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Inspiration Board: Down Time Drift

Inspiration Board: Down Time Drift #blues #browns #wicker #indooroutddorrugs thedistinctivecottage.com

Inspiration Board: Down Time Drift #blues #browns #wicker #indooroutddorrugs http://thedistinctivecottage.com
1. Azure Sky Canvas Giclee, various sizes, from $405  |  2. St. Augustine Wicker Veranda Chair, 30″W, $1,015  |  3. Montserrat Side Table, 30″H, shown in Blueberry, $480  |  4. Westside Stained Rocker, shown in Mahogany, starting at $280 |  5. Habitat Fountain Blue Braided Indoor/Outdoor Rug, various sizes, starting at $46.12 | 6. St. Augustine Wicker Veranda Ottoman, 22″W x 23″D, $480

Down time is vital for maintaining a positive attitude and good health, and soothing surroundings can make all the difference in your ability to unwind. Generous and comfortable seating, attractive painted furniture with storage to put clutter out of sight, and appealing color and texture choices can all make your home an easier place in which to relax. Mixing an earthy color such as golden ochre with beachy sea-inspired colors gives an added element of depth to nudge you into a contemplative mood. Woven wicker patterns and chunky rugs may put you in mind of a cozy cottage in which you once spent a pleasant sabbatical.

Above is a sampling of cottage style furniture – wicker, painted and stained – along with a durable braided rug with an updated palette. Two veranda style pieces from our Cottage Wicker Furniture collection are appropriate for either your covered porch or living room, depending upon where you prefer to unwind. They have a definite personality but are still easy to mix with other wicker and wood furniture. The Westside Stained Rocker is a sure way to add relaxation to your routine, and it comes in several stained, painted and antiqued options. The slender turnings of the rocker are echoed in the Montserrat Side Table, a stylishly compact piece from our new Islands Collection. And finally, one of our many wall art offerings – the Azure Sky Canvas Giclee – blends faultlessly with our Habitat Fountain Blue Braided Indoor/Outdoor Rug.

Which room do you favor for your down time?

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Get the Look: Trestle Trove

Get The Look: Trestle Trove #cottageporch #aquas #greens thedistinctivecottage.com

Get The Look: Trestle Trove #cottageporch #aquas #greens http://thedistinctivecottage.com
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1. Country Farm Craftsman Trestle Table, customizable, from $1,225 | 2. Metal Bistro Chair Silver, 17.5″W x 18″D x 33″H, $110 | 3. Metal Bistro Chair Navy, 17.5″W x 18″D x 33″H, $110 | 4. Country Farm Collection Colors, Aquamarine and Pear

Essential at all times of the year, farmhouse tables can even accommodate warm weather gatherings depending upon the wood used to craft them. We love the non-traditional look of this farmhouse trestle table surrounded by industrial chic seating. The architectural interest of the trestle base and the unexpectedly bright color of the table paired with the metallic chairs is going to start all kinds of conversation.

Our Country Farm Craftsman Trestle Table can be made of cypress for outdoor use, or other woods for indoor dining only.  It is available in 6 standard stains and 40 standard paints, including Aquamarine and Pear (shown), as well as custom paint colors. A combination of paint and stain can also be chosen. The length, width, height are all customizable, as well as the top thickness, top shape, planking, breadboards and optional extensions. Our Metal Bistro Chairs, also available as stools, come in several other colors to mix and match and serve as a sassy sidekick to your farmhouse table.

Where do you host your favorite large gatherings?

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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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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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Get Ready for Summer – A Guide to Outdoor Decorating

Outdoor Decorating Ideas | Sun Porch
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Here in Maine, the snow is starting to melt and patches of ground are peaking through.  The days are longer – and the sun is warmer.  After a long winter, we are all dreaming of those lazy days of summer when we can enjoy the great outdoors, so naturally we are thinking of outdoor decorating ideas.

Now is the time to start thinking about decorating your outdoor space!  Take a look in your storage area to see what furnishings you have and if it’s in good condition.  Can your outdoor furniture be used again this year – perhaps with a little touch-up or repair?  Do you need to add some new pieces or are you starting fresh with a new outdoor décor that will maximize your space and enhance your enjoyment?

Ordering furniture can take up to three months for delivery, so let’s get started now.  First, think about your space and how you plan to use it.  Are you decorating for a summer home at the coast or a rustic retreat in the mountains or at a lake?  Is it an urban pocket garden or a Victorian porch?  Is it spacious and sprawling or compact and contained?  Is your outdoor area sunny or shady – or a combination of the two?  Think about how you want to use the space – for dining, lounging, entertaining or as an outdoor retreat.

