Book Review: The New Shingled House

The-New-Shingled-House-Book-1Earlier this year when we were still wearing coats and layers in New York City, I attended a conversation evening with architects John Ike, Thomas A. Kligerman and Joel Barkley, from which you may remember a few of their insightful nuggets I shared via my Snapchat story. Since then, their stunning book The New Shingled House has been sitting upon my coffee table and I’ve been diving in and out of the book during moments of downtime in my apartment. All summer I’ve been meaning to do a round up post that shares some of my favorite inspirations from the title, so today I’m doing just that. Click through after the jump to see beautiful exteriors and interiors by this talented trio.

The-New-Shingled-House-Book-2Anyone who follows Bright.Bazaar on Instagram will be familiar with my love of shingle houses. The trio brilliantly sum up the popularity of this architectural style: “The American romance with the shingle style has lasted nearly 150 years because it presents, in an understated way, the best of everything. For our firm, it is a spur to creativity, to unorthodox speculation, to finding new answers to old questions, and to opening one’s mind and imagination as well as one’s eyes.”The-New-Shingled-House-Book-3During the conversation evening I attended all those months ago, one of their shared values as a firm really spoke to me: when their clients enter their new home for the first time, they want them to feel as though they have always lived there. This living room from a Block Island home (above) effortlessly marries architectural pieces with laid-back rustic elements that marry to create a timeless and gently elegant coastal space. I could happily move right in!The-New-Shingled-House-Book-4As well as this stunning Block Island property, The New Shingled House also features projects located throughout other fabled seaside resorts of New England – Martha’s Vineyard, Watch Hill and the Hamptons, as well as in California and the Carolinas.The-New-Shingled-House-Book-5One such Californian property is this home in Point Loma – and it’s a colorful treat! The bedrooms were papered in their own colorful grass cloth to give a unique identity to each, while also speaking to the hues used in other parts of the home. Above you can see this in action with the blue of the grass cloth speaking to the Mexican concrete tile in the en suite bathroom beyond the bedroom.The-New-Shingled-House-Book-6Here’s more of that amazing and totally #MakeYouSmileStyle Mexican tile – LOVE!The-New-Shingled-House-Book-7As well as inspiring interior details, the book is also full of inspiring architectural features, such as this continuous wall of windows in the master bedroom of a Southhampton beach house.The-New-Shingled-House-Book-8As you can tell from the synergy in color palette, this playroom is in the same Southampton property as the master bedroom I just shared. Being adjacent to all the bedrooms it was designed to be a casual and comfortable space for the entire family to relax in. I love how the subtle stripe detail introduced via the carpet is softly accented in the pillows. Have you read this book? Do you like shingle houses? What’s catching your eye from my favorite interior and exteriors in the book?The-New-Shingled-House-Book-9 // Photography by William Waldron, Peter Aaron and Matthew Millman | Published with permission from The Monacelli Press


  • Reply Drea August 11, 2016 at 11:42 pm

    American Dream! Great pictures!

    • Reply Will @ Bright.Bazaar August 11, 2016 at 11:59 pm

      @Drea – Haha, that’s so true! Total dream houses right here! 🙂

  • Reply Janet August 11, 2016 at 11:50 pm

    I don’t know where to start Will! What a beautiful book. I love how you shared both the outside of the houses and the interiors with us. The bedroom with those endless windows are a highlight!

  • Reply Tom August 11, 2016 at 11:57 pm

    The blue tiles

  • Reply Alicia Hay August 11, 2016 at 11:58 pm

    I would move into that living room with you!!! 🙂

  • Reply mary beth August 12, 2016 at 7:42 am

    You can’t wrong with a good spindle chair and the rug underneath is awesome too!

  • Reply Erik August 12, 2016 at 12:01 pm

    Such a great review and what a way to enjoy the last bit of Summer! 🙂 TY!

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