Writing in a Glass House

Writing in a Glass House

Posted by Susan Sully | 20th February 2018


When I was growing up, I dreamed of working in a greenhouse. I didn’t want to grow plants. I wanted to write in a house made of windows. Now, metaphorically, that’s what I do. I write in a house full of windows that allow me to look inside other people’s houses and lives. And then, through the glass of my camera and lens of my language, I allow others to peek into those houses as well.

I am astonished by the many ways the design professionals and homeowners I meet translate their dreams into beautiful, three-dimensional reality. They have inspired me to make my own dreams come true.

I hope they will do the same for you as you read my new blog, Language of Design, and visit my website, susansully.com. Please join me on my journey. If you have any ideas, images, or news you’d like to share along the way, please go to my website and comment.

People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones…but maybe it’s okay for us to write books and blogs.




I fell in love with this greenhouse-like garden house outside Harpersville, Alabama, when I was scouting for residences to include in my book, Past Present: Living with Heirlooms and Antiques (The Monacelli Press: 2016). Constructed from salvaged windows, it is the creation of Sonny and Barbara Adkins, proprietors of Black Sheep Antiques, @uniqueblacksheep.

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