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6 Tips for Living in a 660-Square-Foot Cottage

6 Tips for Living in a 660-Square-Foot Cottage

Living in a tiny house doesn’t mean you have to give-up style.

Photographer Josh Gibson and his interior designer wife, Michelle Prentice, weren’t looking to downsize when the small outbuilding behind their home came on the market in Beaufort, South Carolina. Beaufort’s historic preservation laws prevent historic structures from being torn down, so they decided to purchase the property. “It became clear that we should restore it to use as a guesthouse and Airbnb rental,” says Prentice. “It was uninhabitable when we got it. There was no insulation, it had only one window unit, and the floors were squishy,” says Gibson. “At first, we were just going to fix the structural issues and slowly work on the exterior, but then that became a complete yearlong gut renovation.” Along the way, they uncovered the home’s deep history. Footings for a 6-foot-wide fireplace found in the foundation and building-material inconsistencies revealed that half of the cottage was built in 1880 as a working kitchen for a larger house in the neighborhood. The second half of the home was added in the 1940s. Because of this, they nicknamed it “The Cook House.” As construction continued, the couple stayed the course, restoring the old Lowcountry cottage with both its integrity and their budget intact. “Where there’s a will, there’s a way,” say both Prentice and Gibson. Here are their tips for tackling a small cottage renovation.

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Here’s How a Self-Taught Gardener Grows Over 800 Tulips Every Spring

Here’s How a Self-Taught Gardener Grows Over 800 Tulips Every Spring

Linda Vater shares the tips she picked up when putting together her Oklahoma garden.

Tumbleweeds could have rolled through the barren yard of this 1935 Oklahoma City Tudor home 26 years ago when Linda Vater and her husband, Jamie, bought it. Now, it’s a kaleidoscope of bold colors, especially in spring, when about 800 tulips put on such a show that she often watches lines of cars rolling by to take them in. It’s a satisfying scene for Vater, a self-taught gardener who did all of this herself. All she knew when she moved in was that she loved the 100-year-old Shumard red oak that graces the front yard. “It’s the reason we bought the house,” she says. “Let me tell you—it’s rare to have such a big old tree in Oklahoma!” Vater’s love for that oak turned into a passion for plants, which eventually led to her role as the Garden Guru for a local TV station and a blog, potagerblog.com. See what Vater learned from her garden and what plants she used to make it a spring showstopper.

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There’s No Better Way to Celebrate the Southern Azalea Than With a Party

There’s No Better Way to Celebrate the Southern Azalea Than With a Party

Springtime is better with this iconic flower.

This spring, we decided to host a garden party to celebrate peak azalea season. Our casual alfresco event shows off the blooms with clever arrangements (yes, you can—and should—cut them), pretty table settings, and a just-right color scheme. If you were to count the number of times azaleas have appeared in Southern Living, you’d lose track. Our first cover (shot in Mobile, Alabama, in 1966) featured a sea of the blazing pink blossoms. And while it’s hard to imagine spring in the South without the iconic evergreen bushes, they actually didn’t arrive until the 18th century. They were delivered by boat from Asia and Europe to the U.S., where they soon found a welcoming home in the warm climate of Charleston, South Carolina. Not to be outdone, Mobile also stakes a claim to azaleas. Its nickname is the Azalea City, after all and we’re heading to Mobile to celebrate.

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17 Dreamy Hydrangea Gardens That Have Us So Ready for Spring

17 Dreamy Hydrangea Gardens That Have Us So Ready for Spring

Is it gardening season yet?

The South’s favorite flower has us counting down the days until our gardens are bursting with blooms again. We rounded up a few of our favorite hydrangeas to inspire our gardens—and help us get through the rest of winter.

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16 Perfect Pots for Indoor Plants Under $50

16 Perfect Pots for Indoor Plants Under $50

Go green without spending it.

When winter comes, even the most dedicated Southern gardeners trade their sprinklers in favor of watering cans, and start tending to their indoor houseplants. Looking for some stylish pots for your indoor plants? Here are our top picks that you can order online, right now. From handmade decorative flower pots to patterned pots made especially for growing succulents, these decorative plant pots are trendy, classic, and perfect for any household – plus, they’re affordable and functional.

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Our Favorite Christmas Table Settings

Our Favorite Christmas Table Settings

Dazzling displays for every holiday host and hostess

Gearing up for big holiday hosting plans? A successful soiree starts with a stunning table setting (and a festive Christmas tree). Here are 20 of our favorite Christmas dinner tables. Get your dining room dinner-party ready this holiday season with these stunning table arrangements. These Christmas dinner table decoration ideas are simple, stunning, and seasonal. Once you’ve set the Christmas dinner table, serve your equally-impressive holiday meal for a gathering that’s sure to be a hit.

