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

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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 ...

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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307338228
  • Publisher: Potter/TenSpeed/Harmony
  • Publication date: 4/15/2008
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 697,235
  • Product dimensions: 7.77 (w) x 9.85 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Meet the Author

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2012

    Very Dated!

    Very dated....will donate this book somewhere.

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  • Posted October 5, 2011

    Nice book.

    I like Mary Emmerling's books because she always tells the "story" of the house you're looking at. These are cottages that are substantial houses rather than cottages that are beach shacks. Good ideas for anyone whether at the beach or not, if you like fun, airy spaces.

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  • Posted May 8, 2010

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    Typical Mary Emmerling

    This is a nice book with excellent pictures. It is a typical Mary Emmerling type book. Not filled with too much information...just enough to whet your appetite for more! She always puts her slant on the things she decides to cover...but that is fine with me. As editor of Country Home magazine for years, I really liked her style then, as I do now.
    A great gift book for someone living at the beach or just for ideas to bring the coastal feel into your home.

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