As I collected up the fabric samples, pleased with my selections of honey-hued herringbone, rustic linens and cinnamon ticking, my eyes strayed to a gorgeous book on my work table. Lent by a kind new client, it had called to me more than once this week.
FROM THE LAND: The Architecture of Backen, Gillam & Kroeger is an inspiring tour of sun-drenched farmhouses, wineries, ranches and retail establishments in California and beyond. Principal architect Howard Backen is renowned for his ability to frame fantastic natural vistas with built elements at the point where structure meets the land.
Bracken has mastered the understated luxury of casual elegance. His work is beloved by many, including film director Nancy Meyers, known as much for her movies' interiors as the movies themselves. FROM THE LAND's forward is written by Meyer's friend Diane Keaton, shown here on the now-famous kitchen set of their movie Something's Gotta Give.