Announcing the August 2018 Release of.....


Living Beneath the Colorado Peaks: The Story of Knapp Ranch - A Vision of Architectural Design and Land Stewardship.

Vail, Colorado Release: August 31, 2018

Published by Knapp Press I Distributed by Gibbs-Smith

Text by Sarah Chase Shaw I Photography by Todd Winslow Pierce

Hardcover I $70.00 I 288 pages I 200 photos

Living Beneath the Colorado Peaks tells the true story of Betsy and Bud Knapp, former original owners and publishers of Architectural Digest and Bon Appetit magazines, and their pursuit of a dream to live in a remote valley in the Rocky Mountains. Delving into natural and cultural history of the region and its influence on the architecture and interior design of the magnificent complex of buildings, the book covers a range of subjects that will be helpful to anyone interested in learning more about Colorado and the American West. Through text and photographs, the book details the following concepts:

  • The influence of land and early settlement patterns on site planning and design.
  • How the architect, landscape architect, and interior designer created structures, interior spaces, and outdoor living areas that are authentic, timeless, and respectful of the surrounding natural environment.
  • Rural lifestyle expectations and water use rights and responsibilities.
  • How to integrate 19th century design in a 21st century home. 
  • How to be a good steward of the land.
  • Organic food production at 9,000 feet.
  • The value of open land.
  • The ranch's vision for the future.

Media links and press releases:

PR Online Newsroom

Digital Journal Press Release, July 10, 2018

A review from Nicole Magistro, owner of The Bookworm of Edwards



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