Once upon a time circa 1920, a Hollywood studio artist built a cottage with cozy corners, quirky angles, sway back roof cape, half timbering and rough cast stucco with inlaid stone and clinker bricks. Throughout the U.S., others picked up this theatrical fancy with nursery-rhyme themes. Storybook style is the outgrowth of European period revival styles: Spanish Colonial, Old English Cotswold Cottage, Rural French, Norman Village.
Storybook houses have added elements of exaggeration, humor
pure whimsy. Turn on a Mica Lamps Storybook Lantern and imagine skipping with Hansel & Gretel in a medieval castle.