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Lodge Decorating

Lodge decorating ideas to help you create a cozy summer vacation or winter holiday feel in your lake side cabin year round. Our lake house and lodge decorating posts include Get the Look, Inspiration Boards, Rooms to Love, Color Boards and Design Tips to help stimulate your ideas. All of the posts include numerous sorting tags to help you focus on specific colors or rooms. For additional discussion and help please feel free to contact our designers. [parent] => 0 [count] => 82 [filter] => raw [term_order] => 0 [term_icon] => [cat_ID] => 7277 [category_count] => 82 [category_description] =>

Lodge Decorating

Lodge decorating ideas to help you create a cozy summer vacation or winter holiday feel in your lake side cabin year round. Our lake house and lodge decorating posts include Get the Look, Inspiration Boards, Rooms to Love, Color Boards and Design Tips to help stimulate your ideas. All of the posts include numerous sorting tags to help you focus on specific colors or rooms. For additional discussion and help please feel free to contact our designers. [cat_name] => Lodge & Lake House [category_nicename] => lake-house-and-lodge [category_parent] => 0 ) [queried_object_id] => 7277 [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 (7434) ) 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 52, 13 [posts] => Array ( [0] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 5276 [post_author] => 3304 [post_date] => 2013-11-06 14:13:44 [post_date_gmt] => 2013-11-06 19:13:44 [post_content] =>

Cottage Home Decor | Color Board: Artful ArgyleClick on any image to learn more! 

A playful spin on a traditional print, the harlequin cotton hooked rug offers a kaleidoscope of colors for cottage home decor.  The look and feel of this daring rug is an ideal choice for a living room, study, or office, as there are endless options for choosing coordinating fabrics.  You can pull out the light tones for a fresh palette, or the darker tones to create a cozier feel.  

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Harlequin Cotton Hooked Rug Robin Wheat Bridge Spa Pebble Rose Calypso Flax Pebble Limestone Slubby Rain Bridge Coral

Harlequin Cotton Hooked Rug Robin Wheat Bridge Spa Pebble Rose Calypso Flax Pebble Limestone Slubby Rain Bridge Coral

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Natural Fall Decorating Ideas | Design Tip: Natural Fall Table Decor Image: Williams-Sonoma A special dinner party doesn't need to include a fancy set of china.  The natural sprigs of berries, combined with the sage and cream colored gourds, make a simple and down-home tablescape.

Natural Fall Decorating Ideas | Design Tip: Natural Fall Accents Image: Nice and Nicer It is getting colder outside, making it the perfect time of year for cozy blankets to be strewn about.  Add a few simple fall silhouettes, like this leaf stitched pillow,  to really make your home feel snug.

Natural Fall Decorating Ideas | Design Tip: Natural Fall Centerpiece Image: Miss Mustard Seed This big wooden bowl houses a festive autumn centerpiece.  Pinecones, squash, gourds, and even kale, create a soothing and earthy color palette.  

Natural Fall Decorating Ideas | Design Tip: Natural Fall Mantle Decor Image: BHG Birch trees are so beautiful, so why not bring that beauty indoors?  Clustering the small pieces together creates a rustic and well-balanced decorative touch.  

Natural Fall Decorating Ideas | Design Tip: White Pumpkins Image: Town and Country Living White pumpkins are a chic fall decorative accent, and grouping them together makes a big statement.

Natural Fall Decorating Ideas | Design Tip: Decorating with Leaves Image: Nice and Nicer What a simple and charming idea for fall decorating!  Just a few strings of leaves makes a unique addition to your dining table ambiance.

Now is a great time to incorporate small decorative accents to your home for a festive touch.  Autumn is that time of year when people tend to spend additional time at home, and you want your home to make a welcoming statement.  

