We all need time to think, read and/or write, to sketch or simply dream. A quiet space within our home can be a refuge from hectic lives and too many electronic diversions. That space doesn’t need to be a closed room with a heavy door, you may want to be close to the activity inside your home, just not in the middle of it all the time.
When planning a quiet or contemplative space, care should be taken to decide whether the room is going to focus inward, outward or both. If there is an existing view, designing the size and placement of windows is critical. An inward focused room might include a fireplace, an art wall or perhaps bookcases galore.
We sometimes include a reading nook in our designs which has a built in window seat and a side wall to lean up against. It is important to remember that one person’s contemplation may include Tolstoy while another’s is brandy and cigars.
In the summer, my back porch gives me a needed respite, and in the winter my quiet space is our kitchen at 5:30 in the morning. This is the time before everyone wakes up that I use to daydream and write blogs.