The Distinctive Cottage

Month: April 2013


Color Board: Strawberry Lemonade

On a hot summer day all you want is an ice cold refreshing drink to quench your thirst! This color palette does the same for your senses by blending warm and cool tones to create an invigorating combination. This room is a cottage style inspiration to wellness with its uplifting and cheery demeanor. How could you not feel instantly happier walking into this space?

Coastal & Beach House

Get The Look: Teak Patio

Teak patio furniture is a great choice for a beautifully weathered finish and a versatile style!  Teak wood naturally grays over time, giving it an aged


Celebrating Earth Day!

Every April, Earth Day reminds us to appreciate the beauty of the world around us, and how much we need to protect and preserve it. Our earth provides us with tangible necessities to live, like air, water, and food, but it also provides us with a constant intangible resource, it’s beauty. For centuries, that beauty has provided artists and designers alike with inspiration from luscious landscapes, magnificent mountains, and roaring seas.


Pros and Cons of Stylish Home Trends

Since spring is upon us, now is a great time to begin brainstorming ways to freshen up your home! These trends are all unique and easy ways to liven up and re-organize the most frequently used spaces in the home. Looking at all sides of the pretty and practical elements of these trends helps to identify if they are a good fit for you and your family.

Cottage Style

Inspiration Board: Cottage Charm

Whether it is a cottage by the ocean or a lakeside in the woods, cottage charm can take on many forms. A true cottage is outfitted with a wide variety of furniture and accessories to make it an eclectic and unique home. This cottage style inspiration board is a blend of materials and a concise color palette, with traditional elements like the cotton braided rug and natural rattan wicker. The soft greens, blues, and ivories combine to create a romantic, charming feeling in this setting.

Coastal & Beach House

Rooms to Love: A Sunny Disposition

photo: New England Home Magazine This beautifully sunny living room is made even brighter by the use of warm yellows and periwinkle blues.  This color palette

Coastal & Beach House

Get The Look: Seaside Living Room

This beautiful seaside living room, featured in April’s issue of Coastal Living Magazine, is part of the new Beach House Hotel in Turks and Caicos! We wanted to show you that you don’t have to go overseas to create this breezy getaway feel in your own home. Seafoam, tan, and white fabrics create a dreamy feel that instantly transports you to a sandy and serene place. The casual and comfortable slipcovered sofa and chairs make this space not only beautiful, but practical too. Slipcovers are easy to clean and allow for a no-fuss living space. Another great detail in this space is the driftwood style reclaimed wood TV stand that adds diversity and interest to this calm space.


Staff Picks: Katie’s Compromise “The Master Bedroom”

This serene green color package brings together our two distinct tastes of casual elegance and rustic farmhouse charm to create a gender neutral master bedroom. It is a melody of seafoam and sage greens, with a splash of brown and black blended together perfectly in the striped rug. The arched upholstered headboard in the soft seafoam fabric is a flawless choice that captures elegant simplicity.

Coastal & Beach House

Rooms To Love: Coastal Retreat

This sea inspired living room evokes absolute tranquility with the soft hues and comfortable fabrics filling the room from top to bottom. The overstuffed and causally slipcovered furniture makes the space welcoming, inviting, and friendly to all who enter. Using natural fibers for the coffee table, large area rug, and window shades adds an organic element that complements the coastal style furnishings. The large striped window treatments in coastal shades adds a breezy touch to the dramatic windows.