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Rooms to Love: Rustic Bistro

Rooms to Love: Rustic Bistro #smallspaces #reclaimedwood #trestletable #farmhousetable http://thedistinctivecottage.com/

Rooms to Love: Rustic Bistro #smallspaces #natural #trestletable #farmhousetablePhoto : Better Homes & Gardens

Longing to go on a summer picnic or lounge in a plein air bistro? The cheery little dining room pictured above pulls the carefree feeling of outdoor dining into your cottage home. Bringing together a mix of natural textures and bright colors, as well as some mismatched furniture styles, creates a chic yet communal dining area.

Varied seating options create an easy charm, as if chairs have been pulled up impromptu to accommodate any and all who care to break bread. Scattered touches of primary colors flit about the otherwise neutral backdrop like the chirping birds on the curtains, and a bright white and goldenrod runner with coordinating pillows ensure a French country look. The natural bleached rug and primitive wicker pendant lamp also help to bring the outdoors in.

Anchoring it all is a rustic dining table without pretension but with plenty of character. Find other trestle table and reclaimed barn wood table ideas by viewing our Farmhouse Tables collection.

Are you ready to pull up a chair?

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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: Farmhouse Dining

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Get the Look: Casual Farmhouse Dining Room #farmhousedecor #farmhousestyle #farmhousediningroom #farmhousetables #cottagedecor thedistinctivecottage.com
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1. Coastal Life Orb Chandelier, 26″Round x 29″H, $2,240  |  2. Carolina Farm Table, customizable, As Shown: 72″L x 36″W x 30″H, Turned Farm Leg, Poplar Wood, All Painted, color Snow, $1,895  |  3. Slipcovered Parsons Chair #70, 20″W x 24″D x 42″H, customizable fabric and leg options, As Shown: Grade Level C Liverpool Bleach Fabric, $485  |  4. Susan Upholstered Settee, 55″W x 33″D x 48″H, fabric customizable, As Shown: Grade Level 5 Cozy Dove Fabric, Pepper Finish Legs, $1,620  |  5. Cottage Wicker Chair, please call for pricing  |  6. Summer House Throw Pillows, 18″ Square in Martin Spruce fabric, and 16″Square in Boho Swirl Jade fabric, please call for pricing  |  7. Trimaran Stripe Platinum and Ivory Indoor/Outdoor Rug, 100% Polypropylene, customizable size, As Shown: 8.5 x 11, $550 

We love this welcoming farmhouse style dining room for its laid back atmosphere, and fresh clean look.  A key element to a cozy dining room is to provide your family and guests with comfortable seating.  Here they chose three different styles of seating for an eclectic and gathered look, but all have one thing in common, they all have cushioned seats. Using parsons or wicker chairs instead of wooden chairs can make for a more pleasant dining experience.  They tend to have a wider seat, higher back, and cushioned seat allowing more room to really get comfortable!  You may feel skeptical of using white fabric on the chairs, but having the pieces slipcovered makes cleaning a breeze.

What is your favorite style dining room chair?

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Get The Look: Rustic Farmhouse Dining Room

Get The Look: Rustic Farmhouse Dining

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1. Country Farm Jelly Cabinet customizations: 34″W x 15″D x 60″H, poplar, closed base, raised panel doors, toggle locks, standard flush drawer, fixed shelves, flat panel back, two color rub through, custom color, medium rub/distressing $1,385  |  2. Medium Blue Portland Braided Rug 7’6″ Round $695.25  |  3. Estate Windsor Side Chair 19.5″W x 24″D x 41.5″H, french vanilla $335  |  Country Farm Tapered Leg Dining Table customizations: 72″L x 34″W x 30″H, tapered leg, standard pine top, rectangular, planked, breadboard, straight apron, stained top/painted base, golden, aquamarine, medium rub/distressing $1,130′

Unexpected pops of color make this rustic farmhouse dining room a unique blend of cottage and country.  Shades of aqua, poppy, sunshine, and teal green are seen throughout the room, starting with the round rug that anchors the space with it’s cottage charm, while the rustic farm table and old fashioned jelly cabinet bring the more country elements.  Mismatched windsor chairs add an eclectic touch to the mix.  A wonderfully homey country dining area is the result!

