Blogging Cottage Living - July/August '07

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Chicago is all over the latest issue of Cottage Living! But you don't have to live in the Windy City to appreciate this summer-focused issue.

CL offers entryway design ideas in four different styles: classic, bold, beachy, and elegant. They opt for a Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams sofette in crisp white upholstery for the "classic" look (pg.15). Five CL staffers makeover five secondhand chairs. A stuffy Louis XV gets a youthful update with large print, black and white damask fabric and Tiffany-blue paint (pg.22). There's also an easy guide on how to plant low-maintenance and attractive succulents (pg.62).

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Chicago's Bungalow Belt was selected as one of the Top Ten Cottage Communities of 2007 (pg.68)! The write-up mentions how the Historic Chicago Bungalow Association helps homeowners restore and maintain their classic homes. Other Midwestern spots that made the list: Cleveland, OH; Boulder, CO; and Lake Elmo, MN.

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An "all-white cottage" in Long Island proves neutral interiors can be soothing and casual, not chilly and sparse (pg.96).

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Carol Watson, the owner of Chicago's Milk & Honey Café, shares a couple of her favorite summertime recipes. Her beach-friendly and make-ahead ideas include Sweet Pea Spread, Smoked Trout Salad, and Truffled Deviled Eggs (pg.114).

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