As you all can tell by now, I’m addicted to books. And, unfortunately for my habit, I discovered many months ago that One Kings Lane has coffee table books for sale every couple weeks, I’ve been in big trouble! I want to share with you one I just received last week, and is so perfect for the theme of this blog.
“Welcoming Home” is written by Minnesota architect Michaela Mahady. Her goal in presenting this publication was to present that main characteristics of a house that make it an inviting home. Personally, I think the summary in the book jacket does the best job of stating this:
“…architecture Michaela Mahady explores how humans experience built places in order to identify those characteristics that make us feel welcome, protected, comforted and happy. She examines such elements as welcoming entryways, sheltering roofs, handcrafted details that convey personality and tradition, and materials and colors that create comfort and warmth.”
Personally, I think she does a great job at doing this. While her examples are predominantly Craftsman-style homes, there are beautiful photographs of all the concepts she discusses. She has designed the book to look at a house from the outside in, working from a holistic perspective to focusing on details. She points out our timeless trait “sense of place” in a great way, discussing physical, emotional and physiological ties with the land and community, and offers some great anecdotal examples. She gives advice on what questions to ask yourself during a building process to ensure that the home reflects your lifestyle and your neighborhood.
What makes you feel welcome in a home?
What have you done in your home to make others feel welcome?
Come back tomorrow to discuss more on this timeless trait!