Words I Wish We Used
From: Sharon Villines (sharonsharonvillines.com)
Date: Sat, 5 Sep 2015 07:16:07 -0700 (PDT)
"The big house" rather than “the common house.” A term common in family 
compounds that began with a big house and family members added small cabins all 
around. I realize this was used for prisons in the 1930s but it has wider use 
in family camps in the Adirondacks long before that.

"The great room.” This one has as much to do with design than changing names — 
a room with 2-3 soft furniture seating areas. Small tables for puzzles, games, 
and laptops. A large table to seat 8-10 people for small meals and team 
meetings. Big ferns. 

A large rug for children to play on and for acoustics. A room in which multiple 
things go on and people have to accommodate each other, not separate off into 
separate rooms. Home is for separate rooms, not the big house, which is for 
people together.

Put the larger dining room off to the side in a room with lots of sun but no 
other heat. A simple room.

So if you are designing or redesigning …...

Sharon Villines, Washington DC

"Design is the first sign of human intention." William McDonough

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