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The Cottage Journal Autumn 2020

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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!

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United States
Hoffman Media
5 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
editor’s letter

HOMECOMING Welcome to this special edition from The Cottage Journal magazine to commemorate the days of the autumn season. Filled with the spirit of creating your own style, this issue is the perfect companion as you gather new ideas for inviting entrances and porches, festive tablescapes, and fall menus. As the autumn season approaches, we often bring out harvesttime accessories like warm throws, an abundance of candles, and perhaps a spiced tea to share with guests. Decorating projects like painting a room with a new color, hanging a gallery of prints, or refreshing the coffee-table décor are easy ways to set a festive mood for the season. “Harvest Splendor” on page 13 and “Autumn Entertaining” on page 19 provide design touches that will help you achieve quick updates, too! With beautiful settings found…

1 min.
harvest splendor

WARM WELCOME A welcoming wreath on the front door or the garden gate is the perfect way to add color and seasonal charm to your entryway. FALL FOLIAGE A simple grapevine wreath laden with vibrant berries, pine cones, or feathers is a festive alternative to decorating with seasonal pumpkins and gourds. A smattering of autumn leaves—whether collected from outside or selected from a store—always add a cheery welcome. Arrange a mix of color, size, and texture for a layered look. FARM FRESH Is there anything that feels more nostalgic or autumnal than a bushel of fresh, red apples? Try adding some of nature’s most beautiful fruits to your next dinner party or garden picnic for a look that will not only impress but also inspire others to embrace the coming fall months. Apple accents in…

1 min.
stylish pumpkin ideas

Pumpkin popularity is at its peak during the fall holidays. Halloween would be amiss without them. Scary and funny faces carved into gourds and lit from inside wait on porches everywhere for the trick-or-treaters. Then, as if by magic, pumpkins transition into pie and become the hit of Thanksgiving dinner. It’s a versatile thing for sure. And with its colors of green, white, and of course orange, the pumpkin is no longer relegated to just these two holidays. It’s becoming the cornerstone for fall decorating both inside and outside the home. IDEAS FOR DECORATING WITH PUMPKINS Welcome visitors with a collection of pumpkins and colorful mums. Heirloom pumpkins provide a variety of colors and shapes and can be found at many farmers’ markets. Sit a pumpkin or two in an urn to create…

1 min.
autumn entertaining

There’s something special about autumn that draws us to gather around the table. A new crispness in the air, a fresh dose of warm color, and a cozy nod to the rustic, earthy elements that find their way into our homes bring added delight in preparing a table for friends and family. Whether your dining space is indoors or outdoors, more intimate or set for a crowd, you’re sure to be inspired by these tips for creating your own table that welcomes both the season and your guests in style.…

1 min.
decorating with fall foilage

2 min.
enjoying the view

While driving to North Carolina for their annual fall getaway, Clay Birchfield suggested to his wife, Patti, they stop in the small town of Mentone, Alabama, to just check it out. They fell in love with the artsy village and never made it to North Carolina that year. Nor have they since. With Mentone so much closer to their home, the Birchfields decided to explore buying a place. A contractor showing the couple a sample of his work helped seal the deal. Arriving at a home he built, Patti and Clay stepped onto the deck and found themselves on top of the brow gazing south at Shinbone Valley. They were smitten. The view convinced them to purchase the lot next door. Designing a home for themselves wasn’t a typical affair for…