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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: Neat Neutrality

Rooms to Love: Neat Neutrality #neutrals #naturals thedistinctivecottage.com

Rooms to Love: Neat Neutrality #neutrals #naturals http://thedistinctivecottage.com
Photo credit: Coastal Living

A coastal cottage living room turned out in soothing neutral tones like the one above provides a welcome everyday retreat.  An understated sand color on the walls sets the overall tone and is echoed in the natural area rug, throw pillows and fireplace tiles. White painted moldings provide a subtle contrast. A comfortable mood deepens with graduated tones from cafe au lait pillows, mink brown cushions, and rustic dark wood pieces such as the driftwood mirror and table. The added beauty of this room is that its low-profile disposition serves as the perfect foundation for changing seasonal decor. 

A neutral base can easily be dressed up and down for any occasion, especially at the holidays. Just as natural elements like smooth stones on the hearth and seagrass upon the mantel add a coastal twist to this comfy cottage style, this room could easily be readied for Thanksgiving guests with some gourds and corncobs and substituting an orange or harvest gold area rug. Adding deep red velvet pillows and some berries and evergreen boughs on the mantel would in turn set the scene for festive winter meetings. And when spring returns, adding pussy willows, striped pillows in chambray blue and a white painted table in lieu of the driftwood one can freshen the look.

What is your favorite quick holiday room makeover?

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Color Board: Taupe & Honey

Color Board: Taupe & Honey #browns #taupe #cottageliving room thedistinctivecottage.com

Color Board: Taupe & Honey, #browns #taupe #cottagelivingroom http://thedistinctivecottage.com

  1. Tin Ladder Stripe Rug, 5′ x 8′, $532, various sizes | 2. Sandstone Rug, 5′ x 8′, $680, various sizes | 3. Brentwood Entertainment Console, shown in Taupe and Honey, $2,170, 70.5″ W | 4. Seurat Neutral Wool Rug, 5′ x 8′, $872, various sizes  | 5. Hickory Wool Rug, 5′ x 8′, $995, various sizes

Sliding into autumn, the grey-brown bark of a silent oak topped by startling golden and caramel leaves prompts us to explore an infrequent pairing: taupe and honey. Taupe, a greyish brown (or a brownish grey?), exudes a steely sophistication, while honey triggers a primal warmth on sight. The two colors may at first seem like old schoolmates who haven’t talked in a while, but once you bridge the tonal gap with a little ivory or cream the two colors start to really reconnect.

Shown here in both Taupe and Honey, the Brentwood Entertainment Console is also available in 25 other finishes. A distinctive and versatile piece, it will fit right into your cottage living room, dining room, office or even bedroom. Its medallion-embellished doors call to mind an antique tin ceiling, while its faux bamboo frame adds a bit of exoticism. With an adjustable interior shelf, this long and lean storage unit can serve many purposes.  We can’t decide which color we like best, so we’ve pictured them both along with four wool rugs to illustrate the possibilities.

What is your favorite shade of brown?

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Get The Look: Country Bedroom Charm

Get The Look: Country Bedroom Charm #countryfurniture #ironbeds #countrydecorating http://thedistinctivecottage.com

Get The Look: Country Bedroom Charm #countryfurniture #ironbeds #countrydecorating http://thedistinctivecottage.com
Photo: Hooked on Houses

1. Avignon End Table customizations: 24″W x 28″D x 25″H, brass ring diamond pull, all painted, antique white, standard distressing $1,065  |  2. Beckham Stripe Platinum Rug 6′ x 9′ $319  |  3. Newbury Blanket Chest customizations: 48.5″W x 20.5″D x 27.25″H, newbury pulls, all painted, antique white, standard distressing $1,320  |  4. Helena Iron Bed queen, white matte $1,595

This charming country bedroom is a study in neutrals that results in a soft and sophisticated look.  The gentle curves of the black iron bed combine well with the white and tan bedding, while the darker tan blanket chest provides contrast while still maintaining the neutral color palette.  A simple antique white end table keeps the look light, while the striped rug brings all the tones together.

Do you prefer a neutral color palette in the bedroom?

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Rooms to Love: Cottage Hearth

Rooms to Love: Cottage Hearth #cottageaccessories #cottagedecor #mantledecor #roomstolove thedistinctivecottage.com

Rooms to Love: Cottage Style Sitting Room #cottageaccessories #cottagedecor #mantledecor #roomstolove thedistinctivecottage.com
Image: Beneath My Heart

There is nothing more special than a home with a hearth.  It is a place that provides warmth in the winter and an irreplaceable architectural and design element to any space.  Today’s Rooms to Love is a simple cottage style sitting room that boasts an amazing fireplace.  We always love seeing the before and after of a DIY project, but this fireplace is unrecognizable!  Taken from an outdated eye sore to a simple and elegant focal point, this hearth has been given new life.  Using the clap board over the original brick creates a built in feel that provides a more stately look and feel to the whole fireplace.  The slate gray paint is a fantastic choice to finish the makeover, as it looks more refined now, and the color will help to hide the inevitable soot that happens after using it.

 What is your favorite part of this amazing cottage decorating before and after?

