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Food & Wine
Victoria

Victoria Cottage Bliss 2014

In a frantic and hurried world, Victoria offers a respite from the chaos of everyday life. The pages are dedicated to living beautifully when entertaining, cooking, and decorating and even in artistic pursuits - and now you can enjoy every single page on your tablet! With a distinct personality all its own, Victoria personifies feminity, passion, and an enterprising spirit. Each issue features decorating and entertaining ideas, recipes, travel stories, essays from inspiring women, and much more.

Country:
United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
Hoffman Media
Frequency:
Bimonthly
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7 Issues

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1 min.
dear friends

I believe that cottage living is a state of mind. The architectural design of the bungalow is one way to define this favored lifestyle, but almost any residence can be suited to cottage décor, regardless of its exterior. Happy memories can be the root of interior-decorating choices. Perhaps cozy, cluttered rooms remind you, as they do me, of Grandmother’s house or the home of a favorite aunt. In lavishly patterned prints often used for curtains and slipcovers, I see the faded, well-loved room where, as a child, I spent many weekend nights tucked in Granny’s feather bed. Dwellings filled with paint and furnishings in a neutral palette transport me to beachside family-vacation spots. Whether your preference is romantic florals; clean, spare rooms; or an eclectic mix, choosing cottage décor offers flexibility…

1 min.
a light-filled cottage

This inviting home mixes traditionally refined architectural elements with sumptuous details in sun-drenched rooms made for casual, comfortable living. Balanced and unfussy, the design starts with a simple palette and finishes with a sense of beautiful livability. Using the same creamy wall color throughout makes the modest space feel more expansive and warmly welcoming. Clean and simple, a white-on-white scheme instantly brightens rooms and combines easily with shades of blue. A splash of mellow blue-gray on the kitchen-cupboard doors and drawer fronts, opposite, contributes a casually elegant touch. Subtle blue-and-white outdoor fabric gives the living-room chairs, above, a look of handsome durability. The black wrought-iron light fixtures placed throughout the home create a unifying effect. Space-saving, practical accessories, right and far right, double as decorative elements. “You should always be The best…

1 min.
a home of hospitality

1 min.
the whisper of white

“Into The shadow white chamber silts The white Flux of another dawn ….“ . —D. H. Lawrence…

1 min.
where restful shadows fall

“ A guest never forgets The host who had treated him kindly“. —HOMER In her 1922 book of etiquette, Emily Post described the perfect hostess as a “combination of seer and angel.” With these attributes in mind, first consider the needs of guests—basic and otherwise. Clever touches and sweet surprises make stay-over visitors feel especially welcome. This page: Plush towels in ample supply and seasonal spa and bath products are musts for the powder room. Although most people will bring their own toiletries, a “just-in-case” supply of toothbrushes, lotions, and shampoos can prove useful. Provide robes, slippers, or even lounging pajamas as take-home tokens of the visit. Opposite: Guests will appreciate a bedside carafe of fresh spring water for sipping.…

1 min.
french connection