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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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Color Board: Made in the Jade

Color Board: Made in the Jade #stripedfabrics #floralfabrics #aquas #greens thedistinctivecottage.com

Color Board: Made in the Jade #stripedfabrics #floralfabrics #aquas #greens http://thedistinctivecottage.com
1. Auretta Peacock Fabric, E, $75 per yard  |  2. Alero Baltic Fabric, A, $35 per yard  |  3.  Sapelo Vapor Fabric, E, $75 per yard  |  4. Dartmouth Mineral Fabric, H, $110 per yard available  |   5. Ariana Spa Fabric, C, $55 per yard  |  6. Wainscott Jade Fabric, F, $85 per yard

Let the deep and soothing shade of jade help you transition from the dark tones of winter to the brighter hues of spring. Named for a rock long esteemed for its beauty and healing powers, the color jade is a perfect pick-me-up for the post-holiday decor doldrums. Here it is paired with aquas and citrus green, deep blues and hints of gold, but it would be equally restorative with some scarlet, pinks, greys and shades of plum.

All of the fabrics pictured above are available on both our slipcovered and upholstered pieces belonging to the Shoreline Furniture Collection. They would also make an ideal slipcover or accent pillow as they are machine washable. The fabrics in the left-hand column are all either 100% cotton or mostly cotton, and the others are all different blends of linen, flax and cotton with synthetic materials.

Is jade one of your favorite gems?

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Inspiration Board: Splitting Chairs

Inspiration Board: Splitting Chairs #stripedrugs #woodchairs #cottagelivingroom thedistinctivecottage.com

Inspiration Board: Splitting Chairs #stripedrugs #woodchairs #cottagelivingroom http://thedistinctivecottage.com
1. Tangerine Stripe Indoor/Outdoor Rug, various sizes, from $39.90 | 2. Bamboo Club Chair, 30.25″H, $620 | 3. Grenada Ladderback Side Chair, 42.5″H, shown in Aqua, $455 | 4. Ravenna Indoor/Outdoor Rug, various sizes, from $39.90 | 5. Grenada Ladderback Side Chair, 42.5″H, shown in Blueberry, $455  | 6. Bridgetown Stool, 41″H or 46″H, $450 | 7. Chekat Grey Micro Hooked Rug, various sizes, from $96

Building a room around a rug is one of our favorite pastimes, and it seems like the seating always falls into place second. Whether your rug pattern is intricate, with several different colors from which to make a match, or involves only unassuming neutrals, there is never just one chair that will work. Options for matching rugs with chairs are as wide open as your sense of adventure. A weathered bar stool with a farmhouse feel may suit a soft grey wool rug just as well as an urban chic white metal stool – the decision lies with your overall style goals.

We constantly add rugs in many engaging colors and patterns to our offerings. Most of our indoor/outdoor rugs have a varied, hand-tufted loop construction which gives them a soft yet durable texture. The bold orange of the Tangerine Stripe Indoor/Outdoor Rug pairs perfectly with the Chippendale look Bamboo Club Chair, shown in Mandarin. This classy rattan chair with leather bindings comes in over 40 paint colors. The eye-catching Ravenna Indoor/Outdoor Rug in a tile print is shown with two color choices for the Grenada Ladderback Side Chair, which is also available as a barstool. The Chekat Grey Micro Hooked Rug also has a bold pattern, but comes in wool with a low profile, making it perfect for high-traffic areas. Paired with this chevron pattern rug is the Bridgetown Stool, which comes in two heights and 11 color choices, including one stain and one weathered look finish. All of our featured rugs are also available as runners.

What element do you start with when decorating?

