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Rooms to Love: Sky (Blue) High

Rooms to Love: Sky (Blue) High #aquakitchen #scandinavian #farmhousetable http://thedistinctivecottage.com/

Rooms to Love: Sky (Blue) High #skybluekitchen #scandinavian #farmhousetable http://thedistinctivecottage.com/Photo: barvity.net

Sky blue turns heads.  The color of the walls in this farmhouse kitchen play against white tile and cabinetry to energize the space in a quietly fresh way. Crisp and clean, this eat-in kitchen gives off an orderly confidence without looking contrived, a magical element of the Scandinavian style. Drawing from both traditional and modern styles, key architectural elements in this kitchen mesh without giving pause.

A gorgeous white antique enameled corner fireplace rules this cheery kitchen, where everything has its place, from the aqua pitcher and herbs to the incredibly mod pinecone lighting fixture.  The weathered farmhouse table grounds the area with its sturdy earthiness and ungrudgingly gives over the spotlight to the glitzy lamp. The shiny coat of white paint on the dining chairs furthers the kitchen’s signature lightness. The lesson here is to mix and match without fear, from antique with modern to linear with ornate, simply taking care to keep clutter out of the equation and to have fun.

Are you a fan of the Scandinavian style?

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Rooms to Love: Cozy Country Home

Rooms to Love: Cozy Country Home #countrydecor #cottagedecor #countrystyle #cottagestyle #farmhousedecor #farmhousestyle thedistinctivecottage.com

Rooms to Love: Cozy Country Home #countrydecor #cottagedecor #countrystyle #cottagestyle #farmhousedecor #farmhousestyle thedistinctivecottage.comImage: Decoholic

This cozy country home has so much style in such a small space. Primitive country accents, including the needlepoint pillow, checkered drapes, and roughly painted end tables, are carefully arranged throughout the open concept family room for a homey, lived in feel.  The architecture in this home is a beautiful blend of old and new. Rustic elements, like the stone hearth, old pine flooring, and reclaimed wood loft blend seamlessly with polished elements, like the crisp kitchen cabinetry, and beadboard walls. A perfect concoction of new and old in this tiny country cabin.

What is your favorite primitive country accent?

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Inspiration Board: Cottage Kitchen Island

Inspiration Board Cottage Kitchen Island #cottagedecor #cottagekitchen #cottagestyle http://thedistinctivecottage.com/

Inspiration Board: Cottage Kitchen Island #cottagedecor #cottagekitchen #cottagestyle http://thedistinctivecottage.com/
1.  Brushed Nickel 3 Pendant Chandelier 43″W x 12″D x 55″H $1,390  |  2.  Windsor Swivel Stool Counter: 18″W x 19″D x 40″H with seat 24″H, Bar: 18″W x 19″D x 45″H with seat 30″H, shown in Nautical, starts at $295 each  |  3. Carolina 4 Drawer Kitchen Island  customizations: 60″W x 25″D x 35″H, 3/4″ thick pine top, Sealed English stained top and Sunset painted base, $3,040  |  4. Tempo Stripe Woven Wool Rug 5 x 8 $518

If space permits, having a center island in the kitchen can be a life saver for additional storage, extended counter top space, and a great place to gather around when entertaining.  This cottage kitchen island has a butcher block top for food preparation, and a painted base for a great kick of color.  If you want to allow space for stools, than ensure your custom kitchen island has at least a 12″ overhang for plenty of knee room. 

What wall color do you envision for this lively kitchen?

