Newest Addition To Taschen's Highly Regarded Interiors Series Features Idyllic Country Houses Around The World . . . If You Listen Closely You Can Hear The Quiet!
For as long as there have been cities, country houses, grand or humble, have provided a respite from the urban hustle-bustle. Now more than ever, harried city-dwellers dream of this restorative escape, because time spent in tune with the seasonal rhythms of nature soothes us and reinvigorates us for the business of living.
In Country Interiors, author Diane Dorrans Saeks takes readers into the heart and soul of country on visits to nearly forty creative weekend retreats, charming cottages, rural hideaways, and traditional family homes in Europe, America, and Australia.
Though there are abundant examples of the romantic and rustic - Joanne Creveling's Shelter Island manse, formerly a Methodist summer camp, now filled with country chic furnishings unified by a calm white color scheme (p.238); a Norman farmhouse bathed in light the golden color of Normandy butter (p. 74); and an inland Ibizan finca with shady portico providing refuge from the shimmering mid-day heat (p. 194 + cover) - there are also unexpectedly modern country residences like a 20th century Belgian water tower turned into a cool, vertical aerie with an exterior skin of glass (page 54); a rescued Côte d'Azur farmhouse made over into a retreat of unembellished simplicity (p. 158); the Zen house and garden of James Rose, smoothly blending the indoors and the outdoors into one (p. 258.); and a classic 1964 Neutra outside of Los Angeles (p. 268).
For truly personal expression, you need look no further than a snug tree-house 20 feet up in a Sharon, CT maple (p. 254); a pocket-sized one-room cottage plunked down in a Dutch field (p. 41); or a richly-hued gypsy caravan in Provence filled with romantic fabrics and bibelots (p. 170).
Whether your taste runs to the genial barefoot style of Barbara Davis's 18th century upstate New York farmhouse, or the more traditional chartreuse in the Dordogne valley of southwest France, you are sure to find the homes in Country Interiors evocative of the relaxed get-away lifestyle we all long for.
Author Diane Dorrans Saeks lives in San Francisco and specializes in architecture, interior design, travel, gardening and fashion. She has written eleven books on these subjects, including "California Interiors" and the best-selling "Seaside Interiors" for Taschen, as well as countless features for publications including The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The London Times, Metropolitan Home, Garden Design and W.