Meet The Team

Say hello to the creative minds behind the pages of The Cottage Journal!

Cindy Smith Cooper

Cindy is the editorial director of The Cottage Journal magazine and vice president of shelter content for Hoffman Media. Previously, she was founding editor for Cooking with Paula Deen magazine and vice president of editorial at Hoffman Media. She draws on her exceptional creative vision and more than 35 years of experience in the publishing business to develop compelling magazines and books.

Favorite home tour: French-Style and Feminine

Favorite recipe: Meyer Lemon Tart with Meringue

Katie is a passionate story-teller who never meets a stranger. She strives daily to connect with her community in an authentic and memorable way. As managing editor, Katie focuses on creating content that inspires readers with beautiful stories of home, travel, and relaxed cottage living, through both traditional and digital mediums. Outside the office her hobbies include party planning, decorating, sharing stories, traveling, and dreaming up new home projects with her husband.

Favorite home tour: Charming Riverside Cottage

Favorite recipe: Crawfish or Shrimp Etouffée

Katie Ellis
Bethany Adams

Bethany is a perpetual lover of pastels and antiques who—let’s face it—was always going to work in print. When she’s not writing about her favorite cottages, you can find her baking, browsing vintage books, or hiding from the world with a cup of tea.

Favorite home tour: Green Monochromatic Cottage in Upstate New York

Favorite recipe: Almond Lavender Shortbread Cookies

Hannah is an all-around design lover, which brought her to her dream job at The Cottage Journal, combining a passion for interiors and beautiful magazines. With a traditional style, she loves decorating her own home in a mix of vintage family pieces, DIY projects, and treasured new purchases. When she’s not scouring Instagram for new influencers, you’ll most likely find her doing something with her two sweet mutts, Bailey and Maggie.

Favorite home tour: Monica Lavin’s Holiday Home

Favorite Recipe: Strawberry and Basil Lemonade

Hannah Jones

Holly attributes her love for all things writing and design to the hours she spent analyzing coffee table books, magazines, and home décor programs as a child. Her small-town charm and love of travel contribute to her obsession with French Country and Southern styles. When she isn’t reading or planning her next trip, you can find her in her favorite room – the kitchen – testing out new recipes to share with her friends and family.   


Favorite Recipe: Citrus Loaf Cake with Buttermilk Glaze

Favorite home tour: French Style in Louisiana

Meg has always been a pedant of the English language, so copy editing is a natural career fit. When she’s not at work, you can find her baking too many cookies, reading Toni Morrison, or strolling through the Birmingham Botanical Gardens.

Favorite home tour: Sara Davis’s Bold and Colorful Home

Favorite recipe: Berry Fruit Tart

Jodi Daniels

Jodi’s love for creativity started in her early childhood, and she knew she wanted this love to be part of her career path. After 20 years of being in the industry, she still has a passion for design and is living her dream while working on the pages of The Cottage Journal. When she isn’t designing, she loves baking, antiques shopping, and spending time with her husband while cheering on their two rowdy boys at the ball field.

Favorite home tour: Dream Home in Cashiers

Favorite recipe: Oatmeal Dark Chocolate Cookies

Lucy received her BS in Fashion Merchandising from Auburn University and has been a Prop Stylist with Hoffman Media for 13 years. Her expertise is in tabletop styling, food-focused prop styling and wardrobe styling. She enjoys bringing beauty to the ordinary.


Favorite home tour: Step Inside This Magical 1930s Beach Cottage

Courtni graduated from the University of Alabama with a BS in Apparel Design. Her experience in the fashion industry further developed her eye for detail and appreciation for all aspects of design. Her love of antique china and entertaining led her to Hoffman Media where she has been a Prop Stylist for three years. She finds joy in sharing beauty with others.
Sidney Bragiel, Senior Stylist at Hoffman Media, has been an editorial prop stylist for nine years. She styles across multiple lifestyle categories, from interiors to food, florals, decor and tabletop. Sidney is passionate about storytelling through beautifully curated images and hopes to inspire readers to live their best life.





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