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Santa Fe Houses Hardcover – April 30, 2002

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Santa Fe-style decorating is a coast-to-coast trend. Hundreds of thousands have scoured Christine Mather?s previous books, eager to incorporate Santa Fe design elements into their own homes. Now, in Santa Fe Houses, Mather combines concrete and practical home-decorating suggestions with the beautiful photographs of her longtime collaborator, Jack Parsons, creating an invaluable guide for anyone interested in building, decorating, or remodeling a home in Santa Fe style.

Santa Fe Houses draws inspiration from the four traditional Native American elements?fire, earth, water, and air?and shows how they can be used to wonderful effect in kitchens and dining rooms, entry-ways and living rooms, bedrooms, bathrooms, porches, and patios. Along the way, Mather showcases furniture, rugs, lighting, hardware, tiles, shutters, and other expressions of the Santa Fe look, and ends with a comprehensive directory of sources.

About the Author

CHRISTINE MATHER’s other books include Santa Fe Christmas, True West, and Native America: Arts, Traditions, and Celebrations. She lives, not surprisingly, in Santa Fe.

JACK PARSONS has documented the American Southwest in film and photographs for more than 25 years.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Potter Style; 1st edition (April 30, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0609606476
  • ISBN-13: 978-0609606476
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 0.9 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #789,427 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on May 6, 2002
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This is a gorgeous book with amazing glossy pictures on every page.
After a visit to Santa Fe I got this book for my Mother. I thought that it would be a lovely Mother's Day gift.
There are 240 pages- and page 241 through 248 is the Santa Fe Directory.
Included in the directory are all types of companies relating to the home- and their addresses and phone numbers-such as: Adobe and Construction Companies, fireplace companies, wood product companies, decorative details, antique door companies, lighting companies, tile companies, and so on. Also in an index of Santa Fe bookshops, Santa Fe food stores, and Santa Fe plants and pots stores.
And 7 home preservation organizations are listed- with their address and phone numbers.
The chapters are divided into 4 categories: Earth, Fire, Water and Air.
In the Earth section:
Color: Native colors of the Earth
Season: Winter
Place: Pueblo
Rooms: Entryways and Salas
Collecting: Native American Art
In the Fire section:
Color: Santa Fe Red
Season: Fall/ Harvest
Place: The Hearth
RRooms: Kitchens and Dining Rooms
Collecting: Devotional Art
In the Water section:
Color: Taos Blue
Season: Spring
Place: Rivers and Acequias
Rooms: Bedrooms and Baths
Collecting: Ethnic Arts
In the Air section:
Color: Pink
Season: Summer
Place: Gardens
Rooms: Portals and Courtyards
Collecting: Garden Art
Within these categories are gorgeous photos of each type of theme. Fountains are one of the items featured in the water section.
Pictures of beautiful interior Santa Fe fireplaces are featured in the fire section, and so on.
I highly recommend this book. It is a lovely big coffee table book with incredible photos.
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We are building a 4000 sq. foot straw bale home in Oakville, Ontario Canada in an adobe style. There is NOTHING in Ontario to act as inspiration and we must rely on our numerous trips to New Mexico and Arizona to inspire us in the design of our home. This book had some lovely photos that got our imaginations stirred so we would recommend it to others in our circumstance. A good book if you need inspiration and you're miles away from the southwest. Most of the photographs are well shot and beautiful. It is amongst the many books we've ordered from this site and is one of the biggest, thankfully.
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We just built a house in Santa Fe, and used this book for inspiration throughout the process. It is not a "decorator" type book, but includes many creatively adapted houses and rooms, all beautifully photographed. Some other books of this genre focus on multi-million dollar houses. This one includes historical photos and highlights some of the fun, quirky ideas that make this "The City Different." Be aware that some of the businesses and products listed may be out of date. However, the photos are not - it is still a great reference for Santa Fe style.
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I was looking forward to receiving this book, as I loved Mather's first book Santa Fe Style. But this 'update' was disappointingly old-fashioned. We found ourselves asking, "Who would decorate their home like that?" We live in Santa Fe, a vibrant community full of creative people who decorate with enthusiasm and flair. It would be fun for someone to capture this in photos. Unfortunately, this book falls short of this goal.
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This is an awesome book for displaying on your coffee table. The pictures are gorgeous and very colorful. Visitors in my home always enjoy looking at it.
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i redid my whole house using this book and my sweat saved me hundreds of dollars and i love the house soooo much now..this book is a keeper
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Wonderful. They are not all mansions, not all ethnic, just so well and individually done. I keep it on my coffee table with others in the same genre` and my guests have trouble putting it down.

Great!
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I am moving to Santa Fe soon, and Christine Mather's Santa Fe Houses is my Bible for decorating. It is a wonderful book filled with beautiful pictures of real Santa Fe homes. I would recommend it to anyone interested in this kind of decor.
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