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[post_title] => Design Tip: Natural Fall Decor [post_excerpt] => Using natural decorative accents is always a graceful and organic way to decorate for the season. Thinking of fall - apples, cinnamon, pumpkins, leaves, and cozy blankets come to mind - just to name a few! These inspiration photos encompass the latest in creative, natural fall decorating ideas. [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => design-tip-natural-fall-decor [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-08-22 14:52:33 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-08-22 18:52:33 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://distinctblog.wpengine.com/?p=5243 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 2 [filter] => raw [post_icon] => ) [2] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 4804 [post_author] => 3304 [post_date] => 2013-10-16 10:40:54 [post_date_gmt] => 2013-10-16 14:40:54 [post_content] => The collage application for upholstery has been around for years, but has gained the reputation of being a predominately country look.  In this post, we want to share some cottage decorating ideas on various ways to use multiple fabrics on a single piece to achieve a unique and individualized look, but in a modern way.  Whether it's a two-tone collage or a 15 fabric patchwork collage, the possibilities are endless. Here is a quick reference photo that labels the sections of a sofa to help visualize where fabrics can be positioned.  The same terms can be used to describe accent chairs as well.  

How To Make Collage Furniture | Collaging A Cottage Sofa

Determining the size of the piece you want to collage, and how many fabrics to use, are the two hardest questions to answer.  Keep in mind that the bigger the piece and the more fabrics you use, the more intense the overall look.  If you want a sofa with an eclectic look, but want to control the intensity, choose a limited number of fabrics that are softer on the eyes.  

How To Make Collage Furniture | Collaging A Cottage Sofa Images: Anthropologie

If you want an eclectic look with a lot of personality, go big and go bold!  Use a variety of fabrics in bold tones to design a look that shows off your creative nature.  The warm tones of the reds, greens, oranges and blues in the sofa below create an electrifying result.  It's not for the faint of heart, as it truly makes a brave statement.

How To Make Collage Furniture | Collaging A Cottage Sofa Images: Anthropologie

Using the collage application on an accent chair tends to be a more popular choice, because the scale allows for just a hint of eclecticism without dominating the space like a full size sofa would.  The personality of the piece is dictated by the shape of the chair and the fabric selections you use.  Since there is not as much surface space on a chair versus a sofa, the number of fabrics used is typically smaller, or the size of the fabric cuts are smaller.  Either way, you still end up with a unique and interesting addition to your home.  Here are a few decorating ideas of accent chairs that have a small number of complementing fabrics with a lot of pizzazz.

Collage 3 Image: Wild Chairy                                                            Image: Divine Interiors    

Collage 7 Image: Be Spoke Life Upholstery                                                Image: Anthropologie

Looking for a more unconventional accent chair to really make a statement?  Take a look at these chairs with wild patterns and colorful prints that are sure to make a splash!

Collage 5 Image: Pinterest                                                           Image: Urban Outfitters 

Collage 6 Image: Practically Modern                                          Image: Home and Lifestyle Design

The beauty of incorporating a collaged piece in your home is the opportunity to think outside of the box.  You can use more of the fabrics that you love; you don't have to choose between that adorable blue ticking fabric, or the bountiful floral fabric you just can't resist.  Use them all to create a piece of furniture that will showcase your style and personality!

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Decorating with Green and Brown | Inspiration Board: Green and Brown

Carolina Large Console Buffet & Hutch customizations: 68"W x 20"D x 86"H, arched top, flush drawers, wood knobs, two tone finish, ivory with palm back $4,460  |  Chartreuse Glass Wave Table Lamp 28"H $230  |  Breton Upholstered Sofa 82"W x 38"D x 36"H $2,260  |  Regatta Petite Slipcovered Accent Chair 27"W x 35"D x 35"H $925  |  Margarita Ticking Cotton Rug discontinued

We love decorating with green and brown, two of our favorite colors here at Cottage Home!  The neutral and earthy shade of chocolate allows for the green accent pieces to take the center stage and show their beauty.  Pairing the rich chocolate with green and white allows for sense of balance and tranquility to be created.  A simple horizontally striped rug and recycled glass wave table lamp give a living room or bedroom just the right amount of visual texture. 

