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Cottage Style Decorating

Give every room in the house a fresh breath of cozy country style (minus the gingham) with Sunset’s new Country Style Decorating. This book is all about the ‘new’ country style-a fresher, lighter approach to country colors, fabrics, furnishings, and decorating elements. Filled with over 300 full-color photographs and inspiring text, Country Style Decorating offers hundreds of ways to update your home with today’s new country look, from porches and entryways to living rooms and home offices. Includes a resource guide for stores, manufacturers, and mail order.

  • ISBN13: 9780376011084
  • Condition: NEW
  • Notes: Brand New from Publisher. No Remainder Mark.

Rating: (out of 13 reviews)

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Cottage Style Decorating Reviews

Review by Meredith Faison:

I fell in love with all of the pictures in this book. I couldn’t put it down when I first bought it. I just want to dive into each picture – they are all really beautiful! Very inspiring.

Review by Barbra Wawa:

Completely “MY” style of decorating. So many affordable ideas on how to change color scheme for the seasons. Love this book!

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Southern California Cooking from the Cottage

“The Cottage exudes the upmarket serenity of old LaJolla. Sunlight streaming in teh windows makes pale yellows glow; mellow jazz recordings waft through the dining room and into the palm-shaded patio; pretty waitresses in short shorts carry fruit-garnished dinners of salubrious California food,” says author Michael Stern.Southern California Cooking from The Cottage captures the romance, the relaxation, and the good life of The Cottage itself. Included are the recipes that have made The Cottage one of Southern California’s most beloved restaurants with breakfast items such as muffins, coffee cakes, Greek, Italian, and seafood omelets, Belgian waffles, and oatmeal pancakes. From the lunch and dinner menu there are light Southern California seafood and pasta dishes, signature soups and salads, as well as traditional American classics. The book includes an eight-page color insert.The Cottage is the ninth restaurant to be chosen by Jane and Michael Stern for their Roadfood cookbook series, which celebrates the finest regional restaurants in the United States.

Rating: (out of 4 reviews)

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Southern California Cooking from the Cottage Reviews

Review by C. Pendleton:

Eating at the Cottage in La Jolla is a real treat and I’m just so happy with this cookbook!! So far everything I’ve made from it has turned out to be top notch. I had guys begging me for the brownie recipe. My personal favorite is the french toast! You won’t be disappointed with this book. It’s one of the few cookbooks I actually use on a regular basis!

Review by Book Jack:

Excellent recipes! Especially the soups. I could eat the black bean soup all day. I do agree with the previous reviewer, though. The index is horrible. However, I have no trouble reading the print. It is not pale yellow in my copy. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves fresh California cuisine.

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Daisy Kenyon (Fox Film Noir)

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Genre: Feature Film-Drama
Rating: NR
Release Date: 11-MAR-2008
Media Type: DVDOtto Preminger’s Daisy Kenyon is an unsung beauty from Hollywood’s golden age, a remarkably good and intelligent movie that’s all the more gratifying because it could so easily have come out formulaic and sappy. In 1947 it was regarded (and implicitly shrugged off) as a “women’s picture” or, more specifically, a “Joan Crawford picture.” But there’s more going on here. This was shortly after the Oscar for Mildred Pierce revived the actress’s career, and the nature of a Crawford picture was changing since she had entered her (gasp) 40s. New York careerwoman Daisy (a magazine illustrator) is trying to break off her longtime affair with a high-profile lawyer and family man (Dana Andrews), and tentatively beginning a relationship with an attractive WWII veteran and widower (Henry Fonda). The men’s roles are as important as Crawford’s, and neither man is entirely what he first seems–Andrews a self-centered manipulator in all arenas, Fonda a poetic New Englander who used to design boats. Enough ambivalence, wounded psyches, and intimate violence surface to make the movie a kissing cousin to film noir… albeit a variation of noir in which no gun is pulled. Noir also leaks in through the gorgeous Fox craftsmanship. Leon Shamroy’s lustrous lighting paints the characters and their studio-made, persuasively three-dimensional environs with insinuating shadow, while still serving director Preminger’s penchant for fluid camerawork and mise-en-scène that doesn’t dictate our attitudes toward the characters. The production is a model of Hollywood professionalism at every level, and the three star performances are each atypical and complex, with Crawford more restrained and thoughtful than we’re accustomed to seeing her. And speaking of model performances, plan to rewatch the film while listening to the commentary by Foster Hirsch, author of the excellent critical biography, Otto

