Cottage: America's Favorite Home Inside and Out celebrates the romance and simplicity that give cottage homes their endless appeal. With inspiring locations, colorful gardens, cozy interiors, and intriguing nooks and crannies, the 24 cottages featured in this unique collection are sure to delight with equal measures of charm and diversity. Illustrated with spectacular photographs and watercolor drawings, the cottages span the country from Florida to the Pacific Northwest, with stops along the way at a converted schoolhouse in Missouri, a prefab cottage in Wisconsin, a straw-bale cottage in California, and a cottage community in Washington state. Whether new or remodeled, permanent home or weekend getaway, each of the cottages is intimately scaled, seamlessly linked to the landscape, and brimming with personal detail...all good reasons why the cottage remains America's favorite home, inside and out. "Cottages delight our eyes, warm our hearts, and soothe our souls. The fact is, at some point in our lives we all need them. If there's a cottage in your future, you'll find an abundance of inspiration and information in this book. No way will you get to the last page without have sketched out plans for your own 'someday' cottage!" --Jim Tolpin, Author of The New Cottage Home, contributing editor, Cottage Living magazine
Date Published 9/27/2005
Rated By: Lisa Chapmann
From: Freeport, Maine
Comments: Finally! Finally a book about cottages that was well written, witty and you can really tell you are dealing with a writer that has a true aesthetic of a variety of designs. I love cottages, and have been lucky to lovingly restore three in my life. This book might just inspire me to get started on working on another. Great book!
Rated By: Moira Levy
From: Berkeley, CA
Comments: a piece of a cottage I don't own a cottage but feel like i do own a piece of one now that I own this book. It's beautiful to look at and read, I would very much recommend it and am actually buying a copy for a friend just because reading it is like a little vacation.
Rated By: Margaret Pfeifer "Bookie"
Comments: Margaret Pfeifer This is a great book. Beautifully designed and written by people with a passion for cottages and cottage style and the knowledge to match. It made me think of the cottage I went to as a child with my grandparents and inspired me to bring some cottage elements into my own contemporty home. Bravo!
Rated By: SZH
From: San Francisco Bay Area
Comments: Cottage: America's Favorite Home Inside & Out This is a high quality, pretty book. The photographs are lovely and the authors obviously put some effort into this project. BUT I would NOT automatically recommend this cottage book to cottage-loving friends. There is a very sterile feel to all of the "cottages" that remind me more of a metropolitan apartment, rather than a cozy cottage. This may appeal greatly to many people and that if fine. I personally prefer the cottage books that show not only exceptional restoration and decorating, but also that bring out the whimsy, individualism, and sense of home in the most comforting, warm and intimate way. The cottages in this book look like show homes. Something to impress vistors with. The writing is a bit pretentious, though maybe that is unfair because I didn't read much....didn't want to. For those who like a more funky or artistic cottage style, this book may not be for you. Check it out of the library first before buying if you are the more bolder, whimiscal, individualist, artistic type of cottage loving person. If you like sterile and non-controversial you would probably like this book.
Rated By: Colleen "Colleen"
Comments: Cottage: America's Favorite Home Inside and Out Excellent book, great ideas for people that have lake homes and are looking for ideas for building and decorating. Highly recommend it.
Rated By: A Reader
Comments: Inspirational A sampling of cottages from across the country - backgrounds on the owners of the cottages, beautiful interior and exterior pictures and floor plans. I thoroughly enjoyed reading and looking at the pictures - very inspirational.