Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Book Report



I wanted to show you this book, which my children gave me for my birthday a few years ago. I've collected lots of decorating books over the years, but this has to be one of my all-time favorites. It's called An Affair With A House, by the American decorator, Bunny Wiliams.


I'm sure you're all just like me -- spy a beautiful house, and you long to see what's inside. Well, this book is the answer to all your longings. Williams takes you inside the wonderful country house she shares with husband, antiques dealer John Rosselli.




There are literally hundreds of pictures of every gorgeous, antiques-filled room, from the kitchen (don't you wish you had a fireplace in your kitchen?)





to the living room (just look at that beautiful desk!).





There are double porches along the back of the house -- very southern, even though the house is in the northeast.







She also has a wonderful barn that has been converted for entertaining. This is the guest bathroom in the barn.





Here is the great room in the barn.






And there is a a whole separate guest house across the street! Is this house a dream come true, or what?

25 comments:

  1. Don't I wish I had a firplace in the kitchen? Don't I wish I had that house! Gorgeous! Thanks for sharing, I will have to look for this book:>)

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  2. oh, I just adore large covered porches! The beams are fab int he barn too. What I couldn't do with my home with her budget!
    :) abbie

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  3. Wow - I'll take one to go please. May have to go see if I can find that book.

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  4. Hi Mary,

    I love that book! Do you also know the book about the decorator Sister Parish?
    She had a shop in Far Hills back in the 30's! It is a great book.

    Annie

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  5. Wonder if she would like to will that house and all the grounds to me? Maybe??

    Love,
    Julie

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  6. Gorge Book! That one is on my
    Christmas List for sure--
    love, love, love those glossy home books.
    Thanks for sharing!
    Ann

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  7. What a beautiful birthday gift! I love a big, beautiful decorating book filled with glossy pictures. This one looks fantastic & yes - I do wish I had a fireplace in the kitchen, especially on a cool rainy day like today :-}

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  8. Sounds like this is one to add to my list!

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  9. That book is definitely one for my wish list! Loved all your little birdies in the previous post too. ~ hugs, Lynda xo

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  10. Lovely book! I'll have to put it on my wishlist!

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  11. I have that book too! I love it. I really love the conservatory! If I had to live in a big house (I prefer smaller homes) I would like it to look like hers!

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  12. Love this book!! Thanks so much for the You Make Me Smile Award. You make me smile too. I always look forward to visiting your beautiful blog and seeing photos of your lovely home. Keep them coming!!
    Cammy

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  13. Wow- that is truly dreamy! we love it!!

    blessings,
    kari & kijsa

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  14. Oh I LOVE this book! I keep it out by my chair because I never tire of skimming through it or even re-reading it!

    The grounds are so wonderful too aren't they?

    Dan bought it for me last Christmas and I just love it!!!

    Hugs,
    Sue

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  15. What a gorgeous home! I am going to check out that book the next time I am at Barnes and Noble!
    Penny

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  16. This is one of the books on my wishlist. I would often order a book on interlibrary loan to see if it is one I want to buy. Gotta check for it on Amazon.com marketplace. Your preview really moves it up on my books-to-buy list. Thanks.

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  17. I have this book also, and it's my favorite decorating book too! It's so relaxing to flip through all the beautiful pics. And yes, I'd love to have a fireplace in my kitchen!

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  18. Morning! This is my very favorite book -- don't forget to try out the recipes too! I have read this book so often that my copy is literally dog-eared and looking well-loved! LOL! Her rooms (like your wonderful home!) are so charming, elegant AND livable -- a rare combination! And Bunny Williams' latest book comes out in December (it was delayed in its release date -- pout!)

    Jan at Rosemary Cottage

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  19. I recently checked this book out from the library, and I enjoyed it very much. Their are a few good recipes in it too!

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  20. I have heard of this book before but never seen it. Thanks for the recommendation. I will see if my local book store carries it:)

    Rhonda

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  21. Oh, and BTW, I would love to have a fireplace in my kitchen!!!

    Rhonda

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  22. Your book is very lovely... though to be honest what I have seen of your home in your blog, your home nicer than the book, you have such special touches, that shine through, I am pleased to have found you.
    Lynnxx

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  23. I've wondered about this book. Thank you for the report. I may have to pick it up. And yes, I absolutely would love a fireplace in the kitchen. If we ever renovate our place I think I will have to work one in.

    allie
    www.mycozyhome.typepad.com

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  24. One of my all time favorite design books! I love this book !!!!

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