The last days of Cottage Living

Someone sent me this link to Urban Grace Interiors.
And I’ve received many emails about the closing of Cottage Living magazine. Yes, it’s sad. Yes, it seems to be true. We are closing our pages.
It’s been a remarkable journey. I have been fortunate to work with a talented and passionate group of people who have continued to inspire me every single day since our launch in 2004.

Over the past year while on book tour, people have asked: Do you feel at home where you are now?
Although I always have a suitcase within arm’s reach, being part of Cottage Living magazine gave me a sense of home.

I will miss you all. Eleanor, our fearless leader, who is now at the Mothership…lucky, lucky Southern Living staff. Lindsay, who brought us together…we wish you well with all things coastal. The most stylish and sassy editors: Heather, Turner, Jennifer, Lindsey, Jessica, and Steele. Candace, our guide and unofficial associate food editor. Amy (the other unofficial foo editor) and Kate, my neighbors on either side of my office, who probably heard more than they wanted whether I was laughing or crying or pulling my hair out before a deadline. Inspiring art designers, Erynn and Dit. Jean whose pinkness I will miss. The wordsmiths, Susan and Mindy and Shannon and Donna (I am sleep-deprived like the rest of us, so forgive my punctuation). Those who were there in the beginning: Howard, and Robbie, and James, Haskell. Lydia and Beatty….I will also miss you, David wherever you may be in the world, and Lea Anne–I hope you will continue to be the keeper of our whereabouts. Robin, thank you for always being up for a tasting. Dan, who helped me more than you will know. (Jennifer, you, and I will have a great time in Paris.) Rex, who can shoot it, design it, and write it better than many. And Bob Newman, whose afternoon craving for sweets was always a joy. The photographers, Jim Franco, Rick Lew, Ray Kachatorian, Thayer Gowdy, Ben Fink, Becky Stayner…Contributors: Julia Reed, Paula Disbrowe, Jean Anderson, Karen Barker, Stephanie Basralian, Ana Kelly, and dear sweet Sara Foster who’s always ready to taste just one more bite.

Fabulous Interns: Parker, Amy Burke, Ashley, Rachel, and Carolyn.
I will miss the letters from readers asking for a recipe or a paint color. I will miss impromptu Champagne and moonshine tastings (work-related, of course) in my office with most of you (and you know who you are). I will miss hearing someone announce a wedding, a baby, a trip to Israel, Italy, New Zealand. I will miss the Cottage Living round of applause.
I know we are currently in denial, but we will be stronger, better people for all the pain and uncertainty. I will miss you all so very much.

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  1. November 20, 2008 8:30 pm by erika powell Reply

    still sad and still hoping that someday you will all be back. the comments (of nothing but disbelief and devastation) on my blog are still coming through. i know it sounds crazy, but your readers loved your magazine as much as you loved creating it. your passion poured thru those pages and that’s what set you guys apart.
    still praying for all of you…

  2. December 5, 2008 6:05 am by Lee Moates Reply

    It is still so hard to believe……really! How could this happen to a magazine that was so LOVED by so many? I guess it is called “the economy stupid”! I just hate all of this and wish it would just go away. We just have to keep our EYES on things above and HOPE for the best. God be with us ALL!

  3. December 5, 2008 2:24 pm by Olga Granda-Scott Reply

    Dear Kim,
    It has taken me a while to write because I too was in disbelief about Cottage Living. These are strange changing times. We really enjoyed getting to meet you, Heather, and Ray during the shoot at our house. I will continue following and enjoying your blog, I’m sure you have many avenues to pursue. Keep me in all your updates.

  4. January 6, 2009 1:13 pm by Cathy O'Brien Reply

    I am so very sad about your magazine closing. I have saved every copy of this magazine. I do think I am missing issues of the first year and would love to know how to obtain any of them – any recommendations would be appreciated.

    I also hope that this magazine will be coming back; I will not give up hope!!

  5. March 30, 2009 10:55 pm by Mira Reply

    Sorry to read about your magazine closing

  6. August 11, 2009 7:49 pm by Mariah Chavez Reply

    Still missing my Cottage Living and my Organic Living. Why do the great magazines have to go?

    Loved you guys….anything similar coming along soon, I hope?


    • August 12, 2009 7:01 am by kim Reply

      Hi Mariah,

      Thanks for your kind words. It’s unfortunate, but so many great magazines are folding.

