Do you know the difference between Spanish Colonial and Spanish Colonial Revival design? Spanish Colonial architecture and design is “marked by the contrast between the simple, solid construction demanded by the new environment and the Baroque ornamentation exported from Spain.” ¹ Spanish Colonial Revival architecture and design is an updated version (circa 1920’s to 1930’s) of Spanish Colonial and utilizes copious amounts of plaster, clay tiles, terracotta, iron trim, double-hung windows and balconies.² Both include dark woods, in architectural elements like beams and window frames and in furniture, ornate and large scale accessories like vases and chandeliers, and a mixture of tile, stucco and brick. These homes are massively popular and are undergoing renovations and modernizations in huge numbers. Making this the third go-around of one of my absolute favorite styles of design.
Ok, that makes me sound a wee bit like a professor. Why am I taking the time to explain? Because it’s SPANISH COLONIAL (REVIVAL) week on Honeysuckle Life! In case you couldn’t tell, me so excited. First up, this gorgeous home owned by Diane Keaton. It’s made round after round of decor blogs since it was featured in Architectural Digest four years ago. But it’s the quintessential Spanish Colonial Revival home.
Architecture by Ralph Flewelling
Architectural and Interior Design by Stephen Shadley
¹ “Spanish Colonial Architecture.” Wikipedia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spanish_Colonial_architecture. Accessed 19 July 2012.
² “Spanish Colonial Revival Architecture.” Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spanish_Colonial_Revival. Accessed 19 July 2012.