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Proverbially speaking, judging the book by its cover in this case is perfectly acceptable—Simply by the Sea: Designed Cottages, Homes & Bungalows by the Sea displays the natural beauty and charm of living by the ocean with palpable photography throughout its entire hardbound opus. The coastal design/lifestyle book officially released April 1, 2019 and today, will be available for purchase at the new downtown home furnishings boutique Summer + Company for a book signing event with the author Interior Designer Tracey Rapisardi. A stimulating spread of elevated beach living—you practically feel the breeze coming off the water at every flip of a page—this cohesive collection of seaside interiors stretch from the northeast coast of Maine and Cape Cod, to the Gulf Coast of Sarasota, and down to Key West.

If you are lucky enough to live by/on the water, or dream to someday, there is no shortage of design inspiration to dive into, as various home styles include cottage, classic, modern, vintage, bungalow, farmhouse and country. But one through line remains the same throughout these coastal retreats. Bright whites, sandy neutrals and punches of jade, aqua, sea glass greens and crystal cyan blues thematically complement the engagement of summery seaside decor and oceanic treasures throughout Rapisardi’s crafted nooks.

“Back in September 2016, I was approached by a publisher 83 Press, about doing a book of my work,” describes Rapisardi. “After two and a half years of designing, creating, styling, and yes - even photographing the book, it is done!”

And what an ideal opportunity to not only snag this fresh coffee table book while checking out the newly-opened home decor shop Summer + Company, which perfectly matches the aesthetic feel and palette of Simply by the Sea.

Book Signing today from 11:00am-2:00pm at Summer + Company, 431 North Orange Ave., Sarasota, 941-877-1326.


Photos courtesy of Tracy Rapisardi.

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