  7. May 22, 2012 9:53 pm by Christopher Carter Reply

    Dear Kim,
    I was a subscriber to cottage living for a year. I still hold and carry around several back copies like prized first editions, OH, they are.
    Im sorry to say in hind site that I became uninterested in the content of the magazine that lost its way from it’s cover name.
    I thought cottage ment cottage, not the multi-thousand square foot homes. Sure its the idea of what could be accomplished. Nevertheless, the Bill Ingrams in South Alabama and the fairytale cottages hidden in California are still out here.

    Its a little to late to say good bye, The magazine will be missed.

    • May 23, 2012 10:08 am by Kim Reply

      Hi Christopher,

      Thanks for your very thoughtful message. It was a sad day for many and I appreciate your thoughts. I agree that we should continue to celebrate the fairytale cottages and hidden bungalows (over the McMansions), especially when it comes to the table and nourishing our family and friends.

      Best to you,

  8. July 5, 2013 8:35 pm by Tracey Reply

    Clearly, you all left an impression. It has been over four years since Cottage Living closed, and yet I have still not found an adequate replacement. I have every issue of my two year subscription, plus back issues I found at used book stores. Tonight I decided to Google one more time to see if the online community offered any real alternatives or old articles that I missed, or just something to allay the nostalgia. I felt compelled to share my thoughts here. Cottage Living truly was an outstanding achievement. You all did good work. You are missed.

  9. April 5, 2015 6:10 pm by Jane Cromeans Reply

    Just found out that the house we bought last fall was in Cottage Living around 2004,2005, or 2006. Address is 720 South Eighth Street, Oxford, MS. Would love to know what issue it was in. Thank you.

    • April 9, 2015 1:21 pm by kim Reply

      Hi Jane,

      Let me see if I can ask one of the homes editors. How exciting is that. Are you looking for the article?

  10. September 14, 2015 9:36 am by Brian Smyth Reply

    Good Afternoon,

    I know I’m about seven years late but I figured I’d give this a shot anyway. I was an avid Cottage Living reader and I kept all of my issues in chronological order because I planed on using them one day to model a small Cottage Community around the ones featured in Cottage Living. I was heartbroken when all my issues were lost in a move a few years back. Is there any resource available to buy the entire series again? I remember reading about these small Cottage Communites with shared common spaces and I’d love to re-read them now. Just a shot in the dark.

    Thanks Much,


    • September 22, 2015 10:41 am by kim Reply

      Hi Brian,

      Thanks for your message. It was a sad day for all of us who loved working with the cottage communities. I do not know about the whole series or back issues. You might want to contact someone at Southern Progress Corporation in Birmingham or at TimeInc. I’ll do some asking around as well and see what I come up with.

  11. December 7, 2015 2:04 pm by Marianne Reply

    Hello, I saved a really wonderful oatmeal cookie recipe from one of the issues. Best oatmeal cookies I ever made. But I lost it! Do you have a recipe archive, by any chance? I’d love to be able to make them again. Thanks!

    • December 15, 2015 5:52 pm by kim Reply

      Hi, I think I remember that cookie recipe….did it also have chocolate chips? If so, I might be able to find it and send your way. Thanks!

  12. March 30, 2016 10:41 pm by Tracey Wallace-Hodelin Reply

    I cannot imagine another magazine, in active circulation or not, that has quite the following of this late, great magazine. A month ago, I thought I stumbled upon a notice that you were coming back, and hence I am back to googling Cottage Living Magazine — almost 8 years after your close — with the hopes that the rumors are true. Alas; wishful thinking. But I still had to let you know that your work was so appreciated! I too have every copy of every issue of my 3 year subscription and the back copies I too searched out from used book stores.I LOVED THIS MAGAZINE!! And unfortunately, none has come close to replicating your work, nor filling the void you left behind.

  13. November 18, 2016 3:12 pm by gina griffiths Reply

    To bad. You’re magazine was obviously very loved. I am wondering if back issues are available somewhere? There is a particular one I am looking for but do not know the date of it. thanks

    • November 21, 2016 9:53 am by kim Reply

      Hi Gina,

      We all loved the magazine as well. I’m not sure where you can find back issues–maybe on eBay? Or you could possibly call the TimeInc. headquarters and ask. I’ll ask around to some of my former colleagues as well. Which issue in particular are you looking for?

  14. January 13, 2017 10:25 am by Lulu Reply

    Hello, any chance they would bring this magazine back? I dearly miss this still. Nothing comes even close to this publication. Seems there is quite a large audience looking for it? If I could live within those pages of “Life Just Right” I certainly would. I have about 12 magazines from my subscription – but would love to have more. Such beautiful, helpful work you all created.

    • January 22, 2017 11:18 am by kim Reply

      Hi Lulu,
      What nice comments and everyone who worked on this magazine really loved it as well.

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