- Author Bio
Alluring adobe-brick houses of California here hint at the charms of a bygone age while offering, at the same time, a vision for home today.
Adobe residences from the Spanish and Mexican eras were the original California houses. Architects, designers, builders, and homeowners today, as in the past, look to their simple, utilitarian features—such as plain, whitewashed walls, beamed ceilings, and intimate open-air courtyards—and try to emulate their forms to capture the charm of a romanticized past. Leading architects of style movements such as the Spanish Colonial Revival traveled to California and studied its extensive eighteenth and nineteenth century adobes firsthand as the foundation of their education in California architecture.
Made of earth and organic matter, such as straw, adobe is among the oldest of building materials and has been used throughout the world. From the 1770s to the present, adobe buildings such as churches, forts (presidios), mills, residences, warehouses, and stores have been a most important and informative part of California’s architectural heritage.
Adobe Houses presents twenty-three homes, made from adobe, showing interiors and gardens from these often quiet masterworks, ranging from Casa Boronda of 1817 in Monterey to Casa del Oso, a contemporary manifestation, built in Santa Barbara in 2000 that reveals the intriguing range of possibilities available to us when building in this traditional form today.
The book includes restored historic adobe residences showing what can be done with historic interiors, exteriors, gardens, and landscaping for living in the twenty-first century.
Beyond historic adobes, the book also features modern and contemporary residences constructed of adobe brick, revealing an intriguing range of possibilities available to us when building in this traditional form today.
Author is well connected in California and will promote the book enthusiastically.
Houses featured range geographically, from San Diego in Southern California to Sonoma in the north, offering a comprehensive view of the very best houses in the state, which should broaden the book’s appeal among Californians and beyond.
Although all of the featured houses are located in California, the material in the book applies equally as well as to adobe houses throughout the Southwest.
Publicity: We’ll see interest from architecture publications as well as house and garden outlets like Architectural Digest, Better Homes & Gardens, Architect’s Newspaper, Architectural Record, Elle Decor, Cottages & Gardens, Country Living, Preservation, Period Homes, House Beautiful, Garden & Gun, Martha Stewart Living, Old House Interiors, This Old House, Romantic Homes, Veranda, Town & Country, Traditional Home, Victoria, etc.
Home sections of newspapers and other publications in these areas like New York Times, AM New York, San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune,
Online: 1stdibs, Apartment Therapy, Archinect, HuffingtonPost, Inhabitat, DesignSponge, Decor8, Re-nest, ArchNewsNow, Curbed, Habitually Chic, HGTV.com, Remodilista, Lonny, StyleCourt, The Entertaining House, The nest, etc.
“The architectural style of California’s original homes is showcased through 23 restored adobe properties from San Luis Obispo to Santa Barbara.”
—California Style Magazine
“I would really like to get my hands on this book that presents twenty-three Californian homes, showing both interiors and gardens. Adobe houses with whitewashed walls and exposed beams…yes please.”
—Lunch & Latte