It's so damn easy to write about great rooms and kitchens. They inspire us to clip pages from magazines and books and say breathlessly to anyone who will listen, "I will be the happiest I've ever been in THIS space."
And I believe it.
Well, sort of.
I would submit, however, that we're happiest in those spaces I call "Little Sanctuaries." I wrote about this in Log Home Living's January 2009 issue. Here's a little of what I said:
"We never had a workshop in our home. There was a good reason for this: My father wasn’t handy. His labor was limited to repairing gutters or trimming trees, and he wasn’t particularly good at either. This didn’t bother him in the least, as I’m sure he realized his shortcomings and focused on other endeavors where his talents blossomed (most notably sports). Which meant that his tools, as limited as they were, sat in the basement’s laundry room on a lonely shelf that whiffed of rust and turpentine. Pulling a tool from the shelf was met with more dread (“Oh, great, the gutter fell again”) than excitement.
"Contrast this state of the workshop with the one exhibited by our neighbor, Harry. Now this man had a workshop. Harry’s Mr. Fix-It haven boasted at least 800 square feet, with all the requisite power saws, storage units and, yes, risqué calendars of partially clad young women gleefully endorsing tool companies. Sawdust littered the floor like the first snow of the season. The smell was a mix of burnt wood and machine oil. To this impressionable 12 year old, it was a room mixed with purpose and danger. In other words, the perfect place to be.
"What I didn’t recognize as a boy was the meaning behind Harry’s workshop: After long days on the job, the man came home, enjoyed his family, but then escaped to his workshop. As much as we sing hosannas about great rooms and kitchens, these smaller spaces—from tiny offices to crafts rooms—truly reflect who we are and how our passions take shape. In other words, if you really want to know a person, relish the great room, but study the small areas where scrapbooks are made and flies are tied....These are the small sanctuaries of home."
Anyway, just a thought for an extremely rainy day in Virginia. What are YOUR favorite (little) sanctuaries?
Enjoy the night...
Editor, Log Home Living