The Distinctive Cottage

Category: Living Rooms

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Adding Extra Storage

Most homes can benefit from have more places to store all of life’s little necessities. Here are five ways of adding storage to your home:

Coastal & Beach House

Rooms to Love: Casual Living

Image: Elements of Style The furnishings in this open concept casual living room all play off of the dramatic contrast between the dark wood floors and

Coastal & Beach House

Color Board: Rust, Gold & Bay Leaf

This Cat’s Paw rug is the primary focal point in this playful, yet refined, color palette. The bold print of the rug adds a touch of whimsy to the otherwise reserved linens and embossed fabrics. The array of colors in the rug provides endless cottage style decorating ideas for coordinates, but these fabric choices are designed for a more formal space that wants to avoid a stuffy appearance. The gold and red fabrics provide warmth, and, accompanied by the rug, create a friendly and inviting environment.

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Inspiration Board: Tangerine Dream

Decorating with blue and tangerine creates an exciting and whimsical theme for a kid’s play area or reading spot in a bedroom. The over-sized chair is big enough for two to curl up on, while the soft poof ottomans provide additional seating. Creating an environment for children is about visual and tactile stimulation, which is why you can be a little bolder with shapes, textures, and colors. Let their imaginations do the rest!

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A Home Fit For Our Furry Friends

Pets are a huge part of our families; they bring joy and happiness to our lives and to our homes. With our pets in mind, we want to create a home that is suitable for their active lifestyles, yet doesn’t sacrifice comfort or style in the process. It is all about choosing materials, especially fabrics, that will accommodate the inevitable wear and tear from our furry friends. Here are a few tips to help you create pet-friendly environments for the two rooms most frequently visited by paws – the entryway and the family room.

Coastal & Beach House

Rooms To Love: Rustic Coastal Cottage

This rustic coastal cottage packs a lot of personality for such a small space. The painted white high-paneled wainscoting and walls provide a clean palette to showcase the red, white, and blue motif. The reclaimed wood accent pieces, like the coffee table, the cricket end table, and the storage chest of drawers, bring in a little bit of country to this seaside cottage. Tasteful coral, seashell, and sea glass accessories sprinkle the walls and surfaces to quietly reference the home’s natural surroundings.

Bedrooms

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?

Bedrooms

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.

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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.