Yes, I know, it's not even Halloween yet, and I'm already talking about the holidays. But, in my experience, these major gatherings tend to crop up more quickly than you know it. (Thanksgiving is only 33 days away.) To help readers prepare, we filled our December 2012 issue of Country's Best Cabins with all kinds of ideas to help them prepare for the events ahead.
When hosting guests for the holidays, pretty much every area of your cabin is affected. Bedrooms and bathrooms — maybe even lofts and basements — are quickly occupied, entryways are flooded with gear, pantries are stuffed to the brim with supplies, kitchens are overrun with hungry visitors... You get the picture.
To help you better anticipate such a crowd, we’ve packed this issue with advice for every scenario for the upcoming holiday season. To start, “Visit Wizard” Kathy Bertone shares hosting tips from her book, The Art of the Visit: Being the Perfect Host, Becoming the Perfect Guest, to ensure a smooth, comfortable visit for all in Cabin Life. (Hint: A simple email exchange to set expectations will go a long way to mitigate awkward moments and confrontations.)
You’ll want to make a good impression, especially for first-time guests, with a well-designed entryway as well. We share design solutions every homeowner should employ in their foyer in Good Design.
Kitchens are the hub of holiday entertaining, which can be a challenge in a smaller space. Recently recognized small-kitchen designer Sandra Tierney reveals her tricks to making the most of a petite footprint in “Small on Size, Big on Style.” Learn solutions for maximizing pantry storage from a home-organization pro as well in How To.
Don’t discount the great room either, which usually sees as much action as the kitchen — especially during the holidays. Update yours with playful plaids to suit your cabin setting following the guidance provided in Decor.
We round out the issue with three home features showcasing inviting great rooms, country kitchens and comfortable living arrangements to host a variety of visitors, from seasonal renters to star-gazing students. Click hereto check out more images from the cover feature.
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