Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Let the Sunshine In

My freshman year at Texas (hookem!), I took an Introduction to Architecture course - most likely to fulfill a Fine Arts requirement. Little did I know just how informative and inspirational it would be. It was taught by the Dean - a lowly assignment by most academics' standards - but also the perfect chance for him to communicate his pure passion for his art to a group of first-year sponges.

One lecture I remember in particular discussed the importance of proper placement of a building. How critical it is to relate it to the geography, the climate, and the purpose of the edifice. For example, in Austin, one certainly wouldn't want to face a wall of windows towards the west - because, like everything else that's "Bigger in Texas," so, too is the withering heat for most of the year. A west-facing facade begs for a giant oak to provide shade and natural cooling. However, a south-facing window can take full advantage of the muted radiance that is the Winter Sun.
The point being, a well-designed space takes into account, and manipulates light to its best advantage.

I couldn't help but admire how each and every one of these images brings that idea to fruition. I also couldn't put the thought out of my brain that I NEED to live in Spain - where all these homes reside. *wistful sigh*
Pasillo_large el mueble
Welcome to my humble abode...

Salon-con-chimenea_el mueble
Wonder what's more mesmerizing - the view during day or night?

Zona-despacho_el mueble
My new blogging spot

Distribuidor-desde-cocina_el mueble
Don't even think about sharing that closet!

Acogedor-aire-provenzal.-el mueble
Simple steel railing - I love you.

Batiente-en-dormitorio_large el mueble
Mornin', Sunshine!

Bano_large el mueble
Sorry, this bath is Occupado.
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Belly said...

Welcome, roomy! What an amazing place. LOVE the railing and the color scheme.

Raina Cox said...

It's absolutely perfect.

Perfect, I say!

life, in small chunks said...

I would love to move to Spain, too. All of those rooms are incredible.

momma j lee ♥ said...

That bathroom brings a tear to my eye!

christine {bijouandboheme} said...

Beautiful! The second room is absolutely stunning.

Blondie's Journal said...

Great post. I get the feeling you like this house!


Averill said...

Gorgeous each and every one. There's something so transformative, so incredibly appealing about light. Speaking of, I'm now going to go open a few blinds up around here and let some in. :)

Aspiring Kennedy said...

ok, this post just made me sad. my husband just turned down a job in madrid this week. it's totally the right thing for us... but it's totally breaking my heart. ugh... agony. look how fabulous this place is!!

Loft32 said...

I know this really isn't your house, because I don't see any Imperial Trellis in there anywhere! :) They are lovely spaces though!
P.S.-I have the Imperial Trellis alternative fabric available in gray now!