Rating: (out of 24 reviews)

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Daisy Kenyon (Fox Film Noir) Reviews

Review by JGC:

Released on Christmas Day 1947, “Daisy Kenyon” has become a favorite among Joan’s devoted followers. Because “Daisy Kenyon” is just as beautiful as any of Joan’s other Oscar-nominated roles. But, perhaps overshadowed by that other hugely successful film coming out in ’47, Possessed, at the time of its release “Daisy Kenyon” had little fanfare. Unfortunately, up until now this movie has never been released on DVD (not even on VHS or the dreaded LaserDisc!) And since this film isn’t licensed to Turner it has never even been shown on TCM (good luck trying to find anything halfway edible on AMC or the even more obscure Fox Movie Channel.) So, for the passed 60 years “Daisy Kenyon” has been left in a rather befuddled and unreachable halfway point; somewhere between purgatory and paradise.

The tagline for this classic 20th Century-Fox picture is: “I don’t belong to any man.” And doesn’t that describe Daisy Kenyon perfectly; not to mention the always in-control Joan Crawford…! Both Joan and Daisy set their own rules and made certain that all the boys in their lives always followed them! Joan portrays the lead title-role of Daisy Kenyon astutely. Because she is so believable in this dramatic masterpiece. And, this time Miss Crawford’s character, Daisy, has both experience and intelligence on her side!

The film is in black and white and is 100 minutes long. (BTW the picture color might seem rather obvious since 99.99% of Miss Crawford’s movies from the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s are not in color. However, I always like to state this because there is an entirely new generation of younger fans who may not realize this!) And Joan’s costars include: Dana Andrews (as Dan O’Mara) and Henry Fonda (as Peter Lapham.) The movie also includes cameos by Walter Winchell, Leonard Lyons, John Garfield and Damon Runyon! Also in smaller parts is Ruth Warrick (as Lucille O’Mara) and Martha Stewart (as Mary Angelus). (And, no, that’s not the same Marta Stewart that makes apple pie and hocks tablecloths at Bamberger’s basement.)

Don’t you just love the cover of this DVD! It looks almost exactly like the classic movie poster that was originally used. Joan looks so beautiful and youthful. I’ve added some more pictures of Joan from this wonderful picture, just click this link !

I especially love this film because it’s totally a throw-back to Joan’s M-G-M days. If you enjoyed Joan in Sadie Mckee, Chained or Forsaking All Others (1934) you will adore her in “Daisy Kenyon!” Daisy is a career woman (working as a commercial artist) and takes up with married Dan O’Mara. She loves Dan and hopes to marry him one day. Dan finally divorces his wife just as Daisy says “I do” to Peter, a man who although is kind, does not ring Daisy’s bell!

These are some of Miss Crawford’s comments on “Daisy Kenyon” (from the book, Conversations With Joan Crawford:) Daisy Keyon -if Otto Preminger hadn’t directed it the picture would have been a mess. The script was a cliché. The usual triangle helped out by two very handsome young men, Dana Andrews and Henry Fonda. It came off. Sort of.

Trivia:

* Joan had an older sister named Daisy, who passed away as a very young child (before Joan was born.)

* One of the scenes is filmed in the famous NY nightclub, The Stork Club.

* Even though Joan was under contract with Warners, she went out on loan to 20th Century-Fox because she fell in love with the script for this film.

* Besides Joan’s earliest uncredited roles, silent films & very early “talklies” from the mid-20’s & early 30’s, up until this DVD, Joan’s only major motion pictures that have never been released on any format commercially, in any country, ever include: No More Ladies (1935,) Daisy Kenyon, This Woman is Dangerous (1952) & Female on the Beach (1955.)

