The Design of a Country Estate: Purple Cherry Architects & Interiors

Gibbs Smith. Jul. 2024. 224p. ISBN 9781423665885. $50. INTERIOR DESIGN
This elegant architecture book is not only a delightful visual treat, but it’s also filled with descriptions about how the featured Centreville, MD, country coastal estate developed and why the design choices were made. This all adds up to an enhanced reading experience and tour. Luxury residential architect Cherry summarizes the massive design undertakings by giving insight into the resident’s and her firm’s ideas and influences, along with the practical choices made as they considered functionality and form. Each area of the estate—the main house, the guesthouse, four full kitchens, 13 en suite bedrooms, and seven other structures—gets a rundown of details, along with an analysis of how the estate can evolve in the future. Gorgeous photography showcases it all. The author makes a point to emphasize the skilled workers’ involvement with the design creations as well.
VERDICT This enjoyable coffee-table book, great for perusing and adding to collection displays, is a diverting read for a quick trip to a beautiful home and surrounding buildings. In some ways, this book is a more in-depth and expansive version of an enjoyable TV show about luxury homes without the nitty-gritty construction details.
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