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Old House Journal - - From The Editor -

SENSE OF PLACE

Ar­chi­tect Gil Schafer says that suc­cess­ful houses cel­e­brate the small mo­ments of life—they are im­bued with mem­ory and an­chored in a sense of place. The de­sign or re­mod­el­ing is suc­cess­ful if the peo­ple who live there fully em­brace it as home. In his new book, Schafer shares es­sen­tials: read­ing the land­scape, in­cor­po­rat­ing mem­ory, bal­anc­ing for­mal­ity and sim­plic­ity. Then he presents seven homes in depth, in­clud­ing an apart­ment with a view of Cen­tral Park, a hill­side cot­tage in North­ern Cal­i­for­nia, an up­dated 1930s Con­necti­cut Colo­nial, a new Adiron­dacks camp, and his own house in Maine. Pho­tos and text em­pha­size place, style, scale, and ma­te­ri­als. Schafer even cov­ers “the spa­ces in be­tween”—mud­rooms, clos­ets, and laun­dry rooms—ex­plain­ing their value. A Place to Call Home (Riz­zoli, Oc­to­ber 2017, $55).

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