One of my favorite bloggers, Julia from Hooked On Houses, posted about this classic shingled house in the Hamptons.
My first thought was that it might be country style icon + author, Mary Emmerling’s, old house.
If that name doesn’t ring any bells . . . Mary Emmerling published this iconic book, American Country, in 1980, which started the country style decorating trend that remains very popular.
American Country, 1980
I’m a huge fan + have followed Mary’s career since this book was published. Who remembers her HGTV series, Country Style?
She was also the editor of the late, great Country Home magazine.
In ’02, my friend, Alan, + I went to her book signing (American Country Cottages) in Chicago. She was very cool + laughed at all our jokes!
She was kind of wowed by my bringing her 1st book with me, + imagine her surprise when I showed her some magazine articles that I’d saved!
SELF 1983, Country Living + Early American Life 1982.
Anyway, here are some photos of Mary’s Hamptons house — the one I thought might have been in Hooked on Houses last week.
A version of this flag gate is in the American Folk Art Museum in NYC.
Okay, so now I realize the farmhouse in the Hooked on Houses blog is not Mary’s former home. I’ve never been to the Hamptons (soon!), but I know that there are 100’s of single-clad houses there! See also: Ina Garten!
Look! Mary was a shopkeeper in the 80’s (so was I!) I think she + her 2 children lived above the store (as did I!)
The American Country Store in NYC.
Last week, Julia from Hooked on Houses blog + I chatted a little about Mary; we wondered what she’s doing now.
I know she’s married + lives in Arizona. Her daughter, Samantha, writes for House Beautiful magazine.
I saw somewhere that Mary is a co-owner of a new retail store, but I can’t seem to find anything online.
Coincidentally, her latest book’s just been published.
Shall I get a copy? I’m not sure!
Mary Emmerling’s Art of the Skull.
Buy it here! http://www.amazon.com/Art-Skull-Mary-Emmerling/dp/1423631986/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1362339077&sr=1-1&keywords=mary+emmerling%27s+book+of+the+skull