* Contrary to popular belief, Miss Crawford participated in almost no promotion for this movie.

* The movie was based on the book, by the same title, by Elizabeth Janeway.

* “Daisy Kenyon” was retitled “Entre El Amor y El Pecado” for the Spanish release, which means: Enter the Love and the Sin.

* The plot/subplot for both “Daisy Kenyon” and Joan’s forgettable flop “When Ladies Meet” were both similar to her classic “The Women.”

* This is Joan’s last movie she ever made with that stereotypical-MGM love-triangle storyline.

* Both of Joan’s first 2 real-life divorces were constantly in the society papers and just as dramatic as the proceeding in “Daisy Kenyon.”

* Joan wore a similar fur coat in her defining picture “Mildred Pierce,” although that one was more theatrical.

* Joan wore a similar looking veil as Daisy (during the court scenes) when she divorced her second husband.

* This is one of Henry Fonda’s only films that he does not take first billing in.

* This is Henry Fonda’s last studio-system movie for 20th Century-Fox.

* In 2005, “All My Children” veteran Ruth Warrick, at the age of 89 was the final main cast member of “Daisy Kenyon” that was still alive.

* Griff Barnett, Jeffrey Sayre & William H. O’Brien (who all played bit/uncredited roles in “Daisy Kenyon”) each had small parts in Joan’s other ’47 film “Possessed.”

* This is Joan’s final film for more than a year; she can be seen next with a new cropped hairstyle in “Flamingo Road.”

This is an extremely far-reaching film for both film historians and Joan Crawford admirers. “Daisy Kenyon” can he credited for helping to pave the way for other strong leading female characters on the silver screen. This is one of the first films that showed the modern American woman who was totally independent. It wasn’t one of those typical sappy love triangles that Joan was famous for (although the plot was similar.) Daisy Kenyon called all the shots. If I had to use just one word to describe Daisy Kenyon I would use “control” because she was in constant charge. This is also an important film for anyone who follows Miss Crawford’s 50+ year career because “Daisy Kenyon” marked a point when Joan was just banging ’em out. As you may know, throughout Joan’s career she always tended to go through stages (the shop girl, the flapper, the scream queen, etc.) But during the time of “Daisy Kenyon” Joan was just making some extremely high-quality dramatic films. Of course you know that after “Daisy Kenyon” she also had “Flamingo Road,” The Damned Don’t Cry, “Goodbye, My Fancy” and Harriet Craig.

If you know just one fact about Miss Crawford (heaven knows there has been so many untruths written about her,) you know that she was always the consummate professional; and this film is no exception! By the way, some more of Joan’s movies will also be out in February: The Joan Crawford Collection, Vol. 2 (A Woman’s Face / Flamingo Road / Sadie McKee / Strange Cargo / Torch Song)! Please always remember that there never was a finer actress or a star that was more kind-hearted than the one and only Joan Crawford!

Review by calvinnme:

I think this film and 1947’s “Possessed” are my favorite two films from the middle part of Joan Crawford’s career.

I realize Fox did make lots of great film noirs in the 1940’s, but they’re just about all on DVD now, and so now Fox is labeling some movies as film noir that really aren’t at all, probably partially as a marketing strategy. Film noir usually involves a situation that must end in tragedy of some kind and involves characters that are all unlikeable and unsympathetic. This is really not the case here. This film is a great vehicle for Joan Crawford, though. In fact, I can’t imagine any other actress in the lead. Daisy Kenyon (Joan Crawford) plays a commercial artist who is the strong independent type. She has fallen in love with a married man of means (Dana Andrews) who has a clingy and emotionally unstable wife (Ruth Warrick) and a couple of daughters that he knows he will lose access to if he gets a divorce. In other words, he is permanently married and he and Daisy’s relationship is going nowhere. Enter Peter Lapham (Henry Fonda), a widower recently back from World War II. Both men love Daisy, but only one can “do right” by her – Peter. Unfortunately, he is not the man she loves.

