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Lone Star Living: Texas Homes and Ranches Hardcover – December, 2003

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A born and bred Texan who grew up in a "boots-and-hat environment full of tall Texas tales and braggadocio," Beard is the perfect author for this exuberant celebration of Texas taste. He has authored several books on American Western style (The Cowboy Boot Book; 100 Years of Western Wear, etc.) and, with his wife, custom-built his own pioneer ranch house. In this fully illustrated book, he showcases all manner of Texas houses: from the restored Masefeldt Ranch, which is decorated in "Texas Château Style" with Louis XVI furniture and mesquite-wood chopping blocks, to the "Modern Mayan" home of artist and ex-Soul Survivor rocker Charles Trois, whose architectural work most resembles that of the Spaniard Antonio Gaudi. A section of "Cottages and Lofts" documents smaller, more urban homes, but even these contain details suggestive of the Texan penchant for expansiveness and eccentricity. There are big displays of child-sized cowboy boots, backyards glowing with kitschy neon signs and plenty of leather, wood and stucco. Beard's own writing has pleasantly irreverent swagger-he doesn't hesitate to point out when a homeowner has "bootfuls of money"-and Parson's photos are uniformly crisp and excellent.
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Tyler Beard is a native Texan whose home and ranch has been featured in more media than any other private residence in the West, including spreads in Architectural Digest, Metropolitan Home, the New York Times, True West (Clarkson Potter), Under the Sun: Desert Style and Architecture (Bulfinch), etc. He is the founder of True West, a western style company. He has outfitted the western departments of Ralph Lauren stores throughout the world, and has served as consultant for Ralph Lauren's own Colorado Ranch. He is the author of The Cowboy Boot Book, 100 Years of Western Wear, and The Art of the Boot.

Jack Parsons has spent more than twenty-five years photographing the American Southwest. Among his many books are Santa Fe Style (Rizzoli), Native America (Clarkson Potter), True West, and The Santa Fe Home (Clarkson Potter). He lives in Santa Fe.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Bulfinch; 1 edition (December 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 082122820X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0821228203
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 1.1 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #150,283 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Without exaggeration, this is the best book to date documenting rustic western interiors. The extraordinary Cowboy and Indian memorabilia collections featured in these homes will make you green with envy. Large, beautiful photographs of exceptional Texas homes, no sterile contemporary interiors here. I've always admired Beard and Parsons work, this is the best to date. No disappointments here!
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This hardcover book about Texas homes is fantastic. The photography of both exterior and interior shots of these homes is gorgeous. Whether you appreciate Texas architecture, ranches or modern living, this book covers it all very nicely. Anytime we have out of state guests in town I place this book on the coffee table and it is always read through from front to back. This book would also be a great source of ideas for decorating Texas style!
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I used this book for reference for building a cabin out in the Texas Hill Country. Great source for inspiration.
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I've been looking for a good book on rustic, "Texas" style country homes, and this is it! By far, the best book I've ordered on the subject. Too many "rustic" books are filled with Northern Adirondack homes, or Rocky Mountain log cabins, neither of which applies very well to the South. Great shots that capture the Texas Ranch Style! Highly Recommended!
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Naturally I like this book because it has photos of an art house that I spent months working on. For me it is a lovely photo essay of different styles to help homeowners decide the look they are going after in building or renovating. Many thanks to Amazon for helping me locate this book.
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If you like decorating your space in western,country,or rustic ranch style, Tyler Beard's book is great.He and his wife Theresa had a gift for spotting wonderful things that we can find or closely duplicate. I love this book and never tire of looking thru its pages.
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