Outdoor Decorating Ideas | Porch Layout

Make a floor plan – or should we say a grounds plan.  Taking dimensions might not be as easy in the great outdoors, but a sketch and approximate dimensions will do.  You may want to divide your space into areas with a good flow for grilling, dining, sunning, playing, or even working.  Then, decide what pieces of furniture you will need in those areas.  If you are decorating for an enclosed porch or deck, think of it as a room.  Take more careful measurements and plot your furniture placement on a computer program or on graph paper.

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Think theme!  Ideally, your outdoor space should be an extension of your home and fit the environment where it is located.  Your outdoor décor may be sleek and sophisticated for a modern home or in an urban setting.  Or, it may be rustic or Victorian for a cottage-style home.

In recent years, advances in materials and finishes have expanded the choices for outdoor furnishings.  Today’s new materials and technology have made it possible for outdoor furnishings to be fashionable, as well as durable and weather-resistant.

Let’s look at some of the options available today:

Wicker is an all-time favorite for outdoor living.  It is reminiscent of a bygone era when families gathered on the front porch.  Made of hand-woven rattan, it is durable, strong, and flexible.  However, traditional wicker is best used indoors or in a covered or screened-in porch where there is limited exposure to rain and sun.  For outdoor use, look for specially made outdoor wicker furniture that will stand up to the elements. High quality products are generally made of all-weather high density resin wicker over an aluminum frame. Cushions should be self-draining, mildew resistant, and made of anti-microbial commercial grade foam.  The furniture can be painted in a variety of colors to create a décor that reflects your personal decorating style.

Outdoor Decorating Ideas | Cottage Wicker Colors

What about wood?   We all remember those old benches, chairs and picnic tables that would peel, crack and splinter.  That’s a problem of the past thanks to new pressure treated kiln-dried wood materials.  Often made from treated Southern pine – an American renewable resource – this outdoor furniture keeps its good looks for years to come.

Outdoor Decorating Ideas | Outdoor Wood Bar
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For a totally maintenance-free choice, consider outdoor furnishings made of 100 percent recycled plastic.  This eco-friendly furniture is economical and long lasting.  Available in bright colors and upscale design, many of these collections herald a whole new era of plastic chic.  Perfect for reading and relaxing, the Adirondack chair is light weight, colorful and easy to store.  No more peeling, cracking or splintering.  Just hose it down and it’s clean.  Recycled plastic tables, chairs and occasional pieces make outdoor living a breeze, even in challenging weather environments like here on the Maine coast.  An important added benefit – eco-friendly furniture means that it is good for the environment.

Bronze Anchor LightAs in any décor, it’s the accessories and accent pieces that make the space unique and attractive.  For outdoor living, it’s important to light up the night. Solar lighting can be used to illuminate the garden and pathways. Twinkling string lights can be draped through trees and posts to create a romantic effect.  Overhead lighting helps ensure that the space can be used at night for dining or reading.  Oil lanterns and candle hurricane lanterns create a rustic effect, while safe for use in an open windy area.

Area rugs made of polypropylene/olefin fabrics help delineate the space in an outdoor room.  Available in an array or colors and patterns, these indoor-outdoor rugs are easy to clean, stain-resistant, and fade-resistant.

Let your imagination roam free.  Use pillows and throws to soften the space.  Mix and match colors and patterns.  Potted and hanging plants create a natural flow to the surrounding garden.  Look for artwork, sculptures, rocks, shells or driftwood to create nature-inspired accents that reflect your environment.  Most of all – have fun! That’s what summer and outdoor living is all about!

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Porches

Porches

Decorate your outside “room” just like you would any indoor living space.  First, decide how you will use it.  Think beyond just relaxing and grilling – do you want an outdoor dining area or would you rather have a cozy conversation nook?  Do you need a gardening area?  Today’s all-weather furniture, fabrics & rugs allow you to create the porch of your dreams!  Whatever’s on your porch agenda, plan for privacy so you can truly relax and enjoy the space.  Consider the seasons – shading is essential in the rainy spring and hot summer, while a fire pit or outdoor heaters allows you to enjoy your outdoor space long into the autumn and early winter.

Porch Decorating | The Distinctive Cottage

Cape Charles Porch Wicker Collection


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