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Coastal Living Beach House Style: Designing Spaces That Bring the Beach to You Paperback – January 4, 2011
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I was so disappointed that so many of the photos were the same. I have a lot of old Coastal living issues and there were so many other photos they could have used. Maybe next time they will use some new material and not the same old photos just in a new book.
The book takes you room-by-room beginning with living rooms, and includes bedrooms, kitchens, baths and porches illustrating the possibilities and variations of beach decor. My favorite feature of this book is the "elements of style" page for each kind of room which shows common elements used. Different pieces are highlighted to demonstrate how a look can be put together for a particular room from chairs to side tables, to rugs, to fabric to accessories like lanterns.
There were some rooms I loved, but others didn't look particularly "beachy" to me such as a Moroccan-influenced bedroom, a neo-classic master bedroom, and a lavender and green guest room which looked more farmhouse country to me. The most successful, and attractive, rooms in the book I thought brought more of the outdoors in and looked more "beachy". I don't subscribe to COASTAL LIVING magazine, although occasionally look at it at Barnes & Noble, and all of the rooms were new to me. If you have a subscription, you may have seen the rooms before, and want to take that into consideration. This is a fun and affordable introduction to a casual, inviting and comfortable vacation style which many want in our homes.
Most of the photos are recent from their publications. I am disappointed that, after only subscribing for one year, to see the same layouts, same photos and same text as in their magazine. Had I known this I would not have bought this edition.
Photos nice but nothing great. No mention of where to purchase anything seen in the photos and the styles could not be further from the truth. I know Key West all too well and the colors and description of our quirky island style do not capture the true beauty of our paradise.
This could have been so much more but the publishers didn't do the concept of Beach House justice. A lazy, sloppy effort by a publication that seems to lack direction and losing subscribers. I hate to say but Coastal Living magazine itself is going downhill too - I won't be renewing again. Sad.
There are much better books on the market to buy - avoid this one.
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Excellent have had the book before from library so now I own it for myselfPublished 6 months ago by lorraine grant