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Get the Look: Spanish Moss

Get the Look: Spanish Moss #greens #naturals #cottagelivingroom thedistinctivecottage.com

Get the Look: Spanish Moss #greens #naturals #cottagelivingroom http://thedistinctivecottage.com
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1. Chatham Grande Long Slipcovered Sofa, 101″ W, $1,885 | 2. Twin Lakes Coffee Table, from $750, customizable | 3. Sandy Point Leather Accent Chair, $2,860, available upholstered | 4. Cottage Wicker Round Inset Ottoman, $330  | 5. Ivory on Green Pompeii Vinyl Floor Cloth, 5′ x 5′, $390, various sizes | 6. Nevis Moss Jute Woven Rug,   5′ x 8′, $389, various sizes

Like the verdant orange groves of the Spanish countryside, the mossy green tiles in this country cottage living room call to mind bountiful harvests and time-honored traditions. French doors with Moorish arches open to a sunny courtyard, while a hooded fireplace with moulding guarantees comfort for grey days. A natural fiber rug and low, movable seats blend with wood and leather for a rustic yet refined comfort. We love how the classic cottageness of this living room is embellished with Mediterranean touches such as scrolling sconces and exotic tiled floors.

Conjure up the effect of ancient and luxurious tiles with our Ivory on Green Pompeii Vinyl Floor Cloth. Durable, non-skid and easy to clean, our vinyl floor cloths offer an alternative to tiled floors. From our Shoreline Slipcovered Furniture, the Chatham Grande Long Slipcovered Sofa in a neutral color adds length and light to any room, and is available in 400 fabrics.  A classic cottage piece, the Twin Lakes Coffee Table offers a beadboard shelf and is customizable in size and color. A fast favorite, the Sandy Point Leather Accent Chair has clean, curving lines with nailhead embellishment (available in 50 colors). Adding a dash of texture is the Cottage Wicker Round Inset Ottoman, which can also be used as a small seat or table, and the jute / cotton blend of the Nevis Moss Jute Woven Rug (available in other colors).

Does your home have any Spanish touches?

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Inspiration Board: Citrus Cooler

Inspiration Board: Citrus Cooler #greens #whites #cottagelivingroom thedistinctivecottage.com

Inspiration Board: Citrus Cooler
1. Harwich Upholstered Sofa86″W x 35″D x 34″H, starts at $2,365  |  2. Knob Hill Distressed White Floor Lamp, 67″H, $640  |  3. Lowcountry Coffee Table, 40″L x 24″W x 18″H, customizable, starts at $1,295  |  4. Checks Green Woven Cotton Rug, 6′ x 9′, $285 (also available in other colors)  |  5. Green Thumbprint Glass Table Lamp, 30″H, $375  |  6. St. Simons Leather Accent Chair30.5″W x 32″D x 30″H, starts at $2,195  |  7. Barn Wood Cricket Table, starts at $615

Casting a tropical temperament over your cottage living room is easy by introducing some citrus green. Citrus green calls to mind palm fronds, exotic parrots and even lime-infused drinks, serving as a perfect mood booster. When the warmer days start slipping away, the blow can be softened by recreating a summery environment inside. Pairing bright white painted furniture with this leafy green creates a crisp counterpoint and a cottage look. Adding light wood accents such as a lamp table or a coffee table with a stained top can also add a slight touch of warmth to the decor.

Our Inspiration Board shows some cottage pieces in the top half and a slightly more formal seating ensemble on the bottom half. Tying the two looks together is the classic houndstooth patterned Checks Green Woven Cotton Rug. Our featured sofa and armchairs both come from our popular Summer House Furniture Collection, with over 350 available fabric options. Adorably styled, the Harwich Upholstered Sofa is also available in a loveseat, and the sleek St. Simons Leather Chairs (with over 55 leather choices) also come in a swivel option. Our occasional tables can both be finished in several standard paints and stain combinations, and in addition, the Barn Wood Cricket Table is in reclaimed wood and the height is customizable.

What is your favorite summery shade?

