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{2010 Favorites} Waterside Cottages: The Book

Photographed by Dan Mayers
Our favorite home decor book of 2010 is Waterside Cottages. We never tire of browsing the pages full of beautiful cottages with themes influenced by their coastal surroundings.

Giddy as a schoolgirl...yes, I was! I recently discovered Waterside Cottages, a beautiful hardcover book written by Barbara Jacksier and photographed by Dan Mayers.

I splurged on an autographed copy and anxiously awaited its delivery. I was like a child on Christmas morning when it arrived; full of anticipation. As I carefully opened the padded envelope a beautiful purple tissue paper wrapped book was exposed. The front cover alone was absolutely gorgeous!

"Seashells bring nature indoors and anchor a room firmly on the shore." 

Photographed by Dan Mayers

After sending my husband to the store, I sat quietly by myself and turned each one of the 160 pages with anticipation of the next. Waterside Cottages is my new favorite book and it sits in a place of honor in my living room for all to see. The beautifully photographed cottage interiors are each described in delightful detail which takes my mind to a peaceful and serene place.

Photographed by Dan Mayers
You may recognize the author, Barbara Jacksier, if you are/were a reader of Cottage Style, Romantic Country, Country Victorian or Flower Gardens magazine as she was a magazine editor for 25 years. Lucky for us she decided to do something different and wrote this book!

Photo from Barbara's Book Blog

"What is “waterside style” and how do you get it?  Some folks feel that waterside style is all about shells and seaside souvenirs. Others believe the style centers around rustic fishing cabin accents or flea market finds. Still others like to mix “a little bit of this, a little bit of that” in designing their eclectic cottage by the sea. It all depends on what makes you relax and unwind.
The perfect waterside cottage in the world is the one that pleases you!"
Photographed by Dan Mayers

"Texture is the most sensory element ~ infusing a room with offhand character and elegance."
Photographed by Dan Mayers
 "Distressed white furniture lends a newly built house an instant illusion of age."

Waterside Cottages showcases 13 beautiful waterside home interiors and if you like the romantic, vintage look, then this is the book for you!

Purchase your autographed copy: Waterside Cottages
Visit Barbara's Blog: Barbara Jacksier, The Book Blog


  1. With pages smelling fresh, of course.One has expectations like a little child when such an exciting book enters the home.

  2. Seems like I will have to check this book out!!!

  3. OMG! Love, love, love this! A must see : )


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