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Cottages and Bungalows

Cottages and Bungalows December 2017 - January 2018

Create the cottage lifestyle you love in any home with expert tips, inspiring house tours, and fun DIY tips and instructions.

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United States
Engaged Media
6 Issues

in this issue

1 min
your merry little christmas

IT’S MY FIRST CHRISTMAS IN THE NEW HOUSE. And like any first, it’s filled with lots of excitement, a little curiosity and some awkward fumbles. The tree doesn’t quite fit right where I had hoped it would go (small houses have a way of foiling your space planning). The new blue couch we bought kind of throws off my classic red-and-green vibe I do every year (I didn’t think of that). And lots of my favorite childhood ornaments broke when the mover (and by that, I mean my husband) stacked the boxes too high in the garage during the kitchen remodel when everything had to get stored outside. But as with my first apartment after getting married and the room we squeezed into at my parents’ home right before we got…

1 min
let’s get digital!

Have you seen our new online home? We’ve remodeled our website with all-new features, sections and exclusive online articles. Check it out now! Fresh & Festive Seeho w designer Alison Kandler appliesher signature vibrant vintage color palette to her holiday décor. Be a Wrap Star It’s all about the presentation! Get ideas for easy but impressive gift-wrap looks. Entertaining Essentials Shop our picks for fresh, festive must-haves for all your holiday gatherings. Centers of Attention Check out these simple yet stunning ways to design your Christmas centerpiece. We show you how. Welcoming Wreaths Get inspiration—and tutorials—for creating and styling the perfect seasonal wreath to greet your guests. cottagesandbungalowsmag.com WEB Look for this symbol throughout the issue to see extra content!…

2 min
silver status

What was once a symbol of status is now a staple for the modern-day entertainer. The origin of punch bowls goes back to the 1600s, when they were used to chill glasses, display fruits, and even as flower vases. In those times, the size and number of bowls in your collection became part of your social identity. Today punch bowls are a lovely way to elevate your gathering, and they can be the crown jewel of your entertaining space. THE HISTORY Punch bowls were originally made of ceramic, porcelain and sometimes wood. As the world became more interconnected, resource materials proliferated and wealthy families began to request punch bowls made of silver and decorated with elaborate designs. Before his famous midnight ride, Paul Revere, an experienced silversmith, was commissioned by the Sons of…

1 min
cozy christmas cabin

Dress up the inside of your home with this decorative garland for an outdoorsy touch. Pine and pinecone garland, $7.99. (877) 967-5362 or worldmarket.com. This plaid dining chair is perfect for the holidays. Mason heirloom red plaid dining chair, 249.95. (817) 252-6300 or pier1.com. Get snug in this festive holiday throw, and let visions of sugarplums dance in your head. Red-and-green woven holiday throw, $34.99. (877) 967-5362 or worldmarket.com. These antique Christmas tins don’t need to be filled to fill the room with Christmas cheer. Round metal Christmas image boxes, set of 3, $99.99. (800) 538-2446 or christmastraditions.com. Santa loves his stockings like he does his cookies, handmade! Each of these candy cane-striped sacks is one of a kind. Hungarian Christmas stockings, $24. (608) 772-7072 or europeanmarket.us. Light up the cold winter night with these…

2 min
bar cart basics

BAR CARTS are essential for any host—especially during the holidays. And they’re a delight to decorate. Combine your hosting abilities with your bartending skills and add something fabulous to your festive holiday home. Vanessa Dina, in her book The Art of the Bar Cart: Styling & Recipes, gives her best styling tips and tricks for impressing your guests with your own special beverage station. Here are a few of our favorite ideas. THE CHRISTMAS CART The holidays are full of excuses to entertain. Whether it’s used for an ugly- sweater party or a New Year’s Eve celebration, this festive bar cart is a necessity for the excellent holiday host. Before you start popping bubbly, decorate your Christmas cart with a little bit of eye candy. This cart’s circular shape is elegant, while the…

1 min
take your cart from simple to superb

1. Use fruits that are in season. Quality over quantity is always good to keep in mind. Keep in-season organic fruits on your cart to give your drinks a boost. Having fresh strawberries in the spring and oranges in the winter will really add flavor and art to your famous cocktails. 2. Collect some unlikely tools. Watching a drink being made is almost as fun as drinking it … almost. If you’re already stocked up on the staple bar tools, add a canvas bag and mallet for crushing ice, a muddler for your fresh fruit, and keep some reusable metal straws on hand. If you want to get fancy, invest in a soda siphon to make your own carbonated drinks. 3. Don’t overlook the ice. Ice is essential for making the perfectly…