While little details of the real world often inspire fantasy stories, in the case of storybook architecture, a reverse process of sorts occurred. The designers took inspiration from the medieval era and fused it with the fantastic to create dwellings that look as though they sprang to life from the pages of a fairy tale.
In the 1920s, a development of unique cottage-like homes known as Hollywoodland, helped this style catch on. In the years following, certain architects specialized in this sort of building, developing a distinct storybook appeal in the homes they designed. The unusual architecture of the era still attracts attention, and many appreciate its beauty and charm enough to build similar houses of their own.
These storybook dwellings convey a sense of age, even when newly constructed. They’re rich in detail, whimsical, and full of charm. The setting and landscape are an important part of the design, frequently the houses are surrounded by lush gardens that enhance the fairy tale feel. In addition, the materials used mimic those of times past–leaded windows, stucco and timbering, cedar shingles, and so forth.
You can see some examples below:
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The following homes were designed by a modern-day architectural company that specializes in this style, Storybook Homes:
These lovely dwellings aside, what are some other ways speculative fiction and imagination have influenced the real world?