FROM THE ED­I­TOR

Cottages & Bungalows - - Contents - Jickie Tor­res, Ed­i­tor

CAN FLOW­ERS BE A DEC­O­RAT­ING STYLE? Coastal, farm­house, flow­ers… I think so. Es­pe­cially when you con­sider that the key ingredients to any sub­set of cot­tage style are clas­sic flo­ral pat­terns, from cab­bages and roses to damask to to­day’s ubiq­ui­tous suc­cu­lents and cacti.

The best thing about the flower dec­o­rat­ing style is that you don’t even have to be a gar­dener to make your rooms bloom with spring’s abun­dant flo­ral bounty. Why stress about whether your thumb is green when there are wall­pa­pers that will blan­ket your rooms with pretty pe­tals, and fabrics that can make your dé­cor sprout with cheer­ful chintzes and gor­geous blos­soms? You can even take in­spi­ra­tion from na­ture and get no-fail color com­bos or tex­ture mixes.

Flow­ers are the stars of spring, but they don’t get all the at­ten­tion in this is­sue. Spring is a great time to take a peek at the dec­o­rat­ing trends ahead (pages 10, 17 and 21). It’s a won­der­ful time to take stock of your dé­cor and clean house and tidy up. It’s also a fab­u­lous time to launch for­ward and take that dec­o­rat­ing risk you’ve been con­tem­plat­ing. Chris­tine Bridger takes us on a tour of her re­mod­el­ing process for this sec­ond in­stall­ment of the Cot­tages & Bun­ga­lows project house: Ren­o­va­tion Res­cue. As a vet­eran of the process, she shares how to plan, ex­e­cute and stay on bud­get—and avoid the pit­falls of plan­ning a home im­prove­ment project.

Let’s all take ad­van­tage of these beau­ti­ful re-en­er­gized days of spring and tackle some­thing fun on the dec­o­rat­ing to-do list.

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