Eclectic Country

Eclectic Country

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781423638605
Publisher: Smith, Gibbs Publisher
Publication date: 09/01/2015
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 669,704
Product dimensions: 8.70(w) x 11.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

One of the best-known names in American decorating, Mary Emmerling is the author of twenty books, many of them part of her American Country series. She is creative director of Country Home magazine and host of the Country at Home series on HGTV as well as a designer and collector. She lives in Des Moines, Iowa; Santa Fe, New Mexico; and Phoenix, Arizona.

Reed Davis lives in Los Angeles.

Read an Excerpt

When I was starting out, the classic Country look was popular again, thanks to the Bicentennial, but it sorely needed an update. Being in the magazine business, I always knew where country was going and always had an opinion about where it should go. In August of 1978, House and Garden ran a story about my take on country, called “A New High: Country Cottage
10 Floors Up.” My name was forever linked with that wonderful word.


As I look back, it’s a happy blur of eclectic collections and details that warm my heart: striped fabrics, framed American flags, folk art, leopard touches, blue-and-white china, wooden watermelons, watering cans, dried flowers, straw hats, baseball hats, redware, glass kerosene lanterns, chandeliers, English antiques, pumpkins, dried wildflowers, topiaries, linens, shells, bird’s nests, sea grass, rag rugs, ladder-back chairs, farm tables, antique rattan, white upholstery, hooked rugs, glass bottles, country blankets, homespun, quilt pillows,gingham, bandanas, barrels of red geraniums, local paintings of lighthouses or beach scenes, and candles—there can never, ever be too many candles.


When I was a little girl, I never could have dreamed of having such a long and crazy career. It’s truly been a joy to meet so many wonderful people and help shape a style that I love so much. From New England Country to Beach Country to Cottage Country Style and Country Modern, it always needs a little something new, but it never seems to get old. Decorating is a way of telling a story. Never stop telling yours. I know I won’t.

Table of Contents

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS 6

INTRODUCTION 9

MY STORY 11

ROUND TOP ANTIQUES FAIR 27

OUR COUNTRY HOME 73

THE 5J FARM 107

LA ESQUINA FARM 121

NEW COUNTRY DREAM 133

THE VINTAGE ROUND TOP 145

THE BARN 161

PRAIRIE COUTURE 181

RESOURCES 190

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