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Cheerful Traditions
Thanks to the home’s crisp white walls and neutral furnishings, Christmas décor takes center stage in this welcoming holiday living room. The whitewashed fireplace commands attention with a mantel decked in a festive garland. Layered garland is festo
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Home For The Holidays
For the Shirah family, there’s often a bit of magic involved in the Christmas season. In November, while the family of four is on vacation, interior designer Lisa Lester is hard at work transforming their home into a wonderland of greenery, lights, a
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An Elegant Restoration
Decorating a home in a way that incorporates the homeowners’ personal tastes, honors the spirit of the space, and captures the magic of the Christmas season is no easy task, but it’s one decorator Shelayne Thompson is no stranger to. So, in 2016, whe
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Merry Memories
The Cornays’ home in Birmingham, Alabama, sits on a street that has held a special meaning for the family for decades, even though they only moved there recently. “My wife, Elizabeth, and I actually had our first date at a Fourth of July party right
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Sharing the Season
As the weather cools and the time comes to deck the halls, homeowner Suzanne Perkins turns first to her home’s exterior. “I typically start outside and then work my way in,” she says, noting her affinity for fresh garland and wreaths. The lush decora
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Cozy Ranch Redesign
As soon as Thanksgiving passes, these homeowners are eager to begin their annual traditions for decking their home for the holidays. They start by picking out a live tree together, and upon returning home, they retrieve their many boxes of special ho
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Credits & Resources
Pages 11–18—Holiday decorations by Shelayne Thompson, Shelayne’s Botanicals & Holiday Décor. Pages 19–28—Florals from Golden Crown Flower Shop. Pages 29–38—Holiday decorations by Shelayne Thompson, Shelayne’s Botanicals & Holiday Décor. Pages 39–48—H
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Editor’s Letter
We are pleased to present 10 lovely homes in this special issue of Holiday Home from The Cottage Journal. With each charming style, you are invited to leisurely page through and enjoy fabulous photography of rooms overflowing with seasonal panache. F
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EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Phyllis Hoffman DePiano EDITORIAL DIRECTOR Cindy Smith Cooper MANAGING EDITOR Katie Ellis ASSOCIATE EDITOR Bethany Adams ASSISTANT EDITOR Hannah Jones EDITORIAL ASSISTANT Holly Seng SENIOR COPY EDITOR Rhonda Lee Lother COPY EDITOR Adr
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Interiors that Endure
With years of experience and a passion for the fundamentals of interior design, Sandra Lucas and Sarah Eilers share their book, Expressive Interiors: Designing an Inviting Home, which tackles the challenge of creating a welcoming space that also tell
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Nutcracker Christmas
Christmas in the Lerner home is an all-out affair. “My husband jokes that this is ‘the Christmas house,’” homeowner and interior designer Ashley Lerner admits. She starts her decorating in October and has no shame about celebrating her favorite time
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Decked in Greenery
It’s no surprise that floral designer Shea Ford’s holiday décor centers around greenery. From the garland-laden front entrance to the small tree in the master suite to the decorated French-style mirror, the Fords’ home is covered in greenery of all d
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Sentimental Style
In the middle of November, Anna and Brian Barnes get to work. They lay out their ornaments, rearrange furniture, and make sure the home is ready to welcome the coming Christmas cheer. But that’s only the beginning—the prep-work paving the way for dec
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Love Of The Arts
The Stanfas’ home is a work of art, in more ways than one. And this couldn’t be truer than it is at Christmastime. With five trees, coordinating color palettes, and even a whimsical ski lift, this holiday home is extravagantly decked in seasonal spir
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Living with the Things We Love
Before he begins a painting, artist David Arms must be inspired. From that inspiration comes the “soul” of his work. The same approach describes his decorating—inspiration and an organic style of living with what you love. David shares a home in Nash
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Curated Comfort
“I’ve always loved an old house that cried to be fixed up,” reveals Brownie Evans. “So, at a time in life when most people scale back, we found ourselves scaling up.” It’s hard to blame her. Brownie’s self-proclaimed “impulse buy” is a magnificent En
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The Southern Pineapple
When Salt Lake City, Utah, residents Patti and Curt Hussey began thinking about where they wanted to retire, they had their hearts set on moving back to the South. “I actually saw a spread about Fairhope in Cooking with Paula Deen magazine and decide
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A Bed of Roses
Imagine walking through acres of roses, inhaling their intoxicating fragrance with every breath. From May through November, that’s a near-daily routine for Danielle Hahn and her family, owners of Rose Story Farm in Carpinteria, California. They grow
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Romantic Italian Garden
The Hansens are only the second owners of this unique, storied property. Diana says that she had the special opportunity to visit with the original owners while they were still living and learned a great deal about the home’s history. Once home to ar
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A Garden to Nurture
Tucked behind a 1950s ranch-style home in Montgomery, Alabama, awaits a charmingly quaint cottage garden. Rows of manicured boxwoods offer structure to the garden’s interior sections while ‘Limelight’ hydrangeas line the exterior. Designed with the c
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Window Box Blooms
A flowering window box is as iconic to one’s cottage curb appeal as a white picket fence or welcoming front porch. Let these simple tips be your guide as you try your hand at a signature cottage delight for your home. Choosing the proper window box i
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EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Phyllis Hoffman DePiano EDITORIAL DIRECTOR Cindy Smith Cooper MANAGING EDITOR Katie Ellis ASSOCIATE EDITOR Bethany Adams ASSISTANT EDITOR Hannah Jones EDITORIAL ASSISTANT Holly Seng SENIOR COPY EDITOR Rhonda Lee Lother COPY EDITOR Adr
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Capturing Magic
Few places across the United States conjure a more immediate romantic notion than the idyllic island of Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. There’s something undeniably magical and majestic about a towering coastal lighthouse anchored near a sparkling
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Editor's Letter
From the quaint streets of New Orleans, Louisiana, to neighborhoods in historic Washington, D.C., to hidden riversides in Franklin, Tennessee—graceful style welcomes with unforgettable imagery. Window boxes with colorful, cascading flowers embellish
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Credits & Resources
Pages 15–20—Interior designs by Margaret Chambers, Chambers Interiors & Associates. Pages 21–28—Architectural designs by Andrew Stout, Stouthaus Architecture, LLC. Renovation designs and development and interior designs by Ann Williams and Eleanor Wi
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Sweetly Serene
The bedroom is arguably the most ideal space to decorate with romantic style. Soft hues, cozy linens, and delicate furnishings are both serene and relaxing, perfect for lulling you to sleep or providing a graceful awakening each morning. This sentime
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A Study in Romance
When interior designer Margaret Chambers thinks of romantic style, she thinks of timeless beauty. “Romantic is a little bit from the past,” she says. “It’s made the test of time.” It’s no surprise, then, that she turns to the past when it comes to de
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Camp Street Charm
Although New Orleans, Louisiana, is known for its vibrant culture and cuisine, the city also boasts a delightfully charming cottage scene. Seated in the Uptown-area neighborhood just off the famed shopping destination of Magazine Street is a recently
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A Bit of Fresh Air
When it came to renovating their 1927 cottage in Washington, D.C., landscape architects Leslie and Scott Fritz were set on crafting a space that would foster creativity. Largely untouched until the couple purchased the property in 1996, the home was
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Riverside Respite
Harpeth Side, as this cottage is named, sits quietly tucked into the curve of a road that backs into the picturesque Harpeth River on the rural outskirts of Franklin, Tennessee. Undoubtedly, it was this spectacular setting, along with the old home’s
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