Country Living January/February 2021

Rooms that invite you to linger. Vintage collectibles displayed with love. A colorful easy-care garden. A porch that says "Come sit!" All yours in the pages of Country Living!

United States
10 Issues

in this issue

1 min
alissa hessler

Five months after falling for her future husband at a party, Alissa Hessler left her corporate job in Seattle to move into a farmhouse with him in Camden, Maine. “There weren’t any decent-paying job prospects, so I knew I’d have to start my own business,” she says. Unable to find “truthful, accessible stories about others who had made the switch from city to country,” Alissa created Urban Exodus (@theurbanexodus), a collection of interviews, photography, and invaluable advice from rural small-business owners. A book by the same name followed, as well as a new Urban Exodus podcast. “It’s a resource for people who want to make the move, and I hope it will inspire them to do it. It’s hard work, but so fulfilling.” ILLUSTRATIONS BY MELINDA JOSIE; PORTRAIT COURTESY OF JACOB…

4 min
invest in a chest freezer…

“If you’re new to vegetable gardening, start small, with a single four-by-eight-foot raised bed, until you have a season or two under your belt. Bush beans, lettuce, potatoes, cucumbers, and zucchini are easy-togrow crops ideal for beginners.”—NIKI JABBOUR, author of Growing Under Cover (Halifax, Nova Scotia)“My go-to farmhouse paint color is Benjamin Moore’s Decorator’s White. It’s timeless and pairs well with patterns and finds from the local antiques mall.”—HOLLY WILLIAMS, founder of White’s Mercantile and CL Contributor (Cornersville, TN)“Get comfortable giving out-of-town visitors a list of things they should bring you from Trader Joe’s.”—MOLLY YEH, Food Network personality, cookbook author, and blogger (East Grand Forks, MN)“If a long, cold winter starts to get you down, remember that spring in the country will be glorious. You’ll notice and appreciate every warm…

1 min
margaret & chris shutze

After hosting small events and Airbnb guests on their three-acre “farm-ette” near Boulder, Colorado, Margaret and Chris Shutze were ready for the next step, country wise. “We wanted a place we could live, host weddings and workshops, and have rooms for guests—oh, and waterfalls and ponds, too,” says Margaret. “I didn’t think we’d find it!” But after Googling things like “cutest towns,” the couple traveled to Highlands, NC. There they discovered a rolling 28.5-acre property and transformed it into their newly opened retreat, Flat Mountain Farm (@flatmountainfarm). “We so enjoy farm life and can’t wait to share it.”…

1 min
find your farm truck

Toyota Tundra It’s true that the smaller Toyota Tacoma will do most light-duty jobs just fine, but their popularity and longevity mean you’ll pay a premium for the baby pickup. The larger Tundra offers more power, a larger bed, all the reliability Toyota is known for, and no significant fuel-economy penalty. A clean 2005–2006 or any second-generation model will do the trick. Just keep an eye out for rust, especially on the frame. Nissan Frontier The Frontier is the best budget option for small tasks. If you’re only moving potting soil and a few bags of trash around, there’s no better pickup. And because the current generation has been in production for 15 years, there are plenty of inexpensive options out there. Older models with an automatic transmission had problems with failing radiators,…

1 min
expand your country airwaves

1 FROM THE FRONT PORCH Annie Jones, owner of Thomasville, GA, bookstore The Bookshelf, discusses small-business ownership, books, and life in the South. 2 GRAVY This biweekly podcast from the Southern Foodways Alliance dives into the rich culinary traditions of the South and explores how they’re evolving. 3 FOLLOWING HARRIET Learn about the extraordinary life of Harriet Tubman in this four-episode podcast, which also examines the 19th-century African American experience, especially in Virginia. 4 DOLLY PARTON’S AMERICA This Peabody Award–winning, nine-part podcast goes deep into the Dollyverse, from her childhood in Tennessee to the creation of Dollywood.…

3 min
a designer walks into a farm supply store…

Designer Mikel Welch walks into Talmage Farm Agway in Riverhead, NY Hoop Log Holder I’m dying to use this log holder ( next to a beautiful fireplace. It looks like a piece of art! Wire Egg Basket This matte black basket by Miller Mfg. is just a moment on her own. Instead of its intended purpose, I would use it as a decorative object on a bookshelf. As a city dweller, I’m always striving for things that have rustic farmhouse appeal. Burlap by the Yard As a designer, I need my roll of burlap! It’s one of those simple go-tos that can be used for a variety of things: as a tablecloth runner, to upholster chairs, and as a filler inside baskets. The natural quality of it also makes it evergreen, so you can use it…