Thursday, June 13, 2013

Inspiring Books


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I’ve been going through some of my books and magazines I have and I do have quite a collection but I really enjoy every single one of them.  I have lots of the old Country Living magazines, which as far as I’m concerned, can’t be beat.  I also have quite a few books that I have acquired at different sales here and there.  I don’t just stash them away and forget about them, I continually get them out now and again and look through them over and over each time seeing or learning something new.  Just like today I discovered I have two Mary Emmerling books and I love them both.  One is called “Smart Decorating” and the other “New Country Collecting.”

Smart Decorating is a wonderful book full of pictures and ideas.  It was written with the help of James Cramer and Dean Johnson.  I bet I’ve looked through it 100 times and I’m still not tired of it!  New Country Collecting is also full of inspiring ideas  for collecting and decorating.  I didn’t realize Mary has quite a collection of books that she has done.  There are several American Country books by her,  American Country Gardens, American Country Christmas, American Country Cottages, just to name a few.  I’m always so excited when I come across old books like these at a sale.  So glad I snatched them up when I did!  Here are some pictures from “Smart Decorating.”  Jasper insisted on sneaking in the pictures!lpcp 232

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A couple of pictures from “New Country Collecting”

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If you ever come across them, grab them up!






  1. I, too, love looking back through all my old country decorating books and magazines! Wish the Country Living mags of today were more like the old ones.... I never buy them anymore. I'll be on the look-out for Mary Emmerling's books... I don't have any of them. TFS!

  2. I like the Mary Emmerling books too.Seems the well written books and magazines are timeless.I recently got two boxes of the Early American Life mags at a sale and have been totally enjoying them.Warm Blessings!~Amy

  3. I love Mary Emmerling too.
    All be on the lookout.
    I see Jasper likes her too :)
    Woolie hugs

  4. Hi Mindy, love my old Country Living mags too, now they are not so hot.....would love to get my hands on those, Mary Emmeriling...also love how those boys decorated, and seven gates farm.....Sweet kitty, Francine.

  5. hi Mindy, i love books/magazines too. seven gates farm is by far my favorite, tasha tudor too..oh and.. i guess i love them all! Jaspar is such a lil cutie! i have a couple stray cats that have hung around my back garage for years.. never had kittys but did have 6 baby raccoons a couple years ago. i was glad when they moved on as the babies came into the yard and started getting into things. cute tho! enjoy your evening!

  6. Love that Jasper is being inspired too! What a cutie!

  7. Hi Mindy, I will have to get me a book by Mary, I love getting out my old decorating magazines and a cup of coffee, they are so relaxing and so inspiring. Hugs, Lecia

  8. Jasper is so cute :) I remember watching Mary Emmerling on The Country Home show that used to air on HGTV. I always loved what she shared,and those old issues of Country Living Magazine....they put the new ones too shame. They were so much more wonderful to look through. I still have some very good decorating books,but I cut out the favorite pages of my magazines and combined them all together in a binder. Then did away with the rest. Now,I flip through and love every page :) Blessings

  9. I love the old country living and country homes too. The early ones. I have ME heart book and love it. I will look for these 2. Thanks for sharing and also for the prayers.

  10. I too am a book and magazine addict :) so tell me, does the Kitty give you decorating tips? Indoor/outdoor catnip carpet? A day at the beach tuna room freshner? Sorry, couldn't help myself :) been sick and going just a little stir crazy. Seeing the cuteness I could only imagine what kind of decorating a cat would want lol

  11. Mindy ~
    I have these books but have not looked at them for years. I need to revisit hem.
    Hugs :)

  12. I have those books too I need to get them out I do think I looked at them a year ago when I was going through things.
    So glad I visited.

  13. great books for sure. jasper is so adorable, and quite photogenic. blessings.