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Best Christmas Décor From Magnolia Market

Best Christmas Décor From Magnolia Market

15 items making our holiday wish list this year

This Christmas, we are drawing major décor inspiration from Magnolia Market, the brainchild and swoon-worthy shop of Chip and Joanna Gaines. (You may have heard of them from a little HGTV show called “Fixer Upper” or one of their many other enterprises). Based in Waco, Texas this store has got it all, from shiny and sleek accessories to rustic and functional housewares. Luckily for us, and everyone outside Waco, they have quite the online shop as well. So we sorted through the charming Christmas section of the site and picked out the 15 things we will be dreaming of (sorry, sugarplums!) this holiday season. From clever felted mistletoe bundles and wreaths to quirky woodland creature ornaments, the shop does not disappoint. You can even save yourself the hassle and get premade paper snowflakes, perfect for giftwrapping. Plus, there are plenty of options that will seamlessly blend into any holiday décor style. Here are our picks for the best Christmas décor from Magnolia Market.

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We Can’t Decide if This is a Tiny House or a Garden Shed

We Can’t Decide if This is a Tiny House or a Garden Shed

This adorable little outbuilding is ready to become your backyard retreat.

The shed was built for the Mt Laurel community, the town of our beautiful 2016 Idea House. Come on over to Mt Laurel to see the structure for yourself. This summer, a space was built around the shed for a community garden—it is a focal point as you enter the neighborhood. New life grows each month as the garden flourishes, and the shed is at the center of it all. The garden allows neighbors to have fresh vegetables at their doorstep while also building their sense of communty as they help keep the garden up together. Think this little building would look great in your backyard? Find the plan here.

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17 Last-Minute Hostess Gifts You Can Pick Up at Piggly Wiggly

17 Last-Minute Hostess Gifts You Can Pick Up at Piggly Wiggly

Anything can be a present, so long as it’s tied with a ribbon

The holidays are hectic enough. Between getting your home ready for company, preparing a Thanksgiving menu, and finding the perfect gifts to stack up under the tree, it’s no surprise in the moments before leaving for a party, you panic—your surplus gift closet is empty and you’re supposed to be out the door in five minutes. If this is a scenario that seems all too commonplace around the holidays, don’t fret! We’ve made your holiday hostess gift search simple by finding 17 viable gifts, each no further away than the shelves of your local Piggly Wiggly. These Thanksgiving hostess gifts are guaranteed to please every type of hostess. From practical gifts hostesses can use for the occasion, to sweet treats she can enjoy after the festivities are over—these last-minute Thanksgiving hostess gifts are so thoughtful that you may just end up making a stop by the Pig on your way to every holiday party this year.

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Thanksgiving Place Card Ideas from the Hardware Store

Thanksgiving Place Card Ideas from the Hardware Store

Who knew how much fun you can have with Thanksgiving place card ideas when you get creative at home improvement stores!

Thanksgiving decorating can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be if you can make it a little bit fun with some creativity. Homemade Thanksgiving decorations can be really fun and a great way to get the kids involved. DIY Thanksgiving decorating ideas are endless, but we think a clever approach is to shop the aisles of our local home improvement stores to get some inspiration for great Thanksgiving table décor. Chances are you may have some of these things lying about in your garage or your tool shed. These are also great ways to get the whole family involved in creating your Thanksgiving decor. Give tasks to each person to appeal to their interests. If Dad loves perusing the aisles at the local home improvement list, send him on his way armed with a list of all the things you’ll need. Kids will also love to get in on the action. And, we venture to guess, they’ll love telling guests that they are the talent behind each place card setting.

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7 Thanksgiving Centerpieces You Can’t Kill

7 Thanksgiving Centerpieces You Can’t Kill

You don’t have to have a green thumb this Thanksgiving to have a great table centerpiece.

When it comes to Thanksgiving, we know there’s a never-ending checklist of things to be done: guest rooms to prepare, turkeys to roast (or fry!), visits from relatives to emotionally prepare yourself for, parents and in-laws to please. And while it’s your job to impress the guests with an elegant tablescape, the last thing on your mind is keeping Thanksgiving floral arrangements alive. While they certainly are beautiful (and you know we love nothing more than a well-done arrangement), sometimes a simple, sophisticated centerpiece is just the trick every busy entertainer needs. Let’s face it: table décor is essential to setting your complete holiday picture. Arrangements have a way of making a room feel festive and extra special. It is a holiday, after all. Our solution? Fake a beautiful, bountiful, faux masterpiece this Thanksgiving. Our round-up of no-maintenance centerpieces do not require fresh water, sunlight, or careful tending. Put it on the table and you’re good to go for anywhere from 7 days to the entire season. Plus, most of them only require a few materials and almost no time. Now that’s something to be thankful for.

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Fall at French Broad Crossing

Fall at French Broad Crossing

Take a peek into this idyllic community, where it is easy to lose yourself in nature.

Situated on the French Broad River, among 750 acres of tree-lined forests, French Broad Crossing is a mountain community that leaves you longing to return to mountain living. From the moment you set foot on this property and breathe in the fresh mountain air, or hear the majestic roar of the river below, you realize: this place is special. This is not your typical western North Carolina mountain community. Instead of a golf course, they have vast acres of unspoiled wilderness. Instead of a dress code, they offer the casual comfort of a tight-knit community. Instead of a spa, they offer rustic adventures along the banks of the mighty French Broad, the third oldest river in the world. Exerience for yourself all that this beautiful place has to offer.

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