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Modern Classic
When Jordan Yarbrough and his wife, Hamilton, moved into their cottage-style ranch in 2016, they immediately began planning for a renovation. “We were going for a modern farmhouse feel,” Jordan says of the space, noting both he and Hamilton tend to l
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Busbys On A Budget
When Mandy and Joel Busby were looking for their first home, they knew they wanted a large living area and an inviting kitchen space that would accommodate their growing family and provide a welcoming retreat for friends. Though you wouldn’t know it
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Designers’ Kitchen
Cantley & Company is a successful kitchen design business Cyndy and Keith Cantley began early in their marriage. With Keith as the cabinetmaker and Cyndy the designer, their hands-on experience served them well in creating kitchens for others. When a
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Small Wonder
When Lucy Ortiz and her husband moved to Michigan from Nashville, Tennessee, they downsized from a house on 3½ acres to a home with a tiny yard. It was supposed to be temporary until they could build, but Lucy began a garden anyway. Now, years later,
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Art In The Garden
While a rose by any other name may smell as sweet, it definitely won’t look as interesting rooted in anything other than Jon Culver’s one-of-a-kind planters. Owner-operator of Sweet Peas Garden Shop in Homewood, Alabama, Jon loves to find used, unwan
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The Family Business
Anna Brakefield grew up on her family’s farm, but she never expected to live there as an adult. That is, until her father called her with a business proposition. He wanted to make sheets—not just any sheets, but heirloom-quality cotton sheets—and he
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Natural Beauty
Corbin Tucker began working with clay more than 30 years ago in southern Georgia, and she hasn’t stopped since. “It’s become my hobby that I do diligently every week,” she says. Now living in Highlands, North Carolina, she looks forward to setting as
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Editor’s Letter
Welcome to a special edition of The Cottage Journal, focused on the Southern cottage. This exceptional issue includes six full home tours, including a Georgian-style beauty featured in “A Colorful Connection” beginning on page 47. The homeowners brin
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A Story to Share
Growing up in the Mississippi Delta, Lauren Dunn was immersed in a rich Southern culture, and it was there that she developed a love for history and the desire to reveal the stories that even the simplest of things have to share. Lauren began paintin
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Boxed Beauty
As varied and as beautiful as the treasures they guard, wooden boxes have been around nearly as long as humans have had the need for storage. But there’s more to these pieces than mere function—from culture to culture, distinct decorating styles have
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The Art of Making Art
For Bethanne Hill, the combination of academics and art in her early education was a life-changing experience. “[I] learned to talk and think about art and keep my eyes open all the time as I moved around the landscape for things that would feed into
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Cozy & Collected
Beth Meadows never planned on becoming a collector—but she has always been one. “I don’t recall making a conscious decision to start a collection,” she says. “I did, however, choose and ask to be given silver flatware when I was a teen.” And, thus, a
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Credits & Resources
Pages 11–14—Wooden box collection courtesy of The Nest. Pages 19–26—Architectural designs by Bruce McLeod, McLeod Architecture. Built by Bill Meadows Jr., Meadows Homes, Inc. Pages 27–36—Sweeney Cottage rental by House + Sanctuary. Furnishings from W
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Romantic Country Style
With its vintage-style trimwork, porch swing, and white picket fence, this charming cottage may seem like it’s straight out of a storybook, but you’ll find it nestled in the small town of Leiper’s Fork, Tennessee. Much like the town it calls home, th
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Dainty yet Durable
Originating in Limoges, France, this handcrafted, hand-painted enamelware has been synonymous with the city itself since the 18th century. Limoges porcelain boxes quickly became a status symbol due to their production for royalty. The tiny keepsake b
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A Colorful Connection
Paige Minear and bold decorating go hand in hand—this much is obvious from the first steps into her home. Raised in central Florida, Paige has loved pattern and color all her life. Pointing to a photo of herself as a child wearing a patterned dress i
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Making It Her Own
When Caterina Meadows first decided to move to Nashville, Tennessee, she wasn’t thrilled about the idea. She grew up in Alabama and resided there until the day she packed her bags, though her husband followed a job to Tennessee a few years before her
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Evolving Style
Elisabeth Hays and her husband, William, purchased this charming bayside cottage in 2011 and have spent several years decorating and redecorating their humble abode. When asked about their style, Elisabeth laughs as she admits, “It’s always changing!
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Home Building
It was just before Thanksgiving three years ago when these homeowners moved into their downsized dream abode. Their priorities were a main-level master suite and easily accessible laundry—which, structurally, were easy to achieve. But since much of t
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Returning Home
After more than 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
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Everlasting Enchantment
Housing a vast array of diverse plants among its 13 acres, the gardens of Hillwood Estate, located in Washington, D.C., offer visitors a brilliant botanical showcase year-round. From bevies of blossoming blooms in spring to snow-covered sculptures th
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In Its Natural Form
Lew French is passionate about stone—not only about the material itself, but also about creating with it in its most natural form, crafting sculptures and walls reminiscent of ancient Gaelic architecture. “I felt right away that there was something r
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The Bigger Picture
Although collage artist Nancy Eastman creates her landscapes with paper, in a way, each finished work comprises her own life story. “I’ve always been inspired since I was a little kid with rocks and shrubs and trees,” Nancy says, noting that she spen
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An Alpine Escape
For those looking to experience a unique wintry getaway that has all the charm of Bavaria, Germany, and the beauty and splendor of the alpine mountains of America’s Pacific Northwest, Leavenworth, Washington, is eagerly waiting for you. Nestled in th
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Credits & Resources
Pages 25–26—Living room sofas and rockers from Lee Industries. Pages 25–30—Window treatments andarchitectural piece above kitchen sink from Rosegate Design. Pages 33–34—Angel artwork by Mary Margaret Binkley, The Grace Gallery. Walls painted in White
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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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Editor’s Letter
As we welcome a new year, we often aspire to fresh goals or projects for our homes. Our desire at The Cottage Journal is to give you plenty of inspiration from design experts and homeowners alike from across the country. While featuring a variety of
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Achieving a Balanced Design
Exuding warmth and simple sophistication, it’s no surprise contemporary style appeals to those wishing to take the best elements of past and present for a calming, serene design sure to stand the test of time. In her latest book, Contemporary Cottage
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The Thrill Of The Hunt
Hannah McClain likely didn’t realize when she came across vintage Pyrex at a yard sale in 2016 that a new passion had been sparked. “One of the sets was still in the box,” she recalls. “The seal hadn’t even been broken yet.” The encounter planted a s
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