I am excessively fond of a cottage; there is always so much comfort, so much elegance about them. And I protest, if I had any money to spare, I should buy a little land and build one myself, within a short distance of London, where I might drive myself down at any time, and collect a few friends about me and be happy. I advise everybody who is going to build, to build a cottage. ~ Jane Austen
What a wise woman, Ms. Austen, was! Her words touch my heart and soul and she certainly understood the comforts of a cottage. I love old books with their faded pages and sometimes curled edges…even the sometimes musty smell which they expel. Glorious old books and Jane Austen just seem to go together, don’t they?
I imagine that Ms. Austen would live in a simple cottage in present day. She seemed perfectly happy and appreciative with the simple things of life, a trait which I strive to live by in my own life near the sea.
Creating vignettes with old books is an easy and inexpensive way to add charm to your beach cottage. I’ve purchased many old books from garage sales and thrift stores as well as have a few which were my mothers. Bundle books together with fabric, jute or string or remove covers for another lovely look. Simply stack books or combine them with seashells for a truly charming beach cottage feel.
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