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Country Decorating

Use our country decorating ideas to generate the warm and cozy feeling of a beautiful country farm. All of our country style decorating posts are sorted by Color Boards, Rooms to Love, Inspiration Boards, Get the Look and Design Tips to help you with ideas for your specific design project. If you have a target color in mind or are decorating a specific country room all of these country decorating articles can be sorted by the tags listed below each article.  We are interested in your feedback.  Please let us know which posts you like the most and subjects you would like us to cover in the future. [parent] => 0 [count] => 149 [filter] => raw [term_order] => 0 [term_icon] => [cat_ID] => 7286 [category_count] => 149 [category_description] =>

Country Decorating

Use our country decorating ideas to generate the warm and cozy feeling of a beautiful country farm. All of our country style decorating posts are sorted by Color Boards, Rooms to Love, Inspiration Boards, Get the Look and Design Tips to help you with ideas for your specific design project. If you have a target color in mind or are decorating a specific country room all of these country decorating articles can be sorted by the tags listed below each article.  We are interested in your feedback.  Please let us know which posts you like the most and subjects you would like us to cover in the future. [cat_name] => Farmhouse & Country [category_nicename] => farmhouse-country-decor [category_parent] => 0 ) [queried_object_id] => 7286 [request] => SELECT SQL_CALC_FOUND_ROWS wp_posts.ID FROM wp_posts LEFT JOIN wp_term_relationships ON (wp_posts.ID = wp_term_relationships.object_id) WHERE 1=1 AND ( wp_term_relationships.term_taxonomy_id IN (7443) ) AND wp_posts.post_type = 'post' AND (wp_posts.post_status = 'publish' OR wp_posts.post_status = 'acf-disabled') GROUP BY wp_posts.ID ORDER BY wp_posts.post_date DESC LIMIT 117, 13 [posts] => Array ( [0] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 2735 [post_author] => 3304 [post_date] => 2013-04-19 12:20:03 [post_date_gmt] => 2013-04-19 16:20:03 [post_content] => All avid decorating fans love to flip through the newest design magazines and consult collaborative idea websites, like Pinterest & Houzz, to absorb as many ideas as possible.  We all see those stunning homes that make for beautiful photos, but are they as practical as we would hope?  Here is a list of stylish home trends that we adore and the pros and cons of living with them.  Do they work for you?

The Kitchen:

Color-blocked open shelving is clean, understated, and down-right gorgeous.  But how practical is it to display your everyday dishes?
Home Trends | Open Display Shelving in Kitchens  Image: Pinterest Home Trends | Open Display Shelving in Kitchens IIImage: House of Turquoise  Home Trends | Open Display Shelving in Kitchens III  Image: Centsational Girl
Pros:
  • Creates visual interest
  • Easy access to dishware
  • Open and airy design concept
Cons:
  • Not as easily managed as behind the door storage
  • Constant consideration for where things belong
  • Creates a higher level of maintenance for cleaning

The Living Room:

Animal hide rugs are a great choice for an elegant look, but how practical are they for a high traffic area such as the living room?
Home Trends | Living Room with Animal Hide RugImage: Fleaing Foxes Home Trends | Living Room with Animal Hide Rug IIImage: Iced Coffee&Peonies Home Trends | Living Room with Animal Hide Rug IIIImage: Pinterest
 Pros:
  • A stylish and luxurious look
  • Versatile, as they can be paired with any style
  • Creates a warm and cozy atmosphere
  • Adds an asymmetrical element with the skewed shape
Cons:
  • Typically there is no backing which makes for a trip/slip hazard
  • Mixed reviews on cleaning instructions. Some websites have a long list of care considerations, where others claim their product is low maintenance. Ensure the care instructions will be feasible to maintain prior to making a purchase.
Lucite has been around since the early 1930’s, and hit an all-time high in furniture design in the 1980’s.  It is a resin based material, which today, is available in many forms and colors.  Despite its popularity, does this material work for your coffee table for day-to-day life?
Home Trends | Living Room with Lucite TableImage: DecorPad Home Trends | Living Room with Lucite Table IIImage: Vinteriors

