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English Country Cottage: Interiors, Details & Gardens Hardcover – September, 1998


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 142 pages
  • Publisher: Friedman/Fairfax Pub (September 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1567997082
  • ISBN-13: 978-1567997088
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 9.5 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #332,707 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

With a decided emphasis on cozy country charm, The English Country Cottage explores 25 delightful old cottages that have been updated with all the comforts of modern life and yet manage to retain much of their period flavor. Even the names ring with the unmistakable sound of the quaint English countryside: Smuggler's Haunt, Mustard Pot Hall, Wealden Close, Rose Cottage. Most are relatively traditional, though no less appealing, with lots of plump chintz cushions, botanical prints, nautical themes, pleasantly weathered furnishings, and hutches overflowing with crockery. But a few are refreshingly different, such as the vibrantly hued Cider-House Cottage, where the owner painted fanciful designs all over each room to warm the cold look of the stone walls, or Folly Cottage, with its bright red walls and many Gothic accents. The clear photographs display plenty of good ideas for mimicking the style, but by and large readers must extract these ideas themselves since the text focuses much more on examining these particular cottages (what renovations were needed to make the old structures livable today; descriptions of garden designs or color scheme choices) than on analyzing the key design elements or explaining how to re-create the specific effects. --Amy Handy

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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 1, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This truly delightful book shows cottage interiors that reflect the pasttimes, habits, and way of living that one likes to believe are essentially "English". These homes look as if they are actually lived in and all exhibit that special British propensity for comfort blended with eccentricity. The ubiquitous Aga is featured in a number of the kitchens, but there are also enough 'jolts' in the form of colour use and collections to make this book memorable and somehow fresh. A book I refer to again and again and well worth adding to your collection - almost a reference on English cottage style. Very good value.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By L. M. Keefer TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 4, 2011
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If you love rural, romantic English cottage style, this book offers a collection of 25 authentic cottages featuring this cosy charm. With coquettish names such as Mustard Pot Hall, Monk's Cottage to Smuggler's Haunt, the cottages are explored in chapters which detail the original owners, how the cottages evolved through the years and the current owner's renovation and decoration vision. Then you see the cottages today with their unique decor. Companion gardens and exterior views are also included.

You'll see quintessential English cottage elements such as pine dressers, floral chintzes, wing chairs, leather sofas, cushions, quilts, local jumble shop finds, paintings and prints from different eras, old china, Turkish rugs, paisley throws and gothic windows and shapes. The author's other book The English House: English Country Houses & Interiors is one of my top five favorite decorating books and has more formal and sophisticated design. The cottages in this book are more primitive, relaxed, homespun and humble. The room on the cover of this book is indicative of the styles featured inside.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By David shorrocks on September 3, 2007
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u can feel the charisma with each breathtaking picture of charming cottages and gardens.it makes u want to jump in and get warm and cozy.even from across the room this book relaxes u.a 100% certifiable coffee table legend.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Terry Aguirre on April 9, 2014
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The photographs, the style, is all me. Beautiful interiors; beautiful gardens, beautiful English cottages. I know I will enjoy this book for a long time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Debbie Hendershot on November 27, 2013
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Fast ship, very interesting book with beautiful pictures!!! Love the information about this style!!!! Would definitely recommend this book to others.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cuillean McGregor on May 29, 2014
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Beautiful book. Lots of great photos. Well worth the small price. The cottage interiors are so homey, cozy, and lovely.
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