Mary Emmerling's Beach Cottages: At Home by the Sea Hardcover – Apr 15 2008
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MARY EMMERLING is the bestselling author of more than twenty books. She is the creative director of Country Home magazine, hosted HGTV’s Country at Home show, and worked as the decorating editor for House Beautiful and Mademoiselle.
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However, I was a little bit disappointed because I just could not find the cottage look.
For me a beach cottage should be humble and simple. I did not find in this book what
I was looking for.
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So what's a self-described "beach girl" like me to do when she's stuck inland and can't go to the beach whenever she wants? She decorates her home in that style, that's what!
Well, today I went in search of books with ideas on how to decorate with my favorite style of design, and saw quite a few available. Yes, I saw the really nifty set of books by Rachel Ashwell on the "Shabby Chic" design style and even that lovely book by actress/artist Jane Seymour called "Making Yourself At Home" but the one that really captured my eye this time around? The one I took home? Mary Emmerling's Beach Cottages: At Home By The Sea.
I really enjoyed the pictures of the various beach cottages in her book. There are some AWESOME, unique and very colorful pictures of home exteriors and interiors from various beach communities all over the USA. You can enjoy the view of the sea from Nantucket, MA to Miami, FL to Galveston, TX and of course, good ole Southern California! There's also some great pics of the "Shabby Chic" queen Rachel Ashwell's home in it.
Now I must admit I was a bit miffed that Ms. Emmerling had overlooked the Pacific Northwest to feature in her book. There are some spectacular and beautiful beach homes on the Oregon and Washington Coast (including the San Juan Islands) that would've fit in very well in this book. However, when I saw that she listed some cool Northwest shops, then I decided all was forgiven lol. Maybe she can remember us in the PNW for her next edition? hee hee
I really appreciate the fact that there's none of the uber-perfection obsessed Martha Stewart-y mess in this book. All of the ideas are so easy to do and not too overly expensive, either. Even if you're smack dab in the heartland someplace, this book has all sorts of cool and user friendly practical tips on how to make your place "beach cottage" worthy. This book is a welcome addition to my library, so I'm recommending this book to all of y'all to check out and enjoy, too.
I think it is much better and I have been more satisfied with books I have purchased
which I could look through
I have bought other books by Mary Emmerling which were more in accordance with what I
was looking for... the houses photographed were not exactly beach cottages, they were
more sophisticated houses
Mary Kay Andrews