I am sure it is abundantly clear that I have a love for beautiful books, especially ones that are about houses. I particularly like books on privately owned houses (especially ones in Europe), as they provide a portrait of the architecture, interiors, landscape, and inhabitants that would normally not be revealed to the public.
Many of the houses have the coats of arms from the family who built the house carved right into the architecture. I was particularly taken with the Queensberry coat of arms from the castle of Drumlanrig – note the winged heart, which appears in the house both inside and out. This image is not from the book (I could not find a digital image of the winged heart from the book, although there are several lovely examples in the book itself).
Images (except as noted) and courtesy copy of The Scottish Country House provided by The Vendome Press.
2012 books on my Christmas list:
2011 books on my Christmas list:
Small art, perfect for special, one of a kind holiday gifts or hostess gifts!
To see design, architecture, art, and decorative books that I recommend, please visit the Things That Inspire Amazon store (newly updated!).
To subscribe to my blog by email, click here.
To follow my blog on Facebook, click here.
Twitter: @TTIBlog Instagram: http://followgram.me/ttiblog/modal
Visit my online store, Quatrefoil Design: www.quatrefoildesign.bigcartel.com