Home Trends | Living Room with Lucite Table IIIImage: Matters of Style

 Pros:
  • Limitless design for all types of spaces, and furniture arrangements, because of the “floating” visual affect
  • Introduces a new material into the space other than wood stained and painted tables
  • Blends into the space allowing for emphasis on other pieces in the room
Cons:
  • Lucite is an easy to scratch material, and because of the clear finish, those scratches become very apparent
  • Collects and shows dust quickly
  • They do not typically offer any storage

The Bathroom:

Open-concept shelving in the bathroom has a similar list of considerations as the kitchen.  However, in the bathroom, a whole different array of products are on display.  Does this look make an organized statement or create a high maintenance space?
Home Trends | Bathroom with Open Display ShelvingImage: Casa Decorada Home Trends | Bathroom with Open Display Shelving IIImage: Watermelon Fizz Home Trends | Bathroom with Open Display Shelving IIIImage: Houzz
Pros:
  • Offers visual interest with baskets, crates, jars and other interesting containers
  • Creates a spa-like atmosphere
  • Easy access to towels, washcloths, and linens
Cons:
  • Delicate balance between what should/should not be on display
  • Folding & organization quickly becomes an integral design necessity to maintain a spotless appearance
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.      Brought to you by Cottage Home – specializing in cottage furniture & farmhouse tables [post_title] => Pros and Cons of Stylish Home Trends [post_excerpt] => 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. [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => pros-and-cons-of-stylish-trends [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-08-22 14:52:58 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-08-22 18:52:58 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://distinctblog.wpengine.com/?p=2735 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [post_icon] => ) [1] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 2607 [post_author] => 3304 [post_date] => 2013-04-16 11:35:42 [post_date_gmt] => 2013-04-16 15:35:42 [post_content] =>

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.

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Gender Neutral Master Bedroom | Staff Picks: Katie's Compromise

Deciding on the look of the master bedroom can be a tricky situation for some couples! Here's Katie's take: 

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.  It is also the most comfortable thing for sitting up in bed while nighttime reading!  The reclaimed wood floors and end tables are a great source of natural texture and character that offsets the soft feminine textiles of the bed.  And of course the chandelier is a perfect compromise - a feminine shape carved beautifully from a more masculine material.  The layers of greens and the blending of materials creates a harmonious balance for a restful, yet inspiring, space.

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This beautiful cottage style bedroom has major personality and a whole lot of color!  Take a look at the break down to read why this bedroom is so successful.

Bedroom Design Ideas | Design Tip: Bedroom Break Downphoto: Image Spark

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Inspiration Board: Whimsical Sun Porch Dining Room #farmhousetables #cottageporches #cottagewickerfurniture #inspirationboards http://cottagehomefurniture.com St. Clair Trestle Table customizations: 84"L x 36"W x 30"H, no breadboard, custom stained top, mint base, medium distressing $2,975  |  Nantucket Wicker Dining Chair 22"W x 23"D x 39.5"H $540  |  Outer Banks Wicker Heirloom Rocker 33"W x 31"D x 39"H $650

The best part of a sun porch dining room is that you can outfit it as an extension of your home!  However, remember that your furniture and accessory selections should be suitable for an indoor/outdoor setting.  There are so many wonderful options available for a room exposed to more sun and moisture than an indoor space, including everything featured on this colorful cottage decorating inspiration board!  

If you want to create an eating area for your porch, but don't like the typical wicker or glass table top options, then look for a table made from cypress.  Cypress is a wood type that naturally has a high moisture content, making it very resilient to outdoor climates.  Cypress can be painted or stained to create a unique look for your space.  The rug featured on this board is made of dyed acrylic, making it a perfect selection for any space exposed to light and rain.

This aqua and coral color palette is made more diverse with the addition of reds, greens, mustard yellows, and darker stains.  It is a whimsical and cheery palette that creates the perfect surroundings for a fun outdoor family space. 

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Outdoor Decorating Ideas | Sun Porch photo: Cottage Home

Here in Maine, the snow is starting to melt and patches of ground are peaking through.  The days are longer – and the sun is warmer.  After a long winter, we are all dreaming of those lazy days of summer when we can enjoy the great outdoors, so naturally we are thinking of outdoor decorating ideas.

