Desire to Inspire blog wrote an interesting post called My dream home. She wrote that she adored absolutely everything about the home she photographed, including the incredible blue-black exterior, used to downplay the Victorian embellishments. Every lovely photo she displayed was going in her Inspiration Folder.
Alchemy Fine Living in Dream Home Blog Party (25/5/2009) was even more interesting since she was descriptive about the elements of the dream: “It is my dream to live in a home with Spanish architecture. I would love a courtyard with a huge fountain and tall palm tress scattered about the property. White stucco walls that look like adobe are my favourite, especially when topped off with a red tile roof. I adore terracotta tiles with a few hand painted tiles mixed in here and there. To me, there is nothing quite like entering into a home through a large, ornate carved wood door.”
Things That Inspire blog, with the posted photos, was the most useful of all. In French Inspired Houses (aka, My Dream Home 2009). My favourite style of architecture used to be Georgian with Adams influence. “So many of the house pictures in my Inspiration Files are Georgian, and I still love and appreciate this style. However over the past year I have found myself gravitating to homes with a French influence. It seems like more of a natural fit given the elements I like on the inside of a house: tall, large windows and doors, a light filled interior, high ceilings and a neutral palette.”
Dream Houses - The homes we imagine in Jackie's Architecture Blog asked the really detailed questions: What would that house look like? What would be the colour and texture of the walls, the shape of the rooms, the quality of the light? “As I aged, Jackie wrote, “my dream house reshaped itself. Instead of an inner courtyard, it developed sociable porches and big bay windows. The house of my dreams reflected who I was becoming”. Craven cited a Professor of Architecture who wrote about the relationship between dwellings and the people who occupy them. She explored the meaning of "home" as a place of self-expression, of nurturance and of sociability.
So I better answer the really detailed questions myself, Jackie. There will be only one critical room in my dream home: a large living room. The bedrooms, study, kitchen and bathroom need to be only functional and airy. But the living room, the centre of the home, has to be perfect.
Spouse and I have two collections we are proud of. We have thousands of superb books and dozens of superb paintings, both of which would take centre place in our living room (paintings around the ground floor walls; books on the mezzanine gallery). The floor needs to be naturally cooling in our hot summer (slate) with a very large Persian rug over the floor for the winter. A very wide fireplace would be the focal point of one wall, almost like an inglenook in Arts and Crafts homes. The window must be floor to ceiling, and look out directly onto the garden.
Beachbungalow8 presented a room that achieved almost the same goals, but with a very different, more industrial aesthetic. Those floors are lovely and there is a ton of space for the piano, books and chairs. But the two opposing glass walls, from floor to very high ceiling, are sensational.
Green is important. All material needs to be natural: renewable timber, slate and stone – no plastics, concrete and steel. Since all the family activity would be in one room, any artificial heating and cooling would be limited to one, well insulated room of the house. We already grow our own fruit and vegetables, but in this dream home, the fruit trees and vegetable gardens would be visible from the windows.