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Carolina Large Console Buffet and Hutch Recycled Glass Wave Table Lamp Breton Summer House Upholstered Sofa Bristol Shoreline Slipcovered Accent Chairs

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Staff Picks: Jennifer’s Living Room

Distinctive Cottage Decorating | Jennifer's Living Room

This was the first of many Staff Picks! We often encounter customers who want a coastal look without being "over the top nautical".  Jennifer's Favorites is a perfect example of how to create and capture an ocean-inspired theme without cluttering every nook and cranny with seashells.  The colors in this space are the perfect interpretation of the sea, sandy beaches, and natural driftwood.

Project: Deck Design Dilemma

Deck Dilemma Product Specs Deck Dilemma Open Umbrella
This was a really fun project, and a great example of one of our long distance design projects.  Our store is located in Cape Neddick, Maine and we work with clients all across the country.  It's amazing what you can accomplish through emails, photos, videos and phone calls.  This project was for a couple that live near New York City, and needed a little help making their patio and backyard into a functional extension of their home.  Click here to find out more about the creative and space-saving suggestions we gave them!

Get The Look: Balanced Bedroom

Distinctive Cottage Decorating | Get The Look Inspiration Image: Houzz

To help our readers recreate a room from an inspiration photo, we introduced "Get The Look".  By clicking on any image you will find where to find the piece, and any custom options that may be available, including changing the color!  These fun and inspiring posts take the guesswork out of putting together a beautiful room.

Rooms To LOVE: Rustic Dining Charm

Distinctive Cottage Decorating | Rooms To Love Image: Southern Living

A key part of re-decorating is to first find inspiration photos to get your creative energy flowing.  That is why we created "Rooms to Love," to help you find photos that will inspire a fresh perspective.  It can be very difficult to express your own decor style; by collecting inspiration photos you love, it can help you identify what elements you want to re-create in your own home.  With each of these posts, we include an overview of the space, why it works, and identify the key design elements that make it unique.

Inspiration Board: Whimsical Sun Porch Dining

Distinctive Cottage Decorating | Inspiration Board

We love putting together these inspiration boards, to do just that, inspire our readers!  Textiles, lighting, finishes and accessories are all highlighted around a central theme or color(s).  We typically start with a rug, or a pillow that we LOVE and work around the inspiration piece to create a complete look.  All we need now are a couple of beverages and a delicious meal to enjoy this backyard dining experience!

Design Tip: Colorful Dining Room Chairs

Distinctive Cottage Decorating | Design Tip Image: Home Owner Buff

Article: Pros and Cons of Stylish Trends

Distinctive Cottage Decorating | Article Image: Matters of Style

Each month we post a design tip and a featured article to explore specific topics in the world of interior decorating.  In order to create reliable, informative, and relateable articles we combine research and personal experience!  So much of decorating can be trial and error, and we want to share our experiences and knowledge with you to help save time and money!

Color Board: Jewel Tones

Jewel Tones Board

Want to see unique and creative color concepts?  Come check out our color boards!  They are a great way to help brainstorm colors you might like and combinations that will be stunning!  Anytime we use Benjamin Moore or Sherwin Williams colors we will label them, so you can head right to the store.

Thank you to all of our dedicated readers who continue to support our blog, and we hope you are enjoying it as much as we are!

Featured Image: Nest of Posies Brought to you by Cottage Home– specializing in cottage furniture & farmhouse tables [post_title] => We Turned ONE! [post_excerpt] => 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! [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => we-turned-one [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-08-22 14:52:33 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-08-22 18:52:33 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://distinctblog.wpengine.com/?p=4582 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [post_icon] => ) [5] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 3944 [post_author] => 3304 [post_date] => 2013-08-16 16:27:28 [post_date_gmt] => 2013-08-16 20:27:28 [post_content] => Colorful Dining Room Chairs | Same Chair Different ColorsThe chairs that surround your dining room table are a great way to introduce color, personality, and style into your space.  It can be a little overwhelming when you begin to look for the right chair, because there are so many styles to choose from.  You will find an array of traditional Windsor chairs to contemporary X-back chairs, and so much more in between!  Take a look at one of our previous posts here to learn more about choosing a style for your 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.  There is never a right or a wrong answer, but the following inspirational photos and tips can help you get the look you are striving for.  

