In this memoir/design book, Emmerling takes her readers sleuthing and partying at Round Top antiques fair; reminisces on her days at Mademoiselle, House Beautiful and other top magazines; shares oodles of her favorite things; and shares personal, fresh country decorating in her own home and those of a few close friends.
|Publisher:||Smith, Gibbs Publisher|
|Product dimensions:||8.70(w) x 11.10(h) x 1.00(d)|
About the Author
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 candlesthere 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
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