Notes From Home

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What I love most about award winning Boulder, Colorado based Architecture firm, Surround Architecture's Dale Hubbard and Chad Willis's work is the constant weave of materials. A classic farmhouse feels authentically added on to over the generations, a thoroughly modern home is reminiscent of a centuries old castle. Detailing is precise yet tactile always. The stone is warm, the wood is malleable, a steel wall becomes a painting. There is life in these materials. The home is a breathing living thing.

@http://www.surroundarchitecture.com/

Photos © Jensen Walker Photography and © Emily Minton Redfield

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The Dewberry. The Ultimate in luxury boutique hotels (and the words on every traveler's tongue these days), this über-cool reinvention/restoration of a Communist Warsaw-Style abandoned Federal building, is the first hotel and dream project of real estate developer John Dewberry. A lesson is effortless cool elegance, every detail was heavily considered and its all about Texture, Texture, Texture.

Silky smooth walls of a warm cherry wood veneer wrapped in delicate brushed brass trim, meet with a custom gold and silver leaf cranes in flight mural in the anteroom of the ballroom. "Inspired by the half million Sandhill Cranes that migrate through the Rowe Sanctuary in Nebraska—the largest annual migration in North America." As the artist himself proudly claims, "this precious, gilded room of movement and light tells a story of migration, of mystical movement through time and space, from one location to another, with an ultimate return home."

A marbled veneer slab check-in desk has the presence of a solid monument. Custom textile armoires, plush velvet and perfectly worn vintage leather sofa’s and chairs await guests in the perfectly curated lobby room where the molded brass bar fashioned after a classic Airstream is the center of attention for all.

https://www.thedewberrycharleston.com/

Photography: Matthew Williams & Peter Frank Edwards

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It can be a challenge to find peace and quiet in our overcrowded world. Even in the Hamptons, what was once a community of small farming and fishing villages on the furthest most tip of the East End of Long Island, the crowds arrived at the turn of the century to put their wealth on display. Now, there are few places you can be one with the glorious natural environment without the view of a mega house going up or hear noise from other humans in the distance. One of my favorite places in the world is Camp Hero in Montauk. It has an infamous history of conspiracy and extra-normal activities which certainly adds to its allure for many, but it never ceases to be magical. Especially in fall when the crowds disappear.

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Inspired by the wall color at both the Living Room @The Maidstone Hotel in East Hampton and Topping Rose Bar Room in Bridgehampton, I bought a couple of gallons of the same color and went to work. It's a bold statement for sure but I simply can't live in a white or grey room.

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Photo Credit: Bunny Williams Glamorous Black Lacquered Living Room

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Photo Credit: Olivia Erwin Unexpected finds in a Foyer

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Photo Credit: Henry & Co. Vintage Blue floral wallpaper with Blue Lacquered lamps

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Photo Credit: Carrier & Co. Dark Dust Grey walls with red bookshelf

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Photo Credit: Ashley Whitaker White kitchen white green subway tile

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Photo Credit: Nicole Cohen White oversized sofas in grey living room

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Photo Credit: David Netto Perfect White kitchen with high shine yellow table and rope chairs
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Photo Credit: Christoper Burns Ethnic flair with bright color accent

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Photo Credit: Henry & Co design

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I love the incredible window rhythm on this modern barn house. A transported restored and re-erected timber frame Dutch Barn left open on what would have been the mezzanine levels at the clients request meant stabilizing it with a steel frame wrapping the original structure.

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