Your Merry Lit­tle Christ­mas

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

IT’S MY FIRST CHRIST­MAS IN THE NEW HOUSE. And like any first, it’s filled with lots of ex­cite­ment, a lit­tle cu­rios­ity and some awk­ward fum­bles. The tree doesn’t quite fit right where I had hoped it would go (small houses have a way of foil­ing your space plan­ning). The new blue couch we bought kind of throws off my clas­sic red-and-green vibe I do ev­ery year (I didn’t think of that). And lots of my fa­vorite child­hood or­na­ments broke when the mover (and by that, I mean my hus­band) stacked the boxes too high in the garage dur­ing the kitchen re­model when ev­ery­thing had to get stored out­side.

But as with my first apart­ment af­ter get­ting mar­ried and the room we squeezed into at my par­ents’ home right be­fore we got the keys to this house, I know it will all come to­gether in the best most per­fectly im­per­fect way. That’s the cot­tage way. You make room for tra­di­tion, get cre­ative with so­lu­tions and pol­ish those quirks like the charm­ing el­e­ments they are.

The hol­i­day homes we visit this year are as warm and cre­ative as the lovely home­own­ers who in­habit them. They are full of per­sonal one-of-a-kind takes on the hol­i­days. From farm­house to clas­sic to el­e­gant and eclec­tic, they show you there are a mil­lion ways to slice that hol­i­day pie. I hope that whether you are in your for­ever home, or your for-now home, you are in­spired to craft a mag­i­cal Christ­mas that will be just perfect for you.

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