If eyes are windows to the soul, then these windows are showing the soul to the home.
I recently read that the word window may have came from the word wind hole - makes sense to me since at one point in time there was nothing but a hole to let air in and sometimes let smoke out, but with further research I found several theories on where the word actually came from. Another tidbit of information I learned while staying in a home built in the 1600's, is that some of the first period windows here in New England used parchment paper until glass was available or could be afforded.
Luckily today windows are not only functional and made with glass, many are downright beautiful from both the inside and out.
Below are a few window pictures I have come across and saved. As always, I have made note of the Architect, the Designer, or photographer when known. If you there is a window design photo below that is not marked and you know the source please let me know so that I can make sure proper credit is given.
Can you imagine waking up and looking out this beautiful window? Created by Architect Jane Frederick
A corner filled with windows bring plenty of natural light into this stairway. What a great place to curl up with a good book!
One of my favorite window photos! This gem is in Beauport - The Sleeper-McCann Home, a National Historic Landmark in Gloucester, MA and is open to the public
An arched window and a ceiling that follows its lines (or vice-versa) makes you feel as if you are outdoors.
Traditional arched window and hardwood floors - By Annie Tropple Interior Design
Another window that fills a whole wall and follows the roofline.
An oval window takes place of a mirror or artwork over this sideboard. This traditional space of blue and white was designed by Anthony Baratta.
This round stained-glass window is what dreams are made of!
One would need to be tall enough to see out of this window (at 5'2" I would never see out of this window), but what a great concept if you want natural light, but don't have the best view out of the kitchen window. Perfection!
This whole kitchen design makes me smile. The space combines both contemporary and traditional architectural details, but the straight linear lines of the windows and the cabinets all work together.