Imagination and renovation could easily be themes of the latest issue of Cottage Living.
Let's start with the brand-new Maine house that was inspired by the camaraderie of The Big Chill and built to look like it's been around forever. Our favorite detail is that the meeting rails (the section where double-hung windows join) are raised so that the coastline view is unobstructed (pg.35).
Next there's an Atlanta Arts and Crafts bungalow that got a major kitchen renovation. The end result stays true to the original architectural style but now allows for some modern-day luxury (pg.54).
We'd be crazy not to mention the article about the landscaper from Manhattan who bought a run-down Pennsylvania cottage to flip but ended up falling in love (pg.65). 17 years later, not only are the house and garden fixed up, but he's throwing dinner parties in his shed (see right)!
Two miraculous renovations are showcased: a wedding pergola for a new couple (on left, pg. 48) and the most breathtaking Seattle garden, born from the ashes of neglect (on right, pg.110).
Lastly, CL introduces Cottage Community Dinners, DIY supper clubs that give back (pg.119). The idea is to share a meal with friends and family and collect food, money, or clothing for local donation. The first group is straight from Chicago's suburbs but CL will feature groups from all over the nation. You can visit their website to get onboard but you'll have to buy the magazine to find the recipes for Slow-Roasted Pork Tacos (on left) and Moroccan Pot Roast (on right).
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