Do you mourn the loss of Cottage Living Magazine, too? This is the only magazine that I’ve kept and still refer to every so often.
What do you think is behind these unassuming magazine holders? (Side note: aren’t they nice? The are from the defunct Shabby Chic line at Target and have a pretty floral lining…)
Every single issue of Cottage Living magazine, from the very first issue in September of 2004 to the last Nov/Dec issue of 2008. They hold a place of honor in my nicest holders on the living room shelves. And there they remained through all the living room makeovers.
As you may guess from the name of this site, this magazine was near and dear to my heart and I l.o.v.e.d. every one of these issues, reading them cover to cover. Numerous times.
I’ve gotten many magazines over the years (Too many? Ahem, maybe…) and only felt the need to save one other, Do It Yourself, mainly because of the tutorials and information in them. Updated to add: A few years after writing this, I gave away the Do It Yourself issues because I wasn’t using them and many things seemed dated. So now I’m down to just the Cottage Living!
Cottage Living was the only magazine I saved just for the content. It spoke straight to me and all the things I enjoy: simple and hands-on decorating, reusing, gardening, and even cooking.
There were always too many things to tear out, so I just had to keep the issues and find a place for them.
Simple window treatments. Warm, happy colors. Sink in and put-your-feet-up furniture. Mixing in things you inherited from grandma. And all within the realm of possibility, cost-wise and ability-wise.
White cupboards. Wood counters. Farm sinks. Stainless appliances and accents. Lots of windows. And kitchen islands. Oh, how I wish I had room for a cool kitchen island that used to be a table.
I’ve not found any other magazine to match, though I still get Country Living which occasionally comes close.
So I find myself every once in awhile grabbing a cup of tea, and curling up on my sink-in-and-put-my-feet-up couch and losing myself in these past issues. And I’m inspired again.
Anyone else miss this magazine? Have old issues? Please tell me I’m not the only one!
Please Note: While I do have all the issues, I don’t have them memorized or catalogued, lol. While I wish I could help all the people who’ve asked, I simply don’t have the time to look up the “green house with the white trim” you remember. I hope you understand. I have seen stacks of issues in used book stores, though.
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