Text by Bethany Adams
As the new life of spring and the sunny scenes of summer turn to the colorful changes of fall and snowy magic of winter, the beauty of the home brings new and nuanced charms. To celebrate the way cottage style shines through every stage of the year, our new book, A Cottage for Every Season, presents stunning homes across the country set in the seasons that best highlight their unique beauties.
Curated by The Cottage Journal’s editorial director, Cindy Smith Cooper, the collection of homes within features everything from sunny Nantucket cottages to rustic mountain getaways in Cashiers, North Carolina. With each season showcased in its own section, it’s a breeze to find inspiration any time of the year.
Looking to start spring with fresh, floral style and a delightful dose of color? Tour a breezy South Carolina getaway shaped by a unique history and then take a stroll through a family home personalized with statement-making prints and vibrant hues. Head to the lake for summery spaces with views of the water, from sunny island oases to an Alabama designer’s lakeside haven.
A mountain cabin in Wyoming is an obvious spot for appreciating the stunning display of autumn’s beauty, but you’ll find plenty of unexpected inspiration in homes from California to Tennessee, each proving that fall’s rich tones look good on any cottage. And if Christmas magic is your favorite part of the winter season, historic homes dressed in timeless tradition—and plenty of lush embellishments—will help you welcome the holidays with renewed joy.
Whether your cottage style is classic or contemporary, rustic or refined, A Cottage for Every Season offers inspiration that will last from January to December. By looking to the season to inspire and inform their spaces, these designers and homeowners share lasting beauty with everyone who peruses these pages—no matter the time of year.