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Color Board: Indigo-Go

Color Board: Indigo-Go #blues #teal #mod thedistinctivecottage.com

Color Board: Indigo-Go #blues #teal #mod http;//thedistinctivecottage.com
1. Lona Plantation Fabric (Level E), $75/yd, Shoreline Slipcovered Furniture  |  2.  Cove Indigo Fabric (Level D), $65/yd,  Shoreline Slipcovered Furniture  |  3. Algura Denim Fabric (Level C), $55/yd, Shoreline Slipcovered Furniture  |  4. Cove Pool Fabric (Level D), $65/yd,  Shoreline Slipcovered Furniture  |  5. Carousel Ocean Fabric (Level D), $65/yd,  Shoreline Slipcovered Furniture 

It’s hard to resist deep ocean-borne blue and green hues against crisp white, washing a wave of relaxation over your decor.  In addition to the mood-altering power of these colors, the swatches above all share the mod sensibility of the go-go era.  These retro patterns intrigue us, ranging from the rambling paisley of the Algura Denim Fabric to the Danish mod Lona Plantation Fabric  to the psychedelic Carousel Ocean Fabric.  And with a nod to the mid-century preoccupation with all things Asian, the Cove Indigo Fabric and Cove Pool Fabric offer a bamboo trellis effect.

These indigo and teal-based fabrics are all from our Shoreline Slipcovered Furniture collection, and are 100% cotton and machine-washable. Please browse our other Shoreline fabrics, all available priced by the yard, and of course available on any slipcovered or upholstered Shoreline piece. In any event, outfit your cottage or beach house with some of these fab fabrics.

Do you incorporate retro touches into your cottage decor?

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Color Board: Multi Madness

Color Board: Multi Madness #stripes #multicolor #cottagestyle thedistinctivecottage.com

Color Board: Multi Madness #stripes #multicolor #cottagestyle http://thedistinctivecottage.com
1. Kitchen Sink Indoor/Outdoor Rug, 5’x’8′ (other sizes available), $264,  Seaside Cottage Rugs  |  2. Basket Mushroom Fabric  (D), $65/yd,  Shoreline Slipcovered Furniture  |   3. Beach Paint Color,  Carolina Painted Furniture Collection  |  4. Spectrum Indigo Indoor/Outdoor Fabric  (C), $55/yd,  Shoreline Slipcovered Furniture |    5. Rope Sprout Indoor/Outdoor Rug, 6‘x’9’ (other colors / sizes available), $836,  Seaside Cottage Rugs  |   6. Shrimp Paint Color,  Beach House Painted Furniture Collection 

Part of the fun of decorating is discovering that colors you never knew went together actually do! The lovely mix of deep and bright tones in the striped Kitchen Sink Indoor/Outdoor Rug is an eye-opener. From indigo to pale aqua, bright leaf green to rich brown and carnation pink to plummy berry, these far-flung colors have outdone themselves in surprising harmony. Mixing and matching is easy when there are so many colors involved: highlight your favorite color or pick out one that you would never have thought of to mix things up.

Beach and Shrimp, colors hand-picked from two of our painted furniture collections, bring out the brighter tones in the Kitchen Sink Indoor/Outdoor Rug. Choose from coordinating and customizable chairs, benches, nightstands and more from our Beach House Painted Furniture Collection as well as the Carolina Painted Furniture Collection. Both fabrics pictured on our Color Board are machine washable: the Spectrum Indigo is for indoor/outdoor use and the Basket Mushroom is 100% cotton. The great thing about them is they are equally pairable with our featured multi-color rug or with neutral choices. And the two rugs pictured above are both appropriate for indoor/outdoor use and are incredibly easy to care for. We want your summer to be well coordinated as well as hassle-free!

Are you a multi-tasker?

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Rooms to Love: Lean and Green

Rooms to Love: Lean And Green #convertedporch #beachhousebedroom #coastalstyle http://thedistinctivecottage.com/

Rooms to Love: Lean And Green, #covertedporch #beachhousebedroom #coastalstyle http://thedistinctivecottage.comphoto: coastalliving.com

Working with a whitewashed canvas is a great way to clear the palate after a diet of wintry darkness. Reinvent your decor for the upcoming spring with splashes of cheery color, like leaf green, against white walls, white floors and even a white bedspread. Remember to experiment: the fresh bedroom cottage look shown above can be created with white plus any color, from aqua to tangerine to goldenrod.

