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Inspiration: Ranch House Style by Katherine Ann Samon

November 9, 2009

As with most things in my life, I started at the library. Ranch House Style introduced me to the 19th-century history of the working ranch house, with its exterior corredor and outdoor living spaces. More impressively, though, author Katherine Ann Samon and photographer Edmund Barr featured ranch houses that had been updated without losing the essential aspects that make ranch houses so attractive, like access to the outdoors and open floor plans.

Architect Lee F. Mindel’s North Sea weekend house. I love the airy color palette.

Cynthia Rowley and Bill Keenan’s South Fork beach house, built by Donald Deskey in 1932. The sliding multi-panel front door pushes away so that the living room is completely open to the outdoors.

Rowley and Keenan’s beach house with the sliding door closed.

Another view of Rowley and Keenan’s beach house.

Cee Scott Brown’s Sag Harbor weekend house. A little too Asian-influenced for my taste, with the pendant and Noguchi lantern, but I love the colors and materials, not to mention the Hans Wegner Wishbone chairs.

Another view of Brown’s home.

More information
Ranch House Style by Katherine Ann Samon
Photographs by Edmund Barr
Published by Clarkson Potter Publishers 2003

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