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Country Home

Spring/Summer 2019

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 the editor

HERE’S WHAT WE LOVE MOST ABOUT THIS SEASON:Everything! Longer days, unfurling leaves, fresh green gardens, antiques fairs, picnics—the list could go on and on. But above all, there’s a sense of renewal that comes with the spring and summer months that charges us to get our houses in order—to throw open the windows and let some fresh breezes (and ideas) blow through our interiors.On these pages, you’ll meet creative homeowners from around the country to inspire your own room reboots. For instance, we visit DIY go-getter and style influencer Cynthia Harper in Pennsylvania, who uses the blank canvas spaces in her suburban home to create an ever-changing tableau of fresh country style (page 56). Down in Georgia, we are captivated by the Moores, who found a spectacular plot of land…


Editor SAMANTHA HARTDesigner KIMBERLY MORGAN METZContributing Editor SANDRA S. SORIAContributing Designer SHELLEY CALDWELLContributing Copy Editor ANGELA RENKOSKIContributing Proofreader NANCY DIETZAdministrative Assistant RENAE MABIEHOMEExecutive Editor SAMANTHA HARTGroup Editor ANN BLEVINSSenior Editor BRIAN KRAMERSenior Associate Editor NATALIE DAYTONStaff Writer JESSICA BENNETTDesign Director KIMBERLY MORGAN METZGroup Art Director NICOLE DEAN TEUTAssociate Art Director JESSICA ENOAssistant Art Director EMILY BUTTERWORTHSenior Graphic Designer BRITTANY MUELLERAdministrative Assistants RENAE MABIE, SUE MILLERFOODExecutive Editor JAN MILLERSenior Editors JESSICA SAARI CHRISTENSEN, MAGGIE GLISANSenior Associate Editor CARRIE BOYDDesign Director STEPHANIE HUNTERAssistant Art Director RAE DANNEMANAdministrative Assistant COURTNEY BUSHTest Kitchen Director LYNN BLANCHARDCulinary Specialists SARAH BREKKE, JULI HALE, SAMMY MILA, COLLEEN WEEDENSenior Food Stylist GREG LUNAFood Stylist KELSEY BULATGARDENSenior Editor SUSAN APPLEGET HURSTDesign Director NICK CROWAdministrative Assistant KATIE MORTBetter Homes & Gardens Test Garden® Manager SANDRA GERDESEDITORIAL ADMINISTRATIONEditorial Director JENNIFER DORLAND…

the giannettis

ALTHOUGH IT SHOWS UP VIA DIFFERENT MEDIA, THE most fielded question at Steve and Brooke Giannetti’s Santa Barbara-based design firm is always the same: “Can you give me a home like yours?” Brooke, who handles the design component of her husband’s architectural projects, says, “Phone calls, emails, Instagram DMs—it’s a daily thing.”People know and love the 31-years-married couple from books, a blog, and social media. So what is it about their style that everyone covets? Although a lot of designers pay lip service to the idea of designing for your life, the Giannettis’ Ojai farm embodies that authenticity, with natural linen slipcovers, unpolished wood floors, and windows that peer over intimate garden rooms and their family of animals, including chickens, donkeys, and pygmy goats.Of course, not everyone can have a…

dear lillie

“TRADITIONAL WITH A twist.” That’s how Jenni Holmes of Dear Lillie likes to describe her decorating style, but it wasn’t until she had her first child and wanted to work from home that she started sharing it with the world. “Being more introverted, I initially thought starting a blog sounded awful,” Jenni says with a laugh. “It just happened to be one of those right-time-right-thing scenarios that brought the success.”With a booming social media presence, Jenni’s brand has since evolved from an online shop and blogging space to a full-fledged interior design business. Her advice? Start small. “Luckily, decorating isn’t life altering. Most of our clients have been dying to change their interiors for years but have been too scared to take the plunge, and it doesn’t have to be…

leanne ford

LEANNE DRESSES HOUSES the same way she dresses herself: with effortless ease, copious chic, and total relatability. She got her start in fashion but eventually parlayed those stripes into a hugely successful interior design career. Case in point: an HGTV show, Restored by the Fords, she helms (along with her contractor brother Steve), which is in its second season. Fans tune in to watch her put wood floors on ceilings and transform tiny bathrooms into spas (and see what she wears while doing it).Her restoration projects, including her now-famous turn-of-the-20th-century schoolhouse, are typically rooted in vintage styles, texture driven, and with a running thread of Scandinavian resourcefulness. How she expresses that signature look, though, flows in response to the architecture of the space she’s working in. “I like so many…

making change

Angie converted the previous owner’s china cupboards into a library after reinforcing the shelves to support her books. Alabaster light fixtures dangle in a cluster over the dining table. “They look lovely when they’re lit, softly glowing together,” she says.Dutch doors at both ends of the mudroom are handy to keep the couple’s dogs penned in. “I’ve always had a thing for Dutch doors,” Angie says, “and they fit my idea of using things like doors and light fixtures as decoration.”fACED WITH A LARGE, EMPTY WHITE WALL IN NEED OF some interest, Angie Cavalier went to one of her favorite antiques dealers and bought two weathered ladders. “I literally propped them against the wall, and there they still are,” she says.This low-key attitude toward decorating her newly renovated historic home…