This beachy cottage bedroom was once an enclosed porch, and now looks like a Hemingway-esque retreat. Leaf green textiles, bold wall art, and the large palm frond on the dresser help create a tropical feel. The old weathered bench at the foot of the bed is a twist on the usual hope chest, and invites one to lounge. Painted cottage nightstands, one in green and one in white, add a playful touch. We offer a similar customizable end table (Country Farm Classic End Table) in a variety of colors and stains, as well as apron and leg styles.

Is spring your favorite season?

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Color Board: Aqua Vie

Color Board: Aqua Vie #aquas #cottagerugs #blues #citrusgreen http://thedistinctivecottage.com/

Color Board: Aqua Vie #aquas #cottagerugs #blues #citrusgreen http://thedistinctivecottage.com/

1. Ferngully Indigo Fabric (E) $75/yd Shoreline Slipcovered Furniture   |   2. Basket Parrot Fabric (D) $65/yd Shoreline Slipcovered Furniture     3. Junoon Cumin Fabric (G) $95/yd Shoreline Slipcovered Furniture   |   4. Constant Aquatic Fabric (C) $55/yd Shoreline Slipcovered Furniture   5. Prism Hand Knotted Jute Rug  5′ x 8′ $846  |  6. Allure Ink Fabric (C) $55/yd Shoreline Slipcovered Furniture  |  7. Avocado over Barn Paint Rubbed & Glazed, Reclaimed Barn Wood Furniture  |  8. Aquinnah Woven Cotton Rug 6′ x 9′ $223

The lull between the holidays and the first signs of spring can set the mind wandering to warmer climes and bright colors. In lieu of an island getaway, create an atmosphere of deep ocean waters and beachside margaritas with aqua, indigo and citrus green touches. Adding an occasional table in Avocado over Barn Paint or an area rug like the bold Prism Hand Knotted Jute Rug will instantly change your wintry frame of mind.

Ramp up the color with tropically bright fabrics, paint and rugs, or choose to combine brights with neutrals, as in our versatile 100% cotton Aquinnah Woven Cotton Rug.  Our featured Shoreline Slipcovered Furniture fabric, Ferngully Indigo Fabric, offers a beautiful natural pattern in a carefree and breezy linen/cotton blend.

Which island do you dream of visiting?

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Rooms to Love: Style and Color Collide

Rooms to Love: Color and Style Collide #cottagestyle #cottagecolor #cottagedecor #cottagefurniture thedistinctivecottage.com

Rooms to Love: Color and Style Collide #cottagestyle #cottagecolor #cottagedecor #cottagefurniture thedistinctivecottage.comImage: BHG

When you love pattern and color it can be hard to decide where to play it up and when to tone it down in your cottage home.  Today’s Rooms to Love is a great example of how color and style can live together in a balanced and harmonious way.  

This fabulous living room is home to style blogger Micheal Wurm, Jr. who wanted this space to be colorful, yet not too intense, so as not to distract from the beautiful architecture.  He chose a neutral gray for the walls, which is light enough to blend into the background, and a crisp white to highlight the amazing architectural details in the space, like the built-in bookcases, crown molding, and decorative mantel.  He also chose a light charcoal gray for the sofa and chair, again to build a neutral foundation in the space.  

Now that the stage had been set, he chose textiles and accessories in a myriad of patterns and colors to bring the space to life.  The largest source of color, and the main focal point, is the modern flag print area rug.  Everything else in the space, like the puff ottomans, throw pillows, wire baskets, and small accessories, pick up the hues found in the rug including royal blue, electric yellow, and fire engine red.

What is your favorite color found in this unique and creative space?

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