Cottages & Bungalows - - Contents - Jickie Tor­res, Ed­i­tor cot­tage­sand­bun­ga­lows­ @cot­tage­sand­bun­ga­lows

SUM­MER BRINGS WITH IT LOTS OF DISTINC­TIVE MEM­O­RIES FROM MY YOUTH. Sun­burned shoul­ders, the ever-present smell of bar­be­cue smoke, the sound of pool wa­ter lap­ping up against hot tile and the crack­ling static of the ra­dio on full blast out­side, play­ing clas­sic rock or Mo­town, some­times reg­gae.

Even these days I’m likely to opt for a ra­dio teth­ered to the pa­tio wall in lieu of a fancy blue­tooth speaker. There’s some­thing about the nos­tal­gia of that im­per­fect sound that makes the sun feel a lit­tle warmer and the mu­sic feel just that much more right.

That’s why this year’s an­nual coastal is­sue fo­cuses on the sen­sory ex­pe­ri­ences of sum­mer. We all have them—and they may be dif­fer­ent for each of us—fam­ily cam­pouts, va­ca­tions on the beach, the spirit of travel and ad­ven­ture. What­ever your mem­ory is, I bet it in­flu­ences your mood this time of year and that you find your­self yearn­ing for sea­sonal up­dates to your dé­cor that re­flect these nos­tal­gic ideas.

In this is­sue, we visit amaz­ing homes that are not only gor­geous and memorable for their style, but they also strike us as homes with an un­de­ni­able mood and en­ergy. Whether it is a sooth­ing, serene es­cape that cap­tures the vibe of a beach va­ca­tion or a charm­ingly fresh and col­or­ful home dec­o­rated with sto­ries, each place has a spe­cial feel­ing. My wish for you is that you find a spot to add a sum­mer mem­ory or two to your home.

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