Friday, September 23, 2016

Book Review: A House by the Sea


Bunny Williams is an incredible person. Her books have inspired each and every one of us whether we realize it or not. Bunny has been at the top of the world of interior design for more than 40-years, shaping and inspiring hundreds of designers and decorators through her published work and her many books. 

Bunny has authored five books, including what might be one of the most popular interior design books of all time, An Affair with a House. That book showcased the New England manor home that Bunny has curated and loved for more than 30-years with her husband, antiques dealer, John Rosselli. Now Bunny has authored another book, specific to one home: La Colina. La Colina is the island estate she and John own in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. 

We've seen small pieces of La Colina in Bunny Williams' Point of View. The gorgeous estate was also published in House Beautiful (June 2015),  Residence (Foreign)again here, and on countless blogs. One of my favorite blog posts on La Colina actually came from Mark D. Sikes. He visited La Colina and took photos of the rooms and gardens, which you can read here and here. La Colina has had many visitors, and many of them made their way into the book! Woven between all of the lovely photos of this magical estate, are the musings of guests who were touched by the atmosphere and graciousness of this stunning home, and the even more gracious, Bunny. 

 Photo copyright Francesco Lagnese for A HOUSE BY THE SEA by Bunny Williams, Published by ABRAMS Books

 Photo copyright Francesco Lagnese for A HOUSE BY THE SEA by Bunny Williams, Published by ABRAMS Books

 Photo copyright Francesco Lagnese for A HOUSE BY THE SEA by Bunny Williams, Published by ABRAMS Books

 Photo copyright Francesco Lagnese for A HOUSE BY THE SEA by Bunny Williams, Published by ABRAMS Books

 Photo copyright Francesco Lagnese for A HOUSE BY THE SEA by Bunny Williams, Published by ABRAMS Books

 Photo copyright Francesco Lagnese for A HOUSE BY THE SEA by Bunny Williams, Published by ABRAMS Books

 Photo copyright Francesco Lagnese for A HOUSE BY THE SEA by Bunny Williams, Published by ABRAMS Books

 Photo copyright Francesco Lagnese for A HOUSE BY THE SEA by Bunny Williams, Published by ABRAMS Books

 Photo copyright Francesco Lagnese for A HOUSE BY THE SEA by Bunny Williams, Published by ABRAMS Books

 Photo copyright Francesco Lagnese for A HOUSE BY THE SEA by Bunny Williams, Published by ABRAMS Books

A House by the Sea is 250+ pages of interiors, gardens, tablescapes, and more, all so that we can take a vicarious vacation to Punta Cana through Bunny's eyes thanks to the beautiful photography of Francesco Lagnese. The rooms are magical, masterfully designed, and the exterior of the house is nothing short of jaw-dropping. Bunny details how the house was conceived, planned, and executed in her conversational and gracious way, helping anyone looking to reinvent their own home feel completely inspired and confident in taking on the task.  

Books on entire houses are always fantastic, and while La Colina has been published in shelter mags, and other books, this comprehensive look at the estate shows rooms we've all never seen. It's like walking through the halls of La Colina with Bunny at your side, and who doesn't want an opportunity to have that!? Take a further look, and grab your copy here: 



And if you're interested in Bunny's other books, check them out here: 


And if you want to read my review on Bunny Williams' Scrapbook for Living, you can do so here

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