Editors' Picks: Summer Getaways

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Our editors highlight new and classic articles, along with favorite products and current bookstore sales. This week, catch cottage fever with tours of three dreamy summer escapes.

The words "summer" and "cottage" just seem to go together, conjuring visions of quaint hideaways filled with laid-back living spaces and plenty of porches for enjoying balmy summer nights. To celebrate the start of the season, we've rounded up three of our favorite cottage home tours in three very different locales—from the woods of Maine to the prairies of Montana to the beaches of northern Florida. In all three homes, practicality and whimsy combine to create a one-of-a-kind getaway. Let them inspire you as you dream about your own breezy retreat.

A breezeway opens onto an open porch, which offers views of the water beyond.

A Rustic Cottage in Maine: Bernhard & Priestley Architecture renovates a 1960s box house into a rustic Shingle-style cottage.

Rocky Mountain Retreat: Architects William Curtis and Russell Windham revive a Montana ranch.

Traditional Beach House: For Alex and Jeanne Krumdieck, the charms of a new old town inspire a new old house.

New This Week

New Annuals for Old-House Gardens: Today’s newest bedding annuals combine old-fashioned appeal with long-lasting beauty.

Frontier Victorians in Carson City:Nevada’s capital boasts an architectural bonanza.

Window Hardware 101: How to find replacement window hardware.

Products & Services Directory

Abbey Adirondack Chairs, $595 each
From Charleston Gardens


No getaway porch is complete without an Adirondack chair or two to lounge in. Charleston Gardens' Abbey version puts a new twist on an old favorite, with bright, summery colors and Gothic-inspired cutouts.

View all Outdoor Furniture in the Products & Services Directory.

Bookstore Sales

Check out these sales and other great deals in our Old-House bookstore!

Architectural Hardware
Retail:$24.99Sale Price: $21.24
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Everything you need to know about adding the right finishing touches to your home-improvement or new construction project can be found in this book.

Bathroom Ideas That Work
Retail:$19.95Sale Price: $16.96
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Learn what works for you in your bathroom with more than 350 ideas covering many styles and sizes along with top-notch design advice.

The New Bungalow Kitchen
Retail:$30.00Sale Price: $25.50
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The New Bungalow Kitchen is your guide to creating a gorgeous bungalow kitchen in a new or old house of any style.