Molly is the unofficial cottage expert, having authored two previous books on the subject: Camps and Cottages (2000, Gibbs-Smith) and Vintage Cottages (2007, Gibbs-Smith). Her Laguna Beach shop is one of our favorite spots for curated home and lifestyle furnishings, allowing us to bring that coveted California aesthetic to our homes with ease. As for Ryan Garvin, he’s one of Southern California’s top interior design photographers — we’ve featured his work more times than we can count! The pair truly makes up a dream team when it comes to bringing the concept of a modern cottage to the masses.
The beautiful book highlights the charm of the traditional cottage, while acknowledging the imaginative changes that cottage homeowners and designers have used to bring their spaces to the 21st century. The pages convey a comforting feeling. It’s as though Molly is your own personal guide through each home, including candid conversations with the people who live there or the designers who dreamt up the details. Each space is personal and unique, from a 1960s Pacific coast cottage with a breezy open floor plan to a cozy Berkshires cottage with dark and moody details. Yes, the homes feel quite modern and contemporary, yet each one has a clear and intentional nod to their history.
Even if you’ve never fancied yourself a cottage fan, Contemporary Cottages has page after page of well-balanced interior inspiration. We recommend it for any design-lover’s library! Snag your copy here.