Looking through the Window - A Preview
The California Casa, by Douglas Woods, is a reinvigorated testament to a familiar architectural style. Melba Levick captures this style with her up-close images of the beloved Spanish Colonial Revival houses across California. This imagery takes us inside these casas to get a better idea of the amazing details and craftsmanship that goes into creating these masterpieces; from the beautiful woodwork on the intricate ceilings to the shiny designs ingrained on the floors; from the strategic landscaping to the intentionally rustic feeling of the pools and tiles. Many of us would be quick to look over the minute accessories that architects and homeowners alike give to every inch of these work-of-arts; this book allows the rest of us to witness and feel the full affect of these components.
A unique feature, and common reoccurrence within these homes are the thick and hollow walls that might contain and be accessed through secret doors and passageways. These walls possess a great presence in the homes and are a key feature of this style of architecture. Another important attribute is the detailed tile that one might find in any Spanish Colonial inspired home. These tiles are intricate and often contain a natural aspect - something that can be found in the natural surrounding of its origins. Big, beaming doors and doorways; dramatic, twisting stairways; fancy chandeliers, and warm, comforting furniture throughout the home will be found when touring this book or a home designed after this particular architectural style.
The composers of The California Casa have provided their readers with an insight to a beautiful and unparalleled world of Spanish Colonial inspired architecture. This book bestows upon its audience the privilege of feeling like welcomed guests inside these beautiful abodes. ¡Bienvenidos!
Publisher: Rizzoli New York