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Rooms to Love: Minty Fresh

Rooms to Love: Minty Fresh #greens #paintedfurniture #reclaimedtable thedistinctivecottage.com

Rooms to Love: Minty Fresh #greens #paintedfurniture #reclaimedtable http://thedistinctivecottage.com
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Spring’s signature color comes in all guises, from kelly green to moss to seafoam. As we celebrate the slow advent of Spring, we are showcasing a perfect cottage style porch graced by a rustic mint green planked farmhouse table. A comfy wicker sofa and antiqued white painted Windsor chairs serve as casual accompaniments. A cast of antique shop finds such as a weathered drop leaf side table, vintage gilt-edged tumblers and a painted milk pail serving as a vase for a profusion of pink tulips complete the cottage look.

Follow the link to view a wide selection of our custom bench-built farmhouse tables.  We work with several workshops to offer you many styles, options and color choices for your handcrafted dining table. We also carry seating options, from wood dining chairs to wicker seating to slipcovered chairs. Emerge from winter with a fresh new addition to your cottage decor.

What’s your favorite shade of green?

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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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Rooms to Love: Vive La Veranda

Rooms to Love: Vive La Veranda #porches #whites #aquas #wicker thedistinctivecottage.com

Rooms to Love: Vive La Veranda #porches #whites #aquas #wicker http://thedistinctivecottage.com
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Few things refresh the psyche more than a refuge, such as this cottage style veranda, which offers access to nature with a feeling of sheltered comfort. This ground-level porch affords an element of natural privacy through the surrounding screen of foliage, and a partial wall serves to separate a dining table and chairs from a sitting area without losing any feeling of openness. The white bamboo chairs, white painted console table with tapered legs and white painted open woodwork railings cultivate a clean, airy feeling. Aqua and butter yellow accents on pillows and other accessories, as well as touches like palmetto fronds, add a cheery dose of softly contrasting color.

Bamboo furniture is perfect for covered porches, and is becoming more of a staple for indoor use as well. We offer various wicker furniture collections, of which some items are rattan and bamboo, including our Cottage Wicker and Porch Wicker. Click here for more customizable bamboo pieces.

Do you have a retreat in your cottage home?

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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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Get the Look: Porch Envy

Get the Look: Porch Envy #cottagedecor #porchdecor #cottagestledecor #outdoordecor #colorfulporch #colorfuldecor thedistinctivecottage.com

Colorful Cottage Porch | Get the Look: Porch Envy #cottagedecor #porchdecor #cottagestledecor #outdoordecor #colorfulporch #colorfuldecor thedistinctivecottage.com
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1. Cottage Collection Wicker, Color: Slate Grey  |  2. Shoreline Cottage Style Fabrics: Pelham Robin’s Egg, Grade E, $55 per yard  |  3. Shoreline Cottage Style Fabrics: Bungalow Coral, Grade F, $85 per yard  |  4. Outer Banks Wicker Sofa82″W x 29″D x 40″H, customizable color and cushion fabric, Shown As: Black Frame with standard muslin covered cushions, $1,815  |  5. Deer Isle End Table, 25″Round x 32″H, Shown As: painted custom color, $750  |  6. Outer Banks Wicker Heirloom Rocker, 33″W x 31″D x 39″H, customizable color and cushion fabric, Shown As: Black Frame with standard muslin covered cushions, $718  |  7. Old English Pine Tavern Stretcher Coffee Table, customizable, Shown As: 42″L x 20″W x 19″H, 2″ Thick Top, Waxed, Light Brown Wax, Rough Hewn Wood, $1,095  |  8. Lucy Juniper Indoor/Outdoor Rug, 100% polypropylene, Shown As: 5 x 8, $608

Looking for a little porch inspiration for spring? Look no further than today’s casual, cottage style front porch! The combination of neutral and vivid colors with wicker and old wood furniture creates a unique retreat perfect for so many activities.  This spot is a place for an afternoon read, family games on the coffee table, or entertaining a small group of friends.  It is outfitted with comfortable wicker furniture, which isn’t always easy to find, that has deep seats and plush cushions.  Choosing more muted tones for the furniture allows the homeowners to switch out the throw pillows, rug and/or curtains easily to re-create the overall look.

What is your favorite accent colors in this palette?