Now is the time to start thinking about decorating your outdoor space!  Take a look in your storage area to see what furnishings you have and if it’s in good condition.  Can your outdoor furniture be used again this year – perhaps with a little touch-up or repair?  Do you need to add some new pieces or are you starting fresh with a new outdoor décor that will maximize your space and enhance your enjoyment? Ordering furniture can take up to three months for delivery, so let’s get started now.  First, think about your space and how you plan to use it.  Are you decorating for a summer home at the coast or a rustic retreat in the mountains or at a lake?  Is it an urban pocket garden or a Victorian porch?  Is it spacious and sprawling or compact and contained?  Is your outdoor area sunny or shady – or a combination of the two?  Think about how you want to use the space – for dining, lounging, entertaining or as an outdoor retreat.

Outdoor Decorating Ideas | Porch Layout

Make a floor plan – or should we say a grounds plan.  Taking dimensions might not be as easy in the great outdoors, but a sketch and approximate dimensions will do.  You may want to divide your space into areas with a good flow for grilling, dining, sunning, playing, or even working.  Then, decide what pieces of furniture you will need in those areas.  If you are decorating for an enclosed porch or deck, think of it as a room.  Take more careful measurements and plot your furniture placement on a computer program or on graph paper. Outdoor Decorating Ideas | Porch Color Package     Outdoor Decorating Ideas | Porch Color Package II Think theme!  Ideally, your outdoor space should be an extension of your home and fit the environment where it is located.  Your outdoor décor may be sleek and sophisticated for a modern home or in an urban setting.  Or, it may be rustic or Victorian for a cottage-style home. In recent years, advances in materials and finishes have expanded the choices for outdoor furnishings.  Today’s new materials and technology have made it possible for outdoor furnishings to be fashionable, as well as durable and weather-resistant. Let’s look at some of the options available today: Wicker is an all-time favorite for outdoor living.  It is reminiscent of a bygone era when families gathered on the front porch.  Made of hand-woven rattan, it is durable, strong, and flexible.  However, traditional wicker is best used indoors or in a covered or screened-in porch where there is limited exposure to rain and sun.  For outdoor use, look for specially made outdoor wicker furniture that will stand up to the elements. High quality products are generally made of all-weather high density resin wicker over an aluminum frame. Cushions should be self-draining, mildew resistant, and made of anti-microbial commercial grade foam.  The furniture can be painted in a variety of colors to create a décor that reflects your personal decorating style.

Outdoor Decorating Ideas | Cottage Wicker Colors

What about wood?   We all remember those old benches, chairs and picnic tables that would peel, crack and splinter.  That’s a problem of the past thanks to new pressure treated kiln-dried wood materials.  Often made from treated Southern pine – an American renewable resource – this outdoor furniture keeps its good looks for years to come.

Outdoor Decorating Ideas | Outdoor Wood Bar photo:  Cottage Home

For a totally maintenance-free choice, consider outdoor furnishings made of 100 percent recycled plastic.  This eco-friendly furniture is economical and long lasting.  Available in bright colors and upscale design, many of these collections herald a whole new era of plastic chic.  Perfect for reading and relaxing, the Adirondack chair is light weight, colorful and easy to store.  No more peeling, cracking or splintering.  Just hose it down and it’s clean.  Recycled plastic tables, chairs and occasional pieces make outdoor living a breeze, even in challenging weather environments like here on the Maine coast.  An important added benefit – eco-friendly furniture means that it is good for the environment. Bronze Anchor LightAs in any décor, it’s the accessories and accent pieces that make the space unique and attractive.  For outdoor living, it’s important to light up the night. Solar lighting can be used to illuminate the garden and pathways. Twinkling string lights can be draped through trees and posts to create a romantic effect.  Overhead lighting helps ensure that the space can be used at night for dining or reading.  Oil lanterns and candle hurricane lanterns create a rustic effect, while safe for use in an open windy area. Area rugs made of polypropylene/olefin fabrics help delineate the space in an outdoor room.  Available in an array or colors and patterns, these indoor-outdoor rugs are easy to clean, stain-resistant, and fade-resistant. Let your imagination roam free.  Use pillows and throws to soften the space.  Mix and match colors and patterns.  Potted and hanging plants create a natural flow to the surrounding garden.  Look for artwork, sculptures, rocks, shells or driftwood to create nature-inspired accents that reflect your environment.  Most of all – have fun! That’s what summer and outdoor living is all about! Brought to you by Cottage Home - specializing in cottage furniture & farmhouse tables [post_title] => Get Ready for Summer – A Guide to Outdoor Decorating [post_excerpt] => Here in Maine, the snow is starting to melt and patches of ground are peaking through. The days are longer – and the sun is warmer. After a long winter, we are all dreaming of those lazy days of summer when we can enjoy the great outdoors, so naturally we are thinking of outdoor decorating ideas. [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => get-ready-for-summer-a-guide-to-outdoor-decorating [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-08-22 14:53:21 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-08-22 18:53:21 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://distinctblog.wpengine.com/?p=2420 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [post_icon] => ) [6] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 2395 [post_author] => 3304 [post_date] => 2013-03-12 15:15:47 [post_date_gmt] => 2013-03-12 19:15:47 [post_content] => The Benefits of Houseplants

