Hi sweet reader, I hope you’ve had a wonderful couple of weeks. My biggest news: I had the house all to myself while Lily and her Dad went to the Bahamas for her Spring Break. It was rainy and cold here in California, which turned out to be the perfect climate to deep dive down some creative rabbit holes. I can count the times on one hand that I’ve been alone in my house for 24 hours or more since becoming a mother. As much as I cherish that role, I also really loved the time to myself. Initially, there was a inner battle – productivity vs hedonism. Ultimately, I found the sweet spot with a little of both 🙂 

Happy Weekend!

xo

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Over the past several years, I’ve developed a fondness for Spanish style architecture. What I realized as I was collecting images for this post, is that this style has many names – Mediterranean, Hacienda, Italian and probably more, But to be technical, what I’m referring to is called Spanish Revival and has a historical significance as to how and why it became popular in the US, There are also many adaptations to this style of architecture. Around here, I’ve noticed new homes being built with roots in the Spanish Revival style, but often are enormous, watered down versions and lose the charm that the smaller scale homes have. Here are the most distinctive features and what I love about this architectural style:

  1. White Stucco Exterior

Spanish Revival - Modern Exterior

Spanish Revival - Modern Gate and Entry Garden

Spanish Revival Architecture - Exterior and Landscaping

Spanish Revival Architecture - Door and Entry

2. Arches

Spanish Revival Architecture - arches and beams

Spanish Revival Architecture - Arches and Metal windows

3. Beams

Modern Spanish Revival

Spanish Revival Elements - beams, metal windows, plaster walls

Spanish Revival Architecture

4. Large Scale Metal Divided Light Windows

5. Courtyards

Modern Spanish Revival - outdoor living spaces

As you can see repeated in many of the above photos, other key features include tile roof, iron work in railings, lighting and furniture, big fireplaces,

 

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