27 responses

  1. Marsha @ Splenderosa
    May 13, 2014

    Lisa, I LOVED your Mother’s Day post. Hop Hop, Clap Clap. I am the same. And, this vision of your’s today is wondrous. I am usually the dreamer, and am so happy to welcome you into our circle. :)’s

  2. Mardel
    May 13, 2014

    Wonderful dreams! Of spaces and nesting. Your dream spaces sound so happy!

    It is funny you posted these today, just when I am missing my modern house that opened up on decks and a pool, the same house that was on a hill with views of a river. Would I go back? No. When I left it was time to leave. But your dreams and your words remind me that once it was a happy place, filled with joy and love and laughter. And yes, we had crocs lined up by the door to the deck, and piles of multi-colored towels.

    Happy dreaming!

  3. Frances/Materfamilias
    May 13, 2014

    We live a much more modest version of this dream, with a small apartment in the city and our West Coast cottage-y house on the beach of a small island. Taking the ferry back from the mainland, where all our kids and grandkids now live, I wondered when we’ll be ready to move there full-time so I didn’t have to parse out the visits. To do that we’ll eventually have to give up this place so that we can get a bigger, more comfortable city home.
    And I guess I’m not quite ready to give up this dream I do live occasionally — when everyone’s here, the little girls sleeping with their parents in the teensy guest cottage, a spill of shoes at the back door. . . .
    We move between dreams, don’t we? If we’re lucky, the moments we realize them are sometimes conscious ones . . .

  4. Susan
    May 13, 2014

    I vote an enthusiastic YES for a place in the city with a deck and maybe a view.

    I always dream about spaces too. When I have difficulty drifting off to sleep, I design houses in my mind.

  5. déjà pseu
    May 13, 2014

    Both city living and some form of communal living have always appealed to me, and even more so now as I look forward to the next few decades of life. Yes, a shared kitchen, many cooks, an outdoor fireplace where we gather at night, wrapped in blankets, finishing off the bottle of wine. Yes.

  6. claire
    May 13, 2014

    Those Blu houses are amazing, aren’t they? I thinking maybe Ashland when we retire. My husband needs some space and quiet, and I need a spot of culture now and then. It seems a potential compromise (and it’s not as expensive as Sonoma).

    05/16/14
    6:33 am
    Lisa said...

    @claire, We’re all enthralled by that architecture around here.

  7. Kathy
    May 13, 2014

    After having two homes, albeit on different coasts, for about 10 years, I have no dream now of owning a “vacation” home. But maybe living in a low maintenance condo in the city and having a vacation home close by would be a far different experience?

  8. Eleanorjane
    May 13, 2014

    I’ve always dreamed about houses. I could draw a detailed map of my dream home with furniture and colours and all. It’s a tower (symbolic, I know). Set in gardens with land for horses and a heated swimming pool. I have servants, obviously!

    As for living with your family – my mum had a similar dream and it gave me the hebbie-geebies! I loved her to bits and saw her often, but actually living on the same property would be too much!

    05/16/14
    6:37 am
    Lisa said...

    @Eleanorjane, I should have been clearer! The communal discussions to date have been with my brother:) There are four of us siblings. But first indication from my children is that they’d love to visit:).

  9. Drew
    May 13, 2014

    How about heading a bit north to Oregon — oceanfront & affordable. :)

    This is not a commercial : ) — we live here.

    http://www.kohooregon.com/

    05/16/14
    7:08 am
    Lisa said...

    @Drew, That is gorgeous. Must be lovely to live there.

  10. Kathryn
    May 13, 2014

    The family compound has held appeal ever since I tried to envision a vast dacha in a Russian novel where guests disappeared into their own wings during the day and then reappeared at night to amuse each other with their day’s adventures. But much as other readers have mentioned, this might be the older generation’s fantasy, not the younger who are busy colonizing elsewhere. Still, the row of Crocs would be nice.

  11. Alicia Saribalis
    May 13, 2014

    My family has had a rustic “compound” of about 20 houses/cottages on the Chesapeake Bay for nearly 70 years. The rural land is beautiful and environmental regs make the property impossible to develop in a meaningful way. The great news about that is that the property has remained in the extended family and has enabled 3 generations of cousins to grow close. We “young ones” now do the cooking and serving for the 80+years contingent who once served us. Over 100 gather during major holidays, from all parts of the country, sharing the same memories of Tom Sawyer childhoods in a place that hasn’t much changed since the ’50’s. What a tremendous gift my Aunt Alice gave to us.

    05/16/14
    7:11 am
    Lisa said...

    @Alicia Saribalis, Oh my gosh. This sounds extraordinary. I would love to see photos.

  12. Kathy D.
    May 13, 2014

    Perhaps you will remember, a short while back, maintaining that Sturdy Gals don’t dream? I was certain that the “gal” who wore that wedding dress DID :) Again, how can we not?

  13. Kiki
    May 13, 2014

    We live in the east bay — just over the bridge surrounded by oak trees which is great for kids…

    My aunt and uncle always lived in SF, in the “theater district” which is actually a nicer name for kind of near the tenderloin — but they also had a really cool, funky place in Inverness. Best of both worlds they thought!

  14. Kerry Steele
    May 13, 2014

    That is a lovely dream. I have a similar one that takes place in the Virginia countryside in more traditional architecture. My city days are spent in pre-war flat near the National Cathedral. I, too, have thought these dreams through and I am glad that someone else does too.

  15. Tanya
    May 13, 2014

    So love the communal kitchen thinking. That would be my dream — although not sure who would inhabit all the pods. No kids, nieces & nephews that I have always thought of as mine…so, maybe grandkids who are now grown? Anyhow, it’s such a nice thought. I also just read your wonderful hop, hop, clap, clap post. You are a very fortunate mom to be surrounded by all that love. Thanks for sharing…again!

  16. Bungalow Hostess
    May 13, 2014

    I love the idea of indoor outdoor living…mid century moderne does it so well.
    While I love the idea of a new home I cannot imagine packing up….maybe selling most everything with the house is the way to go….
    I met with a blogger today for tea and she has her house on the market….we talked a lot about her new dream home.
    My dreams seem to be about golden retriever puppies these days!

  17. RoseAG
    May 14, 2014

    One of Husband’s cousins has a place in New England with a big house and little houses. It’s on a septic system so none of the little houses, which are terribly cute, have baths, which would make them bedrooms and subject to more septic requirements. It’s fine in the summer.

  18. ELS
    May 14, 2014

    “I see stone counters, olive oil, baking bread, lettuces from the garden with roots still covered in dirt.”

    Oh, so do I.

    But mine are teens and they see chains and rules and linen baskets and bedtimes.

    Perhaps they will see the dirty lettuces when they have gone and the film of nostalgia has begun to grow pinkly across their eyeballs.

  19. duchessofh
    May 14, 2014

    I love the concept of outdoor living, and my big purchase this year is an outdoor pizza oven. Compounds; not so much. There is always someone complaining ( or shirking) about the maintenance bills.

    05/16/14
    7:07 am
    Lisa said...

    @duchessofh, I suspect a contract would be in order.

  20. Patsy
    May 15, 2014

    We lived in a little house in a compound of other little houses in the summer. Not family, but felt like it. It was wonderous….

    05/16/14
    7:07 am
    Lisa said...

    @Patsy, Family is where you make it:).

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