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Victoria Cottage Bliss Reprint 2018

In a frantic and hurried world, Victoria offers a respite from the chaos of everyday life. The pages are dedicated to living beautifully when entertaining, cooking, and decorating and even in artistic pursuits - and now you can enjoy every single page on your tablet! With a distinct personality all its own, Victoria personifies feminity, passion, and an enterprising spirit. Each issue features decorating and entertaining ideas, recipes, travel stories, essays from inspiring women, and much more.

Pays:
United States
Langue:
English
Éditeur:
Hoffman Media
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dear friends

I believe that cottage living is a state of mind. The architectural design of the bungalow is one way to define this favored lifestyle, but almost any residence can be suited to cottage décor, regardless of its exterior.Happy memories can be the root of interior decorating choices. Perhaps cozy, cluttered rooms remind you, as they do me, of Grandmother’s house or the home of a favorite aunt. In lavishly patterned prints often used for curtains and slipcovers, I see the faded, well-loved room where, as a child, I spent many weekend nights tucked in Granny’s feather bed. Dwellings filled with paint and furnishings in a neutral palette transport me to beachside family vacation spots. Whether your preference is romantic florals; clean, spare rooms; or an eclectic mix, choosing cottage décor…

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charmed spaces

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a light-filled cottage

A neutral background makes it possible to bring dynamic energy and interest to the living room with a few bold patterns, from the diamond-motif rug to the large-print curtains and high-beamed ceiling. Nature steps in, too, adding earthy charm with bird illustrations, driftwood lamps, and wicker. Furniture with exposed legs keeps the room feeling open and airy.Clean and simple, a white-on-white scheme instantly brightens rooms and combines easily with shades of blue. A splash of mellow blue-gray on the kitchen cupboard doors and drawer fronts, opposite, contributes a casually elegant touch. Subtle blue-and-white outdoor fabric gives the living-room chairs, above, a look of handsome durability. The black wrought-iron light fixtures placed throughout the home create a unifying effect. Space-saving, practical accessories, right and far right, double as decorative elements.“You should…

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a home of hospitality

In the spacious upstairs loft, the homeowners have carved out a cozy library with built-in bookshelves—the perfect spot for perusing the many volumes tucked among the cubbies. Exposed beams and tongue-and-groove paneling lend warmth to the area, while the sunlight that streams through the double window can be muted with both matchstick blinds and soft linen curtains.The compact yet fully equipped kitchen contains open cabinetry and eye-catching architectural elements, such as a leaded-glass window panel above the sink. An antique cupboard supplies additional storage for a collection of creamware and other cherished pieces. A weathered wooden crate, a vintage scale, and seasonal vignettes add to the rustic ambiance.A shining example of an open-concept living plan, this beautifully appointed carriage house boasts soaring elevations that belie the home’s cottage-size footprint. Although…

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the whisper of white

Beauty is indeed in the details, and white lovingly caresses every crack, crag, and crevice of whatever it highlights—from each swirl and whorl of pearlescent seashells on the mantel, below, to a fragrant bundle of lavender swaddled in snowy, crisp linen, opposite, below left. An empathetic hue, white makes the imperfect seem somehow pristine, as with a timeworn pitcher, center left.Perfect for the kitchen, white artfully employs a bit of sleight of hand to convince the eye that the space is larger than it actually is. Custom pine cabinets with leaded-crystal fronts are puristically white, while a wall-mounted Hoosier-style cabinet offers additional storage space and lends vintage whimsy and color.“Into the shadow white chamber silts the white Flux of another dawn ….”—D. H. LAWRENCE ■…

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where restful shadows fall

“Carelessness in any of the details that to wellbred people constitute the decencies of living, are no more tolerated in the smallest cottage than in the palace,” Emily Post wrote. To pamper summer guests, leave nothing to chance. Before they arrive, check drawers, cabinets, pantry, and cooler to be sure no needful thing is overlooked.Clever touches and sweet surprises make stay-over visitors feel especially welcome.Plush towels in ample supply and seasonal spa and bath products are musts for the powder room. Although most people will bring their own toiletries, a “just-in-case” supply of toothbrushes, lotions, and shampoos can prove useful. Provide robes, slippers, or even lounging pajamas as take-home tokens of the visit.“A guest never forgets the host who had treated him kindly”.—HOMERIn her 1922 book of etiquette, Emily Post…

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