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The Cottage Journal Vintage Cottage 2019

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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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United States
Hoffman Media
5 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
style with personality

From old quilts and bark cloth found at flea markets to aged copper and charming ceramics, the vintage look is as popular as ever. In this special issue, we wanted to present you with homes that expertly blend vintage elements with contemporary style. Whether you have heirloom pieces or finds gathered from antiques shops, decorating in new and different ways is key to creating your fresh style. A pantry with finesse in “Pantry Charm” on page 13 is a craftsman-style room that is as handsome as it is utilitarian. As a hub for china, linens, and food storage, this little room is a hardworking companion to the kitchen and dining room. A built-in command post desk beneath a vintage paper cutter declaring the shopping order for the week is the perfect…

1 min.
styling vintage vessels

Placing floral arrangements in vintage vessels adds unique character to your space, and choosing a vessel is easy. Regardless of your style, the options are plentiful. If you prefer a rustic look, choose well-worn or classic country pieces, like an antique ceramic pitcher or Mason jar, and keep your arrangement organic. For a more romantic aesthetic, mercury glass and minimalist glass bud vases should be your go-tos, with simple arrangements of small flowers. For a traditional elegant look, opt for classic vases or pitchers in colors that coordinate with your arrangement, and create arrangements that are well-balanced with greenery and flowers.…

2 min.
pantry charm

Pretty and practical can coexist—such is the mantra of any cottage homeowner, and Sonja and Ronnie Fleming are no exception. When building their craftsman-style home, they paid attention to every little detail, right down to the pantry. While Ronnie took over the handiwork, Sonja fulfilled her heart’s desire and styled every nook and cranny. When it came to the pantry, Sonja let her vintage-inspired imagination run wild. An antique-style bread tin is the centerpiece and sets the palette for the rest of the space. Sonja found glass canisters at a local superstore and painted the tops to match the rest of the home’s jadeite palette. A tea cup acts as a clever sugar scoop, and wicker baskets are the perfect spots to hide snacks that might not be as appealing to…

2 min.
a rare bird indeed

Stepping foot over the threshold of A Rare Bird’s shop door, you’ll hear the quiet hum of birds chirping, the trickle of water, and maybe even the rustle of leaves. Looking around, it would be easy to end up a little confused as to whether or not you even left the outdoors, except for the plethora of antiques lining the walls and scattered across the floor that place the shop on a quaint street in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Owner Kelly Wallace has loved the storefront for as long as she can remember. Growing up in the neighborhood, she always admired its beauty. So, when it became available nearly five years ago, Kelly took it as a sign to follow her dream and open an antiques shop in the beloved space. Within six…

3 min.
her own style

When asked how long she’s been antiquing, April Wilks’s answer is a quick one: “Always!” As a child, she and her family thrifted and antiqued as a way to save money, and it was in those initial years of learning how to shop that her style started to take shape. As she grew older, April started branching out from the local thrift shops and started making antiquing more of an experience, taking trips to visit antiques markets in Nashville, Tennessee, and the famed Scott Antique Markets in Atlanta, Georgia. It was during those trips that she realized a way to turn her passion into a profession. Instead of traveling to the flea market, she thought, why not bring the flea market to her town? Thus began Vintage Pickin’, a now quarterly…

3 min.
returning home

After 25 years of living on the West Coast and traveling abroad, Leslie and Tim Maier decided to “come home” to South Carolina. With sweeping marine vistas and plenty of rich history, the Lowcountry was the perfect place to settle, and the Maiers found their own piece of heaven on Brays Island in Sheldon, South Carolina. Leslie grew up in the South and was eager to create a space that felt like home while finding ways to incorporate family heirlooms and travel treasures. “I always loved the idea of having a cottage that looked like everything had been passed on from prior generations,” she says. With the help of interior designer Sheena Jenkins of SF Jenkins Interiors, Inc. in Port Royal, South Carolina, Leslie was able to make her vision come…