Storybook style, fairy tale, Disneyesque, Hansel and Gretel–these are all synonyms for what is surely the most delightful residential style of the twentieth century. With their romantic evocation of faraway lands and eras, storybook homes were created by architects and builders with a flair for theater, a love of fine craftsmanship, and above all a sense of humor–attributes that make them especially endearing to the jaded modern eye. The storybook style was born on the backlots of Hollywood in the 1920s, where brilliant set designers first learned to evoke the exotic architecture of medieval Europe and the Middle East. Movie-going Americans became fascinated with these settings, and architects and builders were quick to capitalize on this enthusiasm. The whimsical style soon spread from coast to coast, and the unforgettable results are portrayed here.
These Storybook style (also know as Whimsy) homes, are shown in these beautiful photographs. With the potted history of how they came about during the 1920’s, when Hollywood was Hollywoodland, and the movie industry was just taking off. The area was a blank canvas for building New select homes, with the mish mash of styles taken from Europe, and by using theatrics and craftsmen to create and conjure up these beautiful homes.
This stunning book is for anyone that loves ‘Home & Garden’ magazine, or just like me, like’s being plain nosey!
Would be perfect to grace any coffee table.
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book. Published by Schiffer Publishing, and downloaded via NetGalley.