Text by Holly Seng
Exuding warmth and simple sophistication, it’s no surprise contemporary style appeals to those wishing to take the best elements of past and present for a calming, serene design sure to stand the test of time. In her latest book, Contemporary Cottages, Molly Hyde English highlights delightful dwellings redesigned with this timeless approach in mind.
Well-versed in the cottage lifestyle, Molly currently owns Camps and Cottages, her store located in Laguna Beach, California, where she sells curated home and lifestyle furnishings. Her previous publications include Camps and Cottages (2000) and Vintage Cottages (2007).
From the enchanting entryways of quaint beach abodes to cozy mountain escapes boasting expansive windows, each cottage embraces its architectural elements, while added accents impart the tastes and personalities of those who live there. Find inspiration among the book’s 208 pages for your daydream design, or plan for a future update to your home’s interior with a look that bridges the simplicity of clean lines with an abundance of carefully layered textures.
A backdrop of neutral hues and natural materials permeates these projects, but each homeowner makes their mark through expressive artwork, the occasional bold dash of color, and one-of-a-kind accoutrements. The book’s pages are interwoven with hundreds of images, and Molly shares the narrative behind each design, bringing the unique creative processes to life.
Discover ways to effortlessly incorporate your own personal panache into an enduring style with a book as breathtaking as the cottages it is sure to inspire.