Best of 2015

2015-top-postsAnother year is coming to a close, and with it goes a chapter of  beautiful, cottage style inspiration! Our editorial team has pulled together some of our most popular posts of the year (according to which had the most traffic and visits from readers) as well as our most popular pins on Pinterest, and most liked photos on Instagram from 2015.

So without further ado, join us on a trip down The Cottage Journal’s 2015 memory lane.

Most Popular Web Posts:

  1. Tour This Renovated English Tudor Murphy-Living-Room-Chandelier Murphy-Exterior Murphy-Dining-Room-TableThough the story of the stately English Tudor home that Shannon Murphy and her husband, Steve Bakir, share with their three children begins with a sad tale—the original house was damaged by fire after it was struck by lightning—the new-and-improved version stands as a testament to the good that can come from a bad event. Choosing to look forward rather than back, Shannon and Steve worked with a crackerjack team for a near-total renovation that allowed the pair to design a custom home that suits their active family to a tee.
  2. Classic Cottage on Whidbey Islandoutside-of-housecubby-areaCrab Point guest house on Whidbey Island takes a page from classic cottage beach dwellings of the early 1900s with historic details and rooms designed to take full advantage of the island views. Architect Ross Chapin specializes in small space design helped create this ideal guest cottage experience.
  3. A Functional Family Redesignbanner before 2It’s no surprise this kitchen Before & After made our Top 5 this year. By knocking down a few walls, these homeowners now have a kitchen area that is both beautiful and functional for their growing family.
  4. Fairyland CottagesFairylandCottage5 FairylandCottage6

    Lookout Mountain, Georgia, is known for its breathtaking landscapes and rock formations.But if you go exploring, you may also discover a village of storybook cottages.

  5. Christmas Décor to Make the Season SparkleRoom2 Ornament
    With the glimmer of the city’s skyline just outside his windows, this homeowner brings the sparkle indoors with his festive decorating.

Most Popular Pins from Pinterest:

  1. Frozen Key Lime Pie
    Key Lime PieThis one was a little surprising for us, but then again it’s pie. And who doesn’t love pie?!
  2. Porch swings
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    Bed swings are some of our favorite additions to beach properties.
  3. Angled ceilingsKnox house4
    A small space with angled ceiling might not be convenient for adults, but it can be a play haven for kids! This space, complete with reading nooks and storage closets for toys, is the perfect place to play.
  4. Frozen German Chocolate Pie
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    Another pie pin! But who can blame you? This German Chocolate pie not only looks impressive, it taste delicious!
  5. Cottage Roses
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    Roses are the cottage garden must have! And these stunning Old-English-style roses are among our favorites.

Most Popular Instagram Photos:

If you’re not following @thecottagejournal on Instagram, what are you waiting for? Instagram is one of our favorite platforms to connect with readers to share daily inspiration for cottage living—whether that be beautiful interiors or charming exteriors. It’s also one of our favorite ways to see what spaces you are loving in your cottages—just by searching the hashtag #thecottagejournal or various themed hashtags you’ll find in the Editor’s Letter of The Cottage Journal. Our readers have the best style, and we love sharing your ideas!

Here are our Top 5 most liked Instagram photos this year:

  1. We wish you a very Merry Christmas, from our cottage to yours.Screen Shot 2015-12-29 at 9.22.48 AM

  2. Christmas may be over but we’re not quite ready to say goodbye to our favorite decorations.
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  3. How are you welcoming fall into your space? Share with us using the hashtag #AutumnCottage!Screen Shot 2015-12-29 at 9.23.29 AM

  4. Thank you to all our servicemen and women from The Cottage Journal! “A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.” – Joseph CampbellScreen Shot 2015-12-29 at 9.24.00 AM

  5. This airy kitchen was designed to feel like a “California farmhouse,” embodying casual sophistication. Although the cottage is surrounded by the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles, this tranquil space is an oasis of comfort and style.   Screen Shot 2015-12-29 at 9.25.04 AM