Synopses & Reviews
"Cottage: America's Favorite Home Inside and Out" celebrates the romance and simplicity that give cottage homes their endless appeal. With inspiring locations, colorful gardens, cozy interiors, and intriguing nooks and crannies, the 24 cottages featured in this unique collection are sure to delight with equal measures of charm and diversity. Illustrated with spectacular photographs and watercolor drawings, the cottages span the country from Florida to the Pacific Northwest, with stops along the way at a converted schoolhouse in Missouri, a prefab cottage in Wisconsin, a straw-bale cottage in California, and a cottage community in Washington state.
Whether new or remodeled, permanent home or weekend getaway, each of the cottages is intimately scaled, seamlessly linked to the landscape, and brimming with personal detail...all good reasons why the cottage remains America's favorite home, inside and out.
"Cottages delight our eyes, warm our hearts, and soothe our souls. The fact is, at some point in our lives we all need them. If there's a cottage in your future, you'll find an abundance of inspiration and information in this book. No way will you get to the last page without have sketched out plans for your own 'someday' cottage!"
--Jim Tolpin, Author of "The New Cottage Home," contributing editor, "Cottage Living" magazine
"Cottages delight our eyes, warm our hearts, and soothe our souls. The fact is, at some point in our lives we all need them. If there's a cottage in your future, you'll find an abundance of inspiration and information in this book. No way will you get to the last page without having sketched out plans for your own 'someday' cottage!"
--Jim Tolpin, Author of The New Cottage Home, contributing editor, Cottage Living magazine
"The book features wonderful photographs that detail the wide range of this genre, from old to new, from big to small, from rustic to slick, and from all parts of the country."
- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"This is a fun book, filled with ideas for cottage owners and those who just want to make their own homes feel more like a cottage."
- Hartford Courant
"Cottage: America's Favorite Home Inside and Out," by M. Caren Connolly and Louis Wasserman helps keep the mood - and fun - of summer alive."
- Chicago Daily Herald
"M. Caren Connolly and Louis Wasserman take cottage lovers on a tour of American cottages in Cottage. It offers interesting notes about traditional details in each cottage's design, plus gives a primer on basic elements of cottage style."
- Orlando Sentinel
Featuring both interior and exterior design elements, this guide presents a unique collection of 24 cottages from across the country that celebrate the timeless appeal of cottage style.
The humble cottage offers a place of calming retreat and the opportunity to express a proud sense of individuality. In this timeless photographic treasury, the authors shine light on three charming characteristics that unify all cottages: a connection to nature, an intimately scaled design, and the use of locally made materials. They explore 24 superb American examples of all types-permanent homes and weekend getaways in rural, suburban, and urban locations, new cottages and remodels-discussing site planning, vernacular building materials, roof pitches, window sizes, interior design, and garden styles. Emphasizing current and future trends, "Cottage" is a storybook fantasy come alive.
About the Author
Landscape architect M. Caren Connolly and architect Louis Wasserman, both graduates of Harvard's School of Design, share a passion for American design and an architectural studio in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Their previous books include two volumes in the "Updating Classic America" series: "Bungalows" and "Ranches.