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The Cottage Journal Southern Cottage Collector's Issue 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!

United States
Hoffman Media
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5 Issues


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gracious charm

We have gathered a selection of our favorite cottages in the South to share with our readers as we move into the autumn season. From farmhouses to lake cottages, these homes have that extra “welcome home” appeal that beckons you to come in for a visit! Some homes are from our collected stories and some are brand-new, but all share stylish inspiration from the front door to the kitchen. Our wish is that this keepsake issue shares the splendor of the harvest season and helps you enrich your home with cottage charm. “No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace as I have seen in one autumnal face.”—John Donne…

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southern style

A SOUTHERN WELCOME Every good Southerner knows that putting your best foot forward is of the utmost importance, and Southern homes are no exception. As an extension of your living space and a reflection of the charming style inside, your home’s exterior should envelop your guests in the welcoming embrace of Southern hospitality long before they set foot inside. From the fence and yard to the furniture on the porch to the color of the front door, no detail is too big or too small to go overlooked when it comes to extending a visual invitation to your neighbors. In the South, outdoor living is essential, and there’s no better place to enjoy the warm weather than in one of the open-air spaces Southern homes are known for. Whether gathering with all…

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shabby to chic

When it comes to Southern style, heirloom pieces reign supreme. Nothing is more precious than a storied piece or an inherited treasure. Those heirlooms, however, may not fit your contemporary design style. Luckily, Amy Howard has a solution to help seamlessly incorporate those special elements into your home décor in her new book, Rescue, Restore, Redecorate: Amy Howard’s Guide to Refinishing Furniture and Accessories. Her book details all the design and refinishing secrets you need to bring heirlooms back to life and to restore flea market finds. Amy is a designer and instructor and the founder of Artisan Studios and Amy Howard at Home. She has made a reputation for herself as the go-to guru of refinishing and “use what you have” decorating through her sold-out classes all across the United…

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big dreams

Southern style home blogger Lauren Shaver of Bless’er House isn’t a stranger to do-it-yourself renovations. The first house she and her husband shared, a new build, was taken from basic builder-grade to farm-style dream home. A few years later, the family decided it was time to move, and the hunt began. “Our biggest must-haves were a big backyard, an established neighborhood with big trees, and a house that had plenty of character but still needed a doable amount of work for intermediate DIY-ers like us,” she recalls. Fast-forward a few months, and the family of three was in their new home, but not the one they’d planned. “The original house we had our hopes on had four acres of land and had a much more rural feel,” Lauren recalls. But the…

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lakefront living

Melanie and Ray Steele always dreamed of retiring near the water—particularly the Alabama coast. But when Ray retired a few years before Melanie, they shifted their plans, moving closer to Melanie’s job in northern Alabama. The couple soon agreed, “Smith Lake was the perfect compromise.” With nearly 500 miles of shoreline around the lake, there was a lot of ground to cover as they journeyed to find the perfect site for their waterfront oasis. After three months of looking, they happened upon a development with an ideal spot and breathtaking lake views. The couple shared the wish list for their dream house with local builder Seth Hammer. “We really wanted a home that blended with the beautiful natural landscape,” Melanie says. So together, Seth and Melanie drafted a rough design for…

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a contemporary country cabin

The deep woods of Aiken, South Carolina, may not be where you’d expect to find a streamlined, modern cabin, but designer Catherine Hersacher of Bespoke Fine Interiors created a space that seamlessly blends in with its surroundings while also making a stylish statement in this charming Southern town. Catherine first came onto the project not long after the construction of the house—a timberline kit home. “The kit didn’t come with any kind of electrical planning, and there’s no floor-to-floor space between the first and second floors, so the homeowners couldn’t figure out how they were going to light the space,” she recalls. “So, that’s why they pulled me into the project.” It was that initial lighting issue that set the style and tone for the rest of the home. Catherine made…