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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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Get The Look: Natural Neutrals

Get The Look: Natural Neutrals #farmhousetables #cottagediningroom #cottagestyle #neutraldiningroom #slipcoveredchairs http://thedistinctivecottage.com

Get The Look: Natural Neutrals #farmhousetables #cottagediningroom #cottagestyle #neutraldiningroom #slipcoveredchairs http://thedistinctivecottage.com
Photo: BHG

1. Rectangular Mirror with Thick Wood Frame 27.5″W x 35.5″H $305  |  2. Reims Chandelier 25″Rd x 22″H $620  |  3. Beckham Stripe Platinum Rug 8.5′ x 11′ $550  |  4. Shoreline Slipcovered Parson’s Chair #70 20″W x 24″D x 42″H $395  |  5. Barn Wood Dining Table customizations: 72″L x 36″W x 30″H, square leg, pine, one inch rectangular top, stained, cinnamon, standard medium distressing $1,495  |  6. Stony Brook Arm Chair 22.5″W x 21″D x 40″H $675

This pretty cottage style dining room is a study in natural neutrals, with a blend of tans, creams, whites, and browns.  The square leg farmhouse table brings a rustic element to the space, while the full skirted slipcovered parson’s chairs lend an air of sophistication to the room.  A simple wrought iron chandelier, striped cottage rug, and cane seat chair round out the neutrals look.

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Inspiration Board: Winter Blues

Inspiration Board: Winter Blues #coastaldecor #cottagedecor #bluedecor #reclaimedwoodfurniture #slipcoveredfurniture www.thedistinctivecottage.com

Blue Living Room | Inspiration Board: Winter Blues #coastaldecor #cottagedecor #bluedecor #reclaimedwoodfurniture #slipcoveredfurniture www.thedistinctivecottage.com

1. Wall Decor customized framed prints, 20 x 20, please call for pricing  |  2. Gray Oval Glass Table Lamp 27″H, priced as a set, $460  |  3. Old English Pine Manor Turned End Table customizations: 22″L x 26″H x 18″H, light brown waxed finish $750  |  4. Annapolis Slipcovered Sofa Summer House Collection 84″W x 35″D x 38″H, Base Price $2,705  |  5. Old English Pine Panel Linen Press customizations: 50″W x 25″D x 34″H, light brown waxed finish $1,700  |  6. Westhampton Rush Arm Chair 34″W x 30″D x 41″H customizations: almond frame $1,970  |  7. Herringbone Swedish Blue Woven Cotton Rug customizations: 8 x 10 $412

Here at Cottage Home we are embracing the cool blue tones of winter in this cottage style blue living room.  The soft blue rug is such a pretty color that creates a calm and soothing ambiance for the whole space.  Lifting the blue tone in the rug and using similar shades for the accessories creates a monochromatic and unified design.  To add warmth to the “cool” space, we chose old pine furniture pieces that are waxed in a low luster light brown tone.  The natural looking finish blends in beautifully with the casual setting and still provides plenty of character and texture of the old wood.  Add lots of big, soft blankets to the sofa and chair for an inviting space to brave the cold of this chilly winter!

Do you like the simple aesthetics of a monochromatic space?

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Get The Look: Beach House Living

Get The Look: Beach House Living #coastalliving #beachhouselivingroom #coastalstyle #beachhousedecor #beachhousefurniture http://thedistinctivecottage.com

Get The Look: Beach Home Inspiration #beachhouselivingroom #coastalstylelivingroom #coastaldecor #beachhousefurniture #slipcoveredfurniture http://thedistinctivecottage.com
Photo: House of Turquoise

1. Nantucket Wicker Conservatory Chair 25″W x 25″D x 41″H, pecan, muslin cushion $807  |  2. Trestle Coffee Table customizations: 48″L x 24″W x 18.75″H, all painted, mushroom, standard distressing $990  |  3. Camden Slipcovered Sofa 84″W x 37″D x 38″H $1,585  |  4. Barn Wood Cricket Table customizations: 30″R x 30″H, round 1″top, all stained, honey, standard medium distressing $780  |  5. Yacht Stripe Ocean Woven Cotton Rug 9’x 12′ $443

Light wood floors and shades of white make this beach home inspiration breezy and beautiful.  One of our favorite elements in this living room is the hand woven wool rug!  The wide stripe design makes a big impact, and we love the softer aqua color, because it draws together the entire coastal color scheme.  These rugs come in an amazing array of colors and are also reversible, which allows you to flip and rotate for even wear.

Do you prefer wool or cotton rugs?

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Rooms To Love: Rustic Lake House

Rooms To Love: Rustic Lake House #lakehouselivingroom #rusticstyle #leatherfurniture #lakehousedecor http://thedistinctivecottage.com

Rooms To Love: Rustic Lake House #lakehouselivingroom #rusticstyle #leatherfurniture #lakehousedecor http://thedistinctivecottage.com
Image: Country Living

This rustic lake house living room is completely worth swooning over!  A beautiful blend of suede, leather, stone, and reclaimed timbers makes this space feel warm, inviting, and just a little worn in.  The sofas and chairs are in perfect proportion to the large scaled room, and provide plenty of plush seating for family and friends.

The stone hearth definitely stands out as one of the main focal points, and we adore the simple wood mantel that adds another touch of rustic character to the room.  The built in pieces that flank the fireplace are each a little different in design, but still create a seamless look as they are the same height and color.  And it’s always nice to have both open and closed storage options in the family room.

Are you ready to move in?

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