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Top Cottage Home Trends of 2012
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Top Cottage Home Trends of 2012

Looking back on the year 2012, a few key Cottage decorating trends come to mind. Let’s take a trip down memory lane of all the exciting products and color schemes that made a memorable year in Cottage decor.

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A Merry Cottage Christmas

Take a look at these beautiful holiday décor ideas for every kind of cottage style! From a farmhouse in the country to a cottage by the sea, everyone can enjoy a colorful holiday season!

Living Lodge
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Living Lodge

Just the mere word ‘lodge’ conjures images of a crackling fire…the aroma of a stew cooking in the kitchen…a rustic retreat designed for comfort and warmth. Your lodge could be a cozy log cabin on the prairie or a grandiose spread on a mountaintop out West. In fact, lodge style can be interpreted to fit just about every locale – east, west, north, south and in the middle. A lodge may be a vacation retreat or a year-round abode. Most of all, it’s a home for all seasons.

Design tips: 5 Ways to Successful Seasonal Dining
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5 Tips For Successful Seasonal Dining

Even though Thanksgiving is behind us, the holiday season of warm foods and gathering with family and friends for long meals continues throughout the winter. You want to ensure your guests are comfortable and feel invited to stay awhile for a cozy evening in. These five seasonal dining tips will not only help to make your dining room look good, but feel good too!

Dining Chairs: Think Outside The Box
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Dining Chairs: Think Outside The Set

Your dining room is probably the most popular room in the house during the holidays when families and friends gather around the table for festive feasts. And, if you are planning on doing some dining room redecorating, now is the time to think out of the set. The traditional dining room table and chairs ‘matched set’ is giving way to a more creative ‘mix-and-match’ approach.

Vermont Lake House Living Room
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Interior Decorating Ideas: Starting A Project

While everyone has their own way of working, here are some suggestions that may well help you make your interior cottage style decorating projects easier – and more fun.

The Braided Rug: An American Tradition Old & New
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The Braided Rug: A Tradition Old & New

A staple of the country or cottage home, today’s braided rug is reminiscent of earlier days evoking memories of hearth and home. With sophisticated colors and patterns, braided rugs are now ‘at home’ in any setting from county cabin to urban contemporary. These are not your Grandma’s braided rugs!

Farmhouse Tables - Family Memories Made to Order
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Farmhouse Tables: Family Memories Made-to-Order

The American Farmhouse table evolved to meet the basic needs of the early settlers. They were usually made from slabs of Eastern White Pine, the most plentiful lumber available in Colonial times. Structural timbers were converted to table legs or trestles.