#1: Same Chair Different Colors

Colorful Dining Room Chairs Photo: Back Porch Musings SW#6601 SW#6601 Tanager   SW#6642 Rhumba Orange    SW#6417 Tupelo Tree    SW#6689 Overjoy

When deciding how many colors to use around your table, keep in mind how many chairs you are using.  For example, if you have a small set of four chairs for everyday dining, than four different colors is great, because there is only a small number of chairs.  If you have seating for 6 or 8 on an everyday basis, than stick to 3 or 4 colors.  You can do two chairs in each color - that way the overall feeling won't be too hectic.  If you do decide to do 6 to 8 different colors, then choose colors that are the same hue to keep a cohesive look.  Another great way to unify a collection of mismatched chairs is to upholster the seats in the same fabric!

#2: Different Chairs Same Color

If you are looking for an eclectic look without introducing too many additional colors, try bringing together an assortment of chairs and having them painted the same color.  Since you are using a single color in a large dose it really makes a statement, especially when using a lively color like the one shown here.  The beauty is that you are not looking for a perfect set, so choose chairs that are comfortable to you.  As you can see in the example photo, each chair is unique, they vary in sizes and shapes, and the overall look is still cohesive because of the color!  Also, the cute black and white fabric on just a few of the chairs adds texture while breaking up the color a little bit.

Decisive Yellow SW#6902SW#6902 Decisive Yellow

Colorful Dining Room Chairs | Different Chairs, Same Color Photo: Brit-Co

#3: Different Chairs Different Colors

 Colorful Dining Room Chairs | Different Chairs, Different Colors Photo: Design Is Mine This option is for people who want a really whimsical and creative dining room look.  The complementing painted chairs are vivid and appealing without being to overwhelming to the eye.  By mixing in additional steel chairs, it breaks up the textures and finishes while adding a rustic element. Keeping the walls stark white allows the colors to really shine.

SW#6914SW#6914 Eye Catching SW#6867 Fireworks SW#6786 Cloudless 

#4: Same Side Chairs Different Head Chairs

Colorful Dining Room Chairs | Different Side and End Chairs Photo: Home Owner Buff SW#6760 SW#6760 Rivulet     SW#7001 Marshmallow

Another option to bring color and life into your dining room is to use upholstered chairs!  Parson's chairs are beautiful, comfortable, and come in a variety of styles.  Typically parson's chairs are larger than the average dining chair, so depending on the size of your dining room table, they may only be able to fit at the ends of the table.  Afraid of introducing fabric because of wash-ability?  No fear, there are wonderful options for slipcovered parson's chairs with covers that can be removed for easy cleaning.  Click here to see more slipcovered parson's chairs. The inspiration photo shown uses two oversized wing back chairs in an eye catching print, making them the main focal point.  The leather side chairs are a perfect complement to the intensity of the teal print, and also don't interrupt the view out the windows. Whatever the route you decide to go, don't be afraid to experiment with color combinations.  Choose colors that inspire you, make you feel happy, and reflect your personality! First Image Source: Querido-Refugio Brought to you by Cottage Home - specializing in cottage furniture & farmhouse tables [post_title] => Design Tip: Colorful Dining Room Chairs [post_excerpt] => 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. [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => design-tip-colorful-dining-room-chairs [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-08-22 14:52:34 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-08-22 18:52:34 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://distinctblog.wpengine.com/?p=3944 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 4 [filter] => raw [post_icon] => ) [6] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 134040 [post_author] => 3304 [post_date] => 2013-07-09 14:29:01 [post_date_gmt] => 2013-07-09 18:29:01 [post_content] =>

Decorating with Blue and Gray | Color Board: Icy Silversage

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.

