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The Cottage Journal Holiday Home 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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This special Holiday Home issue of The Cottage Journal is sure to kick off the season with a spirit of elegance and whimsy. Nothing says the holidays like gathering with friends and family in a place that is most special to you. Find new inspiration as you explore nine beautiful homes across the country—each drenched in personal style and festive tradition. Each of these homes—some modest and some grand—welcome their guests for an unforgettable experience wrapped in holiday charm. As they deck their halls with greenery and wreaths, collected treasures, and a mix of traditional and contemporary accents, we invite you to glean tips for stylish, striking holiday design. From a sweetly Southern cottage with a focus on outdoor holiday spaces and an elegant Virginia home to a blogger’s vintage…

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stylish christmas trees

When it comes to festive décor, the Christmas tree is the ultimate expression of a home’s holiday style. No matter what makes the season special for a homeowner, putting careful thought into the design of the tree is the perfect way to express a wide variety of unique seasonal styles. Whether flocked in snowy elegance, wrapped in shimmering ribbon, or dripping with cherished heirloom ornaments, every tree has a story to tell. From classic winter scenes to Yuletide dreams brimming with whimsy, this collection of stylish trees is trimmed with plenty of inspiration for any home’s holiday décor centerpiece. VINTAGE CHARM Christmas memories are plentiful in this tree that boasts vintage-style colored bulbs. Quaint ornaments feature classic motifs in a handmade style, and the traditional Christmas star proudly tops off this rustic beauty.…

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vintage glam christmas

When Kim Hazel starts her Christmas decorating, she shops. “I typically start with any new purchases,” she explains. But not long after that comes the fun part—pulling all her holiday treasures out from storage, where they’ll find new life again, if only for the next couple of months. Kim, who authors a blog with her daughter Lacey, has an affinity for vintage pieces in nonseasonal home décor, so it’s no surprise that her Christmas decorations would follow suit. “I like to call my style ‘French vintage glam,’” she says. “I’m drawn to a mix of French, cottage, shabby chic, and glam, with vintage finds and a little bit of whimsy added for character.” Her fairy tale-like decorations have the makings of a child’s dream, with all the elegance an adult would crave.…

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designing a haven for the soul

For years, Cara and Tom Fox, the owners and creative talent behind the design-build firm The Fox Group in Salt Lake City, Utah, waited patiently as they dreamed of one day building their ideal family home. “We waited for years for the perfect property to come up: one with flat space, mature trees, and a mountain view,” Cara says. “During those years, we planned the home the entire time—focusing on how our family lives and uses spaces.” So when that perfect property finally became available, the couple sprang into action. Right away, Cara knew she wanted a shingled home in a Colonial style where she and her family could cherish and live in every inch of space. Finally, in 2017, the Foxes’ design dreams came true and their nearly 10,000-square-foot…

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natural beauty

When it comes to decorating for Christmas, Monica Lavin of the lifestyle blog Lavin Labe l knows that her approach isn’t typical of others in her field. “I’m probably a little different than the average blogger who is probably planning their Christmas décor in July,” she admits. “Sometimes I think, especially being in the blogging world, that there are these really high expectations for Christmas. And so, I thought this year I would take a simple approach and really just focus on adding some natural elements.” Rather than decking the halls with vivid colors and shimmering gold ribbons, Monica accented the natural tones of her home’s existing décor with an abundance of greenery, which, along with her trees, she bought from Webster’s Christmas Tree Farm in Darien, Georgia. The soft blue…

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a warm holiday welcome

If you visit the Hortons during the holiday season, chances are you’ll be greeted at the door by a pair of whimsical reindeer. They’re one of Judy Horton’s favorite pieces, and combined with iron scrollwork, lively wreaths, and elegant bows, they’re the perfect introduction to the timeless Christmas cheer that permeates the home. Beyond the arched wooden doors, rich greenery fills every room, and each space is accented with the warmth of the season in a way that invites guests inside for a long stay. Because the Hortons moved into the home in August of 2017, Judy had little time to complete all of the many preparations for the approaching holiday season. To meet the tight deadline, she enlisted the help of local floral business FlowerBuds for the tree, wreaths, and…