“What do you see?” Many cultures around the world understand that every window is an opportunity to tell a captivating story both inside and outside the home. From the outside the size and pattern of windows helps set our expectations for what being inside will be like. From the inside each individual window has its own special story to tell. As you approach this entrance, the huge windows blend the outside with the inside and give an enticing view all the way through the home.
As soon as you enter the home you’re presented with multiple ways of seeing things. Translucent doors on the left let you see into the main space and add a bit of mystery. A large mirror and clear glass doorways to the right help make the space more involving and provide interesting views whichever way you look.
Move into the living room and it’s easy to appreciate the large open spaces and the showcases that the windows provide. Vibrant green plants are the richest colors inside while more muted and neutral colors are used for furnishings. Each window frames a scene spotlighting natural stonework and eye-catching trees outside.
Keeping open spaces near the windows encourages getting closer and enjoying the view. The outside features provide a natural path for the eye to wander all the way to the horizon. In the evenings low light is provided by the diffused light fixtures near each seating area and recessed fixtures in the ceiling.
When the weather is nice, more seating can be added outside to enjoy the sun and sounds of water from the pool and simple, shallow waterfalls. Each window is large enough to give the viewer a memorable image.
Even being inside, the translucent doors offer a tantalizing view of what is beyond, or the eye can rest peacefully on the simple still life of the plant and simple lighting fixture on its stand. The eye is also drawn to the carefully placed trees outside.
Several casual seating areas for small groups are scattered around the room. Simple glass coffee tables take up very little visual space as they provide needed surfaces. Against the wall, a built-in ceiling-height cabinet provides food and drink for guests and storage to keep things orderly. It also helps direct the visitor to the interesting area beyond the divider.
Room dividers are features where your imagination can really play. A ‘wall’ of separated vertical wood dividers provides visual screening from the main room and makes the overall visual experience much more interesting. Another pair of translucent doors to the right lead back to the entrance hall.
Like the overall room, this space is asymmetrical. This larger end contains a wall of books and two comfy chairs for reading. Different plants also help to give a feeling of a change of space. Big corner windows fill the room with light and frame the trees and landscape outside for more wonderful stories.
It’s easy to see how the outside blends easily with the inside. Both the windows and the doors give a sense of openness and intriguing views. Smaller versions of the glass coffee tables stay with the main room’s furnishing theme while a different wall treatment helps define it as a separate space.
The reading area doesn’t need to be separated from the fireplace by a wall. Simple visual clues make them separate spaces, while common elements, like the lamps and pillows help them feel comfortable together.
For those cold, wintry days, extra seating is provided with bright cushions and pillows. Natural stone walls carry the theme inside from the walls outside and help hold the heat to give an extra cozy feeling.
No matter where you are there is something interesting to see. Make sure that you plan ahead so your windows tell a story too.
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