Richard Olsen, Venice local, friend of Surfing Cowboys and formerly the architecture editor at Architectural Digest has just released Handmade Houses, A Century of Earth-Friendly Home Design. Stunning photography by Lucy Goodhart and Kodiak Greenwood combine with Olsens heart-felt insight to prompt our prediction that this release will become the go-to reference on hand built homes. Filled with 239 pages of inspiration, cunning insight and practical commentary, as well as a three page bibliography, there's no shortage of content here. Our personal, early release copy, has found a home on our bedside table; and because it resonates like a great glass of red wine but the heart-touching warmth lasts a whole lot longer it has also become our hostess gift of the season. Whether you're actually thinking of building a home of this unique from the heart aesthetic or just like to set your imagination dreaming of creative, outside the box modes of living, this glorious hardback Rizzoli publication is a must have that won't disappoint. Purchasing it as a gift? Please note that at your request we offer gift wrap of your purchase in our traditional brown-paper and twine and will ship it to your choice destination. This publication is currently on back order. Please contact us and we will be happy to put your name on the list when tey arrive in January.