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Friday, January 29, 2010

The Beauty of an Airwell

This is the 2nd time I've met up with Leah together with OKC and Ting. The conversation again did not lag. There were so many interesting things to learn from the ladies. OKC is widely travelled and I learnt a thing or 2 about online shopping as well as some quirks of foreign cultures that I had never encountered. With Ting, we brainstormed possible ideas for businesses, and Leah shared with me this intriguing thing called Etzi.

You see, I am stuck at home with my work, and my garden and my baking. It does me good to go out and see the world - actually, it was Leah's house. Heh! Heh! I went over to Leah's to eat and chill out with 3 amazing ladies. Beautiful. Intelligent. Courageous. Loving. Kind.

Actually, I was also there to suss out her airwell... It seems that the building authorities now require every room in a landed house to have windows. So, there is no more excuse to build dark and dank rooms along the inside walls of a semi-detached house. I think that's wonderful because I don't like darkness of any sort, whether physical or emotional. When the house is dark, it's hard to lift one's spirits, you don't think?

The airwell was open to the sky. 2 bedrooms open onto a landing at the foot of the airwell. When you lounge on the artificial wicker sofa, sipping apple cider, you can look up and see the blue sky. I think it's a most lovely place to sip tea and curl up with a book either in the early morning or late afternoon. There is air and ambient light. It also faces the kitchen so one can supervise the roast whilst reading. Yup! La dolce vita!

One of the bedrooms opening into the airwell has a tatami mat on the floor. No really! A real tatami mat the thickness of a mattress and just like those in our ryokan in Japan. So that's another idea I need to store for future reference. Maybe I can get me a tatami matted room in my new house? Hmmmmm...

Actually an airwell is a simple thing. You don't need exquisite craftsmen or expensive material to build an airwell. But an airwell makes a big difference because light spills into the middle of the house and brings with it life and energy.

Thank you Leah!

6 comments:

Blur Ting said...

I love the house so much, it inspires me to work hard to own one like that in future too. The garden is also perfect. And the layout, plus all the little touches...

And I had such a great time with you ladies. I was thinking the same thing as you, ie, I should go out more often to socialise. I learned so much yesterday too. We should do this more often!

petunialee said...

I agree!

Open Kitchen Concept said...

Oh.. I enjoyed yesterday tremendously and came back thinking about the air well, business ideas and how if I had just been working, I'd never get to know you ladies.. And you are all great, loving mothers.. Your children are so fortunate! :) The website is http://www.etsy.com/ by the way, Ting.. For you to consider placing those cute stickers!

petunialee said...

OKC, you amazed me with how much you knew about all the different cultures you spoke of. Impressive!

Blur Ting said...

Indeed. I like how OKC is so zen about things :-)

Leah said...

Thank you, ladies, for visiting and sharing your worlds with me. I treasure the interesting way we met and the blessing how we could just talk and talk about so many things.

The next time I get another periwinkle patch up, we can all sit by it on a picnic mat and eat breakfast before the heat gets us!