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Painted Ceilings For Every Room

Yellow Ceiling Entryway

Poor ceilings.  It seems they have been neglected for so long – banished to the boring corridors of plain white.  Well, no longer!  Painting a ceiling is a great way to add color and visual interest to any room.  Here are a few of our favorites to inspire you: 

A Yellow Entryway

Painted Ceilings Ideas: Yellow Ceiling Entryway #paintedceilings #entryways #cottagestyle #coastalstyle #yellow http://thedistinctivecottage.com
Image: Liz Marie Blog

Aqua in the Kitchen

Painted Ceilings Ideas: Aqua Ceiling Kitchen #paintedceilings #kitchens #cottagestyle #coastalstyle #aqua http://thedistinctivecottage.com
Image: Adore Your Place

Soaring Green in the Living Room

Painted Ceilings Ideas: Green Ceiling Living Room #paintedceilings #livingrooms #cottagestyle #coastalstyle #green http://thedistinctivecottage.com
Image: Restyling Home By Kelly

Dining in Deep Blue

Painted Ceilings for Every Room: Dark Blue Ceiling Dining Room #paintedceilings #diningrooms #cottagestyle #coastalstyle #blue http://thedistinctivecottage.com
Image: House of Turquoise

A Study in Neutrals

Painted Ceilings for Every Room: Tan Ceiling Office #paintedceilings #offices #cottagestyle #coastalstyle #neutrals http://thedistinctivecottage.com
Image: Decor Pad

A Bright Coral Bedroom

Painted Ceilings for Every Room: Coral Ceiling Bedroom #paintedceilings #bedrooms #cottagestyle #coastalstyle #coral http://thedistinctivecottage.com
Image: 6th Street Design School

 What are your painted ceilings ideas?

 

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Rooms To Love: Country Cottage Kitchen

Rooms To Love: Country Cottage Dining #cottagediningrooms #farmhousetables #cottagekitchens #colorfulchairs http://thedistinctivecottage.com

Rooms To Love: Country Cottage Kitchen #cottagediningrooms #farmhousetables #cottagekitchens #colorfulchairs http://thedistinctivecottage.com
Image: Denoxa

This country cottage kitchen is a bright and airy space, filled with whimsical accents and cheery color.  It is also the perfect place for family meals or evening homework!  Having a full size table in the kitchen allows for a less formal dining area and provides a multi-functional surface space for the whole family.  The different colored chairs are such a fun and bright addition to this kitchen.

What do you think of the different colored chairs?

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Top 5 Reasons to Use Barn Doors

Top 5 Reasons to Use Barn Doors #contemporary #barndoors #designtip http://distinctblog.wpengine.com/

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!

Decorating with Barn Doors | Top 5 Reasons to Use Barn Doors #designtip #barndoors #coastaldecor http://distinctblog.wpengine.com/
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Centsational Girl

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!

Decorating with Barn Doors | Top 5 Reasons to Use Barn Doors #contemporary #barndoors #designtip http://distinctblog.wpengine.com/
Image: Homed It

Top 5 Reasons to Use Barn Doors #contemporary #barndoors #designtip http://distinctblog.wpengine.com/
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The Kitchn

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.

Top 5 Reasons to Use Barn Doors #rusticdecor #barndoors #designtip http://distinctblog.wpengine.com/
Image: The Nest

Top 5 Reasons to Use Barn Doors #countrydecor #barndoors #designtips #rusticdecor http://distinctblog.wpengine.com/
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Dishfunctional Design

Top 5 Reasons to Use Barn Doors #designtip #barndoors #coastaldecor http://distinctblog.wpengine.com/
Image: Tidbits and Wine

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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My Design Chic

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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Image and Tutorial:
The Hand Made Home

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

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Design Tip: Orange Decor

Design Tip: Shades of Orange #orangedecor #decoratingwithorange #orangelivingroom #orangeaccents #cottagelivingroom #cottagestyle http://thedistinctivecottage.com

The Distinctive Cottage Blog | Design Tip: Orange Decor
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Sig Melon Fabric Sunny Insignia Flat Weave Rug Sunny Jagges Stripe Flat Weave Rug Cinnamon Elsinore Diamond Flat Weave Rug SUnny Serpentine Flat Weave Rug

1. Sig Melon Fabric Summer House Upholstered Collection $48 per yard  |  2. Sunny Insignia Flat Weave Rug $223  |  3. Sunny Jagges Stripe Flat Weave Rug $223  | 4. Cinnamon Elsinore Diamond Flat Weave Rug $223  |  5. Sunny Serpentine Flat Weave Rug $223

Most of us associate orange decor with the vintage look of the 1970’s, but in today’s modern and colorful home, it is making a comeback in a big way!  Shades of orange create a warm, inviting, and friendly ambiance that expresses a more whimsical and adventurous cottage decorating style.

