The Cottage Journal

The Cottage Journal Summer 2020


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


editor’s letter

PERSONAL STYLE Welcome the joys of the season while dining by the lake, sitting underneath a shady beach umbrella, or resting in your own garden. For this issue, we visited homes and gardens from Alaska to Florida and many places in between, and we handpicked finds from small shops to help you locate just the right products for your home. Within these pages, you’ll find inspiring spaces saturated with tranquil colors like seaside blues and garden greens—shades that just seem to feel right at home in coastal places. The Anderson family in “Coastal in Cary” on page 39 enjoys a second home in North Carolina, chosen as a refuge for family to gather and play. Soft blues and fresh patterns brighten up plain white interiors, and accessories add an extra punch of…

baskets worth collecting

Like most things that come from an island, the Nantucket lightship baskets first began at sea. In the mid 1800s, the state of Massachusetts commissioned lightships—acting as floating lighthouses—to provide light to traveling ships in the heavily trafficked waters around the dangerous shoals to the south of Nantucket. With not much to do on board the lightships during the daytime hours, the crew kept themselves busy weaving baskets with elements found on the ship both from cargo storage and trade. Due to the seemingly endless hours they had for perfecting their creations, the lightship basket is truly a work of art. Each of these baskets shares the classic characteristics of being woven on a mold, being composed of rattan—otherwise known as cane—and sporting a solid wooden base. The wooden bases of the…

the art of tradition

Nantucket Looms has almost always been a part of Bess Clarke’s life, and for anyone else who loves the charming seaside town of Nantucket, Massachusetts, it’s probably been a staple in theirs as well. Now more than half a century old, the shop was originally opened by Bill Euler and Andy Oates, a local businessman and a master weaver, respectively. After 25 years, Bill and Andy handed the company over to their longtime employee—and Bess’s mother—Liz Winship, and in 2013, the shop became Bess’s, along with partners Stephanie Hall and Rebecca Peraner. From day one, quality craftsmanship and a focus on art was top priority for Bill and Andy. Since they opened the shop, the process of making their famed textiles has never changed. Each blanket is made by one weaver from…

canines in the countryside

Stylish design and pet-friendly interiors are not as mutually exclusive as one might initially think. A follow-up to its American counterpart—At Home with Dogs and Their Designers—Susanna Salk’s latest book, At Home in the English Countryside: Designers and Their Dogs, explores spaces where luxurious design and beloved canines coexist in English countryside estates. Through 224 pages, Susanna gives readers a glimpse at lavish interiors and gorgeous gardens that keep four-legged friends in mind without sacrificing style. Each of the 17 designer features provides an in-depth look into the relationships with their loyal canine companions and the unparalleled décor of the country estates they escape to in between the hustle and bustle of their professional lives. The thoughtful touches each has put into their home is evident, and whether curled up next…

market finds

tranquil island blues

As you approach the front porch of Julie Forgaard’s seaside cottage, the wooden quarterboard reading, “Why Worry” sets the tone for this New Hampshire family’s idyllic vacation home on the historic island of Nantucket, Massachusetts. Each room beyond the welcoming Dutch door hosts a cozy, comfortable place specifically designed for family. The Forgaards purchased the quaint Siasconset cottage in 2009—but their love affair with coastal retreats started long before then. Julie is quick to share that she’s been a beach person all her life. She grew up in New Jersey, spending her summers on the Jersey Shore, and as an adult she has explored nearly all of the New England coasts with her family. Before buying their beach bungalow, the Forgaards had been renting homes on Nantucket for nearly 10 years.…