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Rooms to Love: Inside Out

Rooms to Love: Inside Out #cottagelivingroom #neutrals #rustic #lodgeporch thedistinctivecottage.com

Rooms to Love: Inside Out #cottagelivingroom #neutrals #rustic #lodgedecor http://thedistinctivecottage.com
Photo: The Pillow Collection

As colder weather nears, we couldn’t decide whether we were more drawn to the idea of the comforts of indoors outside or the hallmarks of outdoors inside, so we married the two scenarios in our Rooms to Love. Equally appealing to the homebody in us all, the fireplaced farmhouse living room and lodge porch above both offer rusticity as well as small touches of welcome luxury.

Hunker down by the fireplace in this farmhouse living room in an overstuffed armchair resplendent with cushy pillows in a stag motif. What sets this room apart is that despite the stark whitewashed hearth and exposed beams, the space crackles with warmth from the woodsy stash of fire logs, the honeyed antique trunk coffee table and the wreathlike antler design mirror. On the other hand, an outdoor lounging area fit for a tsar betrays none of its wintry temperature as long as the candles glow and the wood benches and chairs are covered in faux rabbit fur. These plush accessories take off the chill and make this lodge style porch one to lounge on in all seasons rather than to only pass through.  Softening the lines between indoor and outdoor spaces can create a feeling of integration and fluidity as well as alter your perspective on coziness.

Where is your favorite place to escape in the Great Outdoors?

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Rooms to Love: Unfussy Farmhouse

Rooms to Love: Unfussy Farmhouse #blues #reds #natural wood #fireplace www.thedistinctivecottage.com

 

Rooms to Love: Unfussy Farmhouse #blues #reds #natural wood #fireplace http://thedistinctivecottage.com
Photo: Houzz

Imagine enjoying a nature walk and finding yourself in an unfamiliar part of the woods just as twilight falls. Suddenly you emerge from the trees to see the glow of a fire in the window of a farmhouse and hear friendly shouted greetings. Welcome to the unfussy farmhouse above, where you are ushered into a century-old living room boasting richly stained original built-ins and a quaint whitewashed brick fireplace. You’re given the seat of honor next to the fire, in an antique armchair with plush persimmon upholstery, and handed a drink and an old book to peruse while the owners whip up a hearty supper in the next room. One can dream…

This soothing refuge boasts the midnight blue of a mid-autumn evening on the walls, punctuated by plucky orange-red and cinnamon woodwork and floors. A few bright spots of white, namely the slipcovered sofa and painted brickwork, serve to balance the deeply restful mood created by dark blue. Details like the beadboard-backed bookcase and granite hearth reinforce a unique nostalgia, and timelessness supersedes the fad of the moment to make a comfortably classic sitting area. Individuality shines through as the butterfly theme of the print on the mantel is echoed in the throw pillows, and according to preference, this room could change up quite easily with the introduction of a new slipcover or plaid or floral accessories.

What was your favorite room at grandma’s house?

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Rooms to Love: Farmhouse Living Room

Farmhouse Living Room #fireplace #whitelivingroom http://thedistinctivecottage.com/

Rooms To Love: Farmhouse Living Room #whitelivingroom #farmhouse #rustic #decoratingwithwhite http://thedistinctivecottage.com
Image: Southern Living

We love this farmhouse living room with its cozy fireplace seating area, use of natural elements and unassuming charm.  With couch and armchairs placed to appreciate the fireplace rather than in a more traditional configuration, an intimate grouping takes root.  Although turned out mainly in crisp whites, this room is grounded by the warm, honeyed tones of the wood flooring and woven fiber rug.  A console table behind the couch unifies the room’s warm tones and whites in its semi-distressed state.  Rustic pine cones and a horseshoe crab shell work alongside the bright blossoms and leafy green plants to add pinpoints of interest.  All these treasured objects, including the juxtaposition of art upon the mantel, are placed in a non-structured yet welcoming way.

Do you enjoy fireside chats?

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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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Color Board: Burnt Sienna

Color Board: Burnt Sienna #earthtones #cottagedecor #cottagestyle #orange thedistinctivecottage.com

Cottage Style Farmhouse | Color Board: Burnt Sienna #earthtones #cottagedecor #cottagestyle #orange thedistinctivecottage.com

1. Shoreline Cottage Style Fabrics: Bayou Seaglass, Grade A, $35 per yard  |  2. Shoreline Cottage Style Fabrics: Sailcloth Sahara, Grade E, $75 per yard  |  3. Shoreline Cottage Style Fabrics: Denman Clay, Grade C, $55 per yard  |  4. Shoreline Cottage Style Fabrics: Spectrum Grenadine, Grade C, $55 per yard  |  5. Shoreline Cottage Style Fabrics: Kai Apricot, Grade D, $65 per yard  |  6. Tapestry Spice Hooked Rug, 100% Wool, 2 x 3 starts at $105

Today’s color board is a rich combination of burnt sienna, pumpkin and a splash of blue to create a vibrant cottage style color palette. These colors and fabrics are perfect for a cottage style farmhouse or cabin, because they offer a beautiful assortment of lush, earthy tones. The rug we choose is a plush, wool tufted rug, that is ideal for a family room or living room where you want comfort and durability. Not to mention, the pattern is a fabulous focal point that you can easily branch off of when choosing upholstery fabrics. 

