The Distinctive Cottage

Month: March 2013

Coastal & Beach House

Color Board: Funky Fresh

The combination of modern prints gives this sea glass scheme a new kick. The rug’s deeper blue & green tones help to ground the light and airy fabrics. Color placement is essential in this charming coastal decorating scheme to keep the buoyant fabrics at eye level on sofas and chairs, and place the deeper tones on the floor in the rug.


Design Tip: Bedroom Break-Down

This beautiful cottage style bedroom has major personality and a whole lot of color!  Take a look at the break down to read why this

Cottage Style

Inspiration Board: Whimsical Sun Porch Dining

The best part of a sun porch is that you can outfit it as an extension of your home!  This aqua and coral color palette is made more diverse with the addition of reds, greens, mustard yellows, and darker stains.  It is a whimsical and cheery palette that creates the perfect surroundings for a fun outdoor family space.  #farmhousetables #cottageporches #cottagewickerfurniture #inspirationboards


Get Ready for Summer – A Guide to Outdoor Decorating

Here in Maine, the snow is starting to melt and patches of ground are peaking through. The days are longer – and the sun is warmer. After a long winter, we are all dreaming of those lazy days of summer when we can enjoy the great outdoors, so naturally we are thinking of outdoor decorating ideas.


The Benefits of Houseplants

Five benefits of houseplants for your home, whether they be decorative or useful or both! See more helpful home decorating tips at the Distinctive Cottage.

Coastal & Beach House

Rooms To Love: Coral & Seafoam Sitting Room

Pale peaches, rosy corals, and creamy oranges creates a heavenly environment – perfect for this classic, yet whimsical, coral seafoam green sitting room. Using the quiet seafoam to highlight the architectural details of the built-in bookshelf creates an overall understated appeal to the space, while the coral provides just the right pop of color.


Rooms To Love: Colorful Cottage Bedroom

A bright and bold spin on traditional cottage styles breathes new life into this colorful cottage bedroom. The embellished turned detail and the over-sized carved curls on the bed are a modern twist on the traditional Chippendale style bed frame. The upholstered bench mimics the rounded curl from the bed with high rolled arms, and is in an adorable small scaled check print. Layering color and different fabric prints gives this bedroom a contemporary, yet quaint, cottage look and feel. This room encapsulates eclectic in an orderly fashion by keeping the clutter to a minimum, and the paintings on the wall sparse, allowing the color palette to really shine!

Dining Rooms & Kitchens

Inspiration Board: French Country Dining

When designing with French Country flair you want to emphasize rustic wood with rubbed and distressed finishes mixed with a dash of toiles and frills.  It is a delicate balance between luxury and comfort with a primary focus on rustic charm. #countrystyle #reclaimedwoodtables #countryfurniture