Famed architect Frank Gehry once said, “Architecture should speak of its time and place, but yearn for timelessness.” That delicate balancing act—between old and new, nostalgic and forward-thinking—makes for a fascinating collection of homes in our Fall/Winter 2017 issue of Elegant Homes. Although grandeur often leads the charge, it is followed closely by warmth, rusticity, and comfort.
Take, for example, the newly constructed Houston home that architect Travis Mattingly and interior designer Laura Weaver thoughtfully detailed with old-world features (“Graceful Patina,” page 14). There are limestone mantels, herringbone floors, and reclaimed ceiling beams, plus an easy indoor-outdoor flow and cozy furnishings that make the owners’ 12 grandchildren feel right at home.
In Scottsdale, Arizona, architect Mark Candelaria, builder Ron Barney, and interior designer Caroline Tyler DeCesare teamed up to create their own unique fusion of soul and sophistication (“Handsome Balance,” page 92). The result is a home that lives by its own rules, drawing inspiration from its desert setting while embracing contemporary design elements.
Farther north, architects Greg Presley and Peter Block worked with builder Jim Meathe and interior designer Beth Webb to create an Arts and Crafts style vacation home on Michigan’s Walloon Lake that showcases lakeside living at its best (“Heavenly Retreat,” page 112). Walls of windows take in water views, while fireplaces and screen porches provide room for enjoying cool and warm days equally. It’s the kind of home you never want to leave.
We hope this issue gives you that same stay-awhile feeling. Welcome to Elegant Homes.