Mary Emmerling’s Beach Cottages Book Review and Author Interview
By Erika Lenkert May 09,2008
I love books! My apartment may be tiny, but my stacks of books are huge! It’s always such a treat when I can escape into a bookstore and explore what’s on the shelves. Hot off the press is Mary Emmerling’s Beach Cottages, the 20th+ book from decorating editor and author, Mary Emmerling. This coffee table beauty features the rooms and outdoor spaces of 17 dreamy beach cottages located coast to coast.
Even if, like me, you only dream of life on the beach, you’ll get plenty of ideas and inspiration to help you bring a little of the look to your home. And, don’t just take in the pretty pictures; Mary’s included a primer on beach house essentials, a huge list of shopping sources, and, one of my favorite parts, clever lists of everything beachy.
Mary and I worked together for 10 years at Country Home magazine and is my long-time friend and mentor. We met at my favorite neighborhood restaurant, Morandi, to chat about life at the beach.
JK: What do you love most about living in a beach cottage?
JK: What do you consider the essential elements of a beach house?
JK: I love the touches of humor in your decorating. How do you keep a room fun?
Photos by Carter Berg. Photos courtesy of Clarkson Potter/Publishers.
— Jennifer Kopf
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