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Cottage Style Spring/Summer 2021

Capture the romance, charm, and attainability of cottage-style decorating with this magazine, filled with beautiful homes that showcase all versions of this beloved style. Page after page of pretty, fresh, idea-packed rooms in a large uncluttered format let readers savor the rooms and linger over the details.

Country:
United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
Meredith Corporation
Frequency:
One-off
$17.24(Incl. tax)

in this issue

1 min
editor’s letter

I was fortunate enough to grow up near the ocean in Cape Town, South Africa. We didn’t live in a quintessential beach cottage—more like a typical suburban ranch—but there was always a faint smell of salt in the air on summer evenings, and our home played subtle homage to its location through its seaside-inspired palette of blues and whites, slipcovered and rattan furnishings, and colorful artwork. Flipping through the pages of this issue, you will find coastal cottages similar to the ones that dotted my hometown landscape, but you will also find wonderful new examples of this perennially popular style—a cozy modern-rustic cabin near Nashville (“Into the Woods,” page 38), a delightful cottage garden with breathtaking views of Puget Sound (“Garden Vista,” page 30 and right), a Catskill Mountains getaway with…

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4 min
tints + trends

warm + classic Add a handful of colorful items to spice up a mostly black and white color scheme. Blend in neutral-hued elements with texture, such as woven seagrass accents or tassels on soft goods. simple + neutral Create modern farmhouse charm with a neutral palette. Let white dominate and use wood and darker shades for balance. Find just one place to bring in an attention-grabbing accent hue. bold + eclectic Give bold accents a cottage twist by selecting a distressed finish. Think hammered metals and weathered paint. coastal + breezy Mix pretty and playful for a vacation vibe to enjoy every day. Embroidered details and upholstered furniture add sophistication, and a bright bed skirt and bold rug balance it with casual style.…

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4 min
winning formula

Anne and Brian Trinque never intended to build from scratch. But a serendipitous meeting with architect Ron DiMauro of DiMauro Architects at an overgrown lot half a mile from the beach in Jamestown, Rhode Island, changed their tune. “Our real estate agent, who knew we had been in touch with him about renovating another property, saw him drive by and flagged him down,” Anne says. “We discussed our dream for a three-bedroom where we could escape in summer with the kids.” The couple had definite ideas for the look and feel of the house, inside and out. The team, overseen by project architect Tyler Zagryn, took cues from the modern farmhouses Anne loves and the shingled seaside homes that are the firm’s specialty. The result? A board- and batten cottage best…

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3 min
vintage refresh

Sometimes, with age comes wisdom; other times, it brings a series of questionable facelifts. The Josiah Nickerson House, a circa 1870s Greek Revival located in Chatham, Massachusetts, came with both—plenty of old-world charm and a series of confusing additions. So when a Washington, D.C., couple snapped up the home a few years ago, they looked to Boston architect Patrick Ahearn to remove the grim and restore the great. “It was basically a tenement—there were all these multigenerational additions that compromised its character,” Ahearn says. “We had to get past all that and reimagine the farmhouse for a family of four.” In the planning phase of the design, Ahearn looked to the past. He studied old photos of the property, met with the local historical society, and considered the challenging topography to…

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4 min
garden vista

They wanted a home on the water, but it couldn’t be just any place. It needed character. It needed a story—something Kim and Jeff Robinson could build onto. As soon as Kim, a former real estate agent, spotted the bungalow cottage in Lakebay, Washington, eight years ago, she and Jeff put in an offer. “Places on this street don’t come up for sale often. They usually stay in the family,” Kim says. The 100-year-old cottage is set into a hill that takes in the sweeping vista of Puget Sound. “This place just inspired me,” Kim says. The cottage, a former weekend getaway, required major renovations, as did the overgrown front yard that faced the water. Kim and Jeff tore out a weedy groundcover, relocated overgrown rhododendrons, and built a large deck on…

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5 min
into the woods

Swimming to the trampoline in the middle of the lake. Scary flashlight walks among the towering trees at night. Family laughs around a competitive game of Sorry. Those are the memories Rachel Van Kluyve drew on when she and husband Richard decided to build a vacation cabin in the same resort community—less than two hours from Nashville—where she spent childhood summers. “I grew up in a suburban neighborhood, and it was like escaping to the woods and mountains,” she says. “I remember how the trees smelled. It definitely has a summer camp feel.” The feel of the log cabin is fundamentally—and deliberately—different from their primary home, a modern farmhouse they share with boys Liam, 11, and Layne, 5, and the focus of Rachel’s popular Crate and Cottage blog and Instagram page…

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