The Benefits of Houseplants

1. Plants are scientifically proven to purify and circulate the air in your home. 2. They bring the outdoors in! 3. Plants add color and visual interest for a personalized decorative touch. 4. They are useful, whether it be herbs in the kitchen or aloe for pesky burns. 5. Plants add life to any space, which improves happiness and increases healing!

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Inspiration Board: French Country Dining #countrystyle #reclaimedwoodtables #countryfurniture http://cottagehomefurniture.com

When designing with French country flair, you want to emphasize rustic wood with rubbed and distressed finishes mixed with a dash of toiles and frills.  French country dining is a delicate balance between luxury and comfort with a primary focus on rustic charm.  This dining room shown in subdued sage, cocoa, and cream has a signature French country flair with the dazzling wrought iron and wood chandelier, reclaimed wood dining table, braided woven rug, and an eclectic mix of upholstered chairs with intricately turned features.

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Country Style Color Palette | Color Board: Sage & Persimmon

Blending the warm tone of persimmon with the cool hues of sage and eucalyptus creates this complex color palette. The most interesting spaces tend to be those in which the colors are layered to create a multi-visual statement.  As long as the colors balance and complement one another, a space can be as layered as you like.  Here you see a well rounded country style color palette that is unique and tasteful.  It will bring interest and personality into the space with the spicy shades of persimmon and the serene hints of sage and eucalyptus.

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Sage and Gold Flat Weave Rug Zander Cherry Zen Eucalyptus Zen Persimmon

Sage/Gold Flat Weave Zander Cherry Zen Eucalyptus Zen Persimmon

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Many people consider the sofa to be the crown jewel of the living room.  It sets the style for the whole room and it’s usually the item that everything else revolves around.  It’s an important purchase – and often an expensive one.  Before you set out to shop, do a little homework first.  It can save time and help you avoid some costly mistakes.

Sofas Shopping Tips | Buying A Sofa

It may sound obvious, but first and foremost, consider size.  In our guide to Starting A Design Project, we recommended that you plot out the dimensions of your room and the placement of your furniture on a computer design program or on graph paper.  Measure the space where you plan to place your sofa – whether it is against a wall or freestanding in the room.  The sofa should be big enough to fill the space, but it shouldn’t overwhelm the room.  A small loveseat sofa generally measures 58 – 65 inches, an apartment or townhouse sofa usually falls between 73 – 80 inches, while a standard sofa is in the range of 81 – 88 inches. One word of caution -- make sure that the size you select will fit in the front door!

Sofa Shopping Tips | Upholstery ConstructionA savvy buyer will ‘look under the hood’ at how a sofa is made.  Generally considered the ‘bones’ of the sofa, a quality frame is made from kiln-dried hardwoods such as oak, maple or poplar that won’t warp or crack.  Usually measuring 1 ¼” thick, these frames are securely screwed together.  The feet should be part of the frame or affixed by a dowel and peg; they should not be glued.  Inexpensive sofas are often framed in plastic, particle board or metal. With a shorter lifespan, an inexpensive sofa may be right for a starter home or a student apartment. 

