Monday, November 8, 2010

House of My Dreams

It can be so elusive to try and imagine ones own dream home with complete clarity. As a designer the things that inspire me can go in so many different directions. One day it can be a minimalist house by John Pawson and the next it can be a French Normandy style by David Adler.

But after reading yesterdays Style magazine in the New York Times I think my inner search for my dream home has come to an end.

The house is definitely modern, which I find myself leaning towards more and more. But my connection and love for this house is it's connection to nature. It doesn't fight it, it celebrates it and literally has become part of the landscape by being carved into the rock and with the use of the sod roof. The expansive steel windows frame the beauty of the sea blurring the line between house and water.

Once inside the house softens a little with the softness and textures of the fabrics and wood. Some may argue that it appears a little chilly but I love the contrast of the velvet and concrete and the juxtaposition of the Louis XV style chandelier and wall sconces. It warms the interior and becomes a personal reflection of the owner. In my own work I always strive to make the house a reflection of my clients rather then being all my own.

But the most exciting element to me is the bathroom vanity that is carved out of the rock that seems to flow like lava from the outside to within. It is a dream come true!

What does your dream house look like? I would love to know.


Grant K. Gibson said...

I think that you and I might need to live together. You really ARE my long lost brother.

I am home sick in bed and was flipping the magazine this morning in bed and thinking: THIS REALLY is one of the most beautiful things that I have ever seen. The juxtaposition in the living room with the rock crystal chandelier and layers of grey and browns- with the windows and view. The entrance cut into the rock- the outdoor fireplace. Oh it was just too amazing.

Like we talked about a few weeks back while you were in SF- I think that it is amazing to see how our eyes change and how we can both love something so different and outside of what we are used to and our normal.

I hope that you are settling in well.
I can't wait to hear more.

Sending Zuni chicken to you and David and to Spencer & Renee

pve design said...

A house of dreams is where one feel's at home. I think that house on the rocks is lovely, coming home to that view and that setting would be so peaceful.
My own home is under renovation and what I thought would be a starter home is our dream home.

Paul Byron Downs said...

The rustic elements of the northwest combined with the Louis Kahn-type of raw cement is wonderful. Saw this article this week also and really like the overall effect of the marriage of both.


Anonymous said...

I bought a 24 foot square 2 story brick house, tore off the entire gabled front and replaced it with a glass curtain wall. The Washington Post put it on the front page of their Sunday Real Estate Section. My idea was stolen from Hugh Newel Jacobson's Buckwalter House. Both of these houses are truely spectacular. And they have the same feel as your favorite. Good luck, Ann