June 16, 2019

favorite new book: contemporary cottages





Contemporary Cottages has got to be the best decorating book of the year! It intertwines so many of my favorite aspects of design and takes it to the next level!

This is modern cottage décor done right, and this book includes homes decorated by some of my favorite local designers, Mindy Laven, Raili Clasen, Ashley Clark and Shannon Wilkins. Many of whom were highlighted in my ongoing "Featured Designer" blog series.

Not only that, but a couple of these homes have even been featured on the Newport Harbor Home Tour!




Many of these cottages also have a hip coastal vibe going on since several of them are located in Newport Beach and Laguna Beach.




Written by Molly Hyde English and photographed by Ryan Garvin, this book is quite a page turner with beautifully detailed descriptions and gorgeous photos! I’m not exaggerating when I say every page has something beautiful on it.


Ashley Clark's home featured on the Newport Harbor Home Tour


If you missed Ashley Clark’s own residence on the home tour last year, you’ll be able to view every corner of it now on the 14 pages that are included in this book.


A family friendly coastal cottage designed by Mindy Laven


This beach house was lovingly updated by Mindy Laven, and while it fits perfectly in the twenty-first century, it still has so much character left from its original mid-century design.


Shannon Wilkin's home that was featured on the Newport Harbor Home Tour

Shannon’s former residence has SO MUCH to talk about! This home was also featured on the Newport Harbor Home Tour a few years ago, and I’ve also spotted it in several “Living Spaces” furniture TV commercials.

It’s literally around the corner from my own house, but now it's better known as the home of Christina Antstead of “Flip or Flop” fame, and will be featured on the series finale of her new show “Christina on the Coast”.


 And guess who bought the house last year?! Christina of "Flip or Flop"


Word has it that Raili Clasen, who designed the Peninsula Point home in this book, collaborated with Christina on Christina’s new home and show!





I love how this book takes an in depth look at each home.




I featured another darling cottage, the “East Meets West Cottage”, on my blog in 2017 when it was on the market. It has been redecorated and gorgeously photographed for this book by Ryan.




From kitchens to backyards, this book covers it all!


The cutest back cover ever!


All in all, this book is definitely a keeper and has now earned a permanent place on my desk for me to refer to for inspiration. If you're interested in a copy, it's available on Amazon and is on sale right now! 




ciao! fabiana







photos by Ryan Garvin


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