The resulting love triangle, the idea of any of this being particularly scandalous even to someone aiming for public life, and in particular the then quite backwards divorce laws of the state of New York might seem quaint to a modern audience, but the private situations and emotions of the characters still ring true. Who does Daisy choose in the end? The man willing to give her up. I’ll let you watch the film and find out which of the two men that is.

Extra features are:

Audio commentary by Film Noir historian, Foster Hirsch

“From Journeyman to Artist: Otto Preminger at 20th Century Fox” featurette

“Life in the Shadows: The Making of Daisy Kenyon”

Poster, still, and behind the scenes galleries

Interactive pressbook

Theatrical trailer

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Bradshaw Kirchofer Cottage Book Toy Shelf

Cottage Book and Toy Shelf features 9 compartments! Perfect as a bookcase or a toy shelf in a child’s bedroom or playroom or a display case in the family room! For no additional charge you can use a Second Color for the back wall or use the same solid color. We also offer this Shelf with a scalloped trim (see picture). Our Cottage Collection offers painted furnishings that are designed to look as though they have been around for years – distressed, worn and antiqued with a warm, rich and weathered feel. Each furniture piece is crafted and finished by hand using Sugar Pine Wood that reflect hours of hand rubbing and is sealed and protected with clear, flat lacquer. All pieces are made in the U.S.A. using Solid Wood Only including the bottom of every drawer to the back slats on all pieces. We offer over 30 lead free colors in our Cottage Collection including natural stain and painted finishes. The Bottom Six opening dimensions are 13 inches Wide x 11-1/4 inches High and 11-3/4 inches Deep. The Top Three opening dimensions are 13 inches Wide x 8-1/2 inches High and 11-3/4 inches Deep. This piece measures 39 inches High x 44 x 13.

  • 30+ Colors
  • Solid Wood
  • 39 inches High x 44 x 13

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Better Homes and Gardens New Cottage Style: Decorating Ideas for Casual, Comfortable Living (Better Homes & Gardens Decorating)

Decorating ideas to achieve a cottage look that’s clean, simple, and light. New and remodeled homes that incorporate cottage style via architectural features and easy decorating choices. Secrets to creating harmony and simplicity with paint, furniture, fabrics, and accessories. Examples of projects in the country, the woods, suburbia, and oceanfront locations. Practical ideas and decorating techniques to create a comfortable getaway look. Effective color schemes that achieve a serene palette.

  • ISBN13: 9780696221330
  • Condition: NEW
  • Notes: Brand New from Publisher. No Remainder Mark.

Rating: (out of 11 reviews)

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Better Homes and Gardens New Cottage Style: Decorating Ideas for Casual, Comfortable Living (Better Homes & Gardens Decorating) Reviews

Review by Kathi:

Finally, a Cottage Decor book with pure class. I rarely leave reviews but felt a overwhelming need to share my thoughts. My first thought just looking at the pictures, WOW! This book is packed with many inspirational ideas that is very doable for anyone interested in creating a home in beautifully updated Cottage Style. If you like Cottage home style, this book will give you a fresh new approach to all types of Cottage Decorating. As a Interior Decorator, I highly recommend that you get this book. You will not be disappointed!

Review by G. Koerber:

This is such a terrific reference book. The photos are all just gorgeous – it was a treat to page through and peruse. Text is full of tidbits and hints – a must for any decorating afficianado. Today’s country is simplified and elegant. Enjoy!

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Country Living Cottage Style

Any home anywhere can achieve that cozy cottage feel. Just look at these color photos, brimming with surprising and inspiring ideas, and you’ll see the possibilities. This magnificent guide to cottage style salutes both traditional takes and fresh twists on this enduring look, and highlights those elements that truly make a room cottage style. The sheer number of variations on this laid-back approach is simply amazing, ranging from a California bungalow furnished in flea market finds to a New York apartment that seems straight out of the English countryside. Flip through the pages of images. Then use them as blueprints to copy precisely or as an idea manual of clever ways to apply unique colors, work with wallpaper patterns, or display collections. “Lavishly illustrated with full-color photographs throughout.”–Publishers Weekly.

