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Cottages on the Coast: Fair Harbors and Secret Shores [Hardcover]

Linda Leigh Paul
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July 16 2004
With her successful books Cottages by the Sea and Coastal Retreats, Linda Leigh Paul has beautifully captured the dream home in an ideal setting. Now she broadens her scope by visiting the most picturesque and private seaside cottages on all three coasts of the United States, from the cliffs of Big Sur to the dunes of Nantucket to Florida's sandy beaches on the Gulf of Mexico. The most charming cottages in the country are here, including a 1924 stone cottage in Carmel, a weathered clapboard cottage on the Isle of Hope, Georgia, and Tennessee Williams's Key West cottage.

Seaside cottages are intrepid structures. They hold onto the earth as a brace against heavy seas, furious flood tides, and stormforce winds. The names themselves conjure departures and returns, danger and escape: Destruction Island, Peril Strait, and Wrath Cape describe one arc of shoreline. Another coastline offers Fair Harbor, Port Protection, and Safety Harbor. Still another speaks of lost encounters: Dogs Keys Pass, Tortugas Harbor, and Alligator Reef. But the interiors of these cottages evoke only warmth and beauty, providing comfort for those eternally drawn to the sea. Many display artifacts of life on the water: nautical objects and treasures found on the beach, as well as journals, letters, postcards, and books that reflect the long, rich history of seaside living.

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Fear, awe and the sensual pleasures of salt air and fresh breezes will always draw visitors to the world’s waters to stake their claim on a coastal view. In this pretty volume, Paul (Cottages by the Sea; Desert Retreats) presents 27 such sea-loving abodes that were built on America’s shores. Her survey explores notable historic havens like a weathered stone cottage in Carmel, Calif. and Tennessee Williams’ airy Key West retreat, as well as more modern designs like Thomas Bosworth’s Puget Sound lodge, which strings together three small cottages to avoid disrupting the native terrain with one hulking building. From craggy outcrops in New England and the Pacific West to the glittering sand beaches along the Gulf and mid-Atlantic coasts, the welcoming scenes pictured in her vintage and contemporary photographs beckon viewers to linger in seaside reverie. 200 color illustrations.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lusting for a Summer Cottage? Pick This Book. July 14 2004
Format:Hardcover
Wherever they are located, seaside dwellings share several common traits. These hearty homes are crafted from tried and true materials that age gracefully in the sea air and reflect local building traditions and styles. They balance the storms of winter with the peaceful days of summer and maximize beautiful views whatever the season.
Cottages on the Coast presents an extensive variety of homes from sea to shining sea. Linda Leigh Paul selected more than 25 examples from Bainbridge Island, to Big Sur, from the Florida Keys, to Tybee Island, and north to Maine. You will be captivated by hundreds of beautiful photographs of vernacular exteriors and very personal interiors.
Cottages on the Coast stands out because the interiors and exteriors exude a lot of personality, and they seem authentic and attainable. New England is well represented with houses in Maine, Martha's Vineyard, and Nantucket. The tranquil cover image, Treasure Cottage on Key West is truly a cottage at a mere 500 square feet. Treasure Cottage is filled with the owners carefully arranged antique collection, which does not clutter the small space but gives the home so much personality. Other examples, a modernist cottage designed by a Frank Lloyd Wright pupil in Carmel, complete with loads of natural light, and built-in furnishings. Or a cottage recently built on a private island in the Puget Sound, built on a solid rock foundation, with enormous interior beams to withstand the fiercest storms, decorated in a simple manner re-using found materials such as driftwood for a mantel and stair case railing.
Cottages on the Coast will be a source of inspiration for readers who are considering rehabbing, designing, or decorating a seaside dwelling. Or if you are an avid armchair traveler Cottages on the Coast will fill you with travel ideas for your next coastal break.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sea Spray and Salt-Crust July 19 2004
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
When I picked up this book I was surprised to find it so filled with a wonderful variety of cottages. Cottages on the Coast is a small and wonderful glimpse of styles around the coasts of the United States. A small "photo album" near the beginning shows early pictures of some of the cottages that are featured later and as those same cottages appear today. A great selection of cottage styles, representing different regions of the country, are fascinating with their accompanying stories. This is a book I will go back to over and over again, to look up something I remember, to find something new and to just plop down with it in my lap for pure beach imaginings. I love this book!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lusting for a Summer Cottage? Pick This Book. July 14 2004
By Manon Kavesky - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Wherever they are located, seaside dwellings share several common traits. These hearty homes are crafted from tried and true materials that age gracefully in the sea air and reflect local building traditions and styles. They balance the storms of winter with the peaceful days of summer and maximize beautiful views whatever the season.
Cottages on the Coast presents an extensive variety of homes from sea to shining sea. Linda Leigh Paul selected more than 25 examples from Bainbridge Island, to Big Sur, from the Florida Keys, to Tybee Island, and north to Maine. You will be captivated by hundreds of beautiful photographs of vernacular exteriors and very personal interiors.
Cottages on the Coast stands out because the interiors and exteriors exude a lot of personality, and they seem authentic and attainable. New England is well represented with houses in Maine, Martha's Vineyard, and Nantucket. The tranquil cover image, Treasure Cottage on Key West is truly a cottage at a mere 500 square feet. Treasure Cottage is filled with the owners carefully arranged antique collection, which does not clutter the small space but gives the home so much personality. Other examples, a modernist cottage designed by a Frank Lloyd Wright pupil in Carmel, complete with loads of natural light, and built-in furnishings. Or a cottage recently built on a private island in the Puget Sound, built on a solid rock foundation, with enormous interior beams to withstand the fiercest storms, decorated in a simple manner re-using found materials such as driftwood for a mantel and stair case railing.
Cottages on the Coast will be a source of inspiration for readers who are considering rehabbing, designing, or decorating a seaside dwelling. Or if you are an avid armchair traveler Cottages on the Coast will fill you with travel ideas for your next coastal break.
34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sea Spray and Salt-Crust July 19 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
When I picked up this book I was surprised to find it so filled with a wonderful variety of cottages. Cottages on the Coast is a small and wonderful glimpse of styles around the coasts of the United States. A small "photo album" near the beginning shows early pictures of some of the cottages that are featured later and as those same cottages appear today. A great selection of cottage styles, representing different regions of the country, are fascinating with their accompanying stories. This is a book I will go back to over and over again, to look up something I remember, to find something new and to just plop down with it in my lap for pure beach imaginings. I love this book!
24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great detail source March 10 2006
By Bob P. Francisco - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Great source of architectural interior details and inspiration for small residential structures.
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars peaceful relaxing May 17 2006
By KDiNobile - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I love to read and I love houses on the water. When I need to relax I grab this book. It has also given me some ideas to use in my own home to give it that cottage look. Very inspirational and easy to read.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Picturesque. June 24 2009
By I. Kadagidze - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
"Cottages on the coast" really describes fair harbors and secret shores as promised. It also gives pictures of very different but equally charming and elegant buildings, both exterior and interior. The locations are different (three coasts of the United States), as are the owners. Pay special attention to the cottage that once belonged to Tennessee Williams. A wondeful book to enjoy or give someone as a gift.
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