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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Gibbs Smith (September 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423605497
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423605492
  • Product Dimensions: 12.1 x 11 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #281,091 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Exuding luxury and comfort, history and innovation, here are thirteen newly handcrafted log and stone homes that surpass all expectations of quality and creativity. All are the creations of Larry Pearson, AIA, who is recognized as a leader in rustic design. These luxurious cabins from Montana, Wyoming, Connecticut, Wisconsin, Minnesota and California are replete with hand-hewn logs, dry-stacked stone, artistic doors and staircases, and furnishings that meld modern convenience with age-old beauty.

These are homes where everything new is old again.

Ralph Kylloe received an Ed.D. from Boston University and has taught at the university level for many years. He is a leading authority on rustic furniture and owner of the Ralph Kylloe Gallery at Lake George in New York’s Adirondack Mountains. He is the author of twenty previous books, including Cabins, Cabins and Camps, Rustic Artistry for the Home, Cabin in the Woods, Hickory Furniture, Rustic Traditions, and The Rustic Home.

Jacket photographs © 2010 Ralph Kylloe

About the Author

Ralph Kylloe received his EdD from Boston University and has taught at the university level for many years. He is a leading authority on rustic furniture and owner of the aplh Kylloe Gallery at Lake George in New York's Adirondack Mountains. His previous books include Fishing Camps, Rustic Architecture and Design, and Cabins & Camps.


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We love the styles and architecture that he presents!
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Each home is expertly photographed and the book if full of big, glossy, inviting photos that truly draw in the reader.
Anne Burnik
Although a beautiful book indeed, it is too much of the same.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Queen Mum to Two Princesses on February 25, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I just received this very large, beautiful book as a requested gift. It is truly lovely, full of absolutely amazing homes. The photos are beautiful, but I have to echo another reviewer to say that they are all very, very similar (hence four stars instead of five). You could probably mix up the photos and many rooms could be placed into other houses. I wish there had been a few more close up shots to reveal details of decor and construction, so that we in the 'real world' might try to emulate some of these very expensive features. Overall, though, a wonderful fantasy trip into the world of rustic estate homes.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Tess on December 28, 2010
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Although a beautiful book indeed, it is too much of the same. A better title would have been "The Big Rustic Houses of Larry Pearson" since all of the houses are designed by him, and all look (and feel) about the same with the same fireplaces, same beams, same posts, same doors, same chandeliers, same white/red tulips, same ceilings, same roofs, etc. The only exception is that there is different furniture and different paint colors in the houses. I use the term houses, not homes, because these are big (some 8,000 sq. ft. +), second (or third) vacation (most likely) houses, that even though rustic and built of natural materials, exude a contradictory feeling of conspicuous consumption - burning up fossil fuel all year long, even though they are most likely visited only a couple of times a year, and placed in once pristine wilderness. In such times, and with such environmental concerns, does one need to totally dwell on the people that always need to out-do everyone else simply because they can?! Ralph, I love your books and own most of them, but this is my least favorite. Variety is the spice of life, but this is all fennel - a little goes a long way. I love seeing houses of the rich as long as they're balanced with some of the not-so-rich. I like to see different rustic homes, big and small, rich and modest - all artistic and well crafted, but with different ideas and approaches. Money can make a house more impressive by size and labor, and more opulent, but not always more artistic or appealing. Elegance comes in many forms. Larry Pearson is indeed an artist, but I'm sure there are hundreds more out there (maybe not with such wealthy clients though)- you even gave them credit in your Dedication. Why not start giving them more credit with features in your books?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Assunta Sciarretta VINE VOICE on December 18, 2010
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This book practically sings out loud its song of adoration for rustic homes. All the homes in the book were designed by the same architect, Larry Pearson, but that doesn't detract from the variety of homes and their settings. All the homes are in the rustic style.
The book is absolutely gorgeous! It's also huge; it's an oversize, coffee-table book of 256 pages. There are lavish pictures of the homes and their furniture on almost every glossy page. The text is descriptive and a little quirky, too (e.g. the book has a lengthy dedication to William Dawes, the unsung hero who rode out the same night as Paul Revere to alert the colonists of the impending British attack). These homes are in the most gorgeous locales: mountains and foothills out West and also in Connecticut, Wisconsin and Minnesota. It is in the same style of the Kylloe's other books such as Rustic Fireplaces and The Rustic Home, but it is well worth it to see the homes in this book if you have any interest whatsoever in mountain homes, lodges, and other homes that incorporate such a wealth of natural materials and high level of craftsmanship. Also, there is a list of resources such as furniture builders and suppliers, furniture galleries, painters and plasterers, architects and interior designers for creating the rustic home. This is a beautiful book!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. Woollard on June 18, 2011
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The cover of "Rustic Elegance" by rustic furniture expert Ralph Kylloe seems to invite the reader to sit down and stay a while. The lavish photo-centric book features 13 handcrafted log homes homes from around the country, focusing on the work of Larry Pearson, AIA, a recognized leader in rustic design. Pearson designs both massive luxury homes and smaller properties and the book shows off 8,000-square-foot mansions as well as 450-square-foot cabins. Rough hewn logs, wrought iron details and stone fireplaces dominate. There's often a playful quality at work. These are homes that put comfort first but are still aesthetically pleasing. Kylloe doesn't just take great pictures he also tells a good story, giving the reader a sense that they are along with him as he tours these homes, camera in hand. In many cases he provides information on the materials and decor as well.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Anne Burnik on November 24, 2012
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Rustic Elegance is a large, coffe-table book capturing thirteen U.S. homes designed by Larry Peason, AIA. These homes apparently were built by millionaires without any budgetary constraints whatsoever. Many are called "cabins" but that is truly stretching the concept. All are on very large properties in wilderness areas that are magnificent sites offering views and seclusion. Many offer a "lodge" ambience with one-of-a-kind furnishings that are evocative of the outdoors and nuture. Each home is expertly photographed and the book if full of big, glossy, inviting photos that truly draw in the reader. This is the perfect book for picking up unusual furnishing ideas and for just sinking into on a cold, snowy winter day.
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