The Storybookers Library is a growing list of architecture-related books we've found to be particularly good—some for the writing, some for the photography, many for both. Most are not about storybook style in particular, but then we've yet to meet a storybook fan whose interests don't extend to other styles, to building, renovation or preservation issues, etc. We've provided a brief summary beside each book. This list will be updated frequently, and arranged by category as the number of entries grows. Clicking on a cover image will take you to the same book on amazon.com.



Storybook Style: America's Whimsical Homes of the Twenties

Storybook Style: America's Whimsical Homes of the Twenties is the only book we know to be devoted entirely to storybook architecture. Written by Arrol Gellner and photographed by Douglas Keister, the book briefly details the history of the style, and contains many beautiful pictures. This should be the first volume in any storybook library. Click the cover at left to find the book on amazon.com.








Tudor Style: Tudor Revival Houses in America from 1890 to the Present

Tudor Style: Tudor Revival Houses in America from 1890 to the Present is a book very like Storybook Style, but with a focus on Tudor rather than storybook structures. Architecturally, Tudor is the closest style to storybook, and some even consider storybook to be a sub-style of Tudor. Click the cover at left to find the book on amazon.com.









Cottages by the Sea: The Handmade Homes of Carmel, America's First Artist Community

Cottages by the Sea: The Handmade Homes of Carmel, America's First Artist Community focuses on homes of various styles in Carmel (aka Carmel-by-the-Sea), California. Many gorgeous buildings are featured, including several storybooks. Click the cover at left to find the book on amazon.com.










A Field Guide to American Houses is an easy-to-use and informative guide to identifying the major architectural styles found in American homes built between 1600 and the present. Visually oriented, with a huge number of black-and-white photos and many drawings. Several quick-reference keys near the front of the book aid quick lookups. When you need a book that answers the question "What style is that home, and when was it built?"—and answers it fast—this is the book you want beside you. Click the cover at left to find the book on amazon.com.






The Elements of Style: An Encyclopedia of Domestic Architectural Detail (revised and expanded edition)

The Elements of Style: An Encyclopedia of Domestic Architectural Detail (revised and expanded edition) is an excellent one-volume reference to those major architectural styles which have had the greatest influence on American and British residential interiors. Over 3,000 drawings and 1,400 photos (hundreds of these in color) illustrate prime examples from the past 500 years. Click the cover at left to find the book on amazon.com.







Room Redux: The Home Decorating Workbook

Room Redux: The Home Decorating Workbook is a friendly, step-by-step introduction to interior decorating. Topics covered include color, fabrics, furniture, lighting, window treatments, flooring, walls, art, and architectural details. An essential volume with no splashy photos, but plenty of solid decorating savvy. Click the cover at left to find the book on amazon.com.









Bungalow Colors: Exteriors

Bungalow Colors: Exteriors offers excellent advice to those interested in giving their homes a "period look" exterior. Ideal for both the purist and the old-house aficionado more interested in coming up with a custom color scheme that conveys period "flavor" without strict historical accuracy. The focus here is on Craftsman-era homes of the early 1900s, but this volume's advice, color charts, and before-and-after photos make it useful to a broad range of period homeowners. Click the cover at left to find the book on amazon.com.







Courtyard Housing in Los Angeles

Courtyard Housing in Los Angeles (fifth edition) is the most comprehensive study we've seen of residential courtyard architecture in the Los Angeles area. Most of these structures were built in the 1920s-1930s (there's even a one-photo cameo appearance by Disney Court), and many are still standing today. Numerous black-and-white photos, and a good number of drawings. A real find for courtyard fans—particularly those living in or planning to visit Los Angeles. Click the cover at left to find the book on amazon.com.






Courtyards: Aesthetic, Social, and Thermal Delight

Courtyards: Aesthetic, Social, and Thermal Delight offers an in-depth examination of courtyards. Many black-and-white photos and drawings, and a lesser number of color photos. The focus here is on such things as courtyard orientation and proportion, solar exposure, and temprature ranges. More for those planning to build (or buy) a courtyard—architects, planners, and designers, etc.—than for those in search of artful photos. Somewhat technical at times, and a bit pricey—but there's nothing else quite like it. Click the cover at left to find the book on amazon.com.





At Home with Books: How Booklovers Live with and Care for Their Libraries

At Home with Books: How Booklovers Live with and Care for Their Libraries is a volume for those with many volumes in their homes. One can never have too many books, of course—but it's quite possible to have too little space in which to put them. This book features lovely photos of personal collections kept in homes ranging from apartments to castles, interspersed with chapters on such topics as: starting, organizing, and lighting a library; bookplates; bookbinding; library ladders; and book preservation. Click the cover at left to find the book on amazon.com.





Writers' Houses

Writers' Houses offers an intimate look inside (and outside) the homes of twenty famous authors. Though the writers themselves have now passed on, this volume's gorgeous photos illustrate the places where inspiration was transformed into words enjoyed by millions. The homes themselves range from quaint to palatial. Accompanying text provides background on the houses and their literary occupants. Click the cover at left to find the book on amazon.com.





Writers' Houses

American Writers at Home is very much like Writers' Houses—in fact, the two books have the same photographer. The focus here is on the homes of famous American authors of the past, and this volume's pages offer an intimate look both inside and out. Accompanying text provides background on the houses and their literary occupants. There is a bit of overlap with the authors covered in Writers' Houses, but the photos and text are considerably different, and a fan of one volume will certainly enjoy the other as well. Click the cover at left to find the book on amazon.com.





The Most Beautiful Libraries in the World

The Most Beautiful Libraries in the World is a stunningly photographed tome featuring magnificent examples of just that—the most beautiful libraries in the world. A brief-but-detailed history of each library is also included. The youngest institution here—the New York Public Library—opened its doors in 1911; the oldest date back to the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. Click the cover at left to find the book on amazon.com.














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