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Home & Garden
Cottage Style

Cottage Style

Spring/Summer 2020

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
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in this issue

1 min.
editor’s letter

Big houses have their perks, but the true test of design savvy often comes when space is at a premium. That’s when creativity kicks into high gear and pint-size rooms become prime examples of how to maximize every inch. In Rhode Island, interior designer Maura O’Malley turned a stuck-in-the-past waterfront cottage into a light and airy retreat that lives much larger than its 1,450 square feet (“Local Refresh,” page 24). In addition to some layout tweaks, O’Malley right-sized the furniture and introduced a neutral palette—punctuated with blues and greens—to visually expand each room and take advantage of the ocean views. Near another beach—this time in the Hamptons—real estate expert Adam Widener set his sights on a forlorn 1,800 -square-foot cottage built in the 1980s that was in desperate need of a 21st-century…

4 min.
high style for less

6 min.
the call of the sea

It was never a question of if, but when. That’s how Jaqui Lividini describes her desire to buy and restore a beach house that could be a weekend oasis from the hustle of New York City, where she and her partner, John Speredakos, live with their daughter, Calliope, 14. When the quest began in earnest, the couple searched for two years, bidding on—and losing—seven houses before they first laid eyes on a 1901 cottage in Connecticut that demanded an immediate double take. “We were drawn to the home’s relationship to its setting—the way it perched on the rocks, the way the water essentially surrounded it,” John says. “The smell of that brine was intoxicating.” The stunning site on a slender peninsula—Haycock Point on the Long Island Sound—seemed plucked from the pages of…

4 min.
local refresh

It was the view that sold interior designer Maura O’Malley’s clients on this petite Rhode Island beach cottage. Also, at 1,450 square feet, the house seemed manageable, both to transform and maintain. It certainly was not the ’70s-era knotty pine paneling, choked up windows, or Styrofoam ceiling panels that drew them in. “Homes here have passed through generations,” O’Malley says. “People don’t think about changing them.” Lured to the area by its pastoral landscape, quiet beaches, and low-key atmosphere that ensured few distractions from family time, the homeowners wanted a place where they could gather to enjoy the beach, light up the grill, and entertain friends over fresh oysters and cocktails. They envisioned an all-white haven akin to a Santa Monica beach house that still felt true to its Yankee roots. “It needed…

5 min.
colorful personality

As summer arrives on Massachusetts’ scenic Buzzards Bay, this inviting guesthouse nestled in a quaint village along the shore becomes the life of the party with backyard barbecues, pool parties, and evening cocktails galore. “The homeowner loves to entertain, and when she has a party, she goes all out,” says architect Thomas H. Egan III, who let the vintage charm of the neighboring 19th-century homes guide the 2015 structure’s Shingle-style exterior. “The very first party she had here was for one of her kids’ birthdays, where she set up a fun candy bar with tall glass cylinders that were color-coordinated to match the hues of the house.” So it came as no surprise to Egan and his colleague, interior designer Josh Linder, that she wanted to further embrace the interior with…

4 min.
summer sanctuary

Maryland’s Gibson Island is the ideal spot for winding down, spending time outdoors, and enjoying nature’s many gifts. Herons, osprey, and bald eagles call this place home. It’s a mere hour drive from the hubbub of Washington, D.C., but for a busy couple and their 7-year-old daughter, it feels worlds away. The family bought this circa 1990 cottage four years ago as a summer retreat. Each May, they pack their bags and drive to the island where they stay until September, going back to the city only when necessary for work. The setting is idyllic—a private gated community on the Chesapeake Bay and Magothy River. One-third of the 1,000 acres is developed; the rest is dedicated to wetlands and a bird sanctuary. But the original cottage was far from ideal. Dark…