Seat support and construction also adds years of life – and comfort – to your sofa.  8-way hand-tied springs are the time honored traditional method of support where the springs are hand-tied in eight directions to give even wear and suspension. A newer choice is a drop-in coil suspension that is pre-assembled and machine-made, making them less labor intensive and less expensive.  Drop-in coils are the preferred seat suspension system today because they wear and give evenly. 

Sofa Shopping Tips | Standard CushionCushion and pillow filling is key to comfort and durability.  Dense poly cushions are the most popular because they hold their shape well, have some give, and are very supportive.  For a softer, more relaxed effect, down-wrapped cushions have the same dense poly center wrapped in a blend of down feathers to give the cushion added padding.  Full down is the softest cushion—and the most expensive.  It sinks after one use and requires daily fluffing.

Think about how you will use your sofa to help you select one that’s just right for your lifestyle. Will it be used for everyday activities such as reading, relaxing or watching TV?  Will it have to stand up to the hard use of kids and pets? Or, will the sofa be used only occasionally in a more formal setting?  A sofa used primarily for relaxation may be deep and soft with loose pillows, while a camelback sofa with its curvilinear shape and shallow seating might be the choice for a more formal or traditional setting.  But remember – there is no right or wrong. It’s a matter of personal taste and lifestyle.

Sofa Shopping Tips | Buying A Sofa

There are also choices - and decisions - to make about arm style.  The traditional rolled arm is very versatile and well-suited to cottage style or country English.  For a contemporary, modern décor, the track arm is sleek and sophisticated with its clean, straight lines.  The flare arm is an interesting blend of the track and rolled arm that makes for an eye-catching statement piece.  Parsons arm, straight arm, curved arm, or even no arm – choose a style that fits your overall décor and dimensions. Consider how it will coordinate with the other furniture in the room.  Selecting a fabric is the fun part – but the choices can be overwhelming.  Solid or patterned?  Smooth or textured? Material? While solid colors may be easier to work with, patterned fabric doesn’t show stains as easily, while adding richness to the room. Textured fabrics also show less wear and tear than smooth ones. Synthetic fabrics such as polyester blends, nylon, acrylics or microfibers are durable, versatile, and easy to clean.  Pre-washed cotton fabrics are ideal for a casual décor. Linen is durable but wrinkles and soils easily.  Chenille is soft and durable, while leather also offers another interesting option for longevity in high usage areas.

Sofa Shopping Tips | Buying A Sofa

To upholster or to slipcover?  While loose slipcovers used to be associated with shabby-chic and romantic décor, today’s tailored slipcovered sofas are a good alternative to an upholstered sofa for every style. Ideal for a family with kids and pets, slipcovers can easily be removed for at-home wash and dry. Tired of the fabric? Swap out the slipcover without having to purchase a new sofa.  Upholstering is the most tailored option; certain sofa styles and fabrics lend themselves to upholstering only. With all these tips in mind, it’s time to go out and shop!  Use your creativity and your intuition to find just the right sofa that will be the crown jewel in your living room.  Brought to you by Cottage Home - specializing in cottage furniture & farmhouse tables [post_title] => Shopping for a Sofa? It's More Than Just Good Looks! [post_excerpt] => Many people consider the sofa to be the crown jewel of the living room. It sets the style for the whole room and it’s usually the item that everything else revolves around. It’s an important purchase – and often an expensive one. Before you set out to shop, do a little homework first. It can save time and help you avoid some costly mistakes. [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => shopping-for-a-sofa-its-more-than-just-good-looks [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-08-22 14:53:21 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-08-22 18:53:21 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://distinctblog.wpengine.com/?p=2233 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 2 [filter] => raw [post_icon] => ) [10] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 2001 [post_author] => 3304 [post_date] => 2013-02-08 09:48:07 [post_date_gmt] => 2013-02-08 14:48:07 [post_content] =>

Rooms To Love: Refined Country Breakfast Nook photo: Inspiration for Decoration

An oval table is ideal in this country breakfast nook with the half moon shaped banquet.  The soft buttercream, beige, and mahogany tones create a warm and inviting place to share a cup of coffee in the morning or a candlelight dinner at night.  Piling pillows on the banquet increases the comfort and utilizes a great opportunity for accent fabrics and fringes.  Complementing the banquet is an open weaved wicker dining chair that allows for an uninterrupted view of the table.  This space is simple yet elegant with a clear attention to country decorating design details.  

