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Country Home Summer 2018

Country Home magazine is packed with warm, inviting, personal houses that evoke the feeling of “home” on every page. From contemporary lofts that radiate a modern version of country to Texas farmhouses rich with patina, each issue delivers the style and inspiration that readers hold dear.

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Meredith Corporation
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from our   editor

THERE ARE COUNTLESS WAYS TO CREATE A SPACE THAT says “country.” For proof, we refer you to the following pages. The hundred-plus pictured rooms do have one thing in common—homeowners who eschew synthetic, cookie-cutter spaces in favor of those marked by authenticity, creativity, and personality. So, no, it doesn’t have to be a historic place, but vintage pieces lovingly gathered over time, salvaged materials put back into play, and familiar furniture profiles will pay respect to where we’ve been. And you may not need a country road to take you there, but a connection to a simpler lifestyle and the natural world is most certainly in the style’s DNA. For example, we tour a small Cape Cod in suburban Indianapolis, where young parents created a spare, easy-care space that fits their family…

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country home   what to collect

One Leather WHY IT’S HOT: Although part and parcel with the current passion for all things natural, leather-clad objects have always signaled quality. Collectors today value patina over perfection, preferring leather seating, satchels, and books that show the cracks, stains, and softness of a well-loved piece. HINT: Available at a range of prices, leather-bound books are topping the best-seller list. “There is a high demand for leather-bounds,” says Michael Breddin, co-owner of Leftovers Antiques in Brenham, Texas. COST: “Books by a valuable author or on a popular subject matter can fetch $115 and higher,” Breddin says. “But you can also find leather-bounds for $15.” The pièce de résistance in leather collecting is the French club chair, fetching $4,000 on average. Two Brass WHY IT’S HOT: Since ancient times, this super-strong alloy of copper…

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downsizing   for good

SOMETIMES, LESS REALLY IS MORE. AT LEAST THAT was the case for Anissa Zajac, who runs the House Seven Design + Build firm along with her husband, Brian. “We were living in a large, five-bedroom house that we’d poured our blood, sweat, and tears into redesigning ourselves,” Anissa recalls. She even had established a substantial social following when she began blogging about the house project. “On paper—and in social media—our lives looked pretty great. But life in a big house in the suburbs wasn’t all it was cracked up to be.” The couple had a desire to live closer to downtown Indianapolis in a walkable neighborhood—and in a much smaller home. “There’s this need to fill space when you live in a bigger house, and something about that constant consumerism didn’t…

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family style made easy

OPEN ROOMS: A few walls fell during this remodel, both for visual flow and to encourage family togetherness. “I wanted the house to serve us and how we live together, so we opened it up as much as possible,” Anissa says. WASH AND WEAR FABRICS: Cotton curtain panels and linen slipcovers, like most textiles in the Zajac house, can be machine washed. Wellplaced throws over sofa backs and on beds offer easy-to-clean protection against soiling. HARDWORKING FURNITURE: Fussy, formal furniture means worrying about fingerprints and water rings. The Zajacs prefer country pine and oak. The dining table is a case in point. “We needed a workhorse table that was friendly for kids’ crafts and puzzles but large enough to seat a crowd, because we are often feeding one,” Anissa says. CARPET TILES: This…

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past   forward

BETH RUSSELL HAS NO DOUBT THAT AT VARIOUS points throughout the 18-month renovation of her family’s historic Virginia property, her design crew was questioning her input. “Somewhere along the way,” she says, “I began titling all of my emails, ‘You guys are going to kill me’.” Residential designer/builder Mark Turner and interior designer Cortney Bishop listened to all of Beth’s ideas with open minds, however, and in the end, usually agreed with her. Had it not been for Beth’s string of inspirational interventions, after all, the glass atrium connecting the property’s two spaces (an early-1700s log cabin and early-1800s stone house) would simply be a lovely passthrough rather than the showstopping entrance it is today. “We still have the window that had to be removed to make way for the door,”…

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high style for historic homes

A LITTLE BLACK DRESSING: Used on beams and drapery as well as appliances, black is Bishop’s secret weapon for dressing up a space. “It adds definition and edge," Bishop says, "and, in the context of Americana, a tailored finish.” OLD DESIGN, NEWLY MADE: Rely on the prototypes of the era—wingback chairs, settees, woven rugs—crafted by an artisan of today. “Almost every piece in this house is a modern-day heirloom,” Bishop says. TOUCH OF DRAMA: The occasional high-design surprise, such as classic curtains draping the two-story living room windows or the 2,000-pound gravestone decking the circa-1800 fireplace, are rooted in tradition but read modern. PLENTY OF PLUSH: Comfort is a defining characteristic of modern livability. That’s why Bishop doesn’t hesitate to bring in velvet sofas, upscale linens, and decadent floor coverings to even the…