There are probably a million unique elements contributing to the awesomeness of Bill & Beth's soulful straw bale home, but one of my favorites is their use of interior windows. The windows connect small rooms to the rest of the house, thereby allowing them the best of both worlds: a sense of intimacy and connectedness.
Both Beth (pictures 3 and 4) and Bill's (pictures 1 and 2) offices look into adjoining rooms through windows over their desks, inviting natural light to flood in while still allowing a certain degree of privacy since the contents of their desks aren't visible from the the other rooms. They've also added a small window from the staircase into the mudroom (picture 5), allowing more light to filter in and also adding a little whimsy. The unexpected windows add a playful touch to their home, begging to be peeked through.
Bill and Beth's use of interior windows would be a great feature to imitate to expand a small room visually without sacrificing storage or wall space like another door would. Plus, in most cases the look is far easier to achieve since interior windows can often be placed between wall studs. Anybody up for a good home project next weekend?
Check out Bill and Beth's full tour here.
Images: Leah Moss