No not the barn above…that’s just an old barn that I took a photo of around here. Today’s home is MUCH better than that. I didn’t really plan to write a post about barns. My plan was to write about ski houses this week… but in my last post we saw that gifted designer Emma Sims Hilditch lives with her family in a home that had a previous life as a barn, and her firm converted a stable into 3 guest cottages. (That should count as a kind of barn, right?) Well guess what. As I was doing research on the house I planned to share with you, I learned that the owner (another designer) was very much inspired by…a barn. So since the planets seem to be aligning around the barn theme, I thought…why not go with it?
You probably saw today’s home featured many years ago in House Beautiful. It is the Sun Valley, Idaho vacation home of designer Chipper Joseph and her family. She had been very much inspired by the historic Breeding Barn at Shelburne Farms in Vermont.
It was the job of Arbonies King Vlock Architects to reinterpret the elements of that New England barn into a family home far from New England. They called the finished home The Elegant Barn. Here is the exterior of one wing from the House Beautiful article by Frances Schultz with photographs by Maura McEvoy. (You know I love all that snow!)
You can certainly see the influence of the Vermont barn in this photo from the architects’ site.
They included a 28 foot wood covered ceiling in an area appropriately called the hayloft.
The great room has two granite fireplaces – one at each end of the room. You can see from the following two photographs that it has been redecorated at one time or another.
I prefer the following version that has more red in it.
I mentioned that the owner is a designer. She has worked for Ralph Lauren. I love her fearless use of color and pattern in her home. Do you think she used enough in the dining room?…tartan plaid placemats, a red print upholstery fabric, a multicolor patterned rug, and those beautifully cheerful yellow chairs.
The kitchen does not appear to be very large in this huge house. I guess if you are on vacation, you might want to spend your time skiing – not cooking. (Notice the barn door leading into the kitchen – another interpretation of barn elements in the home.)
In the next photograph you can see that there are yellow cabinets across from the white cabinets. I like the mix of color and the mix of hardware. The wood floors were all made from 19th century oak barn beams. They are gorgeous!
As much as I love that kitchen, I think my favorite space in the house is the mudroom with its hanging canoe.
(Where did they get geraniums in full bloom when there is that much snow outside???)
If you go back up and look at the photograph of the exterior, you will see that the architects also included “silos” in their design as yet another barn element. Those “silos” house spiral staircases. You can really see the beauty of the reclaimed wood in them.
The only place that doesn’t seem to have a large amount of color and pattern is the master bath. It is a very soothing place.
You get a better idea of its size in this photo. (Interesting to see the different versions of styling the shelves.)
And last, but certainly far from least, this master bedroom has made its rounds on Pinterest (and rightly so!) How can you resist an antique bed and red checks?!
Are you ready to move in? I would adore it just like it is. If you will click on the links you can see additional photos of this beauty..including more of the living room, the entryway, and a hallway that is one of my all time favorites.
Do you have a favorite room from this barn inspired home?
I’d love to hear what you think!