Elle Decor's Country Homes: Elegant Weekend Retreats from Around the World

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9782850188329: Elle Decor's Country Homes: Elegant Weekend Retreats from Around the World

Everyone dreams of owning a country home; a private getaway far from the cares of everyday life customized to fit your ideal lifestyle. Nowadays, more and more people are making that dream come true. Rather than settling for two weeks at a favorite vacation spot, why not incorporate the leisure, beauty and fun of vacation in a home that can be enjoyed year-round for quiet relaxation or to share with family and friends.

Within these pages you will find the very best of the best country homes that combine beautiful settings and stunning houses created in harmony with their owners’ notions of the perfect refuge. Organized into five distinct categories—cottages, stately homes, contemporary style, cabins and Mediterranean style—each home exemplifies a pinnacle in design and decorating, whether you’re renovating an existing home or building the ideal home to match your particular needs. Over 250 illustrations of fabulous country homes with hundreds of ideas at your fingertips to help you realize the vacation home of your dreams.

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Culled from the pages of Elle Décor magazine, the photographs in this beautiful volume depict a variety of stunning country homes, the bulk of which are located in France, England and the upstate New York/New England area. According to Margaret Russell, editor in chief of Elle Décor, the purpose of this glossy coffee table book is to inspire homeowners who are looking to build their own country homes or incorporate elements of a country retreat into their urban dwelling. While some of these homes are breathtaking, the book doesn’t offer any do-it-yourself advice; indeed, it contains a minimal amount of text. What little writing there is consists of exaggerated design-speak: the homeowner is referred to as "the master of the house," accessories go "perfectly" with the featured rooms and an owner somehow succeeds in "giving eternity a color." Nevertheless, the homes pictured here are gorgeous. Readers can pore over photos of a cottage in Ile-de-France full of lemons, flowers and spring fabrics; a hotel in Avergne, France, with a quirky design that includes bathtubs resting in piles of volcanic rocks; or a Richard Meier–designed home in New Jersey full of windows for tremendous views. As Russell notes in her introduction, "true pleasure is to be found in escaping to the country, near or far, whether for a couple of days or a proper restorative holiday." This book provides just such an escape. 250 color photos.
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