What do you get when you blend Moorish, Spanish, European, American and Mexican influences? Bohemian luxury. In Rizzoli’s newly released book Casa Bohemia, The Spanish Style House, Linda Leigh Paul gives us an insider tour of some of the finest homes in the South, the West, and Mexico. Paul is a connoisseur of Spanish Architecture, and she walks us through the history, the rich architectural and design details, and the evolution into present day California Mission Style. We get to see homes in Ibiza, San Miguel de Allende, Santa Barbara, Texas and Colorado – dating from the late 17th century to present day. Here is a sampling:
Owners Gene and Suzi Mann acquired this San Miguel de Allende hacienda when it was in ruins. The roof was caved in, walls and floors were crumbling, and bats hung from the beams. They lovingly restored the property using old materials, ancient plaster techniques, hand-made tiles and ironwork. Suzi Mann, a champion rider, worked beautiful terrace gardens and horses into her creative makeover.
Louis and LeAnn Nequette are the owners of this beautifully updated home in an historic Spanish Revival neighborhood in Birmingham, Alabama. Lucky for this home, Louis Nequette is an architect with great taste.
The kitchen is the heart and soul of the Nequette’s house; a room where multiple activities can occur simultaneously; family and friends can gather. Natural light and clean lines create an atmospheric welcome for friends, studying, meals, and gatherings in this central hub of the house.
This home is strictly modern, with minimalist design to match the views, located near the historical town of Atotonilco. In the monastic living room above, architect Timothy Wachter forgoes the expected color palette with this stark interior. The walls are of fired brick, with polished cement finish, allowing the dessert views to offer pops of natural color.
The beautiful San Miguel de Allende home of Sandra Ippolite was designed by architect Alan Wilkerson. Built around the pool with a pergola that extends the full length of the courtyard, this lovely two-story home cleverly placed the kitchen to open onto the courtyard. Entertainment and guest ready! Casa Alhambra is designed with a disciplined blend of old Spanish architectural elements and modern convenience, resulting in relaxing luxury throughout.
Casa Bohemia offers a nice range of interpretations of the Spanish style of architecture and design. It is an excellent resource for Spanish design and architecture that respectfully spans history from the 17th century to present day, with period decor and artful blends of style. Linda Paul gives us a glorious house tour that is educational, inspiring and eye-opening. If you love the San Miguel de Allende area and Spanish-Style design, this is a book you will want to devour.
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