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Curves & Color: A Straw Bale Home in Northern California

In an audacious and healing feat, a single woman builds a feminine and earthy straw bale house on raw, remote land in northern California.

A graceful curve meets California blue sky.
Photography By Matt Lankes
This fanciful wrought-iron gate announces the entrance to “Oasis Ranch.”
Photography By Matt Lankes
Linda’s light-suffused bedroom opens onto a colorful garden.
Photography By Matt Lankes
The curves of this handmade home honor the surrounding landscape of rolling hills.
Photography By Matt Lankes
An antique Chinese decorative piece and a hand-painted silk banner, which shows the sacred geometry of the chakras, mark the altar corner.
Photography By Matt Lankes
The arched roof above Linda’s bedroom and the curved, gravel bag wall embrace the native garden and outdoor spa.
Photography By Matt Lankes
Hand-made pillows from various California artists line the bay window in Linda’s art studio.
Photography By Matt Lankes
Fulfilling a dream of Linda’s, dried flowers hang from recycled timber in the dining room.
Photography By Matt Lankes
A wood-burning stove nestles in the curve of a cob wall. The arched shape helps disburse heat into the living room.
Photography By Matt Lankes
Travertine and sustainably harvested maple grace the kitchen countertops.
Photography By Matt Lankes
Slants of sunlight grace the large tub accented in brass.
Photography By Matt Lankes
Linda in her outdoor spa. The vintage tub sits in front of a gravel bag wall painted with an iron-based fertilizer and water.
Photography By Matt Lankes
Linda shaped her own art nouveau designs from clay.
Photography By Matt Lankes
A graceful curve meets California blue sky.
Illustration By Gayle Ford


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