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Coming Home: The Southern Vernacular House Hardcover – March 6, 2012

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"Coming Home serves as a loving tribute to the wide range of styles and influences that combine to form Southern vernacular architecture." ~Savannah Magazine
 
“Historical Concepts talent is showcased by a selection of classic designs that feature time-honored materials, artisanal craftsmanship and interiors that reflect our region’s architectural traditions.” ~Atlanta Homes

“This award-winning firm’s talent for translating traditional architecture into inviting homes is showcased with a selection of timeless designs inspired by gracious southern living.” ~The Citizen
 
“You’ll find advice on how to combine classic elements with newer trends to crate a décor that suits your lifestyle. Regardless of your location, you can integrate elements from these rustic homes to recreate the inviting, historic milieu of the south.” ~Cottages & Bungalows Magazine
 
“Southern living takes on a new meaning in this beautifully photographed collection of historical concept homes. Combining both the refined and the rural, traditional architecture and artisanal interiors bring life to the ever-present southern hospitality.” ~Society Diaries

About the Author

James Lowell Strickland is the president and senior partner of Historical Concepts. Established in Atlanta in 1982, the firm has designed plans and buildings for the South’s most respected communities. Their work has earned prestigious design awards and has been featured in numerous magazines. Author and journalist Susan Sully is one of the leading experts on Southern regional architecture and design.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli; 2.5.2012 edition (March 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847838269
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847838264
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 1 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #142,173 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Excellent examples of Southern architecture! Not the over the top Hollywood version, but the real, authentic "I can't believe this house is new" old South that I grew up with. No short cuts, real wood, nothing done just for effect, but all elements working together in harmony. Beautifully photographed, many ideas you can really use. A real must- have book for anyone wanting an honest straight-forward livable yet elegant Southern home or cottage.In my dreams I will live in one of these homes!
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As an architectural designer and draftsman with a strong interest in classical architecture, I've long been interested in the work of this firm - and much of it is exceptional. However I have to say that I was disappointed that this book is more a marketing tool for the firm than a proper monograph. There are NO floor plans for any of the buildings and precious few exterior shots that describe the building in anything more than the most superficial manner. There is very little that allows you to understand the individual houses/buildings as structures. The book is mostly a book of interiors with a few essays that try to explain the architect's design philosophy... I got the feeling that it was an extended "Southern Living" magazine article. I'll keep the book because I have a collection of monographs on Southern architects, but this won't by any means be the star of the show.
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I have collected books on design, architecture and houses for more than 20 years (a passion of mine), and Coming Home: The Southern Vernacular House is by far the best book I have read on these topics.

I have purchased many, many house / design books over the years, some worth the purchase and others not as much. I had to review this particular book because it has jumped to the TOP of my favorites list.

The photos showcase southern vernacular architecture, offering a look at new homes and buildings that have been designed with true reminiscence to the past and traditional styling.

What I like most about the book is the fact it covers the architecture firm's views of the houses, which gave me a real sense of the inspiration behind each home or community included in the book. The back flap of the book jacket shows a photo of the co-authors, James Lowell Strickland and his partners. I was glad the photo was included because after reading the book, it was easy to tell how much passion the authors / architects have for their design work.

I highly recommend this book to others because it has wonderfully balanced content, including new homes with traditional appeal, breath-taking interior design, and some of the most gorgeous exteriors and outdoor spaces I have ever seen in a book. There is just the right amount of narrative combined with many colorful photos with detailed captions.

You don't have to be from the South to appreciate this book's Southern regional charm. It also features a cedar-shake-shingled house in Bridgehampton, NY. The house was designed by the co-authors / architecture firm, who were part of a team that traveled to New England and the Mid-Atlantic states to gather inspiration for the home's design.
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While this book is not a monograph on southern vernacular houses (as one reviewer complains) and does not focus on southern plantation style houses (which disappoints another reviewer), it is one of the BEST books about architecture/design I have seen in many years. I would say that this book is an excellent starting point for anyone who is planning on having their own new house designed. The photographs show so many different ideas and choices. I love seeing the variety of styles and materials in these houses. Both the exteriors and interiors of these homes are beautiful. It is a book I will be looking at for years to come. Quite simply, this IS a book you need to add to your library if your interest in southern homes extends beyond the well known plantation type house. While it is true that most of the houses pictured in the book are more casual than formal, they fit with the style of life most of us have and enjoy today. This is five star book all the way.
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This is a beautiful book with many beautiful houses and ideas. However, I found it was difficult to follow. I would have enjoyed seeing fewer houses and more of each house. I would have liked to have seen a general layout of the houses, a bit of the floor plan. They showed a lot of exteriors but not enough on the inside and the layout. Again too many houses not enough of each one.
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The design firm that creates these homes has written a book about some of the homes in their portfolio. The information and photos provide great inspiration for anyone who loves historic southern architecture.
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I bought this book for my daughter who is a lover of the antebellum homes of yester-year. She is trying to give that beautiful sense of time and a loved home to their new home. With extinsive study and work she is capturing that feeling in her 5 year old urban home. Coming Home: The Southern Vernacular House, was exactly what I had hoped it would be to help in her challenge. It is a beautiful book with lots of gorgeous pictures that help us recapture the past and shows through the pages how to surround ourselves with the sense of long ago by the use of colors, architecture and novel ideas.I was not disappointed, I'll order one for myself soon.
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