |  7. Chesapeake Upholstered Accent Chair 32.5″W x 34.5″D x 45″H $1,495

This beautiful seaside living room wonderfully reflects it’s surroundings in serene blues, tans, and whites.  The tailored upholstered pieces mix well with the natural wood coffee and end tables, creating a soft and sophisticated living area that is both casual and refined.  And what a view!  The classic french doors perfectly frame the sparkling ocean beyond.

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Get The Look: Coastal Living Blues

Get The Look: Coastal Living Blues #coastallivingroom #coastalstyle #beachhousedecor #beachhouselivingroom #slipcoveredfurniture

Coastal Style Cottage | Get The Look: Coastal Living Blues #coastallivingroom #coastalstyle #beachhousedecor #beachhouselivingroom #slipcoveredfurniture
Photo: Maine Home & Design

1. Seabrook Tall Slipcovered Sofa 81″W x 37″D x 38″H $1,585  |  2.  Scattered Seahorse Canvas Giclee & Scattered Lobster Canvas Giclee 30″ x 45″ $380/ea.  |  3. Anchor Hooked Pillow 18″sq $90  |  4. Black Sperm Whale Stand 16″L x 8″H $140  |  5. Lowcountry Coffee Table customizations: 40″L x 40″W x 18″H, flush drawer, wood knobs, stained top, painted base, distressed carolina stain, snow base $1,495  |  6.  Seaport T Grande Slipcovered Accent Chair 37.5″W x 36″D x 42″H $1,035  |  7. Diamond Khaki/White Indoor/Outdoor Rug 8.5’x 11′ $550

This coastal style cottage is located right up the coast in Kennebunk, Maine!  The architect, designer, and home owner collaborated tirelessly to design this home that “aims to stay in the family for generations to come.” 

The plush upholstery and deep set frames invite people to really curl up and get comfortable.  Not to mention the abundance of throw pillows and blankets that enhance the casual and comfortable style.  Being a true beach cottage, this home needs to be as practical as it is pretty!  The designer chose Sunbrella fabrics for the slipcovered living room furniture, which is a perfect solution for areas that will encounter wet bathing suits, food, drinks, and direct sun.  They chose a vinyl upholstery on the game table chairs for the same low maintenance solution.  You want to spend your time enjoying what Maine has to offer without the constant worry that someone might spill a drink!

What is your favorite element in this Maine cottage?

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Inspiration Board: Coastal Style Nook

Inspiration Board: Coastal Nook #coastaldecor #coastalcottage #cottagedecor #coastalstyle #cottagestyle

Inspiration Board: Coastal Style Nook #coastaldecor #coastalcottage #cottagedecor #coastalstyle #cottagestyle

 1. Coastal Life Sconce 19″H x 6″D x 17″W $520 each  |  2. Carolina Wide Cupboard Painted Color Palm, 42″W x 20″D x 70″H $4,495  |  3. Sarasota Upholstered Accent Chair Rinca Coral Fabric, Grade 24, 31″W x 37″D x 39″H, $2,255  |  4. Woodmere Coffee Table 40″Round x 19″H $1,265  |  5. Diamond Khaki/White Indoor Outdoor Rug 6 x 9 $319

Creating a simple and elegant coastal style nook is easy if you have the right pieces!  A nook is any small space in your home that is tucked away, where you can escape to read, write, or watch a movie.  The perfect nook has a little storage, a lot of comfortable seating, and sufficient lighting.

The media center has plantation shutter doors that enhance the coastal look, while also allowing for hidden storage, and is flanked by one of our all time favorite chairs.  The Sarasota chair is big enough to lounge in and oh so stylish.  The abstract coral fabric is such a great source of color in this tame and serene color scheme, while the neutral rug has an eye catching contrast design. 

Where is your favorite nook in your home?

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Rooms To Love: Nautical Style Living Room

Rooms To Love: Nautical Living Room #nautical #coastallivingroom #cottagelivingroom #coastalstyle #cottagefurniture

Rooms To Love: Nautical Style Living Room #nautical #coastallivingroom #cottagelivingroom #coastalstyle #cottagefurniture
Image: Midwest Living

Classic silhouettes and clean lines in navy, red, and white comprise this nautical style living room.  The rich colors pop against the white wide board walls and light wood floors.  Your eye is naturally drawn upwards to the framed flag, which is easily seen behind the simple chandelier, when you notice the wonderful round porthole window!  A traditional brick fireplace completes the room.

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Get The Look: Coastal Cottage Living

Get The Look: Coastal Cottage Living #coastallivingrooms #cottagestyle #aquas #pinks #colorfullivingrooms

Get The Look: Coastal Cottage Living #coastallivingrooms #cottagestyle #aquas #pinks #colorfullivingrooms
1. Umbria Tuscan Brown Twist Buffet Lamp 36.5″H $390  |  2. Santa Ana Spool Upholstered Accent Chair 29″W x 25″D x 38″H $1,510  |  3. Old English Pine Square Leg Coffee Table customizations: 42″L x 42″W x 19″H, 4″ leg, thick top, breadboard, inside stretcher base, medium brown wax, light rough hewn $1,270  |  4. Annabelle Wheat Indoor/Outdoor Rug 10′ x 14′ $1,637  |  5. Eastpoint Upholstered Sofa 87″W X 36″D X 36″H, $2,250

Mixing and matching furniture styles, colors, and finishes really makes this a unique and lively living room.  This coastal cottage living space encompasses many furniture styles including contemporary, country, and cottage styles that all blend seamlessly together for eclectic flair.  The colors are so fresh and invigorating!  The white frame on the spool chairs makes a vivid splash against the neutral rug and aqua sofa.  We love the small accent of doing a contrast fabric for the sofa piping, especially using crisp white.

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Inspiration Board: Aqua & Orange Coastal Living Room

Inspiration Board: Orange & Aqua Coastal Living #coastallivingroom #aqua #orange #inspirationboards #coloredleather #cottagefurniture #beachhousedecor

Inspiration Board: Aqua & Orange Coastal Living Room #coastallivingroom #aqua #orange #inspirationboards #coloredleather #cottagefurniture #beachhousedecor
1. Collection on the Beach I & III Canvas Giclee 24′ x 24′ $155/ea.  | 2. Montauk Sofa customizations: 83″W x 37″D x 38″H, two seat, upholstered, mahogany exposed pyramid leg, rectangular box back cushions, pebble laguna sofa fabric, seapen tropic throw pillows $1,585  |  3. Driftwood Orb Table Lamp 27″H $520  |  4. Cottage Wicker Reading Table 29″W x 21″D x 28″H, pecan $625  |  5. Orange Chevron Kilim Soumak Wool Rug 8′ x 10′ $1,470  |  6. Twin Lakes Coffee Table customizations: 42″W x 42″D x 18″H, two color rub, linen over tangerine, light rub & distressing $975  |  7. Eastport Side Table 26″R x 23″H, cashew top, blackened iron base $725  |  8. Santa Cruz Leather Chair customizations: 32″W x 40″D x 41″H, rodeo sunset, small pewter nailhead trim, mahogany leg $3,285

Different textures and patterns intermingle beautifully in this aqua & orange coastal living room!  The orange chevron rug nicely anchors the room while providing a subtle, yet unexpected, pattern that is both sophisticated and fun.  The soft coral leather chairs add a touch of refinement to the look, while the coral patterned pillows, driftwood orb lamp, and seashell prints provide just the right amount of seaside whimsy to the room. Wood, fabric, leather, wool, and iron blend easily in this space and contribute multiple layers of texture to create a unique beach house style living room.

What’s your favorite element of this look?

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