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Ground control to Peeping Tom: Dallas-based author

Jolie Carpenter has a treat for you. "It's a dreamy

piece of eye candy," she says of her new coffee table

tome, Luxury Homes of Texas (Panache,

$40), "like window shopping." The 368-page book

breaks down by region-think limestone and hip

rustic edges in Austin, Mediterranean mansions in

Dallas, stunning Spanish-styles in San Antonio and

penthouses in Houston-and then by firm. Featured

H-Town architects include cleanly modern Allen

Bianchi, whom Houston magazine has featured in

previous issues, a modern indian home by Intexure Architects

and contemporary projects by Stern

and Bucek Architects. A spectrum of big and small,

traditional and avant-garde, says Carpenter. "Luxury

means different things to different people." Available

at Barnes & Noble and Borders –JS

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