  • ISBN13: 9781588165671
  • Condition: NEW
  • Notes: Brand New from Publisher. No Remainder Mark.

Rating: (out of 12 reviews)

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Country Living Cottage Style Reviews

Review by K. Hemmer:

I knew from the cover this would be a book to indulge
my senses.The small house pictured with a white couch,
with a black embrodiered pillow,centered in the middle
along with a vintage candolier drew me in. Every page has a treat for the eyes.White panelled
walls,stone walls,and small white beadboard in the
bathroom’s.A beautiful blue fabric couch centered in
an old-fashioned three window setting.Simple but
elegant. It shows some new cottage rooms,some a combination:
Vintage with new,and some with more vintage style.
There is a smorgasbord for every type of decorating,
and true appeal for every age group.Some very talented
designers left their mark in the rooms. I keep going back to this book for ideas and just
pleasure.It helps me to relax. Some fascinating finds were the gothic arches for
book storing.Also,the crisp white porches with pillars,
that seem to be making a comeback.Hoorah!
Their were multiple bathroom choices allowing you
a different vision. The flea market style in this book was above what is
usually associated with the words flea market.
It is used successfully because the objects found have such
potential. At the end,are shown easy displays to copy if you
are starting out,and don’t quite know what to do to
achieve a personal look.

Review by :

This book is full of wonderful pictures and ideas for the cottage look. The pages are not overcrowded or overwhelming. It has become my favorite of the “Cottage Style” design books.

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Easy Cottage Style: Comfortable Interiors for Country Living

Country Style is associated with simple, natural comforts–the warm glow of a winter fire of floral fabrics swaying in a cool summer breeze at an open window. As Liz Bauwens and Alexandra Campbell show, these are features that can be recreated in all types of home. Every room can be given its own taste of rustic charm: the kitchen made warm and comfortable, the bedroom soft and romantic, the living room natural and tranquil. With chapters looking at ways of bringing the country into a city home, creating a relaxed kitchen, and choosing colors and fabrics, “Easy Cottage Style” shows you how easily traditional styles can be transformed to enhance relaxed modern living. – Learn how to give your interiors comfort and warmth with fabrics, colors and materials normally found far from the city. – Includes easy-to-follow projects for country-inspired furnishings and decorations. – Exquisite photography by Simon Brown

  • ISBN13: 9781904991892
  • Condition: NEW
  • Notes: Brand New from Publisher. No Remainder Mark.

Rating: (out of 3 reviews)

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Easy Cottage Style: Comfortable Interiors for Country Living Reviews

Review by Poyye:

I was surprised that this book was more “country” than “cottage”. However, getting past that – I found that there were great pictures with good descriptions and decorating advice and they pointed out why they did things. There was nothing fussy and their ideas could be done with a good eye, some book guidance and a low budget. With this book you don’t have to be a designer. You can do it yourself and have fun without worrying about the cost. The homes (not cottages) shown are to die for! And, this book brings out skills used to enhance their little quirks. Unlike some other books in this class, the text matches and explains the pictures without running over the page so you are not continually flapping forward and back.

Review by anonymousinChicago:

At first read,I wished I’d just gotten this book from my local library. It seemed unlikely to be a book I would refer to for inspiration and ideas. Some of the interiors were downright dingy and depressing (the kitchen from all scraps and found materials just looked like you’d expect it to look-cold, uninviting and plain ghastly). The cover picture is the most fetching / captivating photo of the entire book.(I considered returning this book weighing cost of shipping back vs. money already spent and decided on keeping).I have since reread it and have to admit the author has some gem interior decorating insights–who new pink/rose walls could be a warm neutral? I like the emphasis on using old and found/recycled materials. If you are a fan of the Shabby Chic series this book may greatly appeal to you, and unlike the author of the Shabby series, this author is much more humble and does not feature or focus primarily on her home, business and associates. Underwhelming but with some valuable interior decorating insight

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Decorating Cottage Style

Cottages are all about warmth and coziness—and here’s a book as welcoming as the style it celebrates. These pages hold the key to achieving that wonderfully laid-back cottage look, with its pickets and porch railings, time-tested color combinations, faded fabrics, family photos, and treasured collections. The pictures speak volumes about how old and new, pretty and primitive, can work perfectly together to create a welcoming retreat in any type of home. And all the ideas and projects are simple yet beautiful—whether it’s artfully antiqued furniture, whimsical birdhouses, button pillows to scatter everywhere, or a glass-paned door table.

