The Bookshelf: New Cottage Style

I was happy to get a copy of New Cottage Style: A Sunset Design Guide in the mail last week. You may have figured out by now that I’m a sucker for home books. And could I resist a cover with that much gratuitous turquoise in the design? No.

So often “cottage” is keyword for some reiteration of shabby chic or, worse, the type of “country” look that involves blue geese and wreaths made of lace. While New Cottage Style does feature a few Shabby Chic-ish interiors, I was impressed by how much emphasis was put on the “new” part of the equation. I wanted to share a few of my favorite un-country cottage looks from the book.

The graphic look of this cottage living room with a huge black and white print has a relaxed, beachy, and cottage-y vibe all while looking modern… even a bit sleek. I mean, come on, just check out that black sofa!

The patterned ceiling in this room is a lovely way to add detail while still keeping the walls simple and white. And those little wall shelves in the corner with bright books? That idea is going straight to our bedroom.

All of these kitchen storage ideas are cute, affordable, and charming. The wooden under-cupboard glass hangers are a nice hand made alternative to the chintzy chrome-look ones they sell at big box stores.

The above image is pretty much my dream kitchen. I love the full-wall chalkboard, complete with personalized “doodles.” (See the “Helter Shelter” drawing of Shelter Island, where the home is located? Word Play!)

Oh, but how do I know exactly where this home is located? Because I’ve had an image of it–and the accompanying article, originally printed in Cottage Living magazine–in my inspiration folder for years. This brings me to one of the potential flaws of this book: if you are a Cottage Living (R.I.P.), Coastal Living, or Sunset reader from way back, you may recognize a lot of the rooms in this book. This book is one of those “round up” style tomes that pulls from the best of years worth of magazine features. However, unless you are like me and keep a back catalog of old decor magazines, AND happen to have read all of these titles for years, everything in here will be new to you. Honestly, even though I had seen many of these images before, it’s still nice to have one compact, thematically organized volume you can flip through for inspiration. It’s much easier to sit down with a cup of tea and read this beautiful book than to lug dozens of magazines to your patio.

Does this book seem like a fresher take on cottage style to you? What are some of your favorite decorating books? Comment and let me know!

3 Responses to The Bookshelf: New Cottage Style

  1. April says:

    That book totally looks like my style! I’ll have to check it out. I’ve never had subscriptions to those magazines, so it will all be new to me!

    The big black and white surfer image (I think it’s a surfer?) makes me want to try a big black and white photo in my living room.

  2. Alexis says:

    That chalkboard wall = perfection.

  3. Sharon says:

    Cottage Living mag is “one I missed” (always see pictures online from the magazine) so maybe this book can fill in the gaps!

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