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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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Hoffman Media
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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.“People are very kind when you have a collection; they give you things [to add to it],” Judy says, adding, “I’m not…

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vintage ornaments

The little girl with her dog is scrap and tinsel.The silver Santa is German handblown glass.The little girls and the Santa holding the tree are German chromolithographs, also referred to as scrap and tinsel ornaments, and Santa’s skirt is spun glass.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…

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under wraps

HELLO, DOILYThe classic choice for homemade valentines, doilies are the darling of the creative crowd since they now come in lots of colors and sizes. Layer these lacy circles, applying dabs of glue to hold them together, and place atop packages. Wrap with ribbon, yarn, or twine to hold in place.ALL TIED UPThink of trims and tags as accessories for gift wrap, and let them make a statement. In lieu of the usual curling ribbon, try using twine, yarn, or ribbon—or a coordinated combo of several. Add personal touches, such as evergreen sprigs for the green-thumb gal or a mini garland message for your beau.REPURPOSED STYLEHere’s a great idea for repurposing old Christmas cards. Trim a card to the preferred size and punch a hole in each end. Thread ribbon…

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a cabin for christmas

When asked about her holiday décor must-haves, Cindy answers simply, “Always fresh greenery, and lots of it, and lots of different kinds.” Her favorites include Fraser fir, Douglas fir, and pine, and she mixes them with fresh flowers and other elements. “I use a lot of rosemary for the smell and also the texture,” she notes. “And then the wreaths—we almost always use boxwood, either fresh or dried, and find it holds up really well.”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…