You already know this about me, but I have a never-ending interest in houses. My Barbie Dream House was a sweet set up. One of the main characters in my novel is a house. When I can’t sleep, I’m on Zillow.
Which is why a certain podcast has me in its thrall:
The recurring question put to guests: what are your three favorite houses?
This is such a great question, and when you ask it of people who are not architects, it becomes a starting point for fascinating conversation.
Episode 4 features Edmund de Waal, a potter and writer whose memoir, The Hare with Amber Eyes, is a book I will never forget. I know you love that book too—it is a genre-busting tale of de Waal’s quest to understand family and history.
His three houses are, as you might guess, superb. Part of the game here is to listen to the podcast before looking at the images of the houses on the website.
You can listen to the conversation right here.
The Modern House is a whale of a website, if your thing is architecture, interiors, gardens, and that category known as Lifestyle. This diabolically addicting enterprise also includes real estate for sale. Which means you can lose an hour dreaming about an adorable house on Ickburgh Road, then realize it’s not a dream.
I could just pack up and go to there?
So. The question is fun for all of us to contemplate: What are your three favorite houses? They can be any kind of house, anywhere, from any time in history. They can even be fictional houses.
PS The house up top is mercifully sold, so we can all calm down. According to the description:
Occupying a truly magical position overlooking Loch Eishort on the southern end of Skye, this beautifully conceived house was designed by architect Mary Arnold-Forster for her own use. The house is situated in an area of the island known as “The Sleat”— the garden of Skye—surrounded by native woodland, against the backdrop of The Cullins rocky mountain range.
The orientation of the house has been devised to capture the wonderful views across the water to the small islands of Rhum and Canna.