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Rooms to Love: Mix & Match Living Roomphoto: HGTV

Mixing and matching old wood accents with select newer pieces gives this mix & match living room an exciting blend of old & new.  The fireplace is flanked by two different built-in cabinets; keeping them the same white seen on the fireplace creates a consistent flow across the far wall.  The heightened mantelpiece and reclaimed wood feature create a central focal point and draws the eye directly to the fireplace.  At night, we imagine the illuminating sconces and fire would create a wonderfully cozy place to sit and relax or watch a movie! The placement of the two sofas makes for easy conversation while affording an effortless view of both the fireplace and television.  Choosing two different style sofas and upholstering them in dark complimenting fabrics unifies the dominating pieces. Brought to you by Cottage Home– specializing in cottage furniture & farmhouse tables   [post_title] => Rooms to Love: Mix & Match Living [post_excerpt] => Mixing and matching old wood accents with select newer pieces gives this living room an exciting blend of old & new. The fireplace is flanked by two different built-in cabinets; keeping them the same white seen on the fireplace creates a consistent flow across the far wall. The heightened mantelpiece and reclaimed wood feature create a central focal point and draws the eye directly to the fireplace. At night, we imagine the illuminating sconces and fire would create a wonderfully cozy place to sit and relax or watch a movie! [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => rooms-to-love-mix-match-living-room [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-08-22 14:53:21 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-08-22 18:53:21 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://distinctblog.wpengine.com/?p=1594 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [post_icon] => ) [12] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 134008 [post_author] => 3304 [post_date] => 2013-01-29 10:55:45 [post_date_gmt] => 2013-01-29 15:55:45 [post_content] =>

Reading Nook Ideas | Inspiration Board: Farmhouse Reading Nook #farmhousestyle #countryfurniture #cottagedecor #inspirationboards http://cottagehomefurniture.com Not every home has the space and luxury for a library or reading room, but all you really need is a comfortable chair and a good lamp to create a successful reading nook.  Using the braided rug adds warmth and country character as well as helping to carve out the space.  The two drawer cabinet shown is a perfect practical piece because it can house books underneath when not in use, and is large enough for ample lamp space.  This color palette could easily transition between summer and winter just by switching out the wall decor.  Here a serene winter scene hangs above the chair to set the tone for an afternoon with a good book and a warm cup of coffee.

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[post_title] => Inspiration Board: Farmhouse Reading Nook [post_excerpt] => A farmhouse style inspiration board featuring soft greens, blues and tans for a reading nook. #farmhousestyle #countryfurniture #cottagedecor #inspirationboards http://cottagehomefurniture.com [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => inspiration-board-farmhouse-reading-nook [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-08-22 14:53:22 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-08-22 18:53:22 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://distinctblog.wpengine.com/?p=2076 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [post_icon] => ) ) [post_count] => 13 [current_post] => -1 [in_the_loop] => [post] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 2735 [post_author] => 3304 [post_date] => 2013-04-19 12:20:03 [post_date_gmt] => 2013-04-19 16:20:03 [post_content] => All avid decorating fans love to flip through the newest design magazines and consult collaborative idea websites, like Pinterest & Houzz, to absorb as many ideas as possible.  We all see those stunning homes that make for beautiful photos, but are they as practical as we would hope?  Here is a list of stylish home trends that we adore and the pros and cons of living with them.  Do they work for you?

