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Cottages & Bungalows - - Cottages - Jickie Torres, Ed­i­tor

WHEN MY HUS­BAND AND I MOVED INTO OUR NEW HOME A COU­PLE MONTHS AGO, it was easy to get caught up in a list of new this and new that. De­spite the fact that we fell in love with our 1951 Cal­i­for­nia ranch be­cause of all the great old fea­tures, it was clear we needed a new faucet that didn’t leak, a new ther­mo­stat that re­ported an ac­cu­rate tem­per­a­ture, and new Shaker cab­i­nets and sub­way tile that bet­ter fit the age of the home than the sleek mon­stros­ity that the pre­vi­ous own­ers had opted for.

But as fun as it can be to dream up ways to make a new home your own, my fa­vorite nightly rit­ual was be­ing able to drag in a box from the over­stuffed garage and start to un­wrap and re­claim old col­lec­tions that had been boxed away for too long as we house-hunted in a steep Cal­i­for­nia mar­ket. It was like Christ­mas ev­ery night, as I re­dis­cov­ered old trea­sures and re­counted the sto­ries be­hind where I found them, why I brought them home and what they meant to me. This is the beauty of the vin­tage life­style—old things come with old sto­ries, and your story just be­comes the lat­est chap­ter.

This is­sue is filled with amaz­ing homes that take this per­son­al­ized ap­proach to dec­o­rat­ing and in­fuse fresh mod­ern spa­ces with amaz­ing flea-mar­ket and col­lected finds. We love that no two styles are alike, that all th­ese home­own­ers are so in­spi­ra­tional with their cre­ativ­ity and re­source­ful­ness. And we love see­ing that they were able to make their vin­tage dec­o­rat­ing vi­sions come to life. I know they’ll in­tro­duce you to a ton of great ideas, and give you a few “Aha” mo­ments that will in­spire you to make your space your own.

Last but not least, by now I hope you’ve been able to visit our fan­tas­tic newly revamped web­site. It has a whole new look and feel, and we’ve worked night and day to fill it with in­spi­ra­tions, ideas, lessons and re­sources— ev­ery­thing you need to cre­ate your dream cot­tage. Check in of­ten; we’ll have it con­stantly up­dated with new web ex­clu­sives, tours and projects, and fun ex­tras. With this site, we so look for­ward to con­nect­ing with our lovely cot­tage com­mu­nity in a whole new way.

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