Things I Love Week – Cupolas

I have always wanted a style of home where I can add a cupola. Or two. So far that has not happened. So in meantime I admire homes that do have a cupola – or two.  Kinda jealous.

Cupolas have a long, long history being first used as far back as the 8th century.  They began as very large structures in which there were balconies inside of the dome and a daily call to prayer would be made. They were first seen in Islamic architecture and continued in to the Renaissance period and today we are still loving this great style.  They evolved into grand and ornate structures.   Like any good architecture style – they always stand the test of time. Adding this architectural detail of a cupola it will provide valuable and interesting curb appeal that will certainly makes your home stand out.  Good design never seems to go out of style, does it?

Cathedral of Saint Margaret, in Montefiascone, Italy

cupola1

You may think  Russia when you hear cupola – although I have heard onion tops many times.

cupolapinterest.com:pin:201747258277285187:

source

Or you may picture a weathervane

weathervanepinterest.com:pin:30751209926025978:

source

Today they still serve as beautiful architecture. To me they are perfect eye catching detail. Without the addition of the cupola things would be just “plain jane”. Imagine this house below without the cupola. It still would be a lovely home – but it’s cupola makes the whole house demand attention.

cupola2

cupolamydesignchic

This house has two different style of cupolas – actually the one to the left has a purpose aiding in the ventilation of the home  and the one to the right has a clock. How cool is that – I would always know what time I got home if I had a clock over my garage. Very cool detail.

cupola3

cupolawww.houzz.com

source

Pretty much in love with this house………….not only do I love that it has a cupola but check out that front window and the roof line. Yes sir! Great detail.

cupolawww.houzz.com:cupola:p:16

source

cupolawww.houzz.com:photos:365018:Robinson-s-Bay-Residence-traditional-exterior-minneapolis

source

Perfect on a cottage – how sweet is this little house??

cupolawww.houzz.com:cupola:p:8

Garages are perfect for a cupola

cupolawww.houzz.com:cupola:p:80a

source

cupolawww.houzz.com:cupola:p:56

source

cupolawww.houzz.com:photos:656489:Tidewater-Traditions-Breezeway-and-Garage-traditional-garage-and-shed-dc-metro

source

Even on a home’s breezeway

cupolapinterest.com:pin:260294053432997340:

source

OH MY!! I think I could be one happy girl in this home. So much detail to take in. Seriously, take some time looking at this home. It is quite lovely!! Just wonder what the rest of the home looks like. Bet the inside is awesome.

cupolapinterest.com:pin:512284526333190519:

source

Do you have a small structure in your back yard?? Look how much character a cupola adds to it.

cupolapinterest.com:pin:198299189812509132:

source

cupolawww.houzz.com:cupola:p:80

source

cupolaandtrusseswww.houzz.com:cupola:p:760

source

cupolapinterest.com:pin:123356477265477132:

source

cupolapinterest.com:pin:256142297527073981:

source

I also love seeing cupolas on pool houses

cupolapinterest.com:pin:172192385724760778:

source

cupolawww.houzz.com:photos:734462:Prides-Pool-House-modern-pool-boston

source

Have a barn sitting in your back yard?? I don’t either – but I think this is a pretty awesome barn. Actually, I love to look at old barn when we take car trips. I find the two windows in this barns cupola interesting……….one square and one rectangle.   I think old barns have lots of character. I know, I may be a tad weird.

cupolapinterest.com:pin:168814686003669860:

source

Hmmm – now after writing this post I think I have found a place for maybe one or two cupolas. Will need to have to add it to the long list of “wants”!!

Hope everyone is having a great weekend !

Deb