The Bookshelf: "Casa Bohemia" By Linda Leigh Paul, Photographed by Ricardo Vidargas

Author and architecture expert Linda Leigh Paul is bringing a touch of Spanish flavor to a coffee table near you with her new hardcover read, Casa Bohemia: The Spanish-Style House.

Celebrating the uniquely vibrant colors, styles, and details of Spanish-style houses, Casa Bohemia features some of the world’s best-preserved and newly-built homes in the southwestern and southern United States, Mexico, and Spain. The collection spans restored Mexican haciendas to early and recent 20th century California mission styles.

 

The eye-popping color photography richly captures the architectural details of 29 residences built between the late 17th century and the present day. Readers also get a peek at the array of Spanish, Moorish, European, and Mexican antique furnishings, artifacts, and crafts decorating each home.

 

Casa Bohemia also gives readers a visually-stunning history lesson on Spanish-style architecture starting with its Iberian roots and progressing through the development of the Mission style to the Spanish Revival and Mediterranean styles, still flourishing today. The intricate details that signify Spanish-style, including ornate wrought-iron, colorful tiles and textiles, and signature crafted glass, are artfully examined as well.

 

Whether located in San Francisco, Hollywood, Texas, Wyoming, south of the border, or abroad, the homes in Paul’s collection convey a distinctly stunning, beautifully-preserved style that continues to stun centuries after its inception.

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