On the to-do list: spend a few leisurely hours pouring over Kathryn Ireland's new book, Creating a Home. The designer's latest title highlights in detail her restoration of the Wallace Neff–designed Libbey Ranch in Ojai, California.
I think many design enthusiasts and Ireland fans really fell for the house and stables when the estate was photographed by Thibault Jeanson for Vogue Living, 2007. Now, with the release of the book, we get to see the home from many more beautiful angles, gain an in-depth understanding of Ireland's inspiration, and learn the history of Neff's project.
Because the ranch is often described as representing down-to-earth grandeur, I've been thinking a lot about the welcoming quality seen in all of Ireland's work. Her rooms seem simpatico with everything late-1960s Vogue editors recommended for gracious living -- their approach to creating a home. There must be a blog post in that somewhere. So, I'm off to hit the books, comparing Vogue's vintage criteria for a well-mannered home with every attribute of the Libbey Ranch. Be back soon with a peek inside.