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!
A couple of pictures from “New Country Collecting”
If you ever come across them, grab them up!