Fall 2014 Issue


Cottage Life West will help you enjoy life at the cabin even more with fun and informative articles on everything from how-to projects to inspirational design ideas.

PLUS you’ll get...

  • Discount coupons to our Cottage Life & Cabin show
  • Free digital access with your paid subscription
  • Useful renovation and maintenance tips
  • Our annual Real Estate and Grilling issues
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What's Inside Fall 2014


  • A Little White Magic

    This creative couple transform salvaged and second-hand materials into a distinctive cottage style at their lakeside getaway in the Coast Mountains.

  • Pick Your Paddle

    Choose the right blade for your next adventure.

  • Sweat Devotion

    With a little vision and a lot of elbow grease, a teardown blossoms into a charming retreat.

  • Seduced by Sidney

    Eagles and whales visit this tiny island not far from Victoria, where cottagers enjoy easy access to a gorgeous sand spit within the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve.

  • Who's a Good Swimmer?

    Cottage dogs love the lake. Photographer Seth Casteel captures their crazy canine antics in an underwater photo essay.


  • Inroads

    That vintage cottage board game could be worth a mint: how to tell; Reporter; the skinny on nudity; mystery beach monster; a shout-out for river keepers; world-famous Gopher Hole Museum; clever solar water bottle; lake what?!

  • Cottage Feast

    Turkey for two, with gravy, stuffing, and cranberry salsa; pumpkin beer; send us your grill disasters; best caramel apples; a new Caesar; pick the right pan; long vs. short grain rice; sweet chile cauliflower

  • Cottage Workshop

    Safe kindling tips and a handy chopping tool; simple door fixes; pump for boat engine oil change; ways to manage dust; make your own barometer; three ideas for switches; dock cooler invention

  • Editor's Note

    A week in the woods: new editor Anita Willis recalls a memorable cabin getaway in B.C.'s Tulameen Valley.

  • Letters

  • Cottage Q&A

    Mystery bugs; fire insurance; storing wool; home care.

  • Cabin Pressure

    A clever kitchen redesign, plus how to update your own in six easy ways.

  • Solutions

    Hillside lifts offer assistance to cottagers with impossibly steep slopes.

  • Gear & Gadgets

    A security camera can keep an eye on your cabin when you're away.

  • Cabin Plans

    Two options for log construction.

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