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The client’s goal for this home was to present their collection of artwork and furnishings within an architectural style they had long admired. They envisioned a unique blend of western, contemporary and lodge aesthetics. But, it also needed to be unapologetically casual – a welcoming place where they could enjoy friends and dogs, garden in the yard, and welcome their college-age children back home throughout the year. The couple’s furniture spanned a range of styles, including everything from Victorian family pieces to mid-century upholstery and chairs. As always, Roger’s challenge was to pull it all together in a way that beautifully evokes an effortless sense of balance. Mission accomplished.
Contemporary Western Dream
When clients have the luxury of bringing Roger into a project at the point of construction, they open the doors to a level of creative vision which isn’t always feasible when updating an older structure.
The easygoing family who make their home here had a clear sense of who they are, and how they wanted to approach life. They imagined a casual, livable space that could balance the rugged feel of a western lodge with contemporary sensibilities. The house also needed to make sense for the couple’s children and dogs.
“When you’re dealing purely with natural materials, I feel like I can work in a huge range of textures, and somehow it always comes together.”
They got their wish – a modern, light-filled space that feels as if it were fashioned almost entirely of ancient wood and stone. “The natural colors provide a great background for objects, and for life itself,” says Roger. Everywhere one turns, earth tones blend effortlessly. The story here is one of raw, organic surfaces coming together in a cohesive symphony of smooth sophistication.
Yet, as natural as everything feels, each room also offers up unexpected surprises: a powder room sink marries a clear glass bowl to a base cut from a tree trunk. The butcher block dining table rests on heavy wooden rollers made for printing antique wallpaper. In the study, a bright vintage Italian racing bicycle accents the wall behind a desk.
And yes, it all manages to make beautiful sense.