I recently read a lovely new ‘coffee table’ book “Hill Country Houses, Inspired Living in a Legendary Texas Landscape”. The book is by author Cyndy Severson, an Interior Designer, who splits her time between Texas and Mexico. It is filled with wonderful photos of homes in and around Austin, in the area known as the “Hill Country”.
The book is rich with room and detail photos, the majority of which I had not seen before in magazines or blogs. It was really refreshing to see gorgeous interior and exterior photos of grand and small homes all with a unique architectural point of view.
Note: All photos courtesy of the Monticello Press
The best takeaway from the book for me, beyond the amazing pictures, was a very enjoyable read through the history of the architecture of the area. I am not from Texas, so understanding the roots of Hill Country architecture was all new to me.
The book is broken into four style influences:
1) Spanish Colonial – influenced by the style of the missions in and around the San Antonio
2) Northern European Influence- architecture from the settlers of the area, predominately Germans
3) O’Neil Ford’s Legacy- The style and reach of architect O’Neil Ford, who focused on pure and simple design for longevity.
4) Modernists & Renegades- a focus on modern design, especially in the Austin area, as younger, ‘hip’ families migrate to the area.