From Publishers Weekly
New York State's Hudson Valley is experiencing a rebirth of creativity and style, says San Francisco Chronicle style columnist Serrell, in this appreciation of the area's picturesque landscape and its place in American history. Heuer captures this renewed spirit in 240 color photos, while Serrell shares the personal history behind each of the featured homes. A 200-year-old Georgian manor house with Greek Revival columns and an 1826 lecture hall are examples of classic architectural style updated into elegant living space, where interior and exterior design maintain the buildings' heritage. The more modern Zen-inspired home of architect Steve Mensch, with glass walls, mahogany framing and granite flooring, all built adjacent to a waterfall, reflects the creative ways designers bring nature and the valley's scenic views directly into their homes. Serrell includes quotations from the homeowners themselves, allowing readers a personal look into the houses. Consistently engaging in both pictures and text, this volume is sure to remind readers that the majestic scenes and slower-paced lifestyle of the region are just as appealing as ever.
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About the Author
Allison Serrell is a lifestyle writer and editor and the author of Nest for Two (0-8118-4084-0). Her work has appeared in Modern Bride , Woman's Day , Country Home , Sunset , and House Beautiful . She lives in San Francisco, and writes a monthly column in the San Francisco Chronicle Home section called "At Home with the Stylemakers."
Meredith Heuer is a San Francisco based photographer whose work has appeared in the New York Times , Travel & Leisure , Gourmet , Real Simple , and Organic Style .