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If you are still thinking about where to spend your vacation this summer, check out our feature on Cottage Vacations. We've listed several destinations across the country where you can avoid crowds and congestion and experience more restful getaway in the peaceful seclusion of your own private cottage.

And you'll find some delightful new decorating ideas that we found in Charleston's Symphony Showhouse, completely decorated and furnished by the always stylish folks at Maine Cottage.

Speaking of Charleston, time is fast approaching for this year's Spoleto Festival, an annual gathering of the performing arts with hundreds of events in music, dance and drama.



Maine cottage vacation rentals
Twilight at Maine's Cabot Cove Cottages

wisteria for a cottage garden

small cottage designs

Cottage living means walking autumn trails
The violet blooms of Wisteria provide a great fragrance to any cottage garden.  More...


Rather than a single cottage, this month's Showcase Cottage page highlights a collection of five unique cottage designs by architect Gary Best.  More


Spotlighting Cottage Blogs The list of blogs featuring the joys of cottage living continues to grow. Here are some of the latest additions to our list of favorites.

News From Our Cottage

2010 Dream Home To Be Awarded by HGTV

On January 1st,  HGTV will begin accepting entries in the drawing for the 2010 Dream Home being awarded by the popular  cable TV network for home decorating and gardening ideas. In addition to a custom-designed 3,900-square-foot mansion that features southwestern architecture blended with modern design, this year’s grand prize includes the added bonus of an all-new 2010 GMC® Terrain and $500,000.  For more details…

HGTV Dream Home 2010

Georgia Cottage Community To Offer Smaller Cottages

Serenbe, the new traditional neighborhood springing up near Atlanta, recently announced plans to build a group of small footprint cottage homes designed with innovative environmental features.  For more information...

Serenbe offers new small cottage plans

cottage interior design in an Italian home

This Italian home has a definite cottage style.
Piccinini has infused her charming home in Bologna with a changing palette of colors to create a romantic urban retreat. Read more...


Art and craft from a New Orleans cottage

Daron Douglas weaves a fabric of music and art in her New Orleans cottage.

Having survived the ravages of Katrina, Daron Douglas’s New Orleans cottage is today filled with the brilliant colors of her handwoven  fabric rugs and the sounds and melodies of her enchanting violin ballads.  More...


dessert recipes for your cottage kitchen

Here is a delicious fruit dessert to add to your collection of recipes for your cottage kitchen.
This year's crop of fresh peaches and blueberries will soon be arriving, and this crumbler is a great way to serve them. Read more...


cottage kitchen design
Visit a gallery of cottage kitchens.
A recent newsletter received by our staff provides a helpful source of design ideas for anyone planning to renovate their kitchen and give it a true cottage feeling. View the photos.



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Highlights In This Issue

cottage decor at Charleston Showcase House

Maine Cottage, among the nation's leading sources of cottage interior furnishings and home accessories, decorated one of the homes in this year's Charleston Symphony Showhouse event.  More...

Charleston's Dock Street Theater

Charleston's Dock Street Theater is just one of the venues for this year's festival of the performing arts, Spoleto USA.  Read more...

Siglinda Scarpa - Cottage Pottery and Cooking

Siglinda Scarpa is an Italian-born artist…described by one writer as a “potter, sculptor, chef, poet and lover of all things living.”  More about this remarkable lady...


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