Author(s): Gil Schafer, III
In his best-selling first book, Gil Schafer explored the qualities that make a house a home architecture, landscape, and decoration. In his eagerly awaited second book, Schafer shows how traditional and classical principles can blend with a sense of place to create beautifully realized homes in a range of styles, all with the satisfying tensions of fancy and simple, past and present. In part one, Schafer shares his essential tool kit for building a house that succeeds in both craft and emotion: from how to read the landscape to incorporating memory to learning how to balance both fancy and simple elements. In part two, he presents seven homes in depth, including an apartment with a view of Central Park, a hillside cottage in Northern California, an updated Connecticut Colonial on a large farm, an Adirondacks camp on Lake Placid, and a stunning A-frame on the coast of Maine. While each is unique, all the homes are beautifully livable, at ease on the land they occupy, in style, scale, and materials: models that readers will want to emulate in their own homes.
Award-winning architect Gil Schafer III is a leading practitioner of contemporary classical architecture. A member of the AD100, a winner of Veranda s Art of Design Award, and the author of The Great American House, his work has been featured in such publications as Architectural Digest, Elle Decor, Veranda, and the Wall Street Journal. Eric Piasecki s photography is featured regularly in books and magazines including Elle Decor, Architectural Digest, and House Beautiful.