Sarah reads house books

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‘Converted Into Houses’ book

Published February 23, 2012 by housecrazy

I have a fascination – nay, obsession – with structures that were built for different (usually commercial) uses, that have now been converted into residential spaces. (As evident in my Friday blog series: Rezoned and Repurposed).

So when I found a book called “Converted Into Houses” on, I had to purchase it. Nevermind that it was published a year before I was born (1976!) and is, understandably, dated.

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Fine book about Napa Valley homes

Published February 18, 2012 by housecrazy

Everyone knows that Napa Valley, California is home to some fine wines. And it makes sense that it is also home to some fine estates.

In their book Napa Valley Style (2003), Kathryn Masson and Steven Brooks take us on a delightful tour of some extraordinary homes around the storied vineyard region.

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Antiquing today… looky what I found!

Published February 11, 2012 by housecrazy

My kids were nice enough to let me go antiquing today in Florence Colorado – a small town about ten minutes from where I live. Florence is known as The Antique Capitol of Colorado.

There are about a dozen antique stores and emporiums along Main street and over the years I have found many treasures there – some that I could afford to buy, and many things that I had to pass up.

Today I found a May 1943 copy of The American Home magazine – for only $4.00! (Though the original price of the magazine was apparently 15 cents!)

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Great book on old houses!

Published February 9, 2012 by housecrazy

I just finished reading the most amazing book!

It was about old houses and it was titled: Old Houses

Go figure.

Actually, the complete title is: Old Houses – A National Trust for Historic Preservation Book

This large coffee-table style book is beautifully written by someone who is clearly versed in old houses. The photography is absolutely stunning.

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