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Mary Emmerling's Beach Cottages: At Home by the Sea [Hardcover]

Mary Emmerling
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April 15 2008
beach house.
The words alone have the hypnotic associations Henry James once famously ascribed to summer afternoon–“the two most beautiful words in the English language.” Lifelong beach girl Mary Emmerling captures that implicit promise of freedom in her captivating volume celebrating the American beach cottage.

Much of the beach house’s allure is in its reflection of a simpler way of life, a pared-down existence where the breeze is the housekeeper, the furnishings don’t mind a damp swimsuit, and the most precious treasures are seashells and memories. In Mary Emmerling’s Beach Cottages, Mary invites us into seventeen coastal retreats that capture that spirit, and introduces us to the people who take joy from them.

Join Mary on a warm, intimate tour of unique seaside escapes, including:

•A pint-sized artist’s studio in Key West
•A dramatic black-and-white retreat in Newport Beach, California
•A shell-lined jewel box in Laguna Beach, California
•A nautically inspired Cape Cod getaway
•A haven in Galveston, Texas, with sea-grass rugs and matchstick blinds
•The homes of designers such as Barclay Butera and Rachel Ashwell
•Mary’s own charming cottage, complete with beach balls, sailfish, and beaded curtains

With gorgeously photographed profiles of easy-going seaside homes and innovative design solutions for everyday living, Mary Emmerling’s Beach Cottages is both beautiful and inspirational. Like a beloved seaside haven, this is a book to return to again and again.

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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars MARY EMMERLING's BEACH HOMES Aug. 6 2009
By Minze
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Like all of Mary Emmerling's books, this is a nice book with lovely pictures.
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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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars July 10 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Did not seem as current as I had hoped.
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this Book! May 8 2008
By pitaprice - Published on Amazon.com
I have been waiting for this book as I am one of Mary's devoted fans. After reading the reviews from other customers, I was feeling let down before I even saw the book. I have to say that I was happily surprised and thought it was BETTER than her previous books. I love the size of the book - it has a cozy feeling - and the photographs are perfect. I, for one, enjoy seeing pictures of people's swimming pools (even if they are part of a beach house). I loved her choice of homes and don't really care if some are redundant (Rachel Ashwell) because a lot of these designers/homeowners move all the time and there is always something fresh to see. Count me in as a continuing huge fan of her taste and joie de vivre. So many books today (in the dying era of coffee-table tomes) are sterile and boring. You can tell she cares about her subjects - both the homes and the people who inhabit them. Go Mary!
27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I must not be looking at the same book May 6 2008
By Noticat - Published on Amazon.com
as the previous reviews. I found the book to be full of wonderful pictures and very evocative of a wonderful stay by the seashore. The houses were not the usual beach cliches.... they were very elegant and had a lot of personality and individuality. I would recommend. A concise, nice little volume.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks to Ms. Emmerling's book, I can be in a "beachy" mood every day! Aug. 31 2008
By Sabrina M. Messenger - Published on Amazon.com
I live approximately 60 miles from the Oregon Coast and nearly 900 miles from Malibu and Santa Monica, California...three of my favorite places in the world! I simply can't enough of "beach" and coastal themes in my decor, my attire, my art, my music and my life...

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.
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Seaside Sublime May 31 2008
By mary kay andrews - Published on Amazon.com
I'm a longtime fan of Mary Emmerling's work, and was thrilled to find BEACH COTTAGES. I've dog-eared favorite pages, and find myself returning to them over and over again for inspiration. I loved the diversity of design styles, and even when the homes shown are waaaay out of my own budget, I enjoyed seeing how the other half lives. This is a book for dreamers as well as doers.Of course, it doesn't hurt that she recommended one of my books, SAVANNAH BREEZE, in her list of great beach reads. I'll be buying more copies of BEACH COTTAGES for my beach dreamer buddies.
Mary Kay Andrews
32 of 42 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Fussy Beach Homes? Oct. 28 2009
By Mary K. - Published on Amazon.com
My personal opinion is that a beach house should be a respite, a getaway, a place of calm and serenity. For me, the homes in this book were way too fussy, cluttered, busy, and not that distinguishable from normal homes (not very cottage-like) that might be found in the suburbs or any other place. These homes were just packed with a lot of "stuff", and if you're like me, a beach cottage is where you go to get away from all the "stuff" so you can clear your head, relax and enjoy the beach outside. A beach cottage should be beautiful to one's senses, but NOT require so much dusting, or look overly "maintained", overly decorated, or everything needing to be "just so", but that's exactly how these homes appeared. I would not feel very relaxed in these homes, but rather uptight and worried I'd knock over something breakable, or spill a beverage on the fine fabrics, and be wondering what's the point of this?
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