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    You can tell when I haven’t had any lately – I get really finicky and picky. Like now. I like combined living/dining areas in great rooms, but I dislike, intensely, when the living and dining rooms are just alcoves off the goddam foyer. The foyer is for receiving guests and then either inviting them further or throwing them the hell out. It’s not the heart of the house. Nor is it a glorified hallway between other public rooms. Important rooms are entitled to their own dignity and identity – either formal or informal, large or intimate, whatever.
    I don’t like the home office – the architect did a lousy job of anticipating the furnishings. Note the wiring hanging all over the desk and along the floor. A proper electrical design layout would include strategically placed floor plugs. That expensive desk sucks too – it should have ports in the top for wires to be harnessed and run discretely underneath so they don’t drape all over the outside edges.
    Look at that kitchen. The cabinetry is gorgeous – finely detailed with fluted pilasters and escutcheons, and the built-in planters overhead are a nice touch. As are the delicate and elegant fixtures mounted over the island. Note that there’s no hood over the range – probably one of those worthless side-draft things. Sooner or later, somebody cooking gets distracted or screws up and burns something – filling the kitchen with greasy smoke. Knock yourself out trying to clean that kitchen – it ain’t happening.
    I don’t like the master bedroom. Window walls have their place – in gathering rooms with a view worthy of them. Bedrooms are for cushion-pushin’ and sleeping. And sometimes sleeping in late, Very late. And for that, you don’t want a lot of ambient light. The most important feature of any bedroom is the ability to darken it and this master’s glass walls are uncovered, with no visible drapery or blinds or anything else to insure privacy and tranquility. Speaking or privacy – look at picture #13 – forget intimacy – your neighbors have a bird’s eye view of any goings-on. Rest assured, if your neighbors have teenagers – they like to watch. Heck, I do too.
    it is important to design rooms with some consideration for their status, and for the kind, and placement of the furniture going in them, and for the lifestyle of the owner. It’s the old conflict between form and function. It should all look good, but looking large is not always the same as living large. And that’s all this mansion really does – it looks good, but for my $3.4 million, I wouldn’t want to live there.

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