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2018 Southern Bride

Bridal magazine produced by the Houston Home Journal in Perry, Georgia.

Welcome to Cossart

Welcome to Cossart Design, located on Carroll Street in Historic Downtown Perry! We specialize in all things home, and strive to make your design experience perfect. As part of our unique store, we offer a comprehensive Bridal Registry, featuring an expansive collection of dinnerware and many specialized gifts, all curated for today’s bride. The registry experience at Cossart Design is unique and stress free. The discerning bride can choose from a wide array of items. Most brides register for dinnerware, but also see the value in registering at an interior design retail space because we offer accessories, unique ceramic pieces, lamps and artwork. Our tabletop linens, salad bowls, candlesticks and more are designed to enhance the beauty of any dining space. Brides can register for custom bedding, furniture, rugs and more. We understand the importance of a magical wedding day, but also realize that today’s bride is interested in developing her unique sense of lifestyle and design. We can help design a beautiful space for your family and your future. Currently, our dinnerware offerings include: Skyros Designs and Casafina Fine European Home and Table Décor, including their Deer Friends Collection, a favorite at Christmas. Costa Nova, beautiful stoneware from Portugal has been a great addition to our line. We also offer Alison Evans Ceramics, made in Maine. With her notably beautiful glazes, these pieces work well as serving or display pieces. Abbiamo Tutto is our latest addition to our unique collection. It is made in Virginia and is distinguished by its hand painted designs. This line also offers many customizable monogram pieces. Southern Jubliee is a favorite for stemless wine glasses and whisky glasses. They are made right here in Georgia and have several monogram medallions to choose from. Our unique registry is available online for all of your out of town guests. Once you have selected what pieces you want to register for, we will upload the images. Guests can order and pay online. We will have your gifts wrapped and ready for pickup! Call or come visit to get registered today! Wedding Registry at Cossart Design featuring: Skyros, Casafina, Alison Evans, Costa Nova, Abbiamo Tutto & Southern Jubilee. 924 Carroll Street Perry, GA 31069 478-224-1127 Start your celebration with Cossart Design for a unique and stress-free registry experience! Our extensive collection is designed to satisfy the desires of every bride and groom. We offer an online registry for all of your out of town guests. Visit us in Historic Downtown Perry and check out our website! 4 Southern Bride 4 Cossart.indd 1 2/14/18 2:48:42 PM

A restoration of love Saved from impending demolition, the Lilly Schoolhouse in Lilly, Georgia has been a labor of love for local attorney, Michelle Smith. The loving restoration has been a fouryear project, that had a year-long delay last year due to the January 2017 tornadoes and weather that almost destroyed three years of painstaking, historic restoration. Circa 1912, the Historic Lilly Schoolhouse was built by Perry Green Busbee, Sr., the father of Georgia Governor George Busbee. The school has a 150-seat auditorium/theater, a large banquet room, and two period classrooms with original chalkboards. Rain damage from the January 2017 storms was not covered by the insurance policy as rain was excluded. Disaster assistance with FEMA and SBA, while promised by both bureaucracies never materialized, since Lilly, Georgia was 30 miles outside of the disaster declaration. Local delegations pleaded to have the disaster declaration amended by FEMA, only to be told that such an amendment could only come from the President. A letter to President Trump requesting assistance could not unravel the bureaucracy. Undeterred, Smith has continued the labor of love, starting over last January repainting and reworking areas already restored. Historic restoration is a slow process, as it is not enough to just make an old building look new. Original colors of surviving paint are matched, as well as original stain colors from surviving baseboard and trim. Period lighting, curtains, and appropriate historic era furnishings are just some of the details that make an old building go back in time. This is not the first time the Lilly Schoolhouse was almost destroyed by water damage, as the school was in danger of being lost completely by catastrophic roof damage due to water and rain damage in the 1980’s. The upstairs auditorium was completely in ruins. The entire front classrooms were almost completely lost due to massive termite damage that obliviated entire supporting beams. So as not to destroy the integrity of the original heart pine classroom flooring, Smith insisted that the termite repair was done by crawling under the school, and slowly taking up individual heart pine boards to save and relay them after new supporting beams were constructed underneath. At all times, the goal has been to save the integrity of the building and to maintain its character and charm. The Lilly Schoolhouse is not perfect, because construction in 1912 was not perfect. Defects and imperfections have been lovingly preserved, including the original glass in an interior door that was once an exterior door. The original craftsman built the door by hand and squared out the opening by sight. The original out of square opening, visible if you look close remains, to be true to the character and charm of the building. That door was built with love for the Lilly Schoolhouse some 100 years ago, and love should not be changed to fit in a square. The Lilly Schoolhouse will open late summer or early fall 2018, weather and rain permitting. Lilly Schoolhouse Historic Circa 1912 Go back in time to the Old Lilly Schoolhouse, Lilly, GA. for your next event. 150 seat art deco auditorium and 1900’s style classrooms. Opening soon. Southern Bride 5 5 Michelle Smith Article.indd 1 2/14/18 2:50:22 PM

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