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[post_title] => Color Board: Icy Silversage [post_excerpt] => 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. [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => color-board-icy-silversage [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-08-22 14:52:34 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-08-22 18:52:34 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://distinctblog.wpengine.com/?p=2170 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 2 [filter] => raw [post_icon] => ) [7] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 3471 [post_author] => 3304 [post_date] => 2013-07-02 15:19:12 [post_date_gmt] => 2013-07-02 19:19:12 [post_content] => 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. Red White Blue Decorating | Inspiration Board: 4th of July Maine Ladderback Side Chair Cape Hatteras Boat Bed Red Star Hooked Pillow Sailboat Number 53 Old Glory Carved Wooden Sign Otis Nautical Fabric Beaufort Wall Unit Horizontal Shutter Sign Blue Stars Hooked Rug Seabrook 3 Seat Sofa Nags Head Braided Rug Cross Flags Hooked Pillow Red Star Hooked Rug Oval Recycled Glass Lamp Hand Loomed Wool Rug Brought to you by Cottage Home - specializing in cottage furniture & farmhouse tables [post_title] => Inspiration Board: 4th of July [post_excerpt] => 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. [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => inspiration-board-4th-of-july [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-08-22 14:52:34 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-08-22 18:52:34 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://distinctblog.wpengine.com/?p=3471 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [post_icon] => ) [8] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 3238 [post_author] => 3304 [post_date] => 2013-06-28 13:46:07 [post_date_gmt] => 2013-06-28 17:46:07 [post_content] =>

How to Hang a Gallery Wall

How to Hang a Gallery WallImage: Holly Mathis Interiors

Filling a blank wall can be a daunting task, but what better way to fill a blank space than with the things you love? By collaging items together into a cohesive statement, you create visual interest while also expressing a little bit about who you are. A great starting point is deciding what kind of look you want to achieve.  Is it a symmetrical, traditional and classic look, or an asymmetrical, funky and abstract look?  Determining what style fits in with the space allows you to then begin to decide what you want to include in the collage and how it will be arranged.  Here are a few helpful hints to get you started.

Good Rule of Thumb: Same Sized Images and Same Frame Style

Creating a symmetrical configuration is a crisp and clean way to collage artwork.  This homeowner chose the same frame color and similar types of photos for a themed focal point. The large collage in this upscale dining room is a perfect choice to keep in harmony with the room's decor.  The snow white frames mimic the crisp white trim and window treatments, while the soft beige background ties in with the sisal rug.  The floral images contribute to the botanical theme of the room, while offering a soft and feminine feature.  The configuration of five columns in four rows is well-balanced and fills the blank wall perfectly without feeling overcrowded.

 How to Hang a Gallery Wall | Symmetrical Gallery CollageImage: Elle Decor

 How to Hang a Gallery Wall | Different Sized Frames, Same Color Image: Two and Twenty Weekends

Good Rule of Thumb: Different Sized Images and Same Frame Style

Here is a perfect example of cohesive asymmetry for a gallery wall.  The creator used similar white frames to outline the miscellaneous collection of inspiring artwork and personal photos.  Maintaining a unifying element throughout the collage, in this case the white frames, brings  the whole look together. Notice how the outlets and the temperature gauges hide seamlessly among the artwork!

Good Rule of Thumb: Same Sized Images and Different Frame Colors

This cute nook of photos is another version of a symmetrical collage, which has the same sized frame, but in different colors to add diversity.  The border is even and the edges of each frame concise, while the varying colors create an eye catching pop.     

How to Hang a Gallery Wall | Same Frame Different ColorsImage: Pinterest
 How to Hang a Gallery Wall | Clustered Asymmetrical Gallery CollageImage: Pinterest

 Good Rule of Thumb: Different Sized Images and Different Frame Styles 

If you want a really eclectic collage you can mix a variety of images and objects together to achieve a clustered asymmetrical look.  This is a free flowing collage style, and the overall size is determined by the objects you choose.  What's nice about this style is that you can add and change it with ease since there is no set arrangement.   This clustered collage has a great variety of whimsical pieces, including painted canvases, rustic frames, and graphic block letters.  The soft and quiet colors look great against the pewter walls!    

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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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! 

