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The Cottage Journal

Holiday Home 2021

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 Issues

in this issue

1 min
editor's letter

TIMELESS TREASURES Join us as we tour 10 gorgeous homes in this special issue of Holiday Home from The Cottage Journal. We are overjoyed with the variety of styles to inspire you. From foyers filled with ornament-laden trees to collected heritage memorabilia, each home carries its personality for the holidays. Those prized finds during travels or items passed down from family become holiday traditions and the focal points of displays. From a Texas cottage with its fresh red-and-white palette to a home in Georgia with lush wreaths and garlands all around, ideas abound not only on holiday tables but also along the hallways and entrances. With this issue, there’s plenty of inspiration to make this year’s celebration at home filled with happy hearts and glad tidings of joy!…

1 min
floral fancies

As festive seasonal gatherings commence, floral showcases are bound to make an appearance atop many a holiday table. In her latest book, Charlotte Moss: Flowers, designer Charlotte Moss encourages readers to continually celebrate these ephemeral gifts of nature. Well-versed in creating beautiful spaces, Charlotte is well-known as an interior designer, author, and philanthropist. In addition to styling numerous private residences in the United States and abroad, she has designed carpets, furniture, fabrics, china, and enameled jewelry. An author of 11 books, Charlotte also lectures internationally on the art of fine living—a lifestyle that’s incomplete without fresh flowers. For the past decade, she has documented her floral compositions, from opulent presentations for posh parties to gracious arrangements for outfitting a guest room. Peruse enchanting designs throughout the book’s 272 pages. Incorporating a blend…

1 min
tartan tidings

TREASURED DISPLAYS Sprinkle the Christmas spirit around your home by arranging a pair of pretty parcels amongst collected relics for a simple yet stylish seasonal vignette. PERSONALIZED PACKAGING Elevate your gift wrap designs this year with the addition of festive cutouts—from classic Santa figures to vintage-inspired sheet music featuring beloved Christmas tunes—secured with adhesive spray and accessorized with graceful bows. MIRRORED MAJESTY For a creative twist to top off your tree, showcase an unexpected heirloom that conveys your signature style. Reflecting the surrounding scene’s radiant glow, an antique sunburst mirror imparts subtle French flair as it crowns this balsam beauty in lieu of a traditional topper. ALL DECKED OUT A medley of ornaments in various sizes, contrasting hues, and shining finishes lends visual interest to your décor, while spirals of loosely draped plaid ribbon tie in the…

1 min
nutcracker christmas

3 min
cozy holiday glow

With a sentiment for the past combined with their updated traditional home, Brenda and Joe McGee cherish a lighthearted time at home during the holidays. Plans to assemble all things Christmas, including the old and the new, become a group effort for the McGees. During the Thanksgiving holiday, Brenda gathers their four adult sons to assist with unpacking décor, setting up trees, and positioning other heavy decorative pieces. “I utilize their enthusiastic days together not only for games, movies, and great conversations [but also] being part of the holidays ahead,” she says. She remarks that going up and down the attic stairs is much easier for them, and in fact, they enjoy contributing before leaving for their separate homes. From collected Nativity scenes to angels large and small, Brenda’s holiday displays…

4 min
historic southern charm

When Stephenie and Justin Ragan purchased their historic home in Wrightsville, Georgia, they called on the expertise of interior designer Maggie Griffin to help give their Southern charmer a fresh new life while making sure their young family felt right at home. “It’s not every day we get the opportunity to do a house that’s over 100 years old,” Maggie says with delight. “It was such a fun project, and [Stephenie’s] just such a great client.” Beginning in the winter of 2019, the team dreamed up fresh, contemporary finishes and classic design elements that were completed in time for the Ragans to celebrate their first Christmas at home. “When we came in early November (2020), it was a winter wonderland,” Maggie says of the Ragans’ holiday home. “It was perfection. [Stephenie]…