Which fabric would you choose for the sofa if this was the rug in your family room?

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Get the Look: Country Chic

Get the Look: Country Chic #countrydecor #countrystylefurniture #countrystyle #reclaimedwoodtables #farmhousedecor thedistinctivecottage.com

Get the Look: Country Chic Living Room #countrydecor #countrystylefurniture #countrystyle #reclaimedwoodtables #farmhousedecor thedistinctivecottage.com
Inspiration Photo: BHG

1. White Scallop Mirror, other sizes available, 10″ x 36″, $135 and the White Braid Mirror, other sizes available, 10″ x 36″, $180  |  2. Fiona Small Chandelier, 27″ Round x 33″H, $1400  |  3. Round Side Table, 20″Round x 27″H, As Shown: Almond Finish, Standard Rub/Distressing, $395  |  4. Shoreline Slipcovered Parsons Chair #90, 19″W x 20″D x 38″H, As Shown: Tangiers Bleach, Grade C Fabric, Corded Welt, $445  |  5. Old English Pine Victorian Coffee Table, customizable, As Shown: 42″L x 20″D x 18″H, Two Drawers, Light Brown Wax Finish, Light Rough Hewn Distressing, $1,145

The inspiration photo for this weeks Get the Look is an adorable living room, and with just a few simple pieces you can create this quintessential country chic look too! We love blending rustic elements, like the reclaimed wood coffee table, with refined pieces, like the crystal and wrought iron chandelier, for a distinctive style. The color palette consists of gold, white and creamy colors with sweet accents of pink and green that make the space feel light and graceful.

What is your favorite country style accent in this delightful living room?

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Rooms to Love: Farmhouse Family Room

Rooms to Love: Farmhouse Family Room #farmhousestyle #farmhouse decor #farmhouselivingrooms #cottagedecor http://thedistinctivecottage.com/

Rooms to Love: Farmhouse Family Room #farmhousestyle #farmhouse decor #farmhouselivingrooms #cottagedecor http://thedistinctivecottage.com/Image: The Inspired Room

The rich mahogany stained floors and the vaulted ceilings create a dramatic impact in this farmhouse living room.  The navy striped rug lays the foundation for the simple design scheme, and it anchors the living room furniture in the large space.  The flowing curtain panels are mounted higher than the windows to help to accentuate the lofted ceilings. 

Do you prefer light or dark wood floors?

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Rooms To Love: Christmas Country Living

Rooms To Love: Christmas Country Living #christmasdecorating #christmaslivingroom #countrychristmas #farmhousechristmas http://thedistinctivecottage.com

Rooms To Love: Christmas Country Living #christmasdecorating #christmaslivingroom #countrychristmas #farmhousechristmas http://thedistinctivecottage.com
Photo: House & Home

The holidays have arrived at this beautiful country style home.  The vaulted ceilings provide plenty of space for the huge Christmas tree that is adorned with white lights, colorful ornaments, and a metal star as the finishing touch.  The tree stands center stage in the home and can be enjoyed by family and guests from almost any room.  There is nothing prettier than the warm glow the tree bestows for the perfect holiday ambiance in this Christmas country living room!

Do you have a favorite holiday decoration that you set up each year?

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Rooms to Love: Reinventing History

Rooms to Love: Reinventing History #countrylivingroom #cottagelivingroom #farmhouselivingroom #farmhousestyle #countrystyle http://thedistinctivecottage.com

Farmhouse Style Living Room | Rooms to Love: Reinventing History
Image: Country Living

This farmhouse style living room comes from a recent article in Country Living about a nearly 100 year old dance hall that has been converted into a stylish home. Keeping the open concept floor plan and entertainment friendly atmosphere was an important design concept that the Johnston family executed flawlessly.

The living room is a great example of a relaxed, inviting, and family-friendly space with a nod to traditional living. The expansive Persian rug is a beautiful focal point and creates a vibrant mood to this otherwise neutral palette. The walls are painted in Sherwin Williams Alabaster, which is an ideal tone of white to display the original artworks that adorn the walls.  Choosing deep sofa and chair frames not only makes for comfortable lounging, but also fills this large scale space to make a more welcoming environment.

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Living & Family Rooms

Living & Family Rooms

When decorating a living room consider first, how often do you use your living room?  Is it reserved for company or does it get everyday use?  If you do a lot of formal entertaining, you’ll approach the design of your living room differently than if it is the center of your family life.

Whatever style you want to employ, every living room needs comfortable seating, sufficient lighting, and tables to hold cocktails or magazines.  What’s the focal point?  Does the room invite you in?  Most importantly, do the furnishings and décor reflect the ambiance you want to create in your home?

Decorating a Living Room

Camden Slipcovered Sectional


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