I have had a week straight out of Up in the Air... LA to DC, DC to Dallas, Dallas to San Francisco, San Francisco to San Jose, San Jose to LA. But unlike George Clooney's character in the movie, I actually really like being home, and I only aspire to fly one million miles in my lifetime, not ten. (Another 15 years or so should do it.)
See, I even flew American, instead of my usual United
With this much time in airports and on planes, I have done LOTS of reading this week... half of Pride and Prejudice (which I only started because it was free on Amazon's Kindle store, but am now actually loving), about a third of The Blind Side, and a month's worth of Real Simple, Martha Stewart Living, Bon Appetit, Traditional Home, Living Etc., Ideal Home, and a few others. As much as I love interior design and decorating magazines, by the time I was done with all of these, I was ready for something different. Ready to kill for something different, practically!
I do not usually read Dwell, much as I love the modern styles they feature. I think it's mainly because we are condo dwellers, and so all of those gorgeous exteriors and amazing architecture they feature just make me painfully jealous... that and they only feature high-end stuff. Even House Beautiful slums it from time to time. (Plus, I think they are generally light on content overall, which is a little inexcusable for $5.99.)
But like I was saying, I was DYING for a break from the usual. So what a great time to happen upon Dwell's amazing new "100 Houses We Love" special edition. (Well worth it at $9.99, since you can keep this on a coffee table for years.)
In flipping through and picking my favorites, I noticed a definite theme. Can you see it too? (The big reveal at the end.)
My favorite houses from the issue
With only one exception, all of my favorites are those with near-seamless integration with the outdoors. Either huge floor-to-ceiling windows, or big trees close to the house, or great outdoor living spaces. They say those in glass houses should not throw stones, but with all of this great architecture, the people in these glass houses can at least reach right out the window and grab stones... whether they throw them or not is their own call.
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