The Kitchen:

Color-blocked open shelving is clean, understated, and down-right gorgeous.  But how practical is it to display your everyday dishes?
Home Trends | Open Display Shelving in Kitchens  Image: Pinterest Home Trends | Open Display Shelving in Kitchens IIImage: House of Turquoise  Home Trends | Open Display Shelving in Kitchens III  Image: Centsational Girl
Pros:
  • Creates visual interest
  • Easy access to dishware
  • Open and airy design concept
Cons:
  • Not as easily managed as behind the door storage
  • Constant consideration for where things belong
  • Creates a higher level of maintenance for cleaning

The Living Room:

Animal hide rugs are a great choice for an elegant look, but how practical are they for a high traffic area such as the living room?
Home Trends | Living Room with Animal Hide RugImage: Fleaing Foxes Home Trends | Living Room with Animal Hide Rug IIImage: Iced Coffee&Peonies Home Trends | Living Room with Animal Hide Rug IIIImage: Pinterest
 Pros:
  • A stylish and luxurious look
  • Versatile, as they can be paired with any style
  • Creates a warm and cozy atmosphere
  • Adds an asymmetrical element with the skewed shape
Cons:
  • Typically there is no backing which makes for a trip/slip hazard
  • Mixed reviews on cleaning instructions. Some websites have a long list of care considerations, where others claim their product is low maintenance. Ensure the care instructions will be feasible to maintain prior to making a purchase.
Lucite has been around since the early 1930’s, and hit an all-time high in furniture design in the 1980’s.  It is a resin based material, which today, is available in many forms and colors.  Despite its popularity, does this material work for your coffee table for day-to-day life?
Home Trends | Living Room with Lucite TableImage: DecorPad Home Trends | Living Room with Lucite Table IIImage: Vinteriors

Home Trends | Living Room with Lucite Table IIIImage: Matters of Style

 Pros:
  • Limitless design for all types of spaces, and furniture arrangements, because of the “floating” visual affect
  • Introduces a new material into the space other than wood stained and painted tables
  • Blends into the space allowing for emphasis on other pieces in the room
Cons:
  • Lucite is an easy to scratch material, and because of the clear finish, those scratches become very apparent
  • Collects and shows dust quickly
  • They do not typically offer any storage

The Bathroom:

Open-concept shelving in the bathroom has a similar list of considerations as the kitchen.  However, in the bathroom, a whole different array of products are on display.  Does this look make an organized statement or create a high maintenance space?
Home Trends | Bathroom with Open Display ShelvingImage: Casa Decorada Home Trends | Bathroom with Open Display Shelving IIImage: Watermelon Fizz Home Trends | Bathroom with Open Display Shelving IIIImage: Houzz
Pros:
  • Offers visual interest with baskets, crates, jars and other interesting containers
  • Creates a spa-like atmosphere
  • Easy access to towels, washcloths, and linens
Cons:
  • Delicate balance between what should/should not be on display
  • Folding & organization quickly becomes an integral design necessity to maintain a spotless appearance
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.      Brought to you by Cottage Home – specializing in cottage furniture & farmhouse tables [post_title] => Pros and Cons of Stylish Home Trends [post_excerpt] => 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. [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => pros-and-cons-of-stylish-trends [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-08-22 14:52:58 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-08-22 18:52:58 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://distinctblog.wpengine.com/?p=2735 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [post_icon] => ) [comment_count] => 0 [current_comment] => -1 [found_posts] => 149 [max_num_pages] => 12 [max_num_comment_pages] => 0 [is_single] => [is_preview] => [is_page] => [is_archive] => 1 [is_date] => [is_year] => [is_month] => [is_day] => [is_time] => [is_author] => [is_category] => 1 [is_tag] => [is_tax] => [is_search] => [is_feed] => [is_comment_feed] => [is_trackback] => [is_home] => [is_privacy_policy] => [is_404] => [is_embed] => [is_paged] => 1 [is_admin] => [is_attachment] => [is_singular] => [is_robots] => [is_favicon] => [is_posts_page] => [is_post_type_archive] => [query_vars_hash:WP_Query:private] => d5f2079a83724f241dece399c75ad52d [query_vars_changed:WP_Query:private] => [thumbnails_cached] => [stopwords:WP_Query:private] => [compat_fields:WP_Query:private] => Array ( [0] => query_vars_hash [1] => query_vars_changed ) [compat_methods:WP_Query:private] => Array ( [0] => init_query_flags [1] => parse_tax_query ) )

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