The Distinctive Cottage

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We Turned ONE!

We wanted to share with you, all of our faithful readers, that September marks our One Year Milestone! We couldn’t be more excited to celebrate this momentous occasion. And what better way to celebrate than to look back on all of our favorite articles, projects, posts, and cumulative creativity that this blog has shared over the past twelve months. The Distinctive Cottage is proud to be able to continually expand on our original mission: to create, inspire, share, and highlight ideas & trends about living beautifully in today’s home. Here are a few of our favorites to recap a spectacular year in the world of home decorating!

Inspiration Board: Yellow
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Inspiration Board: Shades of Yellow

Depending on the amount of red or blue it contains, yellow can have many different color personalities, making decorating with yellow easy in any room. A yellow that has a red undertone creates a warm and welcoming feeling, and are best used on larger pieces of furniture, such as the bed pictured, and walls. A yellow that contains an undertone of blue has a cooler effect and should be used on small pieces of furniture, such as the end table pictured. Buttery yellows, such as the upholstery pieces pictured, can really be used anywhere because they provide a neutral feeling in a room. Experiment with different shades of yellow to see what works for you and your home!

Coastal & Beach House

Rooms To Love: Renewed Antiquity

Mixing old and new pieces is part of the subtle charm in this classic dining room, and reflects the age and character of the homes’ older bones. The tall ceilings, decorative molding around the fireplace, and the wide pine boards are classic architectural details from older Colonial Revival homes. Combining the antique demilune console table with turned legs, and the reclaimed barn board dining table, enhance the timeworn appeal of the home.

Coastal & Beach House

Design Tip: Colorful Dining Room Chairs

Using an assortment of painted chairs is increasingly becoming a popular choice for people who want an eclectic look versus the traditional stained “set” look. Kitchen and dining rooms are typically full of activity, and it’s fun to be able to capture that energy through color. We often encounter clients who want painted chairs in a variety of colors, but are wary of the look being too contrived. Or people who want to introduce just a splash of color versus the whole rainbow.

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Rooms To Love: Luxurious Lemon

Luxury and whimsy share a beautiful home in this lovely cottage style bedroom. Even though the color palette is strong, these luscious colors combine to breathe life, energy, and joy into every corner, while creating an inviting and cozy area to retreat within. The walls are decorated in a large bohemian print that is a surprising, yet inspiring, choice for a bedroom. The strong gold color from the wallpaper is carried over into the zesty lemon drapes. In order to create balance within the space, the dominating prints of the wallpaper and the drapes are paired with minimalist furniture designs. Clean lines and simple shapes help to relieve the eye of overload, and is exactly why the white linens are a perfect finishing touch to the room.

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Rooms to Love: Rustic Chic

This elegant farmhouse bedroom features a beautiful collaboration of warm wood tones and soft linens that create an enchanting space. The combination of table lamps and overhead chandelier lighting plays an integral role in suffusing this room with a warm and romantic glow. The scrolling wrought iron bed with flowing white and beige linens is a the natural focal point, exuding a relaxing and luxurious retreat feeling to the room. The delicate features of the chandeliers and the dainty floral print in the rug give the appearance of a predominately feminine space, however, the rugged barnboard flooring and heavy scaled dresser provide the right amount of masculinity to balance the space.

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Color Board: Icy Silversage

Looking for cottage style bedroom ideas? These muted grey, slate, and seafoam hues create a quiet confidence that would be perfect for a cottage style bedroom or sitting area. This color palette offers layers of soft and understated fabrics for upholstery and pillows or for bed linens galore. Any combination of the selected paint colors would be perfect for the wall paint or for select painted pieces to accent the color scheme. White would also be a great paint color or drapery choice to create a crisp contrast among the sea of silversage.

The Distinctive Cottage, Inspiration Board: 4th of July
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Inspiration Board: 4th of July

It’s that time of year again and we’re ready for food, fun & fireworks! We are letting our patriotism inspire this board in classic navys, reds & whites. Not just for the holiday – this color combination never goes out of style.

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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.

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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.