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Country Living April 2020

Rooms that invite you to linger. Vintage collectibles displayed with love. A colorful easy-care garden. A porch that says "Come sit!" All yours in the pages of Country Living!

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10 Issues

in this issue

6 min.
the sampler

@RACHELHARDAGEBARRETT A A Welcome from the Editor There are countless joys to working at Country Living, including those mornings when I look at my calendar to get a sense of what’s on the day’s docket and see “chicken discussion” (pg. 42) or “Easter egg review” (pg. 14). But another is-this-really-a-job?! moment is at the Country Living Fair, when I’m lucky enough to spend three days interacting with readers, catching up with our delightful fair vendors, and, okay, adding to my faded seascape/plaid thermos/vintage trophy/wool blanket collections. That’s why I’m already looking forward to August 14–16, when we’ll be at an all-new location in Nashville at Green Door Gourmet Farm. (We’re hanging our hat exclusively in Music City this year. Be sure to join us!) In addition to the shopping you know and love,…

1 min.
turn this scene into a room

HUE FINDER Let nature inspire a fresh color palette. FIELD NOTES Pretty Cascading Plants for Window Boxes You know the old formula: Every container needs a “thriller,” some “filler,” and a “spiller.” Consider these our favorite picks for the latter.…

1 min.
“what’s in my bike basket?”

The word influencer gets thrown around a lot these days, but Julia Engel (@juliahengel) is one of the originals. Since launching her blog (galmeetsglam.com) from her college dorm room almost a decade ago, the business major turned her hobby into a social media following of 1.2 million and, recently, a line of modern feminine apparel (often taking inspiration from silhouettes of the 1940s and ’50s) available at Dillard’s, neimanmarcus.com, select boutiques, and her own Gal Meets Glam shop. Here, Julia (in the “Allie” dress) brakes to share a few of her mainstays and must-haves for the season. SHOP JULIA’S COLLECTION! The feminine light-weight “Sage” coat is the perfect transition piece.…

3 min.
creature comforts

HELP! MY DOG ATE… Animal expert Dr. Tricia Earley offers a plan of action for when your buddy ventures beyond his food bowl. SPRING EDITION! CHOCOLATE BUNNY Chocolate contains caffeine and theobromine, which can overwhelm your dog’s nervous system. While a typical milk chocolate bunny may not contain the same high levels as, say, a dark chocolate baking bar, it can still cause harm. Assess the type and amount of chocolate consumed (a single bite of a bunny’s ear is probably okay), and look out for vomiting, diarrhea, rapid heart rate, and restlessness. WHEN TO CALL THE VET: It is best to call right away, though treatment depends on the type and quantity. TULIPS While tulip stems and blooms are not usually harmful, the bulbs are generally poisonous to dogs, especially in large quantities. If your pup decides…

2 min.
pretty postage

Crimson Tidings An assortment of reds, pinks, and purples adds rosy refinement to everything from love letters to season’s greetings. You’ll find ample female icons—like Susan B. Anthony and Clara Barton—in varying shades of reds and purples, along with the 1963 Eleanor Roosevelt stamp (1), issued to honor America’s most active First Lady, and the 1960 American Woman stamp (2) celebrating the accomplishments of everyday women in arts, education, and civic affairs. The 1962 Girl Scouts stamp (3), commemorating the organization’s 50th anniversary, is well-suited for summer-camp correspondence, and the bold camellia gracing the 1969 Alabama stamp (4) makes for a distinctly scarlet letter. Sunny Send-Offs Give your dispatch a cheerful disposition—perfect for words of encouragement!—with these golden oldies featuring classic country icons, from sunflowers and butterflies to birds. Textile enthusiasts will enjoy…

5 min.
what is it? what is it worth?

OBJECT LESSON: Hubley Cast-Iron Doorstops WHAT TO KNOW: In 1894, John Hubley founded the Hubley Manufacturing Co. in Lancaster, PA. Initially, the company made wooden toys, but by 1909, they had moved into cast iron and added decorative items such as banks, door knockers, and the very popular figural doorstops. Cast of molten pig iron and scrap iron that was poured into a sand mold, the hand-painted doorstops came in a wide range of subjects including dogs, houses, fictional characters, and dozens of blooming flower baskets (pictured here) that boasted colorful tulips, dahlias, roses, delphiniums, and more. Hubley made doorstops until around 1948, when they sold their molds. The toy division was sold in 1978. WHAT IT’S WORTH: $50 to $400 with original paint (rare shapes can bring thousands, like a giraffe that sold…