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Design Tip: Sizing and Hanging Chandeliers

Design Tip: Sizing & Hanging Chandeliers #chandeliers #cottagechandeliers #cottagelighting #coastalchandeliers #designtip http://thedistinctivecottage.com

Chandeliers are an important design element in the home that bring both fashion and function to a space.  Lighting defines and accentuates the ambiance you want to create in your home by creating either a soft and relaxing space, or a bright and productive space.  Just like colors, the lighting you choose for a space can drastically affect the way you feel, see, and perform tasks in a room. 

Once you decide where you would like to hang a chandelier, you will need to determine the size you need, how to hang it, and what style will fit your decor. Here are a few hints to help you choose the perfect chandelier:

Size

  • If you are hanging a chandelier in the center of a room, like the entryway or foyer, the best way to determine size is to add the length of the room and the width together, change that number into inches, and that gives you the maximum diameter for your chandelier.
  • For example, if your space is 10′ long by 16′ wide, add those together for 26′, and change that to inches – that gives you a maximum diameter chandelier of 26″.

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  • To determine the best size chandelier to place above your dining table, take the width of your table and subtract 12″ – that gives you the maximum width for your chandelier.
  • For example, if your table is 72″ long x 40″ wide, subtracting 12″ from 40″ gives you a maximum width of 28″ for your chandelier.

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Hanging

  • If the chandelier is suspended in the center of a room, like the foyer or living room, than you want the base of your chandelier to be no less than 7 feet from the floor.  This allows ample height for walking without interfering with head room.

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  • If the chandelier is suspended over a dining table or kitchen island, than you want to allow 30″ – 36″ from the surface of the table to the base of the chandelier.  This allows ample room to see across the table without your line of vision being interrupted by the lighting fixture.

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 Styles

Here is a break down of our favorite show stopping chandeliers!

Coastal

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Nautical Rope Chandelier 29″H x 33″ Round $1,740
White Coral Chandelier 27″H x 29″W $1,150
Portofino Orb Chandelier 33″H x 28″W $2,620

Cottage

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Catalina Medium Chandelier 48″Rnd x 44″H $3,240
Bruges Chandelier 30″Rnd x 36″H $3,240
Antoinette Large Pendant Chandelier 20″ Rnd x 30″H $1,810

Farmhouse and Country

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Celestial Chandelier 32″Rnd x 26″H $1,120
Farmhouse Chandelier 30″Rnd x 40″H $2,120
Diana Chandelier 24″Rnd x 25″H $1,240

Lodge and Lake House

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Silver Antler Chandelier 28″Rnd x 27″H $1,810
Ava Chandelier 25″Rnd x 41″H $1,240
Large Forest Chandelier 26″Rnd x 25″H $1,190

 What chandelier would look amazing in your home?

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Get The Look: Farmhouse Dining Room

Get The Look: Farmhouse Dining Room #farmhousetable #farmhousediningroom #farmhousekitchen #barnwoodtable #farmhousestyle http://thedistinctivecottage.com

Country Style Farmhouse | Get The Look: Farmhouse Dining Room #farmhousetable #farmhousediningroom #farmhousekitchen #barnwoodtable #farmhousestyle http://thedistinctivecottage.com
Photo: This Old House

1. Marseilles Chandelier 32″Rd x 18″H $890  |  2. Wedgewood Cotton Braided Rug 9′ x 12′ oval $2,020  |  3. American Ladderback Side Chair 19″W x 21.5″D x 40.25″H customizations: maple, rush seat, no finials, painted, blackberry, no rub, no distressing $390  |  4. Barn Wood Dining Table customizations: 72″L x 36/39″W x 30″H, one inch rectangular top, breadboard, stained top/painted base, cinnamon, blackberry, medium rub, medium distressing $1,845

This 19th century New York country style farmhouse is a blend of old and new.  The wide plank pine floorboards are beautifully finished in tung oil for a natural look that provides so much warmth to the space.  The dining set is in lieu of a traditional island and really brings out the true farmhouse style of the space.  Ladderback dining chairs are a quintessential element and painting them black creates such a stunning look.  Look here for more photos of this artfully restored home!

