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Living
My friend Beverly, an author, playwright and diehard New Yorker, had no plans to leave Manhattan. The daughter of preachers, she grew up in various bare-bones parsonages across Florida and decamped from the Sunshine State just after high school for m
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Coastal Comfort
There this world are that some simply places have in their own kind of magic, where the pace slows, warm breezes blow and a sense of calm and comfort can be felt in the air. For many, Florida is one of those places, and it’s no wonder that people fin
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Storied Treasures
With every flea-market find and vintage collectible comes a story. Maybe there’s a long lost lamp that completed a set or a neglected piece of furniture that just needed a good cleaning. Whatever the stories are, Annette Vartanian, editor of A Vintag
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The Heart Of The HOME
As the central space ofthehome, the kitchen sets the style and tone. If you’ve been following along the building process of our Springfield Barn Home project house this year, you’ve seen our cottage/farmhouse vision become a foundation, that foundati
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Contemporary Cottage Charm
Cottages have been popular since the early 20th century. And thanks to their enduring style, the definition of cottages and cottage décor has evolved and adapted through the years in keeping with modern times. Molly Hyde English, in her book Contempo
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VINTAGE Refresh
When you want your historic bungalow to get a refresh but still pay tribute to its past, a great place to begin is historic home designs. When Michael Winn, owner of Winn Design + Build, came on to help a family update their 1925 bungalow in Arlingto
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California Girl
I’M A CALIFORNIA GIRL THROUGH AND THROUGH. Born in Hollywood, moved to the LA burbs when I was a kid and now settled in Orange County. Growing up, we road tripped up and down the coast during the summer and visited what I would later learn are iconic
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DIY To Dye For
HAVE YOU EVER WANTED A CERTAIN COLOR TEXTILE FOR A HOME PROJECT, but couldn’t find the exact right shade? A great way to circumvent this problem is to hand dye a textile yourself. In her new book, Hand Dyed: A Modern Guide to Dyeing in Brilliant Colo
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Hello, Sunshine
Want more nature and beautiful scenery inside your home? These functional, creative ceramic wall pieces and tableware by artist Pauline Wolstencroft will infuse your spaces with stunning sunrises and sunsets, as well as other breathtaking natural sce
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Double Duty
Tucked away in a decades-old home in a suburb of St. Louis, Missouri, there’s a kitchen that’s not only fit for a gourmet but for someone who loves ocean-inspired aesthetics, too. When Jenny Rausch, CKD, of Karr Bick Kitchen & Bath stepped into this
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LIVING THE Barefoot Dream
When is a cottage not justacottage? When it’s the foundation for a new lifestyle. Interior designer Lisa Peterson and her husband, Mark, wanted to build their home in a location that would allow them to live their dream life together. “I’ve always
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Beach Blues
In the living room of this Santa Barbara beach cottage hangs a beautiful piece of art by a local artist. Commissioned by the homeowner Jan Kopf, it’s a painting of her favorite spot on the Santa Barbara coastline, and it truly captures the essence of
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Haven Made
A home should tell the story of the family who lives in it and the land it resides on, interweaving the ways that people and places interplay. Sonya and Jim wanted just that for the interiors of their home: gracious spaces that displayed their family
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Cellarettes
If you want to add some history to yourhome, think about getting a cellarette. Cellarettes were first used in Europe in the 15th century as a place for pubs to store alcohol. The lid or drawer locked to prevent anyone from stealing the establishment’
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Plant a Meadow Garden
If your idea of a cottage garden conjures up images of neatly planted rows of shrubs framed by tidy beds of symmetrical flowers, you may be missing out on the joys of a more organic approach to gardening called “meadow gardening.” The philosophy of m
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MODERN Flower Arranging
Like fashion, the world of flowers can be influenced by trends. Perhaps my favorite trend in floral arrangements is the moving away from formal and structured to a more free-flowing and organic look. These creations embrace the “perfectly imperfect”—
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Get Wild with Wildflowers
1. When choosing your meadow site, look to the landscape for clues on where to plant. For example, the patchy spots of a lawn indicate that there may be too much shade (or too little fertility) to successfully grow a meadow. 2. While meadow gardens
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How to Choose Your Flowers
To select flowers for your own floral creations, or when swapping in different seasonal alternatives, it is useful to keep in mind the different elements needed to create a well-balanced design. In most vase arrangements, I look to work with the foll
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The Perfect Blend
Have you ever had trouble pinning down your exact style? Is it simply cottage, or does it have hints of romance with touches of vintage finds? The truth is most styles have some kind of overlap, and Springfield Barn Home is no exception with its blen
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Hot Stuff
For those of us who craft, supplies tend to build up in every corner of the craft room—or house. If you’re looking to put your fabric stash to good use, The Spoonflower Quick-Sew Project Book by Anda Corrie will give you plenty of inspiration and ins
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Hardwood Made Easy
“A hardwood floor will be a piece of art that will be enjoyed for many years to come,” says Mandy Sancic, owner of Olde Wood, Ltd. with Tommy Sancic. We are thrilled to partner with Olde Wood, Ltd. as our exclusive hardwood flooring partner for Proje
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Fine Ingredients
1 This is a fun way to customize your kitchen. Flourish Chalkboard Style Design. Available in your choice of kitchen product: cutting board, pot holder, coasters or placemats. Prices range $18–$49. Visit initialoutfitters.com. 2 Add a personal touc
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Understanding the Modern Cottage
For some, a cottage is a modest home that encapsulates a simple life. For others, a cottage is a vacation home in a dreamlike location. The reality is a cottage is a lot of things. In her new book, The New Cottage: Inspiration for America’s Favorite
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Style Upgrade
There are definitely advantages to purchasing a spec home. Everything is ready to go, from the brand-new appliances to the interiors that won’t need remodeling for decades. But at times, these homes could use a jolt or two of personality, those small
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Pocket Neighborhoods
Newly built cottages today are often built around what's referred to as a Pocket Neighborhood model. Here's a simple guide to understanding what it is and why its benefits have made it a lasting trend. Pocket neighborhoods first came to prominence i
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Farm Cottage Charm
Farmhouse style wasn’t exactly a trend back in 1970, and if it was, it wasn’t done on purpose.  Back then, most homes fell in line with the suburban look, outfitted with dark woods and compartmental floor plans. That was the original state of this Be
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Country Chic
DESIGN INSPIRATION CAN COME FROM MANY DIFFERENT SOURCES, and a favorite locale is a great place to start. For this dining room in northern Virginia, it was a love for both the homeowner’s new and old living areas that inspired the design vibe. “Our c
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