The Cottage Journal

The Cottage Journal Best of Country Cottage 2019


The Cottage Journal features decorating ideas, style tips, creative inspiration, and delicious recipes - and now you can enjoy every single page on the tablet! Create a warmer, more magical home with the beauty of nature and The Cottage Journal!

United States
Hoffman Media
5 期号


come home to comfort

Whether you prefer a little rustic flair or modern farmhouse décor, country cottage style truly offers something for everyone. Within the pages of The Cottage Journal, we have collected photos and stories that encapsulate the spirit of this beloved design choice, from family lake retreats to suburban cottage dwellings—and everything in between. A historic farmhouse in Tennessee, a Texas home overflowing with antiques, and a watercolor artist inspired by the countryside are just a few of the features in this special issue selected to inspire your next renovation, makeover, or new build. At the very least, we hope the hundreds of images and style ideas within will encourage you to develop your own version of country style—just as each of these homeowners did. So, from our editors to you, we thank you…

modern farmhouse

It’s no secret that the popularity of the current trend in charming cottage spaces likely stems from our favorite HGTV stars Joanna and Chip Gaines. It’s a space that’s light and airy, open, and full of farmhouse vibes—decked in shiplap walls, heirloom elements, and freshly clipped florals. But you don’t have to be a resident of Waco, Texas, to enjoy a modern farmhouse-style bedroom. Starting with a backdrop of bright white planked walls, opt for a color palette that feels soft and serene. Pale blues and greens that are reflective of nature are a great place to start—and, of course, a combination of neutral tones and textures to add depth, detail, and visual interest. Layering natural and Oriental rugs on the floor creates a collected look, and a patinaed antique bench…

country style

french body pitchers

A unique shape and a colorful enamel coating give the French body pitcher a signature look that makes a statement in any room or garden. Originally used in European households in the late 1800s and early 1900s to carry water for bathing, these enamelware antiques are now more often sought out for their bright aesthetic. As a stand-alone piece or grouped in a collection, the pitchers add a subtle French flair wherever they are placed. Many collectors fill their antique pitchers with fresh-cut flowers to create colorful vignettes that can brighten up a tabletop, doorstep, or garden pathway with ease. “Their tall shape sets off a large bouquet to perfection,” says Lidy Baars, owner of online antiques retailer FrenchGardenHouse. “A few pitchers hung on pegs outside are a wonderful way to…

rolling pins

The rolling pin is one of the oldest kitchen tools around. Historians say it is depicted in drawings by the Etruscans—long before it was mass-produced in the early 19th century. Today, collections of pins are popular wall art for kitchens. In the photo above, rolling pins are attached to beaded board and framed to hang. The oldest rolling pins, like those in the collection displayed at right, are hand-carved from one piece of wood. All the handles vary in shape depending on the designer and the use of the rolling pin. This collector and her husband enjoy finding pins while traveling. Once home, the rolling pins are displayed in the kitchen but are still accessible and “ready to roll.” “No one is born a great cook, one learns by doing.”—JULIA CHILD…

collecting cutting boards

These days, cutting boards come in all shapes and sizes and are often displayed on kitchen countertops and walls. Although maple has long been the wood of choice for the boards, bamboo has also become a popular option. Collectors often focus on a single shape or animal, and pigs seem to be at the top of many enthusiasts’ lists. This particular theme’s popularity may be explained by the Chinese and European belief that the pig was a symbol of wealth that had the power to bring good luck. Homeowner Margaret Ritchie has fond childhood memories of her Aunt Marmee’s pig cutting board that sat behind the kitchen faucet. Years later, at an antiques show, Margaret came across a man selling a number of similar boards. “I bought them all for sentimental…