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Sarah Sedwick Paintings Sarah Sedwick Kiitos Living by Design Babylon Stool Babylon Stool Old English Pine Storefront Display Evan Blue Wool

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Image Sources: Entryway: Better Homes and Gardens Kitchen: Babble Bathroom: Pinterest Hallway: Little Green Notebook Living Room: Better Homes and Gardens

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Rooms to Love: Casual Living RoomImage: 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 the white beadboard walls.  Everything in this space harmonizes beautifully by maintaining the dark/light contrast throughout.  The stark white slipcovered sofa balances the heavy rattan framed chairs and all three pieces are anchored by the beige striped rug.  The trunk coffee table is a great solution for hide away storage and adds a small splash of rustic character.  Naturally the large stone fireplace is the main focal point in the room, flanked by two large windows draped in a soft cream fabric.

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Cottage Style Decorating Ideas | Color Board: Rust, Gold & Bay Leaf

Cat's Paw Cranwell Desert Ensemble Robins Egg Marilyn Persimmon

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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Cottage Home Decor | Color Board: Artful ArgyleClick on any image to learn more! 

A playful spin on a traditional print, the harlequin cotton hooked rug offers a kaleidoscope of colors for cottage home decor.  The look and feel of this daring rug is an ideal choice for a living room, study, or office, as there are endless options for choosing coordinating fabrics.  You can pull out the light tones for a fresh palette, or the darker tones to create a cozier feel.  

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Harlequin Cotton Hooked Rug Robin Wheat Bridge Spa Pebble Rose Calypso Flax Pebble Limestone Slubby Rain Bridge Coral

Harlequin Cotton Hooked Rug Robin Wheat Bridge Spa Pebble Rose Calypso Flax Pebble Limestone Slubby Rain Bridge Coral

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Lodge Decorating

Lodge decorating ideas to help you create a cozy summer vacation or winter holiday feel in your lake side cabin year round. Our lake house and lodge decorating posts include Get the Look, Inspiration Boards, Rooms to Love, Color Boards and Design Tips to help stimulate your ideas. All of the posts include numerous sorting tags to help you focus on specific colors or rooms. For additional discussion and help please feel free to contact our designers.

Color Board: Artful Argyle

Coastal & Beach House, Color Boards, Cottage Style, Dining Rooms & Kitchens, Entryways, Farmhouse & Country, Living Rooms, Lodge & Lake House, Offices & Studies

A playful spin on a traditional print, the harlequin cotton hooked rug offers a kaleidoscope of colors for cottage home decor. The look and feel of this daring rug is an ideal choice for a living room, study, or office, as there are endless options for choosing coordinating fabrics. You can pull out the light […]

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Design Tip: Natural Fall Decor

Bedrooms, Coastal & Beach House, Cottage Style, Design Tips, Dining Rooms & Kitchens, Entryways, Farmhouse & Country, Living Rooms, Lodge & Lake House, Offices & Studies, Porches

Using natural decorative accents is always a graceful and organic way to decorate for the season. Thinking of fall – apples, cinnamon, pumpkins, leaves, and cozy blankets come to mind – just to name a few! These inspiration photos encompass the latest in creative, natural fall decorating ideas.

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We Turned ONE!

Articles, Bedrooms, Coastal & Beach House, Cottage Style, Dining Rooms & Kitchens, Entryways, Farmhouse & Country, Living Rooms, Lodge & Lake House, Offices & Studies, Porches

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 […]

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Design Tip: Colorful Dining Room Chairs

Coastal & Beach House, Cottage Style, Design Tips, Dining Rooms & Kitchens, Farmhouse & Country, Lodge & Lake House

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 […]

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Color Board: Icy Silversage

Bedrooms, Coastal & Beach House, Color Boards, Cottage Style, Farmhouse & Country, Living Rooms, Lodge & Lake House, Offices & Studies

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 […]

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Creating Your Own Gallery Collage

Articles, Bedrooms, Coastal & Beach House, Cottage Style, Dining Rooms & Kitchens, Entryways, Farmhouse & Country, Living Rooms, Lodge & Lake House, Offices & Studies

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 […]

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