The Distinctive Cottage

Month: June 2013


Creating Your Own Gallery Collage

The most important rule of thumb when creating your own gallery collage is to have fun! This is a design project that allows you to dictate what you want to see featured on your walls. Choose items that share memories, inspire you, motivate you, and ultimately make you happy. It’s an opportunity to express the people, places, and things you love.


Inspiration Board: Seaglass

We never tire of the beautiful hues in a seaglass color palette! This charming seaside bedroom set is an eclectic mix, and each piece has their own personality within a complementing color palette. By mixing blues, greens, and whites in varying shades, you create an eye-popping space with lots of character. Don’t be afraid to venture out of the matchy-matchy bedroom sets, and put the room together with different pieces in a cohesive range of colors.

Coastal & Beach House

Personalizing A Monochromatic Space

Who says monochromatic decorating has to be boring? The use of varying degrees of taupe keeps this space calming and quiet – perfect for reading or conversation. Introducing chrome and metallic accents help enhance the visual stimulation while adding an unexpected zest to this serene space. The art work and mirrors that eclectically adorn the walls keep the monochromatic impression, yet introduce texture and personality.

Cottage Style

Rooms To Love: Contemporary Farmhouse Dining

A formal and family-friendly dining room is well sought after and this modern farmhouse dining room is a perfect example of that blend! The traditional ladderback chairs, double pedestal table, and huntboard look like old farmhouse finds, but paired with slipcovered head chairs, a dainty crystal chandelier, and lively window treatments helps to reduce the appearance of a stuffy dining room. Layering fabrics and textures on the chairs creates a casual feel around the more formal table, and slipcovers allow for easy cleaning when the inevitable spills happen.

Coastal & Beach House

Inspiration Board: Sunny Kitchen Nook

This rustic buffet in this sunny kitchen nook is made of reclaimed old pine making it a unique center island for the kitchen. Reclaimed wood has lots of personality with an array of markings from it’s years of wear. The age of this type of wood also makes for a harder surface and is not as penetrable as new pine. There are two types of wood treatments for a kitchen surface: stained and sealed, if not being used as a cutting surface, or oiled, if the surface will be used as a direct prep station. Incorporating a center island in the kitchen adds another work surface and offers a chance to punch up your look with color or detailing. If space permits, add stools for seating and an overhead pendant light – a great spot for morning coffee, after school homework, or late night snacking!