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The Cottage Journal Christmas 2018

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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Hoffman Media
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5 Issues


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deck the halls

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! This issue is filled with pages of personal stories and inspiring ways to create a wonderland of time together with family and friends. The designers and homeowners of the cottages within share their heartfelt desire to gather and enjoy memories of time spent celebrating the season.Within this issue, homeowners share their unique approaches to decorating for the season. One says, “I really try hard to not start until the day after Thanksgiving because I don’t like blending holidays as each has its own importance.” Well said considering we all tend to have a push to shop ahead of time!“My source of inspiration was, I think, my china room,” another homeowner says, referring to her home’s former library, which she uses to…

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holiday gift guide from our partners

Southern Marsh Watson Pile Sherpa Blanket This Christmas, the Watson Pile Sherpa Blanket is just what you need to provide warmth on a crisp winter night while sitting in front of your fireplace sipping on your favorite beverage with family and friends. It’s lined and bound with a beautiful, warm brushed twill flannel. Perfect season after season, it’s sure to be a cozy addition to your cottage Christmas. WHERE TO FIND IT: southernmarsh.com Spartina 449 Pia Shoulder Bag in Rhett The holiday season often means extra travel. Let the Pia Shoulder Bag in Rhett graciously welcome all your essentials. The roomy linen interior of Spartina’s Pia Shoulder Bag features a zip and two slip pockets under its hidden magnetic closure. With its contrasting geometric cadence in black and…

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decorating tradition

When it comes to holiday traditions, trimming the tree can be one of the most treasured of the Christmas season. As you unpack the collection of precious family ornaments from years past, you can’t help but share sweet memories and stories as you decorate the tree—making the whole production quite the sentimental, magical affair. Shopping for those treasured bits and baubles that dress the Christmas tree can be just as special an occasion as the decorating itself. Nestled inside a converted old red dairy barn in Birmingham, Alabama, The Holiday Shop is a place where Christmas nostalgia roams wild. Rows of decorated trees—each with its own distinct theme—make shopping with a person or idea in mind a breeze. From specialty ornaments reflecting family pets and occupations to hobbies and…

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market finds

Twelve Days of Christmas plates from Juliska, juliska.com or 888-551-7310. Real flame-effect candles from Luminara, luminara.com. Star cheese platter from Annieglass, annieglass.com or 800-347-6133. Goblets and gold cheese knives from Bromberg’s, brombergs.com or 205-871-3276. Blankets and basket from West Elm, westelm.com or 888-922-4119. Golden tray from West Elm, westelm.com or 888-922-4119. Lastra Holiday Handled Square Platter, Oval Platter, and Salad Server Set from Vietri, vietri.com or 919-245-4180. Red Bands and Dot Dinner Candles from MacKenzie-Childs, mackenzie-childs.com or 888-665-1999. Christmas pillows from Chandler 4 Corners, chandler4corners.com or 800-239-5137. Christmas stockings from Annie’s Woolens, annieswoolens.com or 715-479-7185. Christmas tea towels from Coast and Cotton, coastandcotton.com or 334-350-3360. Metal Christmas tree card holders from Peacock Park Design, peacockparkdesign.com or 810-714-3666. Hanging wreath from Floral Treasure, floraltreasure.com or 619-423-5868.PHOTOGRAPHY BY JOHN O’HAGAN STYLING…

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built for the holidays

Heather Brooks completes most of the holiday decorating herself, but shares that hanging ornaments on the tree is a special family tradition. “My boys still help me with decorating the tree because they love to look at our family ornaments,” she says. “Each year as they mature, it seems they have more questions, which is a great way to reminisce about Christmases past.” When Heather Brooks and her husband, Michael, began designing their dream home, they knew exactly what they wanted—which isn’t a surprise considering they’ve built three homes previously. “We complement each other quite well when it comes to designing a home—a great balance of aesthetics and function,” Heather says.With two young boys and a love of entertaining, functionality wasn’t a mere desire—it was a necessity. The home’s…

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practical personality

In Jennifer Browne’s happy room, a simple garland wrapped in sheer green ribbon sits atop the mantel, and the same ribbon adds a touch of whimsy to a Christmas tree display on the coffee table. A paint chip rug ties the many colors in the room together, a feature that designer Pandy Agnew loved so much, she also bought one for her own home. Renovating a house is no easy task. Attempting a renovation with two small children and a baby while also living in the home—that’s a whole different matter. But that’s exactly what Jennifer and Patrick Browne did with their 1993 home. When the couple first saw the house, they fell in love, even putting in an offer that day and getting into a bidding war with…