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The Tropical Modern House

This seems like it has been an exceptionally long Winter, and these continually cold early Spring days certainly have one yearning for tropical climes. Of course one would want the dreamiest of homes to help set the stage for one’s getaway, and this brings me to the exquisite new Rizzoli book, “The Tropical Modern House,” by Raul A. Barreneche. It’s a beautifully photographed volume, and includes a spectacular survey of modern houses that embrace the idea of indoor/outdoor living.

Casa Kimball - photos by Paul Warchol

Casa Kimball - photos by Paul Warchol

One house in particular featured in this marvelous book stands out—Casa Kimball in the Dominican Republic—the result of a fortuitous collaboration between my super chic friend Spencer Kimball and his brilliant New York based architect Jasmit Rangr. You may recall the series of posts we made a while back documenting our beyond fabulous stay there.

At Casa Kimball

It’s rare that one comes across a place that is so perfect on every level, and I’m including a few images for those who may have missed our write up. Until such time as you can visit Casa Kimball yourself, I’m sure Barreneche’s new book will provide you with ample vicarious inspiration, and perhaps it will take a little bit of the chill out of these early Spring days!


  1. wendy says:

    Beautiful…ready to pack!

  2. Dean says:


    Great book! You look so relaxed!


  3. Guillaume says:

    Absolutely gorgeous!

  4. fran says:

    The house of the future generations!

  5. Colette says:

    super chic…love the idea of uber modern arch on the islands…in the right hands its brilliant. xc

  6. Emily says:

    I am fascinated by you. Your sight came up when I was searching for a Steel Frances Elkins Chair for work. I started reading your blog and am absolutely fascinated. Good job at… living.

  7. James Andrew says:

    Hello Emily,

    How fantastic!

    Thank you for your fabtastic words and feedback – so looking forward to your continued support and enthusiasm.



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