Favorite Elements: What Do You Love About Your Home?

In our House Tours, we always ask about a favorite element of the home. While the answer is sometimes an item, more often than not it's something special about the space; an architectural detail, a color, something small, maybe a favorite area or a view — the appreciated things that make a house into a home. Jump through to see some examples from our tours and then take a moment to reflect on what you love most about your home, the thing you'd miss if you moved on...

LonAnne's (pictured above the jump) Favorite Element of Her Home: The triple direction natural light in her new master bedroom addition.

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LonAnne says: I love the way Cass designed the master addition with the intention to fill light into the space from three directions. The space changes throughout the day. The simple modern space is an elegant foil against my personal items and collectibles. It was enjoyable to work with Cass in design and building my project because he listened to my ideas and was able to integrate them into his design.

Take The Tour: LonAnne's Vintage and Modern Texas Charmer

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Karen's Favorite Element of Her Home: The smart accessible features of the design.
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Karen says: Our family consists of two wheelchair users of different statures and one standing adult. How to accommodate everyone’s reach and comfort zone was the big puzzle. It's a toss up between the master bath shower and my mixer shelf.

Take the Tour: Karen & Dave's Accessible Renovation

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Kristin's Favorite Element of Her Home: The "they don't make em like this anymore" vintage architectural details of her historic Hollywood apartment building.
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Kristin says: My favorite element is the ceiling height in the apartment and the courtyard is uniquely amazing for apartment living. This is the way that all apartment buildings should be.

Take the Tour: Kristin's Hollywood Home in the Historical Il Borghese

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Brendan's Favorite Element of His Home: Dramatic views of Los Angeles and the breathtaking sunsets seen from a perch high in Echo Park
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Brendan says: The view from our deck!

Take the Tour: Brendan & Marjory's Minimal Space with a View

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Maggie's Favorite Element of Her Home: The soft, neutral-but-still interesting Vaspar "Winter Calm" paint color
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Maggie says: I love how the paint color in the office turned out.

Take the Tour: Maggie & Ryan's Quietly Colorful Queen Anne Apartment

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Aleks and Anne's Favorite Element of Their Home: The one of a kind sense style and spaciousness that comes along with living in a converted church.

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Aleks and Anne say: The character of an old church, a large open space that we could shape freely...

Take the Tour: Aleks & Anne's Converted 1875 Church

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Matthew's Favorite Element of His Home: The little details matter when you are living in such a small space and he appreciates the well crafted functional fixtures, like locking cabinet handles and knobs for when you are on the move.
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Matthew says: The cabinet drawer hardware was purchased from Hafele, a German company. These drawer pulls are simple, elegant and beautiful. An integrated locking mechanism is activated by pushing in the drawer pull itself, which then becomes flush with the face of the cabinet front, and engages a lock that keeps the drawer/ cabinet closed during transportation. These were a very sleek solution for keeping things in place while on the road.

Take the Tour: Living Large in an Airstream Trailer

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Amy's Favorite Element of Her Home: The walk-in closet that was once her bedroom!
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Amy says: My closet! It used to be my tiny bedroom when I first moved in. Now we’ve converted it into my walk-in closet (lucky girl, I know). It’s super girly personified plus there’s a “No boys allowed” rule in my closet.

Take the Tour: Amy & Keith's Candy-Coated Dollhouse

From something as changeable as color to the enduring elements of architecture to something as small as drawer pulls - you never can tell which detail will make people feel good about their homes. What would you choose as the favorite element of your home?

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Janel Laban is the Executive Editor of Apartment Therapy and has been working here, at the dreamiest of dream jobs, since March 2006.

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