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“Now my aim is clear; I must show that the house is one of the greatest powers of integration for the thoughts, memories and dreams of mankind.” 

– Gaston Bachelard, The Poetics of Space

Our homes are our personal refuge from the demands and pressures from the often frenzied pace of the outside world.  Home becomes a place to unwind, relax, and reconnect with our families, friends or at a minimum, our precious thoughts that inevitably become secondary to more pressing issues during a busy week.  While most of us are happy to embrace our homes at the start of each weekend, our homes reciprocally (and metaphorically) embraces us by the spaces that physically envelope us.  Having the spaces in our homes that allow us to rest, reflect and recharge are critical in establishing a sense of balance…

A simple, yet beautiful built-in desk takes up little space and offers a place of mental rest and reflection.  The clean detailing of the desk is an added perk.

The layout, design and detailing of this interior “tree house” would provide me with the adequate rest and feeling of “getting away” essential in refreshing oneself.  I love the dual duty of the stair/drawer idea – great for small spaces.  Talk about feeling enveloped!

Wasn’t it Ludwig Mies van der Rohe that cleverly stated that “God is in the details?”  This idiom reminds us that all elements of design should be considered – details are important.  Having a space that is both restful and well thought out in terms of material construction and composition would result in a happy place!

at least for me…

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