The cottage book: living simple and easy

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Stewart, Tabori & Chang, May 1, 2003 - Architecture - 168 pages
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Simplicity, comfort, and intimacy define the cottage--and they are the hottest ideas in domestic design today. The personal, easy-living style of the cottage has formed a compelling counter-trend to the "bigger is better" school of modern life. 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 classic and beloved style. Century-old examples of classic getaways along with delightful modern variations are presented in richly detailed, atmospheric photographs made expressly for this book. In this gorgeous celebration of the cottage tradition, 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.

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I guess I was expecting a little more from this book, which is really just a few pages on several specific cottages, rather than a style book of many cottages. The cottages in question a largely dull ... Read full review


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Carol Bass is an artist, interior designer, and prolific author. In 1988, she co-founded Maine Cottage Furniture in Yarmouth, Maine, which now boasts 200 stores across the United States. Her award-winning furniture designs have been described as "straight from the heart," "spontaneous and direct," and "bold and full of energy." Her work has been featured in Metropolitan Home, Country Home, Redbook, Country Living, In Style, Coastal Living, Better Homes and Gardens, House and Garden, and Cottage Living; she is the author of Maine Living (Gibbs Smith, 2004). She lives in Maine.

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