The Galleries at Sollano 28 to Host Book Signing

By Ellen Ruben

An exciting new photo book on Texas houses has just arrived in San Miguel. Written by award winning interior designer, author, and San Miguel resident Cyndy Severson, the new book, Hill Country Houses – Inspired Living in a Legendary Texas Landscape, presents architectural design from Mission to Modern. The book showcases 19 private homes designed by Texas architects working in the area known as the “Hill Country,” renowned for its rolling hills, limestone bluffs, flowing rivers, and fertile soil. This area also boasts some of the best examples of historic buildings from the 17th through the 19th centuries, built by the first settlers from Europe, who came to Texas as pioneers. Severson shows how these early structures continue to inform and inspire architects today with their common sense design and use of natural materials.

Book Signing
Sun, Feb1, 1-4 pm
The Galleries at Sollano 28
Diez de Sollano 28
Books will be available for purchase
US dollars or pesos, no credit cards

The book’s stunning photography celebrates the landscape as well as the houses, and surprises the reader with its diversity of design styles. It is a real privilege to have a view into these homes that most people would never get to see. Four of the houses in the book are recent design award winners and one iconic ranch house won an American Institute of Architects award many years ago and still retains its ageless beauty. Severson’s deft narrative leads you through the history of the region, from the Spanish Colonial days to the present, emphasizing how the different styles and eras have many common design elements.

Severson, a five-generation Texan, knows her subject well, having lived and worked in the area for most of her life. Her timeless interiors for residential and hotel/resort communities show a love for regional influences and a reverence for the landscape. She has written about architecture, design, travel, and life-style for many publications and she continues to celebrate and nurture architects and craftsman in Texas and Mexico through her writing and designs.

For a first-time look at Hill Country Houses, the Galleries at Sollano 28 will host a book signing on Sunday afternoon, February 1, from 1:00pm to 4:00pm in San Miguel’s historic Centro. The author will be present to sign the book.

If you have not visited Sollano 28, this is your chance to meet the two Spanish designers who are manufacturing their creations with Mexican craftsmen. Tao Studio features the contemporary designs of Miguel Arregui: lighting, furniture, and unique artifacts, exquisitely executed. The Marquesa de Mancera Collection of handcrafted and painted furniture, lighting, and objects is designed by Marina Fernandez de Cordova and is inspired by European antiques. Also exhibited are paintings of three Mexican artists: Marilo Carral, Beatriz Castañeda, and Marisa Boullosa. Both galleries are unique and complement one another in an historic house.


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