Napkin sketches of home

"Home is where we live." by Isabel, age 8Find an introduction to this series here.

I would love to see a "napkin sketch of home" created by you, your family, and/or friends -- both young and old.

Please submit sketches via a scan or photo to Katie@katiehutchison.com for possible inclusion in the series. Include the artist's name and age, and a title for the sketch, if there is one.

Share your ideas of "home". Let's get sketching.

by Katie Hutchison for House Enthusiast

Napkin sketches of home

by Zach, age 9Architects and designers are known for communicating ideas with quick scribbles on whatever scraps of paper they can find.

Inspiration may strike when sharing a cup of coffee, a snack, or a meal, so a nearby paper napkin is often the most convenient vehicle for the latest brainstorm. Plus, a paper napkin is so clearly ephemeral and, as such, often frees the artist from treating an idea as something precious or final. Sketching on a napkin can allow ideas to flow uninhibited.

With this thought in mind, I've been asking folks, young and old, to share napkin sketches which express their ideas about "home".

The sketches could be somewhat representational, depicting known or desired home plans, elevations, perspectives or sections. Or they could be more conceptual, conveying meanings of home. It's up to the artist to decide.

This "napkin sketch of home" includes a lengthy key which is transcribed here:

1.  Theater
2.  Bedroom w/flat screen tv & projector
3.  Bathroom
4.  Bar
5.  Bowling Alley
6.  Go-Cart & Track
7.  Indoor Pool
8.  Guest Room for 3
9.  Science Lab
10. Pizzeria
11. Star Wars Battle Field

I would love to see a "napkin sketch of home" created by you, your family, and/or friends. Please submit sketches via a scan or photo to Katie@katiehutchison.com for possible inclusion in the series. Include the artist's name and age, and a title for the sketch, if there is one. Share your ideas of "home".

by Katie Hutchison for House Enthusiast

House Enthusiast in Things That Inspire

There's been fun news here at Katie Hutchison Studio.  Earlier this week the Atlanta-based blog Things That Inspire featured an interview with me in the "Inspirational Architect" series. It was an honor to be included. The response at Things That Inspire has since inspired a new, House Enthusiast, magazine category called "Readers write." This is my first "Readers write" post, which will typically invite folks to share their thoughts on residential design, much the way the readers at Things That Inspire commented on my request for small-house design input. 

Take a look at this excerpt from my Things That Inspire interview, along with a reader comment, and then add your comments:

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