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New Cottage Style, 2nd Edition (Better Homes and Gardens) (Better Homes and Gardens Home) Paperback – June 13, 2012
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- Memories in a Bottle: Fill old apothecary bottles or jars with sand from vacations and group these together on a mantel or shelf.
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From the Back Cover
casual, livable decorating
Learn to create the relaxed look and comfortable feel of cottage style with the hundreds of photos and ideas on these pages.
In this all-new edition you'll find:
Decorating inspiration Discover the new side of cottage stylepared-down rooms that are still comfy and full of character.
Style options Explore the varied looksclassic, sophisticated, modern, beachyto find a look that suits your home.
Room makeovers Browse before-and-after photos, and glean ideas for your own amazing room transformations.
Style lessons Learn how to freshen up and better organize porches, laundry rooms, hobby areas, and other special spaces.
Quick projects Bring cottage style to your home with do-in-a-day (or even a few hours) projects and ideas.
Top Customer Reviews
I don't know about you, but I have never met a cottage or cabin I couldn't love and wouldn't want to decorate. They are timeless homes which evoke a bit of romance, nostalgia for the past and a "vacation-state-of-mind" as this book describes.
But how to decorate cottage style today without being too cliched or cloying? This book answers that question by featuring many examples of updated cottage. The homes offer a hybrid look that is more streamlined with some modern elements and diverse color choices. While you will see the always lovable cottage elements such as sea grass carpet, relaxed slipcovers, old fans, antique glass bottles and decanters, these are combined and punched up with graphic pillows and carpet, modern art, modern silhouette glass lamps, melamine dining chairs etc.
Divided into house tour sections, you visually tour homes in this book that are grouped by four cottage styles: every day living, classic looks, touch of elegance and welcoming retreats. There are four to six homes in each section exemplifying these different looks.Read more ›
This is not the cottage style that features dark panelled walls and cluttered interiors with duck decoys everywhere - the kind of gloomy cabin that your grandparents might have enjoyed. This is clean, crisp, and more along the lines of Pottery Barn. What I appreciate most, is that the editors did not fill the last 50 pages with photos of gardens or muffin recipes. I find that endlessly annoying. Instead, the interior shots go right until the very last page.
The homes and rooms featured are so inspiring and lovely to look at. I think this is the best cottage book I've ever come across. And the pages are not glossy which I also appreciate - there is no glare at all. So, if your heart beats a little faster when you see a gorgeous cottagey interior, you should buy this book. You won't be disappointed.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent book with a variety of styles for inspiration and ideas.Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great pictures, good advice, many pics in other bhg mags, website, etc but still pleasant to read and very pretty like all bhg booksPublished 8 months ago by Mom3boys
My mom is an interior designer and so we have a lot of these books and magazines like this at home but this one is one of my fave because it contains unique designs and styles.Published 8 months ago by mr.gonzalez