Real Homes

Solvi dos Santos, Phyllis Richardson

A refreshingly broad vision of interior design through homes that mirror their owners’ personalities


“Real homes” are a reflection of their owners’ personalities and interests rather than a homage to current trends. In her perceptive photographs, Solvi dos Santos shows a range of living spaces that satisfy fundamental needs but are also private works of beauty and self-expression.

This collection of homes, from a warehouse in Paris to a converted church in the Hudson Valley to a farmhouse in Ibiza, reveal spaces that are original, functional, and aesthetically pleasing. Mixing materials, periods, and styles—country comfort with contemporary, traditional finishes with sleek and modern materials—the spaces communicate an effortless effect and a sense of everyday living. With hundreds of beautiful photographs accompanied by texts by Phyllis Richardson, the book will appeal to everyone who is seeking inspiration to create a home that springs from one’s personal history and taste.


A study on self-expression, offering tips on how to incorporate color and unusual ways of styling rooms.

— The Arizona Republic

A completely original [picture] of what people use to fulfill the fundamental requirements of everyday life, yet while using objects and design that they are still able to cleave to for private beauty and expression.



Solvi dos Santos


Solvi dos Santos is one of the best-known international lifestyle photographers. Her many publications include At Home in Turkey, Contemporary Natural, and The Great Family Wine Estates of France. She lives in Paris.

Phyllis Richardson


Phyllis Richardson is an architecture and design writer who has published numerous books, including Real Homes and Nano House.