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Santa Fe Style Hardcover – April 15, 1993

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Christine Mather is former curator of Spanish Colonial Art at the Museum of New Mexico in Santa Fe and the author of Baroque to Folk: de lo Barroco o lo Popular and Colonial Frontiers: Art and Life in Spanish New Mexico, as well as articles in numerous periodicals, including Antiques. She lives in Santa Fe.

Sharon Woods is a designer and partner in Robert A. Woods Construction, which has built and renovated many Santa Fe homes. She is active in Santa Fe design circles, and is a member of the Historic Design Review Board. Her 1983 restoration of the Professor J. A. Wood home won the Historical Society of New Mexico Award. She lives in Santa Fe.

Paul Hardy was formerly art director of Attenzione magazine and has been a leading editorial and book designer for many years. His book designs include Pierre Deux's French Country. Jack Parsons, a Santa Fe resident, is a film maker and photographer, whose work has been included in Cowboy and New Mexico USA. Robert Reck is a leading architectural photographer in New Mexico who has been published in many magazines.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli (April 15, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847807347
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847807345
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 10.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #997,773 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Santa Fe decorating style is an inviting decor which overlaps several regions with warmth and a comfort feeling. Although this book, SANTA FE STYLE, has an inviting cover and beautiful color photographs, it is filled with black and white photos of interiors as well...too many for the cost of this book. Overall has a "dated" look to it, oversized fonts and poor use of white space, and photos are often lost in the center bindings...all a major distraction to this book. Consider Mexican Country Style by Witnyski & Carr.
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Expected far more architectural and design illustrations from this book. It is 70% concerned with cultural interior design, furnishings and decoration. Only a small chapter devoted to the "Santa Fe Style home." It is a high quality book but not at all what I was looking for.
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By A Customer on August 14, 2002
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The book was just what I was looking for, history of the Santa Fe style and great ideas for the adobe home I am planning on building in New Mexico. I have the plans, and needed the details, ideas for windows, corbels, portales, carving on the wood work, etc,etc. I came away with a whole notebook full of ideas! It is a beautiful book with over 450 gorgeous photos. Chock full of interior and exterior decorator ideas.
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The books Santa Fe Style and Santa Fe Houses by Christine Mather and Sharon Woods are beautifully photographed and produced and a joy to read and study if you would like to create your own Santa Fe style no matter where you live.
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Format: Hardcover
This book is a good introduction to the Santa Fe Style, and covers all aspects of it from historical to the present. There are lots of great colour photo's and lots of old B&W photo's also. I just bought the book for information on the famous Boulder House, but after reading it I came away with more of an appreciation of the architecture, interiors, and culture of Santa Fe.
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As you can tell from my many previous reviews, we're serious fans of the Arts & Crafts and Mission design sense. However, bungalows and cabins largely were built for a different climate than the desert southwest; much as I love the Gamble House, it probably won't work here in the Phoenix area.

We've been working with an architect on the design for our renovation. After quite a bit of discussion, we all concluded that Santa Fe style is the appropriate intersection of the Arts & Crafts with southwest designs: exposed wood, natural elements, and artisanal handmade touches (such as rugs and pottery). As a result, I took this book out of the library as inspiration, so that I could better envision what the architect was talking about. ("How about we put in a wood beam at the top of the wall here...?")

And... the book is okay. It certainly has encouraged conversations ("Honey, do you think THIS is pretty? Do you think it'd work for us?"), and it's lovely for page-flipping (oh, look at the Indian beadwork! what a gorgeous backyard!). I like it.

But the book was designed more as a celebration of the _style_ of Santa Fe than its architecture. The photos are attractive, but laid out more for the book designer's sense of visual balance than any sense of architectural detail. That's reflected in chapter headings: Santa Fe setting; Pure and simple; Along the Santa Fe Trail; and so on.

The explanatory text for each photo is introductory; I didn't learn much, but then I don't expect that from books like this.

Still: It's a nice coffee-table book, worth flipping through at least once.
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A Real good book if you like to culture and relax-yourself into these peaceful older ways of living , it has a lot of basic illustrations with teachings of the Southwestern living and southwestern cultural fusion.
A great book to own !
I recommend it for architects like me!
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By Sarah L. on December 25, 2013
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Love this book-beautiful photos and interesting writing as well. I learned about vigas,latillas, and bancos, all which are part of the adobe, southwestern style. I would recommend this book if you like anything Southwestern.
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