The very first thing to catch my eye was the cover image, depicting the bathroom from Christina’s own ‘Brook Cottage’. I love the the intricate detail and thickness of the white mirror over the sink, and the rustic hooks holding cozy bathrobes. The space proves that even floral plates can actually look lovely in a bathroom !
The book was a delightful read cover to cover, filled with design ideas for adding warmth and character to your home, even if you don’t consider your personal style to be ‘country’.
I often associate ‘country’ with ‘farmhouse’ but after I read the book, I found that ‘country’ style is not nearly as narrow a definition as I imagined, at least according to this author. Rather, ‘country’ is the medley of colors and textures, soft florals and cottons, and rustic objects paired with simple elements that are collected over time. ‘Country’ is the practice of creating a home that is beautiful, but most importantly, comfortable and lived in.
The book offers glimpses into Christina’s own home, plus others houses scattered throughout England, apartments in New York, and cottages dotting the east coast of the United States.