Architect Howard J. Backen, principal of Backen, Gillam & Kroeger Architects of St. Helena, California, redesigned a simple 1890s Napa Valley farmhouse for a couple who had initially intended to construct a brand-new residence. Mr. Backen turned a once-unremarkable structure into a beautifully open, bright and livable home.*
|BEAUTIFUL SCREEN PORCH OF ST. HELENA FARMHOUSE BY BACKEN, GILLAM & KROEGER ARCHITECTS, PHOTO: BGARCH.COM|The other day, I came across an entry about the brand new website of Atlanta-based interior designer, Jackye Lanham, on one of my favorite blogs, Things That Inspire. As I browsed through the beautiful images, a few rooms seemed very familiar. I finally remembered where I had seen the designer's elegant work: Ms. Lanham was part of the talented team of professionals who collaborated to create this stunning shingle-style estate, located on Kiawah Island, a barrier island just twenty-one miles off the coast of historic Charleston, South Carolina. The house is, coincidentally, on the market. I have to thank Holly at Things That Inspire for featuring the brand-new website of Atlanta-based interior designer, Jackye Lanham. Ms. Lanham's work embodies the elegance and grace of the South, while still maintaining a sense of livability.
This charming kitchen, for example, feels vintage, but still so fresh. I love the kitchen table in its center, as well as the seatcushions atop the surrounding chairs; and the plates, in their antique finish, grouped around the stainless steel hood provide a wonderful accent.
You can own this stately Buckhead residence, masterfully renovated by premier Atlanta architects, Spitzmiller & Norris. Visit Clem Labine's PERIOD-HOMES.COM to read "Summer Ensemble," by Lynne Lavelle. The article highlights Neumann Lewis Buchanan Architects' extensive restoration and renovation of Lombardy, a beautiful two-hundred acre farm situated on the Miles River in Talbot Country, MD. "The clients’ principal goals were to make the house more family-friendly, to open up its riverfront façade to take advantage of the views, and to renovate the earlier structure for use as a guesthouse." Ines Lombardi, of Osborne Cabinets & Millwork, won a regional award in the 2008/09 Sub-Zero/Wolf Design Contest for this classic kitchen. Ms. Lombardi incorporated wonderful accents into the design scheme, like the copper pendant lighting and cookware; a splash of (what appears to be) robin's egg blue paint inside the glass-front cupboards; rustic beams to add interest and warmth to the room; and slate tiles (as opposed to ubiquitous hardwood flooring, which scratches so easily).* Just today I stumbled across the portfolio of Period Architecture, Ltd. of West Chester, Pennsylvania. The firm "draws on the classic building traditions of the Delaware Valley for inspiration in creating thoughtful designs."*
I posted a few screenshots from the firm's website, but unfortunately, their galleries (right now) are organized by "exteriors" and "interiors" rather than individual projects (so I can't provide much information). Nonetheless, the photos exemplify the style and craftsmanship of their beautiful work.
The wonderful photographs were taken by the talented, Eric Roth. The couple who wisely commissioned Robert A. M. Stern to design their oceanfront home in the New Urbanist town of Seaside, Florida, "wanted a house that would become an icon." Mr. Stern and his associates certainly satisfied their clients' request.* Allan Greenberg, "one of the most lauded revivalists of American classical architecture," and the talented Elissa Cullman, of Cullman & Kravis, Inc., collaborated on the architecture and interior design of this "new Georgian-style house, set on one-hundred acres in New Jersey’s horse country." Architectural Digest featured the residence in a wonderful article entitled, "In the Georgian Fashion," in its October 2009 issue.* This stunning residence, situated on two acres overlooking the Long Island Sound, was designed by Halper Owens Architects LLC and built by the master craftsmen of Mayfair Construction. The home was "inspired by the free eclecticism of early-twentieth century architects, which combined English, French and American architectural elements freely."* James Salomon traveled to Bar Harbor, Maine, to photograph the residence, and he was kind enough to allow Willow Decor to post his gorgeous images. The Washington, DC-based firm of Barnes Vanze designed this new farmhouse in the Virginia countryside for a recently-retired couple who decided to pursue their dream of opening a vineyard. According to the architects, "the house is conceived of as a farm compound, a small village. It is sited so that one climbs the hill and enters the house from the high side, saving the overwhelming view for your entry into the (home)."*
Mr. Finlay "started off his design scheme with a small-scale main structure," which is "classic Georgian in character." He then "added larger structures at the rear" to suggest that the house grew with the family over time, as "most of these Connecticut houses evolved."
"High Gloss brings a fresh, glamorous, stylish approach to every facet of your life. We aim to inspire you continually through a perfect balance of things that are aspirational and attainable. Our mission is to be your preeminent source for fabulous interior design stories, new decorating ideas, the latest in fashion and accessories, unique perspectives on entertaining, and exciting features on some of our favorite travel destinations. High Gloss is where high style meets real life." "The work of Polhemus Savery DaSilva beautifully melds the traditions of New England with the way we live today, affirming that an architecture of place trumps an architecture preoccupied with passing trends." When an iconic figure like Robert A. M. Stern, Dean of the Yale School of Architecture, praises his colleagues in so gracious a manner, clearly the houses they design (and in this case, also build) must be superb. Take one look at Polhemus Savery DaSilva's portfolio and you'll surely agree with Mr. Stern's assessment. Peter Zimmerman Architects and fine homebuilder Hobbs, Inc. were presented with a HOBI Award in 2010 (Best Custom Home in the 5,000 to 6,000 square foot category) for this exceptional new residence on the waterfront in the charming town of Southport, Connecticut. The period design and meticulous craftsmanship pay homage to New England's rich architectural tradition. The Winter 2011 issue of New England Home's CONNECTICUT featured this cozy shingle and stone home, which I immediately recognized. I knew exactly where I'd seen it -- the beautiful portfolio of Fairfield County architects, Brooks & Falotico.
Campion Platt custom designed the fabulous pendant lighting above the kitchen island, along with several other fixtures for the project. Take a closer look.
I remember picking up the July 2010 issue of Architectural Digest. "Cher's New Hollywood Home" was supposed to be the big story. I began flipping through the glossy pages until this house caught my eye. Needless to say, my jaw dropped. I had every intention of featuring the work of another architect (since my last post had focused on Robert A. M. Stern's "House on Lake Michigan"), but I couldn't help myself. Once you see "House at Blue Water Hill," a beautiful shingle-style home "perched on an extraordinary site 300 feet above Compo Beach" in Westport, Connecticut, you'll quickly understand why.* What better way to launch a blog that highlights the work of our favorite design professionals than to feature a home by the venerable Robert A. M. Stern?*
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