  • ISBN13: 9781600590818
  • Condition: NEW
  • Notes: Brand New from Publisher. No Remainder Mark.

Rating: (out of 3 reviews)

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Decorating Cottage Style Reviews

Review by John Matlock:

A cottage brings to mind a more carefree style of living than does a house or condo. It brings back the thought of summers spent in small dwellings in the mountains or along the shore somewhere. And in those cottages, you were likely to find mismatched furniture, dishes, silverware; a random collection of art work hung on the wall; fabrics from god only knows where, or when, or even why; and the finish on the wooden pieces of the furniture may or may not have paint.

In this book Ms Scott shows what can be done with such low cost (or no cost) items in a way that would fit into nearly any home, and yes, even in a condo. She has broken the subject matter into four major areas: Cozy Cottage Colors, Nurturing Nature, Decorative Displays, and Decorative Furniture.

What I find most impressive about the book is the sense of color that comes through. The photography is well cone and the printing is excellent so that the woods, the fabrics, the glassware simply sparkles. While this type of decorating isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, her sense of style, color, and selection of individual items might make it fit your sense of style better than you think.

Review by Lin:


This is a beautifully photographed book written by NEVA SCOTT.This book is exactly as the title states.

The ideas are very do-able and easy to duplicate. Each chapter is filled with various insights into the making of a casual cottage-style home.

The author also gives “how-to” directions on duplicating some of the photographed ideas. Easy to follow,once again!

Since the author also owns a small boutique in Richland Washington, I hope to visit her store soon!

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Cottage Style (Better Homes & Gardens)

Turn your home into a great getaway! Yes, you can escape—every day—if you decorate with cottage dreams in mind. What’ll it be? A sunlit waterfront retreat? A rugged cabin in the woods? This inspiring and practical book shows you how to give any home irresistible, away-from-it-all ambience. – More than 2000 color photos get your imagination going.
– A room-by-room guide helps you “charm” any space.
– Special sections break cottage style into its basics—fabric, furniture, color, windows, walls, and floors—to help you create your own schemes.
– Cottage redo tips point out easy room makeover tricks.
– How-to ideas throughout the book help you use paint to personalize walls, floors, and furnishings.

Rating: (out of 37 reviews)

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Cottage Style (Better Homes & Gardens) Reviews

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All we want is a cozy, comfortable, inviting home. Nothing formal or pretentious or for show. This book was on my neighbor’s coffee table, and I fell in love with it right away and ordered my own copy. Now that it’s fall, this book is giving me more than a winter’s worth of decorating ideas to make our home comfortable. I like that this book is not limiting my sense of style but helping me to come up with my own style by showing so many varied cottage style looks. The pictures of what I can tell are actual homes are beautiful, and the writing explains how to decorate instead of just describing what is in the pictures. There are lots of tips on arranging collections and furniture, choosing fabrics, and so forth. This book is great as a dream book, and I ooh and ahh over page after page. But when I stop to read, I get information to help me take ideas from those pictures and do them my own way in our home. I’ll use this classic book often and for years. A wonderful buy. Good for Christmas gifts…

Review by M. Pass:

Where we live, a lot of people have second homes. That isn’t possible for us right now, but this book, Cottage Style, is helping me give our suburban house that weekend-house look. At first, I thought cottage style was just one decorating look, but it isn’t. It includes LOTS of looks (farmhouse, Adirondack, and so on) with one thing in common: giving any home that “getaway feeling,” as the author explains. The book is just great. I’m planning right now on how to turn our family room into the northwoods “cabin” that my husband and I have always wanted. Another winner from the Better Homes and Gardens people.

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