Do you prefer an island in the kitchen, or bringing in a dining set?

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Rooms To Love: Thanksgiving Dining Room

Rooms To Love: Thanksgiving Dining Room #cottagediningroom #countrydiningroom #thanksgiving #falldecor http://thedistinctivecottage.com

Rooms To Love: Thanksgiving Dining Room #cottagediningroom #countrydiningroom #thanksgiving #falldecor http://thedistinctivecottage.com
Photo: Martha Stewart

This Thanksgiving spread is simple, elegant and one of our all time favorite cottage inspired dining rooms Pale yellow, mint green, and shades of cream create a soothing atmosphere for what can be a very hectic day!  The arrangement of pumpkins, gourds, and dried flowers add a touch of fall, but in a beautifully elegant way that keeps the look simple and sweet.

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone! We are going to be enjoying some time with our families and will be back with brand new posts on Monday.

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Get The Look: Country Dining Room

Get The Look: Country Dining Room

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1. Carolina Huntboard Buffet customizations: 52, “W x 20″D x 42″H, english beaded drawers, wood knobs, one color painted, blackberry  |  2. Black Aline Vinyl Floor Cloth 20″ x 30″ $45  |  3. Reflection Pendant 35.875″H x 13″W $640  |  4. Lancaster Buffet & Hutch customizations: 50.5″W x 20.5″D x 78″H, catalina wood knobs, two tone finish, country blue with dark walnut interior, standard distressing $2,685  |  5.  Barn Wood Tapered Leg Dining Table customizations: 72″L x 36/39″W x 30″H, one inch rectangular top, rounded corners, no breadboard, all stained, hazelnut, standard distressing $1,495  |  6. Estate Windsor Side Chair 19.5″W x 24″D x 41.5″H, blackberry, light rub/distressing

The simple furniture styles give this country farmhouse dining room a classic feel.  The traditional windsor chairs surround the reclaimed wood table for a relaxed dining experience.  They have a slightly reclined back and a wide seat that makes them a top choice for comfortable dining.  Making a grand impact on the far wall, the buffet, hutch and sideboard combination, allows for plenty of storage and serving space while maintaining the clean and simple style.

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Style Board: Cottage Dining Chairs

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Cottage Home Dining Chairs

Looking for new dining room chairs?  Look no further!  We have hand selected dozens of cottage dining chairs that stand up to our rigorous standards for the “perfect” dining chair, based on color options, comfort, quality and style.  The dining room is a place for gathering family and friends, and you want that space to be comfortable while also reflecting your personal style.  Chairs are a perfect way to infuse an accent color or an interesting shape to make this space truly yours!  What’s your favorite cottage dining chair style?

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Rooms to Love: Easy Elegance

Rooms to Love: Easy Elegance #diningrooms #casualelegance #cottagedecor #roomstolove http://distinctblog.wpengine.com/

Elegant Farmhouse Dining Room | Rooms to Love: Easy Elegance #diningrooms #casualelegance #cottagedecor #roomstolove http://distinctblog.wpengine.com/
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A beautiful blend of old, worn, and weathered pieces, along with crisp and clean architectural details, this elegant farmhouse dining room is truly unique.  The rug has a faded quality to it that makes this room feel so loved and lived in.  The rustic floors are a rich mahogany stain that is a great contrast to the stark white fireplace and chair railed walls, and the combination has a sharp effect on the room.  One of the most impressive elements in this space, even though it may be subtle, is the two tone dining table.  The top has a chipped paint finish in a fantastic slate color, and the base is a handsome timber style trestle.  It is such a unique piece, yet it blends right into the space.

The combination of slipcovered head chairs, wood side chairs, and a singular bench all sit at this one table.  How do you feel about eclectic chairs at your table?

Check out more of this amazing Newport Beach home.

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