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Rooms to Love: Casual Country Style

Rooms to Love: Casual Country #cottagestyle #cottagedecor #countrystyle #countrydecor thedistinctivecottage.com

Country Cottage Porch | Rooms to Love: Casual Country #cottagestyle #cottagedecor #countrystyle #countrydecor thedistinctivecottage.comImage: Pinterest

We are thinking about outdoor spaces today, as the weather here slowly begins to get warmer!  This charming country cottage porch nook caught our eye, because even though it is small, it is packed with so much style.  The weathered finished furniture, flowing greenery, and neutral tones blend together for a simple country cottage feel.  You could hang paper white lanterns or string lights to add ambiance for those long summer nights.

Do you like the simple color palette featured or do you prefer a punch of color?

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Rooms to Love: Cottage Style Porch

Rooms to Love: Cottage Style Porch #colorfulliving #beachhousedecor #beachhousestyle #cottagedecor #cottagestyle #coastalstyledecor #coastaldecor thedistinctivecottage.com

Rooms to Love: Cottage Style Porch #colorfulliving #beachhousedecor #beachhousestyle #cottagedecor #cottagestyle #coastalstyledecor #coastaldecor thedistinctivecottage.com
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We are knee deep in snow and more is on the way here in Maine, so for today’s rooms to love we chose a cottage style porch to help us banish our winter blues!  This beautiful porch is just a snippet from a stunning home located on Muskoka’s Lake Rosseau in Ontario, Canada. Click here to see the full house tour.

What we love about this cottage style porch, besides the view through the panoramic windows, is the mixture of whites used to create an uninterrupted feeling throughout the space.  The stark white floors, ceilings, and trim all create a crisp and clean backdrop, while the furniture is more weathered and distressed for a lived-in feel.  Classic navy blue brings a nautical feel to the space, which is the perfect color for cushions to help hide the dirt and spills that are inevitable in a sitting area. 

What is your favorite accent piece in this coastal cottage porch?

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Inspiration Board: Timeless Teak

Inspiration Board: Timeless Teak #teakfurniture #patiofurniture #cottagedecor #cottagefurniture http://thedistinctivecottage.com/

Inspiration Board: Timeless Teak #teakfurniture #patiofurniture #cottagedecor #cottagefurniture http://thedistinctivecottage.com/
1. Rockland Teak Loveseat with Cushions 57.5″W x 35″D x 33.5″H  $2,375  |  2. Teak Backless Bench 24″L x 17″D x 17″H $395  |  3. Rope Denim Indoor/Outdoor Rug 4 x 6 $369  |  4. Round Teak cafe Folding Table 30″ Round $595  |  5. Rockland Teak Armless Chair with Cushions 28″W x 35″D x 33.5″D $1,250

Making an outdoor space comfortable is easy with timeless teak furniture!  These pieces have really thick cushions which make the seating oh so comfortable, and come in a variety of outdoor fabrics, so you can personalize the color palette.  The frames are made of 100% teak wood, which is naturally resistant to moisture, rot, warping, shrinking, splintering, insects, fungus, marine bores and termites, making it the ideal material for outdoor furniture.  We tied the whole look together using an indoor/outdoor rope rug in an awesome denim color, and chose throw pillows with a similar blue for added impact.

We would love to hear what your favorite outdoor furniture material is! Is it teak, wicker, or do you prefer resin?

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Rooms to Love: Colorful Cottage Decor

Rooms to Love: Colorful Cottage Decor #boldcolorscheme #cottagelivingroom #cottagestyle #decoratingwithcolor #colorfulwicker #cottagefurniture http://thedistinctivecottage.com

Rooms to Love: Colorful Cottage Decor #boldcolorscheme #cottagelivingroom #cottagestyle #decoratingwithcolor #colorfulwicker #cottagefurniture http://thedistinctivecottage.com
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The colorful cottage decor makes this seating area an energetic and exciting space to entertain!  Furnishing a small space can be tough, but choosing the right scaled pieces can make all the difference.  Wicker is a great solution for seating in small spaces, because the frames tend to be more petite in size.  To ensure people are comfortable, add a thick cushion for the seat, and a lumbar throw pillow for the back.  The cushions not only provide comfort, but are a great opportunity to tie the color scheme together.  The long bench seat is another way to add comfortable seating without interrupting the fantastic view from the windows.  And who says you can’t have loads of color in small spaces?  This blend of kiwi, lemon, and strawberry pink creates a cheerful ambiance in a big way! Are you a fan of this look?

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