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This week on the blog we thought we would do a quick round up of our three favourite books out at the moment. Whether you are into designer houses in the Hamptons, romantic cottages in the country or tropical escapes, each of this week's selection will have you relaxing on the couch in no time.

The Cottage Under The Big Pines Book

Spreads from The Cottage Under The Big Pines

The Cottage Under The Big Pines, is written by Susan Southham, best selling author of Velvet Pears, and lovingly details her 30-year relationship with her restored century-old timber cottage called Foxglove Spires in rural NSW.

Filled with stunning photographs, the reader is able to peer in through the windows of the cottage to view the romantically decorated and soul-filled interiors within as well as the stunning gardens.  The imagery is supported by meditative essays on the seasons and colours that have inspired her life.

The Cottage Under the Big Pines is a relaxing read that encourages us to take notice of the little, everyday  details around us that enrich our lives.


Spreads from Carribean Hideaways.

Megan Nolan van Reesema has one of the most enviable jobs around. As a travel writer and luxury hotel and villa consultant, Meg gets to travel the world finding the very best places to stay around the world. Meg's new book, Caribbean Hideaways, is a collection of the most chic and breathtaking villas in the Caribbean to relax, unwind and enjoy the island breeze.  From Hermitage Bay in Antigua to a private estate in Barbados, this book features 30 destinations from fifteen islands in the region.  With over 200 lavish photographs, we can’t help drooling over the incredible island interiors and dreaming of how we can achieve our own little slice of island life at home.

Design In The Hamptons Book

Spreads fron Design In The Hamptons

Architecture and interiors in the Hampton’s are inspired by the renowned natural beauty of the area, with homes designed to take in the ocean vistas and coastal lifestyle. The book, Design In The Hamptons, offers a rarified look into nineteen private houses in the area designed by today’s top designers, such as, Jonathan Adler, Joe d’Urso and Thad Hayes among many others. Through many luxurious photographs we are taken to grand historic properties, postage-stamp-sized cottages, to outdoor areas perfect for pool parties. A great coffee table book filled with inspiration for your own home, this book will have you constantly flipping through, discovering more and more design ideas each time.