I’ve been reading the book House Thinking lately (it’s terrific so it will definitely be showing up on my Bedside Reading page soon). In it, Winifred Gallagher distills down the architect Grant Hildebrand’s theory of “prospect and refuge” as it applies to architecture like this:
“The most important evolutionary elements of an appealing home are the paired features of prospect, or a big, bright space that has a broad, interesting view, and refuge, or a snug protected haven.
The idea (very simplified) is that we all need a place to expand, socialize, and be active, in addition to a cozy, introspective space to retreat. Could there be a better example of this than a beautiful bedroom with a great view? I thought I would share a few gorgeous examples with you this morning.
And…perhaps only slightly less grand…
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LOVE the grand view from your tent retreat! Funny and heartwarming 🙂 Thanks for the beautiful pix.
This is the thesis from which design springs.
Your guest room was my retreat! I miss it already…..