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Cottage Living: Creating Comfortable Country Retreats

“From the captivating appeal of a seaside dwelling to the backwoods charm of a woodsy getaway, the volume showcases a spellbinding array of cozy cottages.”—Veranda.  “The casual nature of the cottage gives occupants a sense of relations, which is perfectly communicated through the pictures….there’s something for everyone.”—Better Homes & Gardens.

Rating: (out of 3 reviews)

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Cottage Living: Creating Comfortable Country Retreats Reviews

Review by :

Because I so enjoyed the Better Homes & Gardens book “Cottage Style”, this book by Ellen M. Plante sounded like an excellent addition to my personal library. However, her book was a disappointment to me. While I would be happy to stay at most of the featured vacation homes for a week or so if the owners invited me for a visit, very few of the pictures reflect the look of relaxed, romantic comfort that I associate with cottage style. She does feature a few interiors with the feel of Scandnavian country that I really liked, but none of the rest had much appeal for me. A fine book for people actually planning to build/remodel a vacation home, but not for those of us who buy decorating books just because we enjoy the pictures and like to dream.

Review by MotherLodeBeth:

This book far surpassed all expectations and is a book I am using a great deal. We live in a cottage in the Sierras that was built in the 1800’s and what the book has helped me with, is better understanding how to make every room usable and how important wise and imaginative one has to be when designing storage in a small room, which is what older cottages are all about.She clearly notes on the cover under the title “designing comfortable country retreats” thus it does have a serious country leaning. And I like the fact that she realizes that cottages in different regions of the United States be they Maine, the Rockies, desert or coastal or mountain areas, evoke different feels and needs.While it is true she speaks of cottages as get away places, I also know that thousands of families here in the Sierras live year round in cottages, just as some do in the variety of coastal towns up and down California’s coast. This is a book that can be used wisely by those who do not have a cottage as simply a vacation home but as their main dwelling.I also liked the fact the author reminded the reader that a cottage is a great place to show off small collections be it shells, teapots, small paintings, quilts etc. That a cottage can become a small piece of art.

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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.

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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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The Cottage Book: Living Simple and Easy

Simplicity, comfort, and intimacy define the cottage—and they are the hottest ideas in domestic design today, as seen in a host of new books and magazines celebrating the not-so-big house. The personal, easy-living style of the cottage has formed a compelling counter-trend to the overblown, oversize McMansions of the 1990s. Today, quality of place is more important than quantity of space, and no home style demonstrates that value more appealingly than the cottage.

Presenting charming retreats perched on rocky coasts, hidden in leafy woods, and nestled on rolling farmland, The Cottage Book explores the roots of this iconic and beloved style. Century-old examples of simple, beautiful getaways from Maine to California—along with delightful variations on the theme—are captured in richly detailed, atmospheric photographs.

In this gorgeous paean to the cottage tradition—now available in paperback—artist, designer, and cottage expert Carol Bass showcases a group of classic early cottages (all still in happy and active use), leads us through a collection of updated and new cottages, and delineates those stylistic elements that define cottage life. Primary residence or weekend haven, The Cottage Book inspires an irresistible fantasy of a home of our own.

  • ISBN13: 9781584796787
  • Condition: NEW
  • Notes: Brand New from Publisher. No Remainder Mark.

Rating: (out of 8 reviews)

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The Cottage Book: Living Simple and Easy Reviews

Review by Beth Burke:

Reading The Cottage Book is a vacation in and of itself. Tons of windowsill sunlight, fresh indigenous flowers, classic patchwork bed quilts, exposed cupboards textured with china patterns from generations past and present, a perfectly positioned telescope, clothes line dried in the fresh air, vintage tablecloths draped over a table offering ice tea and croissants, and porches inviting us to spend a leisurely day enjoying the outdoors–all these things remind us that every cottage has a story worth living! Each cottage in this book is presented as unpretentious and practical, yet bright and beautiful, highlighting the simplicity, comfort, humor, and traditions found there. Particularly unique is the author’s note of vibrant color introduced in each cottage room, either through unique fabrics or pieces or furniture. The book demonstrates clearly that the colors around us can have a powerful effect on our feelings and even outlook on life. A touch of vibrant color should be a basic element of any cottage home.

Review by Allan O’Donnell:

Not so much a how-to book as it is a collection of homes to aspire to, The Cottage Book: Living Simple and Easy’s combining of photographic examples and Carol Bass’ prose transport the reader right into the cottages and their surroundings, with experiences beyond the visual alone. This is escapism at its asthetic best, a vacation-in-a-book. The title of the book is perfect, as are many of the featured rooms. Highly recommended for those who long to be close to nature and in touch with the past, with beauty all around as well. This is simply the best decorating book I’ve ever experienced. Inspirational!

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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 (1-year)

Country Living is your guide to creating the ultimate in country style. Each issue offers inspirational ideas on:Decorating & Remodeling, Antiques & Collecting, Gardening & Landscaping, Entertaining & Travel.

Rating: (out of 61 reviews)

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Price: $ 12.00

Country Living (1-year) Reviews

Review by Psboston7:

I have continued to get this Magazine subscription for almost 4 years now. I really enjoy the pictures and the many different ways to do “country”. I began subscribing because I was gathering information on opening a “Bed and Breakfast” and I wanted to see the looks that were out there that said “cozy” and “homey”. This Magazine has never let me down I find that I enjoy the section that they have called “Real Estate Sampler” as well as the product information that they have in the back of the book.I used to get over 16 Magazine Subscriptions, and for me to keep subscribing to this one speaks volumes(please check out my other Magazine reviews)The other Magazine that I liked about as much as this one along the same lines is House & Garden.Happy Reading

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I was so happy to find a subscription to this magazine on Amazon.com. The price is much lower than I expected, and lower than I had found otherwise. This magazine is great for anyone looking for inspiration in home decorating. The title may say country, but there are also many contemproray ideas offered. Great gift idea for someone into home decorating!

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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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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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Carolina Cottage Gilda Side Table, Antique Black

Round accent table

  • Classic design
  • constructed from imported wood veneers and composite fiber board
  • Hand crafted
  • Pedestal base
  • 19.5″ round x 25.25″H

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Southern Living Style Cottages (Southern Living House Plan Collection)

This follow-up to the much-acclaimed Southern Living Style: Family Favorites builds upon the exciting series with a collection of smaller second homes and getaway designs. Perfect for the mountains, the country, or the coast, each plan captures the irresistible appeal of simple living and effortless elegance that we long for in a vacation home. Drawn exclusively for Southern Living magazine, these plans are available in a book from no other publisher.

  • ISBN13: 9781931131766
  • Condition: USED – VERY GOOD
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