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The Cottage Journal Country Cottage 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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seasonal cottage style

Welcome the holidays with loads of inspiration from our first Country Cottage Christmas issue! From each wreathed entry to the festive table settings, the sparkle and shine of holiday style makes plenty of keepsake memories for everyone. Our visits to photograph Christmas homes are always a treat for our staff. Some old friends and some new, we found them all to be joyfully decorated for the season, which warms our heart. Each one, whether it has fresh-cut trees draped in vintage lights or garlanded mantels swathed in festive flair, appeals to the style of the family within. Collections of candles with scents of pine and bayberry waft through the air as if to say, “Dine by candlelight tonight?” In “Rustic Holiday Retreat” on page 47, the homeowners enclosed the garage, adding space…

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simple holiday style

Few things herald the start of the holiday season like vintage sleds, fresh greenery, and brown paper packages tied up with string. For a festive and rustic outdoor display, bring childhood sleds and vintage sleighs out of storage and proudly display them. To create a true country Christmas, keep your wreaths, garland, and trees simple, with only a few touches of red in the form of bows or ornaments. Natural greenery shines when dusted with snow. Simple gift wrapping topped with wide plaid ribbons and bows piled in a minature sleigh, small wheelbarrow, or wooden crate offers a unique country-style touch.…

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coincidental collection

“I didn’t set out to collect 75,000 Santas,” Judy Parsons says with a laugh. When asked about her massive collection that has expanded over the last four decades, she admits, “It just sort of happened.” Judy began making her own ceramic Santas in the ’60s and ’70s, when ceramics were popular and when she didn’t have the money to buy the items she wanted. As the years went by, she would occasionally purchase Santa figurines and other unique Christmas ornaments by the box-full at local thrift shops. She knew she had a lot of Christmas decorations in storage, but she didn’t yet realize she was cultivating such a distinctive collection. While building their current home, Judy requested a storage room for all of her seasonal decorations, and once she saw the room,…

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vintage ornaments

Most families have a special treasure box of magical ornaments resting in the basement or attic, waiting for Christmas to arrive. Once opened, the baubles inside will be used to decorate a beautiful holiday tree from top to bottom. Some may be childhood projects from school days while others may be shiny store-bought gifts from loved ones. No matter the source, each ornament represents a holiday memory. Vintage ornament collectors Donna and Jim Cox were particularly drawn to the German pieces, especially those crafted before World War II. “It’s brought great joy to us,” says Donna, who notes that they collect festive examples from other countries as well. But it was the German glassmakers of the mid-19th century who were the first to create glass balls that were meant to be…

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under wraps

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a cabin for christmas

Tucked beneath moss-draped trees in the historic town of Union Springs, Alabama, is a quaint cabin with a porch that overlooks the water. “It’s such a calming area, watching the horses graze and the deer come up,” says interior designer Cindy Barganier. “It’s just a really special place.” The cozy structure was the reason the homeowners purchased the 500 acres of land, and it now sits behind their main house. In contrast to the main home, which Cindy says takes on more of a Victorian personality during the holidays, the cabin is “all about a country Christmas,” she notes. Inside, varied fresh greenery and buffalo check galore breathe Christmas spirit into the rustic space, adding warmth and texture to the planked walls and natural materials. “We always use popcorn and pine and…