Orange can be bright, fun, and energetic.
Design Tip: Orange Decor #cottagelivingroom #cottagestylelivingroom #orangedecor #decoratingwithorange http://thedistinctivecottage.com
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Or it can be elegant, refined, and dramatic.
Design Tip: Orange Decor #cottagebedrooms #coastalbedrooms #decoratingwithorange #orangeaccents #cottagestylebedrooms http://thedistinctivecottage.com
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Only want a splash? Try it on an accent piece!
Design Tip: Orange Decor #orangestools #orangekitchens #cottagekitchens #cottagestylekitchens #countrykitchens http://thedistinctivecottage.com
Image: BHG

Orange is an inspiring color, so feel free to use it however you want.  The possibilities are endless when working with such an invigorating palette.  Where do you envision a burst of orange in your home?

Benton Rouge Fabric Sunny Insignia Flat Weave Rug Sunny Jagges Stripe Rug Cinnamon Elsinore Diamond Rug Sunny Serpentine Rug

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Staff Pick: Linda’s Private Oasis

Staff Pick: Linda's Private Oasis #cottagestylekitchen #coastalstyle #coastaldecor #coastalbararea

Cottage Kitchen Nook | Staff Pink: Linda's Private Oasis #cottagestylekitchen #coastalstyle #coastaldecor #coastalbararea

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French Traditional Stool rush seat, bar height $460  |  Mosi Indigo Indoor/Outdoor Rug 5′ x 8′ $589  |  Medium Glass Buoy Float Pendant 8″Rd x 10″H $380  | Learn To Fly Canvas Giclee 54″ x 27″ $405  |  Oleshia Wall Clock 16.75″D $105  |  Carolina Rolling Bar customizations: 52″W x 24″D x 40″H, standard top, wood knob, sealed english stained top, blackberry painted base $2,440  |  Coastal Cottage Woven Two Bottle Carrier 9.5″L x 6″W x 7″H $55

Every home should have a special spot to unwind after a hard day’s work.  Some people want a cottage kitchen nook, or a comfy chair, while Linda prefers a glass of wine in her own private oasis!  The coastal accents immediately help her mind drift away to the beach while sipping her favorite vino.  The bar set features french traditional stools that have distinct carvings for a refined and classic style, which pair beautifully with the painted blackberry bar, and the subtle diamond print rug.

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Rooms To Love: Making a Splash

Better Homes and Gardens

Colorful Breakfast Nook | Rooms To Love: Making A Splash
Image: BHG

Color, color, and more color! This adorable, colorful breakfast nook is a perfect way to start your day, and if the coffee doesn’t wake you up, than the color certainly will. Bright orange, hints of blue, and zesty lime greens create a fun and vibrant space that exudes happiness and cheer.  

The contours of the chair design, the circular print on the cushions, the scalloping of the curtains, and the varying sized stripes in the rug make a bold and creative statement.  Choosing a table with a simple silhouette allows all of these other elements to really shine.  This room is a well balanced space, because it achieves both a playful and fun environment, while also showing a sense of restraint.

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Inspiration Board: Sunny Kitchen Nook

Sunny Kitchen Nook

Inspiration Board: Sunny Kitchen Nook

This rustic buffet in this sunny kitchen nook is made of reclaimed old pine making it a unique center island for the kitchen.  Reclaimed wood has lots of personality with an array of markings from it’s years of wear.  The age of this type of wood also makes for a harder surface and is not as penetrable as new pine.  There are two types of wood treatments for a kitchen surface:  stained and sealed, if not being used as a cutting surface, or oiled, if the surface will be used as a direct prep station.  Incorporating a center island in the kitchen adds another work surface and offers a chance to punch up your look with color or detailing.  If space permits, add stools for seating and an overhead pendant light – a great spot for morning coffee, after school homework, or late night snacking! 

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