American Farmhouses: Country Style and Design

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A country farmhouse surrounded by fields and trees is a quintessentially American secene, but it's one that has universal appeal. These simple homes speak to us of history and values, promising both comfort and protection.

The "country look" remains the single most popular American style. Despite social and economic changes and the whims of fashion, it continues to shape our design and decorating tastes. Now in these lavishly illustrated pages, American Farmhouses offers a rich ...

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Overview

A country farmhouse surrounded by fields and trees is a quintessentially American secene, but it's one that has universal appeal. These simple homes speak to us of history and values, promising both comfort and protection.

The "country look" remains the single most popular American style. Despite social and economic changes and the whims of fashion, it continues to shape our design and decorating tastes. Now in these lavishly illustrated pages, American Farmhouses offers a rich and inspiring survey of country architecture and design, from painted furniture to porches, stenciling to saltbox houses.

Part of the appeal of country homes lies in their hand-hewn individualism and heritage of Old World charm. Many familiar design elements derived from distinct traditions brought by the early settlers, then adapted to local conditions and materials. Even in the early twentieth century, most country houses were still designed and constructed by local craftsmen, resulting in an immensely rich variety still visible in farms large and small across the country.

Today, the interior of a country home can be a meticulous restoration in a traditional style or a flea-market mix of furnishings and collectibles. The nearly twenty profiles of country homes in American Farmhouses, ranging from a rustic German-style house in Texas to a classic Greek Revival in upstate New York to a contemporary reinterpretation in Connecticut, are full of stimulating and original ideas.

To help readers bring the "country look" home, whether in a city apartment or a rural getaway, American Farmhouses also includes a detailed sourcebook of manufacturers, craftsmen, and architectural antiques dealers nationwide. Here is everything from cast-iron firebacks to milk paint to farmhouse tables, from suppliers who continue to keep the spirit of the farmhouse vital and alive today.

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Publishers Weekly
In photographs that are a trifle workmanlike, but large and richly hued, this glossy coffee table tome celebrates the "singularity" of the farmhouse, its "practical and adaptive characteristics, its essential vernacular quality." Rosch, formerly the executive editor of American Homestyle & Gardening, surveys the most prominent farmhouse styles (post-and-beam, the saltbox), touches upon trends in function and dicor (the space-saving corner cupboards, the delicate stenciling that was less expensive than wallpaper), and, in the section called The Farmhouse Reclaimed, offers photo profiles of some 16 gorgeous homes, from a modest Ohio abode with a Greek Revival porch fagade to a sprawling New York saltbox whose original rooms were built in the mid-18th century, but whose latest additions came as recently as the 1980s. Whether inhabited by preservationist owners or designers who mix the contemporary with the colonial, these farmhouses-"these wood and brick essays on America's evolution"-offer readers an appealing glimpse into comfortable historic homes. Listings at the end of the book point readers to businesses dedicated to reproductions and furnishings made the old-fashioned way. Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
These two books look at American country style. Design writer Rosch describes the history of the architecture and interior style of farmhouses throughout the United States, using profiles of individual homes. The text first presents homes that have been restored and then shows how these homes have been changed to fit the lifestyles of their current inhabitants. Murphy describes individual homes and tells what the owners have done to create a country look, with practical advice on how the style can be incorporated into one's own home. Both books are beautifully illustrated with color photographs, and Rosch provides a resource list especially helpful to the do-it-yourselfer. Recommended for public and academic interior design collections. Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780743219297
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Publication date: 9/28/2002
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2002

    Perfection

    If there was ever a book you must have on American farmhouses, this is it! It has every style of farmhouse with information about the origins and construction of each one. The pictures are breathtaking! I just wanted to go and visit each and every farm. One of the best books on the subject I've ever seen.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2002

    Bring the farm to the city!

    This is a truly gorgeous book! The photography is stunning. It gives a country girl (who now resides in the big city) a little taste of days gone by. Not only can you revel in the nostalgia the book brings, but I have also culled some great decorating ideas which I plan to incorporate into my "city dwelling". The homes featured in the book are beautiful and tranquil. I am currently displaying the book on an easel as a work of art due to the stunning cover photo!

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