Shades of Brown

  • New York City Castle in the Bronx: Stairway

    The historic Riverdale estate was purchased in 2004 for $1.8 million and given a complete interior restoration.   See the Image

  • AOL Co-Founder Marc Seriff's Texas Mansion

    The waterfront home, which was built in 1997, has dark cabinets with marble countertops that add rustic Texas charm to the cozy, no-frills kitchen. It's also outfitted with a Viking range and…   See the Image

  • AOL Co-Founder Marc Seriff's Texas Mansion: game Room

    The game room in the sprawling 11,761-square-foot home includes a billiards table, full bar and a spacious entertainment area perfect for movie night, which Seriff no doubt enjoyed when he retired to…   See the Image

  • AOL Co-Founder Marc Seriff's Texas Mansion: Den

    The Internet mogul no doubt kicked back to relax in this inviting family room and den, which has a built-in entertainment center made of rich brown woodwork that appears throughout the home.   See the Image

  • AIA Home Tour 2013, Marin Edition: The Shack

    A weekend getaway in Ross went from "meh" to "yeah!" with a renovation that uncovered Douglas fir beams, redwood walls and a Sonoma stone fireplace. Out went the walls, in came a…   See the Image

  • Shingle Style Book: Blake House

    "To me, they are the most iconic image of home," says Lucia Howard of Ace Architects and co-author of Shingle Style: Living in San Francisco’s Brown Shingles. "There's something primeval and…   Read the Article

  • Shingle Style: Wooden You Love to Live Here?

    If Mother Nature lived in a house, she'd choose one of these: An amazing array of Berkeley-area homes built to blend in, beautifully, with the world around them.   See the Gallery

  • Shingle Style: The Artistic Life

    "There was no TV, there were no computers," says Lucia Howard. "These people created their own diversions." Everyday spaces featured classical details and easily transformed into…   See the Image

  • Shingle Style: An Illusion of Age

    Carrigan House, also on the book's cover, was built in 1892, but the architect, Ernest Coxhead, included touches — a purposely bowed roof, ersatz add-ons — to make this uniquely American structure…   See the Image

  • Shingle Style: An Architectural Conversation

    In the background, the Coxhead-designed Van Sant House from 1906; in the foreground, Roger Lee’s modernist Stromberg House, built in 1966 in the Second Bay Region style, an imitation and…   See the Image